UPDATE FROM FR DAVID ON COVID IMPLICATIONS
As the lockdown continues we are able to have public Mass and Services. We are very dependent on the health of the priests and significantly the health, safety and generosity of our wonderful stewards. We are very grateful to the commitment and dedication they have shown throughout.
We are grateful to those who have recently started as stewards, so if anyone else would like to become a steward please contact Fr David.
Our collective praise and thanks to our clergy for their ministry over the Easter season. The range of ser- vices was as full as the current restrictions allow, and gave us access to participate fully and be spiritually nourished and fulfilled in the Triduum. Thanks for Mark’s excellent work in planning attendances, and our stewards’ diligence which made our experiences safe. The praise from far and near for the live-streamed services has been fulsome, and a great credit to the streaming team. So, from the parish, thank you, and God bless your work and the gifts you have brought to us all.
Public Masses for the parish as follows. They may be subject to change at short notice so, if you can, check daily on the parish website for updates.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 mins before all of the weekday Masses.
THIS WEEK'S MASSES:
|St Mary's||Christ the King||St John's**|
|MONDAY||9.30 am||7.00 pm||X|
|WEDNESDAY||9.30 am||NO MASS||7.00 pm|
|FRIDAY||9.30 am||12 Noon||X|
NB: We have reinstated the 6.30pm Vigil Mass at St Mary’s from Saturday 8th May
Every Saturday there will be Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's from 10.30 to 11.30am.
The Reconciliation will take place on the Sacred Heart altar.
**Please note we have reinstated the 6pm Vigil Mass at St John’s from Saturday 10th April.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 mins before the weekday Masses.
Exposition and Reconciliation:
Every Saturday there will be Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's from 10.30 to 11.30 am. The Reconciliation will take place on the Sacred Heart altar. Please be guided by the Stewards. Thank you.
Removal of Obligation to attend Mass: Because of the position the Church still finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation remains lifted until further notice.
DON’T DROP YOUR GUARD!!
Remember! This virus doesn't spread on its own: you, (yes, you), and others spread it when we go outside our households and mix with others in other places.
DON’T RELAX! We pray that the vaccine is successful, but please don’t drop your guard—the virus is still spreading like wildfire!
READ ALL ABOUT IT! We have discovered a really good and informative website with simply worded but high-quality guidance. It has 18 different sheets like the one aside. It runs from what to do if you have symptoms, to looking after children who are going to school. Please look at it, use the information and pass it on to family friends and neighbours. It is also available in several languages so pass it on to people who speak and understand their own language best.
🌐THE WEBSITE IS: https://covid19graphics.info/
This virus is killing people, and leaving others with long-term health problems—don’t let it be you or yours.
Take no risks, stay safe. We are all responsible for this!
REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULES!
It’s great news that the roll-out of the vaccine is starting this month. It’s a great development to benefit us all, please God. In the meantime keep safe with the following Golden Rules.
So, please keep safe, and protect your loved ones and all those around you.
Remember, this virus kills people, and others have become seriously ill,
often with long-term adverse impact on their lives.
Exposition: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 minutes before all of the above Masses.
Exposition and Reconciliation: Every Saturday there will be Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's from 10.30 to 11.30am. The Reconciliation will take place on the Sacred Heart altar. Please be guided by the Stewards.
Grateful thanks to Mark our Seminarian for doing such a splendid job in organising very successfully our bookings for the Masses for the Christmas Octave. We are very grateful to him.
We are very grateful to the stewards who have been so faithful and committed through this pandemic and on whom we totally rely to be able to continue to keep the churches open.
We will review the above programme as we proceed and keep you informed through the website and newsletter.
TESTING FOR COVID 19—FREE—STILL AVAILABLE —PLEASE HAVE ONE!!
You will see that the problem of the virus spreading and we have had extra restrictions coming in.
