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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 all the many different groups in our parish, all of which are centred firmly in The Good News of Christ.

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    In today’s Gospel we at last hear the adult Christ speak as he begins his ministry around the shores of the Sea of Galilee. John the Baptist’s voice has been silenced – he has been arrested and imprisoned – so the time has now come for Jesus to speak. His first words - “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand” - echo the message of John the Baptist. The people need to recognise that the broken and darkened world in which they are living can only begin to change if they themselves are open to change in their own hearts and lives. This message is still true for us today. This week saw the inauguration of the new president in the USA. Like almost every new leader he has called for things to change. Whatever our personal opinion may be of the new president, we need to recognise the key role which USA continues to play in the world. Its policies and decisions have a huge impact on all of us. So we need to pray that there will be real change of hearts to match the political slogans and promises so that any change is a change for the good, and for the common good of all.

    Our political leaders, indeed all of us, need to learn from Jesus’ vision of how the world should be changed. Jesus had a dream for our world: he called it “the Kingdom of Heaven”. His vision is that life on earth becomes a mirror of heaven. To make this possible, we have to live as God has always desired we should live, not in self-centred pride but in loving generosity and tenderness. Instead of a people divided and destroyed by the horrors of war, Jesus spoke of us living in mutual respect and peace. Instead of bitterness and retaliation, Jesus spoke of a merciful love which refuses to be poisoned and even prays for the “enemy”. Instead of the tragedy of famine and poverty which will always haunt a greedy, grasping world, he taught us to care for each other, to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. In place of the murky world of secret deals & corruption, Jesus wants us to be people of integrity, truth and charity – people who live together “in the light”. Our shared mission is to build this Kingdom of Heaven.

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

    Posted by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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