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Welcome to

 

Christ the King Church

 

Burnley

(Incorporating the Church of St Teresa)

 

Address: Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 9 Healey Ct, Burnley, BB11 2QJ

Phone via St Mary's Presbytery: 01282 422 007

Safeguarding Representative: Mike Morris,

Phone: 07563 998 334 (only for Safeguarding issues)

 

 

⚠️IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS⚠️ 

 

 

*CORONAVIRUS NOTICES*

 

 

COVID UPDATE FOR THE PARISH

The parish clergy team has reviewed the current arrangements. In the light of the rising numbers of cases, hospitalisations and deaths we decided to leave arrangements unchanged until further notice This means that, to enable people to continue to feel safe in church, we retain the current layout of our seating, continuing to enable social distancing. We continue to request that adults continue to wear face coverings and sanitize their hands before entering the church. Thank you for your help and cooperation in these difficult times.

 

 

DISPENSATION FROM ATTENDING MASS

As we are experiencing a great increase in numbers attending Mass in our churches, it is timely to remind everyone that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days has been suspended since the start of the pandemic. For those who feel unready or unable to return, you may know that the Prayer of Spiritual Communion is recited to include you in our prayers. Here is an example of a Prayer that you may wish to say:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since at this moment I cannot receive you sacramentally, please come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you now as if you were already here and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you, Amen

 

THE LATEST MASS TIMES: 

 

St Mary’s Church Update:

St Mary’s church remains temporarily closed until further notice as it needs essential repair. We will continue to keep you informed through the Newsletter and through the Web site.

 

PUBLIC MASSES AND OTHER SERVICES WEEK COMMENCING 23RD OCTOBER

The roadworks are now complete and so we have ready access to both churches. Or planned programme for next week is as follows. Please look on the website for any unexpected changes we need to make. Please also talk to friends who may not have the internet if there are any changes. Thank you for your patience during the recent inconveniences.

Monday     Weekend

                  9.30am St John’s                                      7.00pm Christ the King

Tuesday     Ss Chad and Cedd

                  9.30am Christ the King.                        10.45am St John’s Funeral Mass for Michael Hargrave RIP

Wednesday Weekday

                  9.30am Christ the King                               7.00pm St John’s

Thursday    Ss Simon and Jude

                  9.30am Christ the King                               12.00 noon St John’s       

Friday        Weekday

                  9.30am St John’s                                         12.00 noon Christ the King

Saturday   Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                 9.30am Christ the King

                 Vigil Masses: 6.00pm St John’s                       6.30pm Christ the King

Sunday:   All Saints Day

                 9.15am** and 5.00pm Christ the King              9.30am** and 11.00am St John’s

**The Sunday 9.30am Mass at St John’s will be live-streamed.

 

Saturday Vigil Masses: Please consider attending at either of the Vigil Masses in the parish where there is currently more capacity.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Saturdays from 5.15pm to 5.55pm at St John’s church, prior to the Vigil Mass.
EXPOSITION AND RECONCILIATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation every Saturday at Christ the King church from 10.30am to 11.30am.

EXPOSITION: There will be Exposition starting 30 mins before each weekday Mass

*The Sunday 9.30am Mass from St John’s will be live-streamed.

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 mins before the weekday Masses.

 

CHURCH STEWARDS

Huge thanks to our stewards who make attendance at church possible as we continue to work at remaining safe whilst in church. Please call Fr David if you would like to join this invaluable team.

 

WHICH MASS TO CHOOSE?

At the moment the demand for the Vigil Masses is less than those on Sunday mornings, so it may ease the stewarding considerations if you choose to attend either of the two Vigil Masses. Midweek Masses are more lightly attended, and can be used unless your only option is at the weekend.

 

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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!

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REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULES!

 

HANDS: The virus travels through touching things that an infected person has touched. If you then touch your nose, mouth or eyes, you may transfer the virus into your own body. So wash your hands, for 20 seconds, every time you have been in contact outside your home.

