"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.

For more parish information see About Us.


    The Sermon on the Level

    Pope Leo the Great taught: “God made us without us, but will not save us without us.” What does he mean? Simply that God does not ‘force’ salvation on us – we have to show that this is something we want, we need to respond to his love for us, just as in any human relationship we need to show each other that we care for each other. So we need to desire the Lord and his goodness, as well as the good of others, rather than hungering in a self-centred way after the so-called “good things” of this world only. What are the deepest desires of my life at the moment?

    Jesus explores this question of the deepest direction/desires of our lives in today’s Gospel, which is Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. In this you may notice one small detail which is different from the version we find in Matthew. In Matthew Jesus goes up the mountain, while in Luke we hear how Jesus came down with the disciples and stopped at a piece of level ground. Why the difference? Matthew, writing for a Jewish audience, often presents Jesus as “the new Moses” and so in the Beatitudes he presents Jesus going up the mountain to bring down the new commandments just as Moses did with the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai. But Luke’s focus is different. He is writing for a mixed audience of Gentiles and Jews and his main concern is to show the mercy and compassion of Jesus for all people. And so, one possible interpretation for why Jesus comes down the mountain is because Luke wants to show how Jesus is concerned to make himself as available to all people as possible. The sick and the elderly would not be able to follow him up the mountain but here, lower down and on a piece of level ground, the sick can be brought to him. The vision for how we are to live our lives which Jesus teaches in the Beatitudes is rooted in generous self-giving, in truly showing care for and solidarity with others. To actively choose to be poor, hungry, suffering and criticised rather than rich, well-fed, jolly and praised by others might not sound like the way to happiness but, as Jesus will show in his own life, this is the way to truly bring hope, freedom and justice to others. The Beatitudes are a call to create and live a culture of care, in which we instinctively show love for God/concern for others in our daily lives, in imitation of Christ himself. Am I someone who cares?

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

    Posted 18 Feb 2019, 04:01 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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