"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.

For more parish information see About Us.

  • 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Trained & Sent Out by the Lord

    Today’s Gospel shows us that moment when Jesus sent out the 12 Apostles in pairs to experience for themselves his healing and preaching ministry. He is forming them, training them for the rest of their lives which will be one continuous missionary journey, led by the Holy Spirit, to different corners of the known world. The fundamental principle which Jesus wants them to learn on this first short training experience is trust and total dependence on God. So they are not to take with them all the usual securities – money, food, lots of luggage… No, they are simply to rely on God’s providence & care and so to let God work through them. We hear of the great fruit this attitude/approach brings – they are able to heal many and deliver many more from evil spirits.

    We have seen a modern-day version of this over the last few weeks with the inspiring journey of the England football team, all the way to the semi-finals! In Gareth Southgate the team has been blessed with a dedicated & very humble leader who has formed a team in his own image, teaching them to work together rather be divided by individual egos. The 12 Apostles were also very different characters, initially with their own personal agendas, but Jesus formed them to be a real team, complementing each other rather than competing among themselves. Together they (and we) become the Body of Christ and so to really make this a reality in our lives we too need to be dedicated and both passionate and humble in living out our faith. So team-work and also practice is key. We have heard how Harry Kane is usually the first to arrive and the last to leave the training sessions and it is this commitment which has made him the great player he is today. So we too need to practise our faith and not been passive spectators if we really want to achieve our God-given potential. Yes, there will be tests and trials, setbacks and disappointments (like in football!) but if we let Jesus be our trainer and follow his ways, then we really can change the world around us.

    With blessings & prayers - Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem, Julia & the parish team

    Posted 15 Jul 2018, 00:32 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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Day for Life 2018: Human Trafficking

Human trafficking has been described by Pope Francis as 'an open wound on the body of humanity'. Since we are all part of that humanity, human trafficking defaces us all.

He goes on to say that it is 'a wound in the Body of Christ' in which we share. Our faith teaches us to see the face of Jesus in those who are most vulnerable and needy.

These are the reasons why today, on this Day for Life, we focus on the eradication of human trafficking. What exactly is human trafficking? Here is a description:

Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, harbouring or receipt of individuals for the purpose of exploitation, through the use of violence, force, fraud, coercion, or deception, or through the abuse of power, position or trust. People may be trafficked for any number of exploitative activities, such as domestic servitude, prostitution, forced begging or criminality, forced marriage, and forced organ removal.

This criminal activity is widespread and well organised in the world today. Estimates are that there are over 40 million victims, trafficked out of every country and trafficked into every country. This includes our own. English victims of trafficking include many youngsters caught up in gang crime in our cities. Victims of trafficking held in this country come from over 80 different homelands and are caught up in an invisible crime in our midst, on our streets, in businesses and shops.

As a Church we have a great part to play. Our contacts are widespread, not least among the ethnic communities with their chaplains. We can all learn to recognise the signs of a victim; we can be important 'eyes and ears'. 

One of our responses to this tragedy, here in the Diocese, is Bakhita House, a house of welcome and healing for these victims. It is named after St Josephine Bakhita, herself a victim of slavery and human trafficking. It is supported by Caritas Westminster, by many religious congregations and by many generous donors. In the past three years it has welcomed and assisted over 80 guests, all women rescued from modern slavery. There are also five babies in this great extended family!

These are some of the words written by one guest:

'When we didn’t have any hope and reason to live we came to this house and began to live again. Here we got our new family - we weren’t born in the same families but my friends, who are living in this house, have the same pain in our hearts and souls but with your help every member of Bakhita House are doing the best to relieve our pains and help us start again.

The only thing we can do for you is to pray for you in our own languages and in our own religions, to ask God for your strength, health and patience to have a long life. God bless you for all the kind works you have done!'

Brothers and sisters in Christ, please do learn more about modern slavery. Please do support this work in whatever way you can. Please do pray for its victims, held without any apparent hope, exploited every moment of the day, clinging on to life. Please do pray for all those who work hard to bring this evil to an end.

With prayers and blessings for you and your own families,

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster