"Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest."

Our parish is part of the Diocese of Westminster and is situated in the heart of London.

It is home to a vibrant, exciting and culturally diverse community, sharing our lives and growing in faith together. Our website aims to provide a taste of all the many different groups in our parish, all of which are centred firmly in The Good News of Christ.

We strive to provide a loving welcome to all who pass through our parish, but nothing can substitute for coming and sharing in our worship with us.


    Carrying on the Mission!

    Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord – that moment which took place forty days after the Resurrection, when Jesus led the eleven disciples up a hill-top in their beloved Galilee and then gave them his final instructions before physically ascending to return to be with God the Father in heaven. It must have been a truly awesome moment for the eleven men – realising that Jesus was asking them to continue his mission on earth, to go in his name and be his witnesses, and so “to make disciples of all the nations”. And this awesome mission was given not to great orators and religious leaders but to them, a group of unsophisticated, ordinary men who had probably never travelled outside their own country, let alone “to the ends of the earth.”
    But of course they understood that they were not to do this through their own strength – Jesus promised to be with them always and also that he would send his Spirit to be their guide. This is the same mission which Jesus gives to each one of us in our lives – Jesus says to us: “I need you to be my witnesses of my love in a world which has often forgotten what it really means to love; share with others, in your words and actions, the great gift of faith which you have received. And don’t worry too much about how you are to do this – as they angels told the disciples after I hand ascended: “Why are you standing there looking up at the sky?” i.e. just get on with it!”
    This has been a week of such mixed experiences. Our prayers and attention as a nation has been on all of those caught up in the terrorist attack in Manchester. We continue to pray for all those, many of them children, who have died, for all those still undergoing treatment in hospital and for all those who mourn. Here in the parish we have experienced an extraordinary week of grace with our parish mission, showing us the power of God’s love to heal and transform our lives. This is the power, the peace which we need to bring to our anxious and divided society – to fulfil our God-given mission to be witnesses of God’s hope.
    With Easter blessings & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & parish team.

    Posted by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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