This testing programme is to help the authorities to know how widespread it is, and learn how to manage and control it better. It is continuing for these reasons, in spite of problems we are seeing elsewhere, so please don’t be put off from being tested. It’s free and available on Centenary Way near the Gala Bingo, Saturday to Wednesday, between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
Please note the change of days it is available. No booking needed. Just turn up.
No injection—they just take a swab. Waiting times vary but queues keep moving.
Our thanks to the staff and volunteers who run the service.
CAFOD APPEAL FOR INDIA COVID CRISIS
CAFOD is working hard in India in very difficult circumstances as we have all seen daily on our TVs.
They have already pledged £200,000 to Caritas India. Donations to our Coronavirus Appeal are URGENTLY needed, please. It will allow us to reach more families around the world and to help support Caritas India’s response.
For further updates or to make a personal donation visit, https://cafod.co.uk.
To make a donation in your church, please mark an envelope CAFOD Coronavirus appeal and leave in the baskets at the back of our churches. Please make out any cheques to “CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal” and they will be forwarded directly to CAFOD HQ.
QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE (QAVS)
Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does? Why not consider nominating it for a national award? We all know the value of voluntary effort to support communities not least in the difficult circumstances we are continuing to face in 2021. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was established to recognise exceptional groups of individuals who give their time freely for the benefit of others and make a real difference in the communities they serve. It is the highest honour (equivalent to the MBE) that can be bestowed upon groups.
Groups must be nominated for the award - self-nomination is not permitted. A group (three or more people and operating for at least three years) can be nominated if it is based in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Further details on eligibility criteria and the online nomination process (which is fairly straightforward) are available from: https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/. The closing date is 15th September 2021.
SAINT TERESA OF KOLKATA SPEAKING ON ‘LOVE ONE ANOTHER’
“My prayer for you is that you may grow in the likeness of Christ, being real carriers of God's love and that you really bring his presence, first, into your own family, then, to the next-door neighbour, the street we live in, the town we live in, the country we live, then only, in the whole world, that living example of God's presence"
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”
🌎 PARISH WEBSITE—INTERNATIONAL🌎
Our parish website gets visitors literally from every part of the country and some of those visitors have dropped in many hundreds of times from different towns and cities. We also get quite a great number of visitors from overseas and we've probably had people from pretty much every country on earth by now. One period of 24 hours we had:
Pakistan: 1 location / 2 visits
USA: 4 locations / 4 visits
Canada: 1 location /2 visits
Dubai 1 location/2 visits.
And one visit from each of: Burkina Faso, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands.
And yes, you did read it correctly—that’s just one day!! Well done to all the website team.
ECCLESIASTICAL EDUCATION FUND
Sunday 25th April was Good Shepherd Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Easter, and a day of prayer for Vocations to the priesthood and Religious life. We have not had a parish collection this year to support the training of priests for the Diocese, but if anyone wants to make an individual donation by cash or by cheque payable to “EEF”, we will ensure it gets passed onto the Fund. Thank you.
COVID CHAMPION NEWS
In our parishes, we want to keep ourselves & families safe & wish for the protection of the whole community. It is so important that we vaccinate everyone, so we can enjoy our lives & town again.
GIFT AID—THE PARISH NEEDS YOUR HELP!
We require someone from each of our three churches to help with the administration of Gift Aid for the parish. An interest in numbers might help, but you do not need to be experienced as training will be provided by the Diocese. If interested please contact Fr David.
Gift Aid adds 25% to each donor’s contribution, so is a really important source of income.
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST NEEDS YOUR HELP
As we hopefully move to a more “normal” time we are looking for one or two people to join our team and help in managing the Parish Rooms at St Johns. If you think you could help please contact either Margaret Pickles 07751025178 or Michael Mulrooney 07791506695
STEWARDS IN OUR CHURCHES
We are very dependent on the generosity of our wonderful stewards. We are very grateful for the dedication they have shown throughout. If anyone would like to become a steward please contact Fr David.