FACE: You are legally obliged to cover your face in all shops, hospitals, church and other places. It prevents you spreading the virus to others, with some exceptions.

SPACE: When a person coughs or sneezes it is though that the minuscule droplets travel up to two meters. So you keep safe by keeping apart from others. Unfortunately, there are many people who seem to disregard this, so they offer a risk to others, especially indoors.

 

 

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.

 

These comments are a brief summary of the full guidelines.

If they worry you, please read the full Government Guidance here.

 

 
 

  

 

PUBLIC MASSES AND SERVICES IN THE PARISH

 

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.

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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.

 

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OTHER NOTICES 

 

COP 26: Bishop John has asked us to take an interest in this major event which aims to improve

the environment for the future of the world. Please keep the delegates in your prayers

COP26 LETTER TO OUR LOCAL MP, ANTONY HIGGINBOTHAM

The parish CAFOD group tried unsuccessfully to arrange a meeting with our local MP regarding the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, COP26. The meeting was going to involve group members, pupil representatives from our parish schools and other interested parishioners or constituents. Since Antony Higginbotham is unable to meet us, as a group we have decided to write a letter urging him to ensure our UK Government leads by example and helps secure a just climate deal for all the world. We think it is very important that he knows the views of his constituents and we are hoping parish groups will add their signatures to this letter and you can view the letter on the CAFOD group page of our parish website: http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/index.php/home-page/cafod

Please have your name added as a signatory to this letter, please contact Paul Carney, a member of the CAFOD group, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ALTAR SERVER REFRESHER COURSE

Calling ALL Altar Servers from ALL THREE CHURCHES in the Parish! Calling all young people who would like to become altar servers!

Please come to a Refresher Course at St John's Ivy Street on Saturday 23rd October at 11am until about 12.30pm. All young people welcome. Any queries contact Margaret Robinson 07875927227.

 

BURNLEY CATENIANS’ CENTENARY BANQUET

Burnley Catenians will be celebrating their centenary (albeit a year late!) with a black-tie event, which includes a banquet meal and disco, in the newly refurbished function suite at Burnley Football Club on Friday 12th November 2021. Tickets, priced at £35.00, are available by contacting Peter Nuttall on 07546261012

 

PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 21/22

We would like to invite parents of children in school Year 4 (or older) including those who do not attend one of our Catholic schools in our parish, who wish their child to join the Parish Sacramental Programme. This will involve them being prepared to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion over the next few months. The initial meetings for parents and children, when registration will take place are as follows:

St John’s: at 6.30pm on Tuesday 2nd November in St John’s parish hall St Mary’s: at 6pm on Thurs 4th November at St Mary’s school.

The meeting and Mass at Christ the King took place on Tues 5th October at Christ the King school For further details please contact Fr David tel 01282 422007.

 

“THE FATHER OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL” AND A PARISHIONER

Fr David conducted a service of remembrance as a headstone was raised for the late Jimmy Hogan and other family members. Jimmy was buried from St Mary’s church in 1974. Jimmy is known across footballing Europe as ‘the father of football’. He started his career at Burnley, and 10 years on he coached many European national teams and laid the foundations for their success in World and European Championships. He is given credit for masterminding England’s first home defeat by a non-British side– the 3 – 6 defeat by Hungary which shook the nation in 1953.

There’s a fuller article on the website outlining his career and achievements, as well as describing his strong faith and its impact on his life and work, A ‘forgotten hero’.

 

FOOTBALL CAR PARK VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - 6 TIMES PER SEASON?

The third team has started to grow thanks for your response to this appeal so the workload is already reducing! Please join our happy team of volunteers who run the car park at St Mary’s during Burnley FC matches. You’ll be surprised to know how infrequently you will be ‘on duty’! Right now it’s only once every other game—that’s a maximum of 9 games (plus cup ties, but we tend not to have many!). If we can increase the number of teams doing the work it will be only 6/7 games when you’ll be on duty (plus cup ties).

