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Parish of the Good Samaritan.
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Serving One Lord.
Welcome to the website for the brand-new Parish of The Good Samaritan, Burnley, incorporating the churches of Christ the King, St John the Baptist and St Mary of the Assumption. Each of the three churches has its own special character, comprised of, and helping meet the needs of, its own community. We are part of the Diocese of Salford. The parish covers a wide area, encompassing Central Burnley and the semi rural areas of Worsthorne and Cliviger. The oldest church is St Mary's, which has a long history dating back to the nineteenth century, the current church being opened in 1849. St John's church opened in 1881 and the youngster of the three, Christ the King, came into being in 1936. Together the three make a rich and vibrant community, working together to celebrate our Catholic faith and put our relationship with Jesus Christ into action by sharing together in many different ways.
I am delighted at our new three church, one parish website and I trust you will find it easy to move around the site and hopefully find it to be a big help to you. Like all new ventures, a lot of hard work has gone into this new project by a small but dedicated team, to whom I am very grateful. I am also grateful that they have pledged to ensure our web site is kept current and updated regularly, which of course is so imperative. I must also give thanks to the many parishioners who contributed articles large and small for the website – without their articles the website would have little to show our visitors so a big thank you to them!
As well as the team of those involved in running and contributing to the website, there is also a team of clergy who serve the three churches by also working together. In addition to myself, as the Parish Priest based at St Mary’s, there is also Fr Kevin Tierney who is the Assistant Priest, also resident at St Mary’s. The rest of the team comprises Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke and Fr Lawrence Imoisili, who are Vincentian priests, resident at St John the Baptist presbytery. We meet regularly in order to ensure that things run smoothly.
Much work and thought had gone into the idea of bringing our three parishes together as one, as part of Bishop John’s plan for the reorganisation of all the parishes in the Diocese of Salford published in early 2017. When I arrived in Burnley in July 2018 to begin my role in bringing the three parishes together, I spoke in each of the three churches of the need to move forward at the right pace in order to ensure that everyone is on board with us. I used the phrase: “Festina Lente”, which means “make haste, slowly”. I genuinely feel with this website, our recently launched joint three church Newsletter, as well as many of the other ways that we are finding to collaborate and work together, are all signs that we are making progress, without rushing.
Despite all the responsibilities, I genuinely love being in Burnley; the people here are really appreciative of what we are trying to do and I speak for the clergy team in saying how supported we each feel by the people we serve. There are a lot of very good things going on in each of our three churches, and a good many new things that we are keen to establish as we go forward. Thank you for your interest in our parish communities and please enjoy your visit to this website.
CELEBRATION MASS AND REFRESHMENTS
Our Mass to mark the formal coming together of our churches will be at St Mary’s on Saturday 28th September at 12 noon. There is a list at the back of church for those wishing to attend. Please add your name by Sunday 15th September if you are attending so we can collate numbers for catering. The Mass will be followed by a light lunch at Turf Moor. There will be an optional tour of the stadium which we hope all who wish to do so will have the opportunity to go on. There will be a raffle for a signed Burnley shirt. Limited transport will be provided by the parish minibus. If you require transport please indicate this on the list. As there is limited parking at St Mary’s it would be helpful if people could car share/offer lifts where possible. This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Mass together. Music groups practice for this Mass Thursday 26th Sept. 7.00pm at St Mary’s all welcome.
We warmly welcome back Fr Emmanuel after his recent recuperation from surgery . We wish to let you know that in October, Fr Lawrence Imoisili CM will be leaving Burnley to take up a new appointment within the Diocese of Salford. He will be greatly missed and we are very grateful for his devoted ministry to our three churches. We look forward to welcoming Fr Benneth Okonkwo CM will be shortly joining the clergy team and will reside at St John’s.
Dates for Your Diary
and Forthcoming Events
BURNLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
There will be a local history talk in St. John’s Parish Rooms at 7.15pm on Thursday, September 12th. The talk is by Dr. Steven Caunce and is entitled “”You always remember your Co-op number!” Guests welcome. £2.00.
CAFOD PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE CARE OF CREATION
Pope Francis is encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our ‘common home’ in the encyclical Laudato Si, which calls on everyone to care for our shared earth.
In response to this call the Cafod group of our newly formed Parish of the Good Samaritan has organised a prayer Vigil, led by Fr David and including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 7.00pm on Tuesday 17th September at St John’s church. This is our opportunity, as Stewards of the Earth, to pray for the promotion of living simply, living sustainably and in solidarity of the poor. Everyone is very welcome.