Canon copier inks:
If anyone would like free of charge some new unused black and colour ink cartridges
Ref 540/541 for a Canon computer printer, please contact Fr Damien.
MISSIO - RED BOX DONATIONS
In 2020 one of our communities raised £2,076.04 through your Red Box donations. THANK YOU. Communities around the world are so grateful that people here in Burnley are supporting them through prayer and your generous donations. Also, donations so far for 2021 have raised £785.29. Prayerful loving thanks for your ongoing generous support.
We are grateful for your continued support and appreciate a donation by cheque of £50.00 and cash donations of £23.00. By donating to CAFOD, you are supporting the Caritas church network, one of the largest aid networks in the world. With your generous support they are able to reach out to communities in 165 countries, through a global family of experts who know where the need is greatest and how to respond. The coronavirus pan-
demic has pushed even more communities into extreme need, with families in refugee camps or ar- ea of conflict facing a new and deadly threat from the virus itself, and from lockdown restrictions. Please keep their work in your prayers." Click HERE for more CAFOD related news.
MAILING THE NEWSLETTER
Until we get back to normal activities, if you need a paper copy of this Newsletter please contact Fr David tel 422007 with your name and address. He is happy to forward it to you.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
These daily reflections from the parish clergy team are available on this link, each day.
The Lord’s Day at Home sheets are available on this link and are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed.
FEAST DAYS FOR HOLY WEEK
Mon 10th May Easter Weekday
Tues 11th May Easter Weekday
Wed 12th MaySt Pancras
Thurs 13th May Ascension of the Lord
Fri 14th MaySt Matthias
Sat 15th May Easter Weekday
Sun 16th May Seventh Sunday of Easter
“I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder!!”
Here’s one of the Quotes sent from a parishioner on the website.
There are many more—and Quips! Have a laugh! Enjoy the wisdom!
Send us one of your own favourites!
We’re all deeply into our new way of life and most of us we need to look for the silver linings.
Till things go back to normal, let’s try to cheer each other up. Parishioner Tony Waters, who many of you may know from St Mary’s, has contacted us with a brilliant idea.
In the current climate, why not have a series of items on reasons to be cheerful?
We reckon that anything that lightens up some of the doom & gloom has got to be good!
We’ll publish them on the website, and in the Newsletter when space allows.
Here’s one of our latest - on being allowed to ‘play out’ (for exercise)
- Unseasonal sunshine
- People smiling because you are deliberately avoiding them
- The fresh green of the springtime trees
- Young families out together for their walk
- Unexpected meetings and chats
Join the fun—share the joy! Tell us your Reasons to be Cheerful! 😃
OVERSEAS ACCLAIM FOR OUR GREAT WEBSITE!
"Everything in the site pulls you into the parish community.
It's like an invitation to belong to something special”
These are the wonderful words sent to our web manager this week from an admirer from the Parish Council of Magheralin Parish in Northern Ireland. She says she's had a good look at our website and was impressed - commenting especially on the dedication it takes to keep it up to date! She adds:
“Sincerely, well done with that design and to all contributors."
She ends by saying she will ask the other members of their Council to take a look...
she wants to steal some of our ideas! Well done to the web team for their dedication, creativity and hard work. Well deserved praise. SHARE THE NEWS! There are many people still self- isolating so make a call!
Read our wonderful newsy and topical parish website, and ring someone with the news and a chat to help with their isolation. Good fun too!
Streamed Sunday Mass: Please note that Fr David and Fr Damien will celebrate the 9.30am Mass on Sundays at St Mary’s and it will continue to be live-streamed.
This Mass will be recorded and available to view later on Sunday morning, or early afternoon.
Thank You: We have built excellent teams of stewards over the weeks and they do a really splendid job. Our thanks to them—without your help, none of this would be viable!