Each match you will be there for about 90 minutes and if you’re a fan, you will have plenty of time to get to the game. Our price per car is low, so most parkers are happy to pay!

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Thanks to Maria Boys of our parish SVP for speaking at all the Masses in the parish over the last two weekends. Particular thanks to those who responded to the invitation to give their time to help the SVP. We are very grateful.

 

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE WEEKLY—ONLINE

The Universe Catholic Weekly is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Order your Digital copy by going to www.universecatholicweekly.co.uk or call us on 0743661 7650 and ask for Michelle. Special offer: Only £20 for 3 months.

 

HOSPICE AND MACMILLAN FUNDRAISER

Many thanks for all the support for our Macmillan / Hospice afternoon tea. Thank you too for your generosity: we raised £285 which will be divided between the two charities. A lovely afternoon and a chance for a welcome catch up. Plus Tea and Cakes. What’s not to like!! Anne Marie

 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH BY STANDING ORDER

Could those who contribute to St Mary’s or St John’s by Standing Order, please kindly contact your bank and inform them that the payment should now be made as follows: Name: The Salford Diocesan Trust :The Good Samaritan Parish Sort Code: 205558 Account number: 50404640. Many thanks.

 

 KSC ROSARY FOR PEACE

Every year the Knights of St Columba run a campaign for peace through the Holy Rosary. This year they will lead the Rosary for Peace after 7pm Mass on Wednesday 6th October.

 

ANTI-SLAVERY DAY 18TH OCTOBER

Following on from this day, David Ross will be speaking very briefly, on behalf of Caritas Salford, at the end of some of the Masses on the weekend of 23rd / 24th Oc- tober, to bring back to the forefront of our minds this continuing exploitation of millions of men, women and children, including tens of thousands in our country today, and our need to spot signs and how to report suspicions. Please do take a copy of the information leaflet, and further newsletters will refer to the Caritas page on our parish website, with links to stories and videos.

 

MISSIO RED BOXES

For the Christ the King community October is the time for the collection of the Missio Red Boxes. Please call Stephen and Francesca on 07593 854661 or 07874 882132 to arrange collection or bring your Boxes to Church if possible . Thank you for your continuing generosity in these challenging times.

At St John’s the Autumn Missio magazines have arrived for distribution at St John’s. Your much needed donations will be gratefully received if you feel able to give at this time of great need in the world today.

 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY SESSIONS AT ST JOHN’S—RESTARTING

The sessions will be returning to St John the Baptist with effect from 3rd October. They will take place during the Sunday 11am Mass. Parents are welcome to accompany their children if necessary during the first few weeks.

 

MACMILLAN / HOSPICE AFTERNOON TEA

Many thanks for all the support for our Macmillan / Hospice afternoon tea. Thanks to your generosity we raised £285 which will be divided between the two charities. A lovely afternoon and a chance for a welcome catch up plus Tea and Cakes. What’s not to like!! Anne Marie

   

THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH - ON A WEEKEND WHERE THE LITURGY CELEBRATES MARRIAGE

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.

 

HOSPICE AND MACMILLAN FUNDRAISER

Many thanks for all the support for our Macmillan / Hospice afternoon tea. Thank you too for your generosity: we raised £285 which will be divided between the two charities. A lovely afternoon and a chance for a welcome catch up. Plus Tea and Cakes. What’s not to like!! Anne Marie

 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY SESSIONS AT ST JOHN’S—RESTARTING

The sessions have restarted at St John the Baptist with effect from 3rd October. They will take place during the Sunday 11am Mass. Parents are welcome to accompany their children if necessary during the first few weeks.

 

EVENING VIGIL DURING THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY

The Blackburn and district Legion of Mary are offering a vigil at St Joseph’s Church, Audley Range, Blackburn on Thursday 7th October. This will begin with a procession and the rosary at 6.30pm. Mass will be celebrated at 7pm and there will be a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8.15pm concluding with Benediction. Everyone is welcome.

