"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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    Dying to New Life

    Our Gospel today is once again from the Gospel of John in which this meeting between Jesus and the Greek pilgrims marks one of the final public moments of Jesus’ public ministry before he celebrates the Last Supper. A final opportunity to teach, to open the hearts of the people to what is about to happen… There are so many mixed emotions in Jesus’ heart – “Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” – he knows that his Passion and death are just hours away. He has come into the world for this time.
    As always, Jesus uses a simple image to show what is happening: “I tell you most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain, but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.” The Jews are a farming people, rooted in the land and so this is an image which would have spoken to their experience. He takes the wheat grain as a simple everyday example of the “expansion of life” which can only occur through death. The one grain which is buried will grow to become many. The life of Jesus which has been restricted within the “husk” of his earthly body will become available to people of different ages and different cultures through his death, resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. To be participants in this sharing in the life of Jesus, we, his disciples, must imitate the pattern of dying to one-centredness in order to become love-centred and other-centred. One seed can eventually fill the whole field. And the life of Jesus is destined to fill the whole world. But first he must die – first he must be crucified & buried in the ground.

    In these final days of our Lenten journey we need to take these final lessons of Jesus to heart. If we want to truly bear rich fruit we need to let all that is not of God “die within us” so that we can be truly rooted in Jesus’ risen joy. This Tuesday evening we have a golden opportunity to do this by coming to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 7pm. What is it that needs to die in me so that God’s life may come alive in me in a new way? Let it go…

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

    Posted 17 Mar 2018, 14:49 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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