The National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk
The Good Shepherd parish in Colne; www.goodshepherdpendle.org.uk
You can also find the Readings for Mass each day on www.universalis.com
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For April
The World of Finance: Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
Papal Prayer Intention for 2021
Respect for the Planet's Resources:
We pray that the planet's resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial
intelligence may always serve humankind.
We pray that today's families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
Message from Pope Francis about Reconciliation: These words from the Holy Father should help us while some of us cannot go to the Sacrament:
“Do what the catechism says. It’s very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He’s 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, ‘afterwards 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.
"Every political social or religious project involves the inclusion or exclusion of the wounded, lying on the side of the road. Each day each of us faces the choice of being a good Samaritan or an indifferent bystander"
- Pope Francis, 2003
POPE FRANCIS SPEAKING ABOUT CHRIST THE KING
At the end of our life we will be judged on love, that is, on our concrete commitment to love and serve Jesus in our littlest and neediest brothers and sisters. That mendicant, that needy person who reaches out his hand is Jesus; that sick person whom I must visit is Jesus; that inmate is Jesus, that hungry person is Jesus.
WITH A FATHER’S HEART—THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
Saint Joseph saw Jesus grow daily “in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favour”.
As the Lord had done with Israel, so Joseph did with Jesus: he taught him to walk, taking him by the hand; he was for him like a father who raises an infant to his cheeks, bending down to him and feeding him.
In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God: “As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13).
Even through Joseph’s fears, God’s will, his history and his plan were at work. Joseph teaches us that faith in God includes believing that he can work even through our fears, our frailties and our weaknesses. He also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture.
From Patris Corde, Pope Francis’ Letter introducing the Year of St Joseph
Send Your Holy Spirit:
Heavenly Father, You have created each of us to love You and your people.
You have chosen some to serve by responding to the particular call to the priesthood and religious life. Send your Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of those You have designed to follow this path of spiritual leadership.
We pray this petition, faithful and most gracious God, in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
-Pope John Paul II
“An obedient father: As he had done with Mary, God revealed his saving plan to Joseph. He did so by using dreams, which in the Bible and among all ancient peoples, were considered a way for him to make his will known.”
Lately Dead: Kath Horsfall, Mary Anne Melvin., Peggy Gordon
Anniversaries:Henry Burke, Elaine Cartmell, Ken Gorton, John Michael Bailey, Ella Heap, Sarah Gaughan, Mary McLaughlin, Monica Cain, Edward James Purcell
Other Intentions: Ian Mayor, Special intention, Good Samaritan clergy.
Birthday Memorials: Kathleen Kinsella, Alice Dean
Candle in Towneley Chapel: Fr David Featherstone, Andrew Harrison, Jack Bailey, Fr Frank Jennings, Monica Cain.
Foodbank - keep it up!
Sadly, the need continues for us to support the Foodbank. Here’s how:
Every local Spar shop should have a collection point for non-perishable food. There are two ways to make monetary donations:
1. Online Donations: Blessed Trinity is supporting the Foodbank. Website: https://tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving. They have raised £4,946 so far! Well done them!
2. Cash Donations (at St John’s only). You may leave a cash donation (in a clearly marked envelope) at the presbytery or contact David H on 07434 763822 and we will see if we can collect. We will pass these on to the Foodbank via the Community website (above) - this led to £200 being donated during April. Congratulations to everyone at Blessed Trinity—their website has burst through the £8,500 marker!!
Thank you all for your great generosity, online, in cash and in-kind.
Thanks and God bless to everyone who helps with this vital work
Website if you want to make a money donation: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportburnleyfoodbank
Please note that Christ the King has suspended Foodbank collection during the unfolding Coronavirus situation.
RESUMPTION OF OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS
The new regulations mean that there are no longer opportunities to make our weekly offerings. However, you can make your donations online through the parish website.
- Open the Home page and on the right, there is an icon (on the side)
- Click on it and follow the instructions. Please Gift Aid if appropriate.
