Thought for the day for Monday 30th March
In today’s first reading two elders try to seduce an innocent woman, but when the alarm is called, they turn the tables on her and falsely accuse Susanna of doing what is unlawful, for which the penalty is death. Daniel, a man of God intervenes and the innocent women is set free; the two men are punished for their sin. In the Gospel the Jews try to trap Jesus by bringing before him a woman caught in act of adultery, for which the punishment is death by stoning; Jesus tells the accusers “let the one who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”: they walk away and the woman though not innocent is freed by the mercy of God and told to sin no more.
We are all sinners ourselves so we all need to receive the mercy of God and none of us would want to unfairly judged by others. We need to be very careful about falsely accusing others of things they might have done. I always feel a better way is to give people the benefit of the doubt and leave the judging to God.
Thought for the day Saturday 28th March
'Do not be afraid. You have won God's favour'.
The angel Gabriel may have said this to Mary thousands of years back as recorded in the Gospel of St Luke but these words are also addressed to us for whom God gave up His only begotten Son. Definitely we have His favour. We are important to Him because He cherishes us. He cares and will not allow us to be overwhelmed and eventually be destroyed by the menacing pandemic. The holy rosary, all other forms of devotions, like Scriptures and spiritual reading, serve to remind us of His love and closeness to us. As we spend this period indoors in our homes away from our normal Eucharistic weekly celebrations, may our faith and prayers sustain our spiritual lives and fortify us against the ravaging brutal enemy also known as COVID-19.
God has a vested interest in your life.
In these days when we are unable to come to Mass, perhaps more frequent connection throughout the day with the Lord in prayer would be good. One suggestion might to pray the Angelus prayer (see below) twice daily around Midday and 6pm. It is largely based on the encounter of Our Lady with the Angel Gabriel and only takes a couple of minutes to pray. In these days of uncertainty, may Our Lady gently urge us to trust the Lord as she did in the uncertain times in her own life.
Leader: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
R: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit
Leader: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R: Be it done unto me according to thy Word.
Leader: And the Word was made Flesh.
R: And dwelt amongst us.
Leader: Pray for us, Most Holy Mother of God.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Leader: Let us Pray.
Pour forth, we beseech you O Lord, Thy grace unto our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
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A Cheerful, Hopeful Message -
sent by Barbara Grime
My cousin sent this to me. It is supposed to be from Pope Francis. Whether it is or not, I think it is worth sharing!
So beautiful. Tonight before falling asleep, think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again, when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let's think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will all be a memory, but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious.
Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage. See you soon.
In case you were unable to watch the Pope's live Urbi et Orbi broadcast, here's a link to the full text of his meditation:
We received this splendid idea from Mick Armfield of Burnley Catenians:
Just an idea. The Government have rightly asked us to thoroughly wash our hands, on a regular basis, for a period of around 20 seconds. Rather than sing 'Happy Birthday to you' twice, as suggested, why not say the Lord's Prayer which also takes approximately 20 seconds to recite.
Pope Francis has made a statement this morning (23/3/20) at Mass.....
Reconciliation for Easter
“I know that many of you go to confession before Easter … many will say to me: ‘But Father ….. I cannot leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me ….. How can I do that unless I find a priest?’ Do what the catechism says. It is very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He is your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord, I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God’s grace immediately. You yourself can draw near, as the catechism teaches us, to God’s forgiveness, without having a priest at hand.”
21/3/20 (updated 26/3/20):
We aim to provide a video of each Sunday's Mass celebrated at St Mary's, Burnley, for the duration.
We've currently hit an unforseen snag so may not yet be able to live stream Mass this coming Sunday but we're working on it!
In the meantime, from late morning/early afternoon onwards on Sunday click on "View Mass" on the menu bar above to watch this week-end's Mass for the 5th Sunday in Lent, celebrated by Fr David.
19/3/20 (since updated):
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 Benneth Okonkwo, 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.
The Bishops of England and Wales have advised Catholics with cold or flu symptoms to refrain from communion on the tongue or from the chalice to help contain the spread of the virus. Our priests and Ministers in the parish are currently being extra careful about hygiene before the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and in peoples homes.
Hope in the Future - Click here
Don't Miss Our New Prayer Cards! - click here to view
New War Dead Section
After several months of pretty intense behind-the-scenes activity, the St Mary's Parish War Dead section has been completely redeveloped, with a comprehensive list of St Mary's War Dead (which also covers men who lived in what was to become the Christ the King parish, by the way) and the cemeteries which became their final resting places.
Make our efforts worthwhile - take a look and browse at your leisure. If you're related to any of the parish war dead then we'd particularly like to hear from you if you have any corrections, additional info or photos you can share with us.
We hope you enjoy you visit to the new part of our parish website and that you find it interesting and informative!
The first Sing for Water North took place in Manchester in June 2011 and is one of a number of regional events in support of Sing for Water
Whether you are here as someone who would like to take part, or as a supporter, we hope that you will find something of interest. You can take a look at our Previous Events, Get Involved or Donate!
In 2020 Sing for Water North will, it is hoped, take place in Preston City Centre, on Saturday June 13th. The event will be hosted by Preston People’s Choir with their Musical Director Moira Hill and supported by colleagues from the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network.
Contact Karen Smith 431723 if not internet active or just want to chat about it.
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Given the current state of uncertainty, notifications of regular events have been removed (hopefully temporarily!) for the time being.
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Other Events/Announcements of Interest
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?
Mission Possible, Nairobi:
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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To mark the very special occasion of our three churches coming together as one new parish, on Saturday 28th September we held a Celebration Mass at St Mary's followed by a Reception at Turf Moor, attended by 250 parishioners from all 3 churches.
To view some great photos taken of the occasion by Denise Foulds, click here
The Parish of the Good Samaritan logo design by Lucy in Year 8, BTCC
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