Our Lady of Fatima Church, White City
Private/Individual Prayer only
Wednesday: 10am – 11 am
Friday: 10am - 11 am &
5 pm - 5:50 pm
Saturday: 9:45 am - 11 am
Monday & Tuesday: 9:15 am
Wednesday: 7:30 am, 12 noon
Thursday: 9:15 am
Friday: 9:15 am & 6:00 pm (Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary)
Saturday: 9:15 am & 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9 am, 11 am (also livestreamed) & 6 pm
3rd December 2023
The FIRST SUNDAY of ADVENT – A TIME of NEW HOPE
Today we begin our Advent journey – a time of preparing for the coming of Christ. “Come, Lord Jesus” is our Advent prayer. Advent is a wake-up call, as we hear in today’s Gospel – “Stay Awake” – inviting us to shake out of our routine & staleness and to open our eyes to the great hope which our faith gives us. We look forward to Christ’s future coming in glory at the end of time to fulfil all of God’s promises and so complete his plan of salvation which was first revealed when Jesus came into the world as a tiny baby 2000 years ago. We also pray in Advent for the grace to be able to recognise how Christ comes into our lives today in so many different ways to comfort, challenge, strengthen and guide us.
At the end of our first reading there is a great image for how we are called to live during Advent (and indeed all our lives!). The prophet Isaiah writes: “Lord, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand.” Think about that image. If we are really to be clay in God’s hands then we need to be supple, moist and open to being formed in a new way. If we are hardened and fixed in our ways, then we cannot change or be transformed. God’s hands are gentle and merciful, yet powerful and strong and he wants to do something new in each one of us. He wants to come into our lives in a new way. So Advent is an invitation to us to be open to God, to change, to grow. God comes to us but we also need to come to him. When we do this, God can renew us, heal what is broken in us and make us whole again.
Of course Advent is a busy time, with so much to do in preparation for Christmas. But the most important preparation is spiritual. Find a still, quiet time to read the beautiful Advent daily readings, find some daily Advent resources, simply pray “Come, Lord Jesus” at the beginning and end of each day, come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation... Just do something new so that God can do something new in you!
With prayers - Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem, Deacon Robert and all the parish team.
We continue to pray for ‘light not heat’ in Israel and Gaza.
Here is a prayer we invite you to pray during these days for peace in the Ukraine - https://tinyurl.com/7bhz5pap
“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
St. Maximillian Kolbe