It’s fully recognised that some people will now be in a worsened financial position and less able to give at the moment so please do not feel obligated. Thank you.
CAFOD Lent Fast Day. Many thanks for your kind donations to CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day during these difficult times. We have received £485 in donations Our sincere thanks.
Your kindness will bring greater access to water to many people in the developing world. There is an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent at 11am via the CAFOD Website. Very prayerful and inspiring.
Please sign up on CAFOD web page if you wish to join in: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray
CAFOD NEWS UPDATE FOR NEWSLETTER
Our Fast Day plans are again scaled back due to COVID, but we hope you were able to take part in prayer and fasting to mark the CAFOD Fast Day. Your donations will help to alleviate the suffering of those with limited access to clean water and it also helps communities working to lessen the horrendous effects to the COVID pandemic.
Please keep CAFOD partners overseas in your prayers during this very difficult time.
Any donation can be placed in an envelope marked CAFOD and left in the donation baskets available in our churches or go to the CAFOD website: www.cafod.org.uk
CAFOD’s new campaign, ‘Reclaim Our Common Home’, is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, to take action to alleviate the pandemics of hunger, poverty runaway climate change.
CAFOD HARVEST FAMILY FAST DAY
Two of our parish junior schools became wholeheartedly involved in our Harvest Fast Day—with wonderful rewards.
One school baked its way to a wonderful £165, the other raised a super £100 (this shared equally with the school fund).
They deserve a huge round of applause!
Well done children, parents and staff—great illustration of Christian action!
The CAFOD group are very grateful for your continued generosity over Harvest Fast Day and beyond. You can continue to donate via https://cafod.org.uk/Give
Some people in the parish raise money for CAFOD by keeping a small CAFOD cardboard collection box in their homes, in which they place any small change.
The CAFOD group at Good Samaritan are very grateful for your continued generosity over Harvest Fast Day. But the need is still great, so, after discussion with Fr David, anybody wishing to make a contribution to the Harvest Family Fast Day by cash or cheque can still do so.
Please label an envelope “CAFOD” and leave it in the collection baskets at the rear of any of the three churches.
Online donations can still be made direct to CAFOD by using the following link: https://cafod.org.uk/ Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day
We also wish to thank the fantastic fundraising achievements of our students, parents and staff at Blessed Trinity College, who have raised an amazing £825.93 Family Fast Day. Well done one and all!
FREE WILL WRITING SERVICE
As we approach the time of year when we remember our deceased family members and friends, CAFOD also remembers its deceased supporters and volunteers through memorial services and Masses. At this time, CAFOD promotes its free will writing service for people who wish to leave a gift for CAFOD’s work in their own wills.
For further details, follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Leave-a-gift-in-your-will
Don’t forget to check out the CAFOD webpage on the parish website for more detailed news, including the latest campaigning news and online CAFOD petition to our Prime Minister.
“You have given with gentle kindness and selfless love, your generosity through these strange times has made such a positive difference.”
RESOURCES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
Do you work with children and young people in school, in the parish or in our community? If so CAFOD has a range of resources and ideas for the new academic year, just visit the CAFOD Group’s webpage for the link to find them.
DISASTERS EMERGENCIES COMMITTEE
CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. CAFOD was able to respond as first cases hit Northern Syria. You can donate directly to CAFOD at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family.
9 Healey Ct, Burnley BB11 2QJ
NB please contact via St Mary's Presbytery: 01282 422 007
Our local school is Christ the King RC Primary School.
Click here to visit their website (opens up in a separate page).
A miscellany of photos, past and present, from the earliest days to the present (almost!)
Picture of Christ by Mateus Ranielli.
Magnifying glass original (amended here) by OpenClipart-Vectors.
Community Gathering image by Gerd Altmann.
Advent candles by OpenClipart-Vectors
Wrapped gift by Oberholster Venita
All from Pixabay, with grateful thanks.