 

THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH - ON A WEEKEND WHERE THE LITURGY CELEBRATES MARRIAGE

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.

 

PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP JOHN ARNOLD

This weekend we have a Pastoral letter from Bishop John in preparation for the forthcoming COP26 summit on the Environment o shortly take place in Glasgow. He asks us to take an avid intertest in the conference and to keep the delegates in your prayers. If anyone requires a copy of the letter please contact Fr David. Thank you

 

LIVE STREAMING—CAN YOU HELP ONCE A FORTNIGHT!

Our live stream is a vital, and sometimes the only connection for many of the people in the parish, who, for whatever reason cannot get to Mass on Sundays. We need someone to help out on the live stream team for an hour or two every other Sunday. Full training and lots of support given. It's not too hard and it's a new skill, a new insight into how we live stream services. In addition, from time to time we

need help with weekday services, (eg funeral Masses, weddings, etc) which is again an invaluable service to many at home and abroad - even if you cannot commit to a Sunday, are you sometimes available during the week on an ad hoc basis?

If you think you may be interested and would like to know more, please contact Mike Morris on 07929 451 566 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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PHOTO OF A WWI SOLDIER—CAN YOU HELP?

We have had a request via our website for a photo of a WWI soldier who features there. His name is John William Welsby and he was KIA on 3rd June 1917. If you do have one please call Barbara on 01282 424967 who will either put you in touch or act as go-between, Thank you

 

HUMOUR AND HORROR IN THE BIBLE!

Fancy a weekend away in November (19th to 21st)? This is the theme of a weekend at Minsteracres Retreat Centre near Hexham with the international speaker, songwriter and author from the Iona Community - the Rev John Bell. Some members of the Good Samaritan Parish are now booking and you are welcome to join in. All details are available in printed form at the back of church, or on the parish website or ring Karen 431723 who will forward them to you. Cost: £175 full board. Highly recommended!

 

🌎 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.

  

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.

If you know of anyone who hasn't received the vaccine & would like to, information is available on the NHS website or e-mail; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

   

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.

 
  

CAFOD NEWS UPDATE

Don’t forget it was CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day last Friday. Leave your donations in the enve- lopes at the back of our churches. See the parish CAFOD webpage for how to be active..
The UN Climate Conference, COP26, is fast approaching. The UK holds a pivotal role in ensuring nations agree bold targets to cut carbon emissions. CAFOD has ways for you to get involved. CAFOD’s ‘Reclaim Our Common Home’, continues and Pope Francis is urging Catholics to tackle the climate crisis. One option is to urge Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to show leadership ahead of COP26. Please sign the petitions to them below. We need lots more signatories to protect those now suffering, and all of our futures:

Boris Johnson - https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/73304/petition/1 Rishi Sunak - https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/85465/action/2

For more news, especially the latest on emergencies across the world. http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/index.php/home-page/cafod

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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.

If you would like to include an item, or make a Mass Offering, please email:(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your request before midday on Thursday.

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

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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. 

 

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FEAST DAYS FOR THIS WEEK

 

 

WEEK Commencing 11th October  

 

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 

“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.

Email us with your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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! 😃

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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!

 

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LIVE STREAMED MASSES

 

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

 

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For October

Missionary Disciples: We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.

Papal Prayer Intention for 2021

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We pray that the planet's resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.

Artificial Intelligence
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial

intelligence may always serve humankind.

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We pray that today's families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

 

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Intentions in Ordinary Time

● A deeper understanding between Christians and Jews
● Those who suffer persecution oppression and denial of human rights
● Europe

● Seafarers

The Bread of Life—A Prayer

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; Amen.

 

Pope Francis’ Prayer for grandparents and the Elderly

The special day which Pope Francis declared for grandparents and the elderly (last Sunday) caught us a bit unawares! So here’s a little catch-up.

A comment from Pope Francis: “How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith! Speaking about family life, I would like to say one thing: today, as Brazil and the Church around the world celebrate this feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Grandparents Day is also being celebrated. How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage

which is so essential for each and every society! How important it is to have intergenerational exchanges and dialogues, especially within the context of the family.”

