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

We strive to provide a loving welcome to all who pass through our parish, but nothing can substitute for coming and sharing in our worship with us.



    In all of today’s readings we see how the Lord had integrated foreigners and pagans in His Kingdom and how He regards them when they fulfil His divine will. It is not where one comes from that matters but what they do in regards to His commandments.

    In our first reading from the prophet Isaiah we hear God’s most consoling promise to the Gentiles. Even if they are foreigners, as far as they observe God’s ordinances and cling to His covenant, He promises them that He will make them joyful in His house of prayer!

    In our second reading from St Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles says, “let me tell you pagans this: I have been sent to the pagans as their apostle, and I am proud of being sent.” (Rm 11:13) He, a Jew, was proud of being sent to the pagans and foreigners as the Kingdom of God belongs to them too!

    In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus using seemingly hurtful words in testing the depth of the faith of that poor Canaanite woman who came to plead on behalf of her tormented daughter. First, He seemed to ignore her cry for help. Then He said that He was sent only to the House of Israel not to pagan lands. Third, He used the most difficult words to comprehend by comparing her to house-dogs. But she was not deterred from her pursuit even by those seemingly insulting remarks towards her and her race. She had great faith in Jesus that He could set her daughter free from those diabolic shackles! And her faith paid off. She might have thought, “no matter where I am placed in the pecking order of God’s Kingdom, I still do believe that I can get my fair share!” Yes, she did get what she prayed for! She was even commended by the Lord for her great faith! She was tested but she had great faith and trust in the Lord. She too was Abraham’s daughter for no one is a foreigner in God’s Kingdom!

    With prayers and summer blessings,

    Fr. Ephrem, Fr. Richard and the parish team.
    Posted 20 Aug 2017, 06:50 by G OLOFC
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