Hello and Welcome to the Home Page of the new
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.
New Sunday Mass times
Please note that our new parish schedule is now in operation.
CELEBRATION MASS AND REFRESHMENTS
To mark the formal coming together of our three churches as one parish we will have a celebration Mass at St Mary’s on Saturday 28th September at 12 Noon. A light lunch will be provided afterwards at Turf Moor and there will be an optional tour of the stadium which, it is hoped, will encourage families to attend. This will be an enjoyable opportunity to share Mass together and to meet and get to know fellow parishioners. Further details to follow.
FOODBANK AT THE PARISH OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
The organisers of the Food Bank send their thanks for your vey generous donations last weekend at St Mary's. Let’s keep it going now and keep pace with the consistent contributions that our St John’s friends have been making for several years.
Please bring your donations and place them in the boxes provided. The organisation has a very clear picture of what they can and cannot use. Please read this carefully before donation.
DO Donate: Tins of beans, fruit, soup meats tuna etc. Pasta, pasta sauce, cuppa-soup, (bagged) potatoes, oranges, tea bags, coffee, cereals. Toilet rolls, soap, shower gel, shampoo and etc. Fresh food that won’t go off in days. Vegetarian and Halal foods particularly welcome.
DO NOT Donate: Bread, biscuits (donated by Warburtons and Farmhouse biscuits. Thank God for their generosity!). Frozen goods.
Please be certain that the food is ‘in-date'. Thank you for your generosity.
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We now have a have a box at the back of Christ the King for any donations to the food bank.
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Kind donators from St John’s are asked to use the above latest requests from the Food Bank as well.
Dates for Your Diary
and Forthcoming Events
Afternoon Tea at St Mary's
There will be another of these very popular events on Wednesday 18th September at 1.00p.m. The theme is 'Harvest'
The cost is £6.00. Payment to be made by 7th/8th September after Saturday evening mass or Sunday mass. Thank you.
We are delighted to announce that Bishop John will be making a visitation of our three churches the weekend of 21st/22nd September. Further details will be communicated as soon as they are known.
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:
If you like playing board games and trying your hand at a friendly game of cards, a warm welcome awaits you for an enjoyable afternoon of fun and challenging games this Tuesday, 20th of August at 2 o’clock. Tea & biscuits will round off the session. Each month we add a different game to our usual repertoire. In July we began with a game of memory, which proved to great fun and more testing than we expected. Contact Maureen Smith on Burnley 433706 for all the 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
KSC CHARITY CONCERT
On 6th September at 8.00pm in the KSC110 Club Phil Richards, a ‘superb vocalist’ will entertain in aid of the HCF and Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund. Tickets £5 including light refreshments—available from Pat (07947 151 931); Ray (07940 260034); and Bernard (07800 867 554).
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!