"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 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.

We strive to provide a loving welcome to all who pass through our doors as well as care, protection and refuge for people of all races and all ages, young and old, but nothing can substitute for coming and sharing in our worship with us.

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  • The 24rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Waste not, want not…

    Today’s Gospel is the parable of the Prodigal Son – perhaps one of the most powerful & popular of all the parables told by Jesus. In this story of the unconditional mercy/forgiveness of the Father in the face of his younger son’s selfishness and sinfulness, we see an amazing image of the open arms and heart of God our Father waiting for each of us to come home to him.
     
    This week we begin our special Care for Creation month here in the parish in response to Pope Francis’ call that, as Christians, we should recognise that caring for our increasingly fragile planet should be an essential part of our faith. There is a whole variety of events for all ages to help us understand better how we can better care for the environment in very practical everyday ways. When the prodigal son takes half of his father’s money and sets off for the foreign land we see how he wastes this huge wealth in a very short time. Waste is at the heart of the environmental crisis today – our throw-away culture and irresponsible use/abuse of resources. For example, here in the UK we throw out/waste about a third of all the food we buy, which is deeply sinful in a world where so many still struggle to have even one meal a day. When the prodigal son finally comes to his senses and returns to his father, he is a much humbler and wiser young man who has come to understand the value of everything in a new way. 
     
    May we try to do the same during this special month. One practical way to do this would be to take on one of these challenges for the month:
    - Avoid all single-use plastics – cups, cutlery etc… Cut down all plastic.
    - If you are a motorist, limit driving your car to essential trips only. For shorter journeys, walk/cycle; for longer use public transport if possible.
    - Give up eating meat for the month and try a vegetarian diet.
    - Research the impact of climate change over the next 30 years. Share what you find out with others.
     
    May this be a month when, like the prodigal son, we come to our senses!

    With warmest wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team

    Posted 16 Sep 2019, 08:33 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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