See below an assortment of photographs taken as part of Father Michael’s jubilee celebrations on the 5th March. Attached also is Fr Tom’s homily for the occasions fr-michael-homily-50th-ordination
Pope Francis Launches Encyclical on Environment and Human Ecology
On 18 June, Pope Francis launched Laudato Si’ – On the Care for our Common Home, his Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology. Pope Francis challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. It’s not just an ‘environment encyclical’, it leads us to ask ourselves about the meaning of existence and the values at the heart of social life: ‘What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?’
To read the full text of the encyclical, please click HERE.
The First anniversary of the death of Fr Christopher Burgess was celebrated yesterday in our parish. With over 50 parishioners attending we celebrated with hymns from his Requiem Mass. This was followed by a moving service of blessing at his gravestone in St John’s cemetery. Despite the chill wind that blew, the sun of the day and the memory of his loving smile kept us warm.
Click the link for a copy of the Mass service sheet which includes a homily by Fr Tom O’Brien AA and another by Fr Robert Henshaw AA. Fr Chris anniversary Mass
Fr Tom O’Brien and Irma Shipman (who along with her husband Derek, has been tending to the grave with love)
Fr Christopher AA: “The parish gloriously celebrated the passing of Fr C bringing comfort, strength and support to his family, relations and friends – Inspiring us on our Journey of Faith and Life. As Bob, his brother said:”It is really impossible to thank everyone personally, as so many people have helped him and assisted in all aspects of his funeral. It really conveyed the true picture of “Parish”.
To everyone involved thank you all on behalf of the Assumptionist Family. Love, peace, joy and many blessings to you all, from Fr Jean-Marie and myself, as well as the wider family of the Assumption.” Michael AA
Please click on link for the Homilies at the funeral celebrations:
Words from Fr Tom O’Brien AA