Do please join us. Tea and coffee will be served in the Parish Hall after the Vigil.
Afternoon Tea at St Mary's
The Party will be on Wednesday 18th September in St. Mary's Parish Rooms at 1.00 p.m. The theme is 'Harvest' There’s a list at the back of church if you want to go to this very popular event—so book early! The cost is £6.00. Payment to be made by 7th/8th September after Saturday evening mass or Sunday Masses at St Mary’s. Please call Elaine on 07749 093 821 for more information.
MUSIC MINISTRY—DEANERY GROUP
There will be another event run by the Diocese for everyone who is involved in music in their church. It will be on Thursday 19th September starting at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Parish Rooms . All singer, musicians and musical directors invited and welcome.
We know you will make Bishop John very welcome in Burnley. We now confirm that Bishop John will be celebrating the following Masses next weekend as part of his visitation to our parish:
Saturday 21st September 6.30pm Vigil Mass at St Mary’s
Sunday 22nd September 9.15am Mass at Christ the King
Sunday 22nd September 10.45am Mass at St John’s.
The next hike will be on Sunday 29th September, and is 7 miles in the Stonyhurst area, and is graded Moderate. However this time we will meet at St Mary’s church car park at 1pm and travel on by cars to the starting point
ALL THREE CHURCHES
Prayer Group For Vocations To The Priesthood
At St Mary’s Church at 7pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Entrance by the Sacristy door adjacent to the car park. All are welcome.
Good Samaritan Parish Board and Card Games
for parishioners of all 3 churches:
At our August Board & Card Games session we were introduced to a game called Chaos and it proved as chaotic as its name. It is described as easy to learn, yet challenging to master. Peals of laughter and howls of frustration rang out as we did our best. It was a relief to relax with a game of rummikub.
We will meet next Tuesday afternoon 10th September at 2 o’clock. If you would like to join our merry throng, please phone Maureen Smith on 01282 433706 for full details.
Home Produce Stall
The Home Produce Stall has been established to allow people to contribute to parish life, for the benefit and pleasure of others. It also provides a small but consistent flow of income for the parish.
People use their skills and talents to make goods for sale. Mainly it is edibles – cakes, mini-meals, bread etc, along with occasional donations of jam, marmalade, fresh fruit and veg, plants. We welcome anything that has the tag ‘home produce’. We sell it at the Sunday Coffee Morning. So people who may not otherwise be able to make major contributions of time and energy bring joy to people who relish their produce.
You are invited to help in two possible ways. First, can you contribute to the stall from your skills and experience. Or you could play ‘stall-holder of the week’! We have a rota of people who come and sell the goodies, which is a great opportunity for chat and make new friends.
If you want to help in either way, please call Frank or Barbara on 01282 424967 or 07713 718 700
Music In Church
Both St John's Choir and St Mary's Music Groups meet to practice on a Thursday evening; 7:00pm at St Mary's & 7:30 at St John's.
You are warmly invited, and will be welcome to join either group to help enhance our sung liturgies.
St John's Ivy Street every third Sunday.
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Other Events/Announcements of Interest
Charity Curry Evening in support of
Monday, 28th October 2019
Usha Restaurant, Rossendale Rd
Click here for more information
Help us Celebrate our Centenary!
Burnley Catenian Circle will be 100 in November 2020 and there will be some celebrations!
As part of the build up, we are seeking to gather a record of the Circle's history and are appealing for old photos, articles, memorabilia and memories of Circle events, members and families.
Can you help?
Fr Lawrence celebrated the 6th Anniversary of priesthood this week! Thank you, Father, for your love and service. He also passed his driving test this week. Well done: now you may steer us to Heaven!!
Knights of St Columba
Find out more about the 110 Club - click here!
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does?
Why not consider nominating it for a national award?
Click here for further information
Mission Possible, Nairobi:
Community Sponsorship Group
Help Raise Money to Help Our Syrian Refugee Family
Click Here to Join Our 100 Club Draw!
Here's your chance to volunteer for any voluntary posts which may appear from time to time in any or all of our three parishes.
Occasionally we may feature some opportunities for voluntary work with worthy causes in the wider community too!
Our first featured advertisement is for a good cause you may not have thought about...
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From Our Parish Day Trip Out to Buxton,
25th April 2019 -
Sign Outside Local Cafe:
Luckily we brought no children with us!