Following the lifting of Government restrictions in England on 19th July, we would like to clarify our approach in the parish. In the spirit of “Festina Lente” and encouraged by Bishop John, the parish clergy team plan to continue to seek the help of our wonderful stewards at Masses and services in the parish.
To enable people to continue to feel safe in church, we will retain the current layout of our seating, continuing to enable social distancing. We also request that adults continue to wear face coverings and sanitize their hands before entering church. We will continue with these measures until the end of August when we will review them.
DISPENSATION FROM ATTENDING MASS
As we are experiencing the 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
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.
St Mary’s Church Update:
St Mary’s church is still currently temporarily closed as it needs essential repair. The builders con- tinue with their investigatory work before giving their assessment of how to proceed. The investigation includes internal problems within the ceiling and possibly external repairs to the roof. We will keep you informed through the Newsletter and Web site.
THIS WEEK'S MASSES:
|St Mary's||Christ the King||St John's|
|MONDAY||X||7.00 pm||9.30 am|
EXPOSITION AND RECONCILIATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday 17th July at Christ the King church from 10.30am to 11.30am.
*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.
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.
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!
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.
CANON FRANCIS DEENEY R.I.P.
We received the sad news of the death of Canon Francis Deeney who served St Mary’s parish between 1972 to 1995. He was known, respected and loved for his kindness, supportiveness, encouragement and wisdom. As we commend his soul to the Lord, may we be particularly grateful for his faithful and dedicated ministry to the people of Burnley and other parts of the Diocese of Salford. May he rest in peace.
We would like to let you know that as from September there will be a new Diocesan Vocations team in place. The new team will comprise of Fr Mark Paver and Fr Michael Deas. This means that Fr John Hitchen and Fr David Featherstone will be stepping down from their respective roles as Vocations Director and Vocations Promoter. Fr David has been involved with vocations for the Diocese for fifteen years but both himself and Fr John are delighted to be handing over the reins of this important ministry to two very capable and competent priests.
We are delighted to announce that our seminarian Mark McGeehan has now successfully completed his one year of formation in Valladolid, Spain and from September will continue his training for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham. Please keep him and all our seminarians in your prayers.
St John Paul II used these prayers for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
They can also be used in the context of married and single life-vocations.
Holy and provident Father, You are the Lord of the vineyard and the harvest and You give each a just reward for their work. In your design of love, you call men and women to work with You for the salvation of the world. We thank You for Jesus Christ, your living Word, who has redeemed us from our sins and is among us to assist us in our poverty. Guide the flock to which You have promised ossession of the kingdom. Send new workers into your har- vest and set in the hearts of pastors faithfulness to your plan of salvation, perseverance in their vocation and holiness of life.
Mary, Virgin who listened, and Virgin of the Word of God made flesh in your womb, help us to be open to the Word of the Lord, so that, having been welcomed and meditated upon, it may grow in our hearts. Help us to live like You the beatitudes of believers and to dedicate ourselves with unceasing charity to evangelizing all those who seek your Son. Grant that we may serve every person, becoming servants of the Word we have heard, so that remaining faithful to it we may find our happiness in living it.
FOOTBALL CAR PARK VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
Our wonderful team of volunteers for staffing the car park at St Mary’s during Burnley FC matches needs strengthening. This is an important fundraiser for the parish and a good service to the wider community. If you are willing to give 90 minutes of your time once a month,
Please contact Danny 07485002097 or Fr David. Thank you.
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS AT ST JOHN’S
The Summer Edition of Missio Booklets are ready for distribution by our wonderful promoters who will collect your donations if they feel safe and happy to do so. Alternatively, your box can be dropped off at church. Very many prayerful thanks for your continued crucial support. Anyone wanting a box or would like to help please contact Lynn 433832.
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
CAFOD APPEAL FOR INDIA COVID CRISIS
Parishioners play a vital role in supporting CAFOD communities in the global south and CAFOD want to celebrate with you all, their wonderful volunteers and supporters across the whole of England & Wales, with a month full of online events. Join in from your laptop, tablet or phone and invite family, friends and fellow parishioners to come along.
See all details on the CAFOD page of our website (click Home Page, then CAFOD)
🚴 SPONSORED BIKE RIDE - JOB DONE!
James Capstick was arrived at his destination in Leeds, after his 770 miles cycle trip from Burnley to Inverness! That’s about 30 marathons, only sitting down!! Well done Jamie!! Leeds is the centre of the Rob Burrow Foundation.
The Foundation helps research and support people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. If you would like to sponsor James, or learn more about this event, please see the following “Just Giving” page: CLICK HERE: James Capstick Just Giving Page
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, song writer 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!
CATENIAN CHARTER CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
The celebrations, postponed from last year have been re-scheduled. The major event is to be at Burnley FC on Friday 12th November 2021.
Please contact Peter Nuttall:Tel: 01282 432356 or 07546261012
Details on the parish website
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.
KSC 110 CLUB REOPENING
The Club has reopened: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 19:00 – 00:00; Sunday 14:30 – 22:00 All the appropriate Covid regulations will be fully implemented for your safety and enjoyment The Car Park will be available with ANPR registration via registration at the keypad at the bar.
🌎 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.
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.
The CAFOD group are very grateful for your continued generosity of £240 last month.
The need remains great with the continuing Coronavirus crisis around the world.
During the summer, CAFOD is asking you to take part in its ‘Summer FUNraiser’.
Take on an active challenge for CAFOD this summer, individually or with your family, for more details visit: https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Summer-FUNraiser Have FUN!
CAFOD’s campaign, ‘Reclaim Our Common Home’, continues in earnest and is a response to Pope Francis’s call to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity. We need to tackle the challenges that plague our common home: the climate crisis, ending unjust debts and vaccinating all. This is particularly important as the UK hosts the UN Climate Conference, COP26, in November. You can sign the online petition to the Prime Minister here: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/73304/petition/1
For more CAFOD news and prayers during the summer, please visit the CAFOD Group webpage on the parish website.
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 THIS WEEK
WEEK Commencing 26th July
Monday Ss Joachim and Anne
Friday St Peter Chysologus
Saturday St Ignatius of Loyola
Sunday 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“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 July
Social Friendship: We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.
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.
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 you 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.”
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
“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.”
Lately Dead: Archie Martin, Marie Greenwood, Malacky Camphill, Velia Peek, Canon Francis Deeney, Donald Rushton, Christine Allen
Anniversaries: Albert Marshall, Winifred Tumelty
Other Intentions: Brian Bennett, Clergy of the Good Samaritan parish, Fr Frank Jennings, Mollie Barcroft
In Memoriam: Phyllis Caffrey
Birthday Memoriam: Peter Walton, Ann Jackson
Candle in Towneley Chapel: Fr David Featherstone, Andrew Harrison
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 £125 being donated during June. Congratulations to everyone at Blessed Trinity—their website has passed the £9,000 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.