Our Lady of Fatima Church, White City
Private/Individual Prayer only
Friday 10-11am & 5-5.50pm
Monday & Tuesday: 9:15 am
Wednesday: 7:30 am & 12 noon
Thursday: 9.15 am & 6pm (Ascension of the Lord)
Friday & Saturday - 9.15 am & 6 pm
Sunday: 9 am, 11 am (also livestreamed) & 6 pm
22nd May 2022
6th SUNDAY OF EASTER – STEPPING FORWARD IN LOVE
In today’s Gospel we are once again back with Jesus in the Upper Room in Jerusalem at the Last Supper as he shares his final thoughts and instructions for the disciples before he is taken away to be tried and put to death. He speaks openly about this to them but at the same time he tries to help them understand that his departure is not only necessary but will ultimately be a great blessing for them and all humanity. Jesus explains how they need to let go of his physical presence so that he could give them even greater gifts. They are promised special gifts from the Father, Son and Spirit…
The Father’s gift is an intimate relationship of the heart, with a deep sense of his merciful, fatherly love for us. Jesus, the Son’s gift is his peace, his ‘shalom’ – his own inner strength within us which allows us to face the crosses and trials of life knowing that he will always be with us. “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid,” he says to us all. And the Spirit’s gift is the light of faith, the inspiration to understand the teaching of Jesus and the very mind of God. We need all of these relationships – with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit to be fully alive in our faith.
This Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension – Jesus’ physical return to the Father in heaven 40 days after the Resurrection and 10 days before the Feast of Pentecost. The disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, will then be invited to ‘step forward in love’ and continue Jesus’ mission on earth as they build up the Church and share the Good News of Jesus’ risen life and unconditional love to the ends of the world.
We too are invited this weekend, as we come to the final days of our Easter journey, to ‘step forward in love’ by making a personal commitment for how we can each live our faith more deeply and contribute to the life of the parish in some particular way. This is the climax of our ‘Love in Action’ journey – how can we put into action Christ’s call to love?
With blessings and prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.
LOVE IN ACTION VOLUNTEERING SIGN UP SHEET - https://tinyurl.com/54nz883s
1. Love In Action: Community & Participation - View Booklet - https://tinyurl.com/ycxav5uy
2. Love In Action: Dignity of Workers - View Booklet - https://tinyurl.com/z5jakzwc
3. Love In Action: Solidarity & Peace - View Booklet - https://tinyurl.com/2p8kb7h5
4. Love In Action: Human Dignity - View Booklet - https://tinyurl.com/v22u9d7w
5. Love In Action: Option For the Poor - View Booklet - https://tinyurl.com/49zt9uas
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