"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.


    A Time for Building Peace…

    Last week we lit the first candle of Advent reminding us of God’s gift of hope. This week we light the second candle reminding us of his gift of peace. There is a peace which only God can give us - remember Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. A peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.” (John 14:27). Remember also the first word which Jesus spoke to the same disciples in that same upper room after the resurrection was “Shalom” – “Peace be with you.” It is a precious gift.

    2018 has been another year when our screens have been filled with images of war from around the world – Syria, Yemen, Sudan, the Ukraine… How can we truly build peace on earth? It is now 5 years since Nelson Mandela died – a man who came to understand Jesus’ path to peace. In his youth Mandela fought the injustice of apartheid in South Africa through violence but during his long years in prison his faith showed him that he would need to walk a different path on his “long road to freedom.” As he famously wrote after his release from prison: “As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison.” And later: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

    In today’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist’s cry: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Prepare a way for the Lord.” Repentance means coming back to God, and like Nelson Mandela, recognising what we need to leave behind if we are to be truly free and once more walk in God’s ways and with his grace be reconciled with others. What do you need to leave behind? Why not come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent and give to God all your burdens and anxieties? Like Nelson Mandela we learn that forgiveness brings true peace and true forgiveness comes from Christ, the Prince of Peace.

    With prayers and blessings, Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and the parish team

    Posted by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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