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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 our spirit and parish life and touches on all the many different groups we are very fortunate to have, all of which are centred firmly in The Good News of Christ.

Our Lady of Fatima isn't just a Church, it's also a home and a village and everybody who enters is an important element in making it fully functional, bringing the spirit of Christ to the community.

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    The Marriage Feast at Cana

    Firstly a HUGE “thank you” to everyone who was a part of our parish party last weekend – a real night to remember and the beginning of a new parish tradition! It is wonderful just simply to be able to celebrate together – indeed, we find Jesus enjoying a party himself in today’s Gospel – a wedding party in the little Galilean town on Cana. His changing of water into wine is the first of the “signs” in John’s Gospel that he is indeed the promised Messiah. It is a very symbolic first miracle by Jesus, showing that God wants to restore his people to joy and to show his profound love for them (“as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride” as we hear in the words of the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading).

    Jewish weddings were (and often still are today!) very lavish celebrations for the whole community. After the marriage ceremony the newly-married couple would be led to their new home through the night streets by the light of torches and wished well by as many people as possible. They didn’t usually have a honeymoon, but instead stayed at home and held open house for the following week. This was an opportunity for the whole community to share their joy and to enjoy a welcome break from the hardship and poverty of life. 

    At a deeper level, Jews saw in the joy of the wedding feast a foretaste of the Messianic age to come – a time of blessing for all. Wine, when drunk in moderation (!), was seen as a sign of this blessing – a way to unite people in friendship. So to run out of wine at a wedding would have been a real disaster! Hospitality in the Middle East was/is a sacred duty; while “running out” would also show poor planning or, worse, expose the couple’s lack of prosperity, which would mean the absence of God’s blessing. And so Jesus, in response to Mary’s gentle persuasion, helps the newly-married couple and saves their blushes. He is also giving a clear sign that the new age of the Messiah is here – God has not forgotten his people and has come to redeem them/us! Cheers!

    With best wishes and prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and the parish team.

    Posted 20 Jan 2019, 12:13 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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