"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.



    Having begun our Lenten journey with Jesus in the desert and then up to the mountain top for the Transfiguration last week, this week we follow him down to the plain on a hot, dusty day as he walks through the district of Samaria on his way to Jerusalem. Tired by the journey in the midday heat, Jesus sits down by himself at a well while the disciples head off into the nearby town to see if they can find some food. At this moment a local Samaritan woman appears, also by herself, and is surprised to find this Jewish man at the well. The conversation which follows will change her life for ever. 

    She has come to the well as a broken and lonely woman, anxious to avoid the other woman of the town who draw their water earlier in the day. She is happy to stay in the shallow water but Jesus leads her out into the deep. “You have no bucket” she jokes – “Yes, and you have no husband” Jesus replies.  Suddenly all her defences crumble, all the masks she has been wearing day after day for so long… “Yes, I have no husband” she replies humbly. Her life is in a mess. She has suffered the pain of the break-up of five marriages. Her present partner is no husband either – just a live-in boyfriend around for who knows how long before he too leaves her. Deeply hurt inside, she has lost faith in others, in herself and in love itself. How many times must she have heard the words, “I love you” only for that love to betray her, to turn around and walk out the door. 

    By accepting the truth, by allowing Jesus to restore her dignity & hope, to rekindle her ability to love and be loved, she is transformed. And what’s more, through her Jesus transforms others. She leaves her water jar behind and runs back to her town so as to bring to Jesus the very people who have rejected her. She shows us how God can change our bad news into his Good News! This is the invitation of Lent – to conversion and new life. In what ways do our lives echo the Samaritan woman – what masks do we wear, what are the causes of sadness in our hearts? Heal us, Lord, and give us your living water!

    With blessings and prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.

    Posted 21 Mar 2017, 12:19 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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