"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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  • 1st SUNDAY of LENT

    Into the Desert, into Battle!

    Our Gospel reading on the first Sunday of Lent is always about Jesus’ temptation in the desert. This year we hear Mark’s version which is very short! In the Bible the desert is a place where God tests & teaches the people in his ways, as when Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years. The desert is also a place of battle, an inhospitable place which seemed to be under the control of the evil one. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus urgently begins his mission by entering this “enemy territory” and so declaring war on Satan.

    We read that Jesus was tempted by Satan - tried and tested like a contestant in a boxing or wrestling ring. The result of this first bout was victory to Jesus. We read that “he was with the wild beasts and the angels looked after him.” The angels are a sign of God’s support and care during the struggle. And the most likely meaning of the wild beasts is that they were with Jesus in peace, having lost their distrust and ferocity. This transforming presence of Jesus in the untamed wilderness is the first sign that the peace of paradise is being restored through him. One day the lion will indeed lie down with the lamb!

    So we are invited by Jesus to follow him into the desert as the first step of our Lenten pilgrimage. What does the desert mean for us? Where is my desert today? Perhaps we could understand these to be the places where we are often afraid to go – places/experiences we avoid. For some that might mean a particular family relationship or former friendship which has become broken. For others it might mean our relationship with God – we wander around the edge, never allowing ourselves to get in too deep, for fear of what God might ask of us. So the desert here might mean taking the risk simply to sit in silence and stillness before God, or to come back to the Sacrament of Reconciliation after many years away. What is the desert in your life? Who/what are you avoiding? This Lent, let the Spirit guide you there, then follow in the footsteps of Jesus so that through his grace your desert can be brought back to life!

     With blessings and prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.
    Posted 17 Feb 2018, 10:12 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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