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"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.


    The Narrow Gate

    One of our parishioners told me this week that he was suffering from an acute case of “Olympicitis”, which he self-diagnosed as “an acute condition of watching obscure Olympic events on TV until 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning!” These have been very inspiring days watching the courage, commitment and amazing gifts of athletes from all over the world. It has also been an inspiring time for Team GB which looks like it might finish second in the medal table, above the mighty Chinese – what an incredible achievement.

    I think the commitment and dedication of so many that we have seen on our television screens in Rio can really help us to understand what Jesus is saying to us in today’s Gospel. He speaks about our human journey to salvation as being like trying to enter somewhere by a narrow door. Perhaps “narrow” is not a very positive word for us these days – we think of the phrase “narrow minded”, for example, which suggests an attitude which is limited and not open. Instead we like to think of ourselves as being “broad-minded” – open to different options and opinions. But in reality this “broad-mindedness” means that many people today find it very difficult to really make deep commitments in life and so waste their energy and gifts through lack of focus. There is real wisdom in being able to really focus on a clear goal in life and then giving everything to achieve it. Think again of the images from Rio – think of how an archer or marksman/woman achieves maximum concentration on the target by closing one eye totally and narrowing the vision of the other.

    So it is with our spiritual lives. We need to be truly focused on Christ in our daily lives through a real commitment to prayer and by being an active member of the Church – Team Jesus, if you like! Like all of the athletes in Rio, we depend so much on the help and support of others (that is one reason why it is so important to be part of the Church), but at the end of the day it is our own personal effort which counts. So time to get focused and go for glory!

    With blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and all the parish team.
    Posted 21 Aug 2016, 11:57 by G OLOFC
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