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posted 2 Dec 2019, 03:42 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London   [ updated 2 Dec 2019, 03:42 ]
Time for a Fresh Start!

Today is a day of new beginnings. Firstly we begin our Advent journey, preparing to celebrate Christ’s birth into our world at Christmas. Advent is our annual wake up call, inviting us to shake off whatever is dragging us down and to consider anew the hope that our faith gives us. On this first Sunday our readings invite us to look forward to the time when Christ will come again in glory to complete His plan of salvation first revealed when Jesus came into the world as a tiny baby over 2000 years ago. In Advent we also pray to be able to recognise how Christ comes into our lives today in so many different ways to comfort, challenge, strengthen and guide us. 

One of the most important ways in which Christ continues to speak to us is through his Word – written on the pages of the Bible and spoken to us every day at Mass. This is our other new beginning today – December 1st marks the launch of a new initiative for the Catholic Church in England and Wales – The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word. 2020 is the 1,600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, the great Scripture scholar and translator, as well as the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini, a special letter which Pope Benedict XVI wrote about the Word of the Lord. So over the next 12 months we are all invited to deepen our love of God’s Word & our living of God’s Word. There are 3 particular areas of focus: 

Celebrating God’s Word – bringing it to the centre of our parish liturgy and life, renewing our individual & shared love, understanding & reverence for the Scriptures. Living God’s Word – Scripture teaches us how to live in society, to respect the wonder of creation, including every human life and to work for the common good. Sharing God’s Word – we have the mission to evangelise, to bring this living Word to others, seeking fresh and creative ways, through art, music, social media… to open up new opportunities for ourselves and others to encounter God’s Word. There will be different initiatives & events in the parish and diocese during this special year. In this newsletter you will find one – the Wednesday Word, a sheet of reflections to help us prepare for next Sunday’s readings. Go on - give it a go!

With warmest wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.