"Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest."

Our parish is part of the Archdiocese 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.



    I must admit that I am feeling very guilty that we are having our Christmas Fair on the First Sunday of Advent! It is not giving a good message about the importance of this beautiful season of Advent, which is an almost totally forgotten memory in our wider culture. Some supermarkets and shops still sell Advent calendars but they are more likely to have pictures of One Direction, Frozen or Star Wars than anything to do with Jesus Christ! There is a deep wisdom in the Church that everything of deep value needs to be prepared for – think of all the preparation we do for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, the preparation courses we have for marriage... I spent six years in seminary preparing to become a priest! Those of you who are mothers will understand the importance and gift of those nine months of pregnant waiting and preparation to give birth! I think we still manage pretty well to mark Lent in some way, but Advent? It is a real challenge for all of us – to rediscover this holy season as a time in which we ask God for the grace to long for His presence in our lives more deeply, a time for prayer, for God’s Word, and yes, for silence!

    Advent is simply a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. In our readings we remember the experience of those prophets in the Old Testament like Isaiah and Jeremiah who looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. In the Gospels for Advent we remember figures such as John the Baptist, Mary and Joseph to  whom God gave a special mission when Christ came into the world 2000 years ago. But the focus this first week of Advent is not on Christmas but on the final coming of Christ at the end of time. It might seem strange to begin the new Church year with thoughts of the end of life. But think of it as consulting a map to check the destination before we start the journey. Wake up! Be prepared!

    With prayers and blessings, Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and all the parish team.
    Posted 28 Nov 2015, 14:53 by G OLOFC
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