"Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest."
Our parish is part of the Archdiocese 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.
With the celebration of Pentecost, the Church concludes the joyful season of Easter. The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from Greek meaning ‘fiftieth’ and in the Christian Calendar it marks the fiftieth day after Easter. In the Jewish tradition, it used to be the feast of the first fruits where farmers would bring the first fruits of their produce to the Lord as a gift. It was also the feast when the Jews would commemorate the day when Moses received the Ten Commandments from the Lord at Sinai. That was why all the people were in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended on Mary and the Apostles in the Upper Room.
The great outpouring of the Holy Spirit happened on Pentecost day to mark the beginning of a new era of the Church. The Holy Spirit is the life-giving breath of the Church; without Him, she (the Church) suffocates and cannot be what she is meant to be. Likewise our spiritual life cannot survive without the Holy Spirit. That is why every Christian journey begins with the gift of the Holy Spirit at baptism and is strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation. But we all need a continuous in-filling of the Spirit if we want to be strong followers of Christ and to be faithful witnesses of His presence in the world.
In his letters to the Romans (Ch 8) and 1Corinthians (Ch 12), St Paul teaches us that without the Holy Spirit, we cannot have meaningful relationships with the Father and the Son. If we want to love as Jesus loved us, we need the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is the Love between the Father and the Son and we need him in our relationships with God and neighbour. That is why the Church always prays for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
As our young parishioners prepare to be confirmed this Friday evening, let us pray for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon them and us.
With Pentecost blessings and prayers,
Fr. Ephrem, Fr. Richard and all the pastoral team.