And an extract from the Prayer for this special group of people: “I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me. I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.”

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 

 

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Pope Francis, Audience, Vatican, St Peter'S Square

 

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

“The faith Christ taught us is what we see in Saint Joseph. He did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it. Joseph’s attitude encourages us to ac- accept and welcome others as they are, without exception, and to show special concern for the weak, for God chooses what is weak (cf. 1 Cor 1:27). He is the “Father of orphans and protector of widows” (Ps 68:6), who commands us to love the stranger in our midst. I like to think that it was from Saint Joseph that Jesus drew inspiration for the parable of the prodigal son and the merciful father (cf. Lk 15:11-32).”

Pope Francis in ‘Patris Corde’

 

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.”

   

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MASS INTENTIONS

Lately Dead: Mary Fitzgerald, Sean Flanagan, Vladas Daunoras, Margaret Hill, Gerda Greenhalgh, Ronnie Perry, Canon Francis Deeney.

Anniversaries: Elizabeth Green, James Nutter, Monica Atherton, Derek Gill (1st Anniversary), Hilda Taylor.

Other Intentions: Brian Bennett, Clergy of the Good Samaritan parish, Thomas McVicker, In thanks to St Anthony.

In Memoriam: Jack Flood

 

Candle in Towneley Chapel: Fr David Featherstone, Andrew Harrison

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FOODBANK AND OFFERTORY COLLECTION

 

 

Foodbank - keep it up!

Sadly the appeal has to continue. There are lots of places where you can drop off actual groceries—non-perishables please unless it’s oranges. All the ‘big’ supermarkets and Spar shops have drop-off points, as do Barclays, Lloyds, and Nationwide banks in the town centre. Why not choose a few extra pieces with your weekly shopping, if you can afford, and help families in great need.

You can also contribute online:

(via Blessed Trinity at https://tinyurl.com/ BlessedTrinityJustGiving by making one-off or monthly payments. Congratulations to Blessed Trinity—their Just Giving webpage has passed the £10,000 marker!! Well done young ’uns!! You can donate cash at St John’s Presbytery, drop it off in a clearly marked envelope. This led to £185.00 being donated during August.

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.  

 

 

Offertory Collection

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.

 

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CAFOD UPDATES

 

 

CAFOD UPDATE

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. 

You can sign the online petition to the Prime Minister and/or donate here: Reclaim Our Common Home 

 

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.

If you would like one of these boxes for Advent or at any other time then please get in touch with Anne Marie Coppock on 721701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

 

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Christ the King

Community Gathering


 

Next dates for early 2020:

 

TBC

 

All at 7:15pm in Christ the King Presbytery

 

Come along to the next meeting – you'll be most welcome!

 

 

 

Introduction

Mass Times

  

How to Find Us

Christ the King Roman Catholic Church

9 Healey Ct, Burnley BB11 2QJ

Click here for a Map

NB please contact via St Mary's Presbytery: 01282 422 007

 

Parish Groups

 

Click here to go to our Groups Page.

 

School

Our local school is Christ the King RC Primary School.

Click here to visit their website (opens up in a separate page).

 

Church History:

 

cliick on this link.

 

Christ the King & St Teresa's: Photos Old and New

 A miscellany of photos, past and present, from the earliest days to the present (almost!)

 

- click here for Christ the King photos

- or click here for St Teresa photos

 

Links to other churches in the parish:

 

  St John the Baptist

  St Mary of the Assumption

 

 

 

Picture of Christ by Mateus Ranielli. 

Magnifying glass original (amended here) by OpenClipart-Vectors.

Community Gathering image by Gerd Altmann.

Yellow Flower by Ioachim Marcu from Pixabay 

Praying hands by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 

Earth by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Advent candles by OpenClipart-Vectors 

Wrapped gift by Oberholster Venita

All from Pixabay, with grateful thanks.