Encyclical on Environment and Human Ecology

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.

Fr Christopher Burgess AA memorial bench

Father Christopher’s memorial bench was installed at Hitchin cemetery on June 17th.  It was  bought by his family for him with thanks to the parishioners who tend his grave so lovingly.

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Below the view of Father Christopher’s grave as seen from the bench.


Holy Week and Easter in our Church

Here are some pictures from our Holy Week and Easter services

Altar of repose Maundy Thursday

Altarof respose

Final Cross from Stations of the Cross Good Friday Evening

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Easter Sunday flower displays

I am the resurrection Tabernacle
Consecration candle flowers Holy Water

Fr Christopher Burgess AA anniversary Mass


Fr ChristopherThe 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 Chris Grave blessing

Fr Tom O’Brien and Irma Shipman (who along with her husband Derek, has been tending to the grave with love)


Fr Christopher Burgess AA 4/12/1927 – 2/3/2014

Fr Christopher

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:

Homilies on the occasion of the Celebration of the Life of Fr Christopher Burgess AA

Words from Fr Tom O’Brien AA

Homily Christopher Burgess a.a. RIP Fr Tom O’Brien