Personal Prayer for Peace in Ukraine
As the days and weeks pass it is clear that the need for peace in the world is great, and at the same time there is little sign that it will happen through worldly means. A parishioner has suggested that we each ask God’s help for the situation in Ukraine by saying a private prayer at 9.00pm every evening.
Until the war ends The suggestion is that we should say the ‘Our Father’. Please join in!
COVID UPDATE FOR THE PARISH
In accordance with advice from the Bishops of England and Wales we have very recently introduced some relaxations to Covid regulations in the parish:
We continue to request that adults wear face coverings and sanitize their hands before entering church.
Hymn books and communal singing has been reintroduced.
Holy Communion can again be received in the hand or in the mouth.
Holy Water stoups have been refilled
Our stewards will continue to welcome us and cleanse the church.
The Distribution of Holy Communion will revert to how it was pre-Pandemic (i.e. processing, starting from the front rows and unsupervised by the stewards)
Please say Amen as you receive Holy Communion.
Please continue to take care, as the virus, though it seems to be less virulent, is still prevalent.
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
PUBLIC MASSES AND OTHER SERVICES
23rd to 29th May
Monday Easter Weekday
9.30am St Mary’s
7.00pm Christ the King
Tuesday Easter Weekday
9.30am St Mary’s
12.00 Noon: St John’s
Wednesday St Bede the Venerable
9.30am Christ the King
7.00pm (Vigil Mass for the Ascension) St John’s
FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Wednesday: Vigil Mass: 7.00pm St John’s
Thursday: Masses at: 9.30am St John’s 12.00 Noon St Mary’s
7.00pm Christ the King
Friday St Augustine of Canterbury
12.00 Noon St Mary’s
Saturday Easter Weekday
9.30am St Mary’s
Vigil Masses: 6.00pm St John’s 6.30pm St Mary’s
Sunday: Seventh Sunday of Easter
9.15am and 5.00pm Christ the King
St Mary’s 10.00am* 10.45am St John’s
*The 10.00am Mass will be live-streamed on the parish website.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 minutes before each weekday Mass.
(Except Friday 6.30m Mass in Lent)
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION AND EXPOSITION
There will be the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays as follows:
10.30—11.30am at Christ the King
5.15—5.55pm at St John’s
RECONCILIATION WITH EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
There will be three opportunities for Reconciliation at the same time as there being Exposition:
Fridays ~ 11.30 to 11.55am at St Mary’s
Saturdays ~ 10.30 to 11.30am at St Mary’s
Saturdays ~ 5.15pm to 5.55pm at St John’s
HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME
Following the end of “lockdown”, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are now once more able to visit people in their own home in order to give Holy Communion to anyone who is unable to come to church. All our ministers have been DBS checked and will have taken precautions to ensure they do not carry the COVID virus. If you know of anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion, please ask the person’s permission and then give their name, address and phone number to either of our priests. We will then make contact by phone to arrange when we can visit.
WEEKDAY MASS PROGRAMME
With there only being two priests now to serve the parish, you will notice that we have slightly adjusted our weekday Mass programme. We will continue to review this over the coming months to see if any other changes are needed. Fr Damien and Fr David count on your continuing support and encouragement. Thank you.
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.
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!
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.
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.
🕊️A Prayer for Peace🕊️
Risen Jesus, we long for your return, to make all things new, and we dream of the day when war will be a distant memory. when swords will be transformed into ploughshares. guns into trowels. armouries into greenhouses, when earth that has been scorched with fire and watered with bloodshed, will be refreshed by the rain of your presence, and teeming with new life. Come quickly Lord Jesus
900TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST PETER’S CHURCH
NEW MAYOR OF BURNLEY
Cosima Towneley, one of our parishioners, will be installed as Mayor of Burnley on Wednesday 18th May. As part of a tradition known as “Mayor Sunday”, the new Mayor will be officially welcomed into St Mary’s church at 10am Mass on Sunday 12th June. This is a great honour for us to host such an occasion and we joyfully look forward to it
DEANERY WALK DURING THE EASTER SEASON
Thanks to those who baked cakes and biscuits, helped at and supported the Deanery event which was hosted at St Mary’s on Saturday.
KSC CHARITY CONCERT—NEXT FRIDAY!
A recent item in the Newsletter showed how the Knights recently raised over £4,000 for charities. They now present a Fundraising Concert featuring the top vocal star Alex Gardner on Friday 20th May at 8.00pm The KSC 110 Club, Yorkshire St, Burnley. Tickets £6.00 (incl light refreshments). To get the tickets for a good night out at a great price contact Bernard on 07800 867554 or Pat on 07947 151 931. Enjoy
Both Caritas and CAFOD are involved in the major appeal for monetary donations, so there are choices on how to do it if you wish to help. CAFOD is part of the Disaster Emergency Committee
so their address will take you there: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/UkraineHumanitarian-Appeal
Caritas as you to donate through their international section, to protect funds, and to help in a wider range of refugee problems. If you wish to simply donate, go to caritas.org.
UKRAINIAN REFUGEES ~ CARITAS
Following the UK Government's response to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis, Caritas Diocese of Salford launches its Appeal today to provide local capacity on the ground here, and enable faith in action.
Caritas Salford will support those in Salford Diocese welcoming and hosting refugees from Ukraine, and provide emergency grants to support individuals and families as they resettle. Their website is an excellent place to start if you are thinking about hosting a Ukrainian refugee. It is full of practical, realistic guidance about much of what you will need to consider.
Please read it if you have registered to be a host, or are thinking about hosting. It clarifies the challenges you will face, it emphasises the idea that having other people (family, neighbours, your local community) being ready to help. Perhaps most importantly it offers support, from Caritas, if you let them know that you are one of the wonderful people who has offered to host, or is thinking about doing it.
Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits. Pope Francis
There’s a link to their donations page, as another option for your money donations.
Are you a Ukrainian or Russian speaker? Safe resettlement and integration of refugees fleeing conflict depends on access to people who can translate fluently into English.
SUNDAY SINGERS AT ST JOHN’S 10.45 MASS
The Good Samaritan 10.45am Sunday Singers are on the move - to the FRONT of church and if you enjoy singing you are very welcome to move closer. Our aim is to begin singing, hopefully in the right key, along with the live and recorded music to help all to be able to join in! There are also vacancies for any musical instruments you may like to bring along. We also have a pool of parish instruments available - recorders, keyboard, guitar and even a cello!!
APF RED BOXES—ST JOHN’S APF RED BOXES
Thank you on behalf of Missio and Mill Hill Missionaries to the community at St John’s for raising the magnificent amount of £2,364.04 in 2021.
Your concern and actions show how every prayer, however short, and every contribution, however small, can transform the world for the better.
ECCLESIASTICAL EDUCATION FUND
This Sunday being Vocations Sunday, there will be a collection at all Masses this weekend for the Ecclesiastical Education Fund which supports the training of priests for the Diocese. Individual donations can be made to the fund until the end of May.
VOLUNTEER WITH IT SKILLS NEEDED
We need a volunteer who is reasonably competent with IT to support our newly formed Parish Property team. If interested please contact Fr David.
KSC CHARITY CONCERT
A recent item in the Newsletter showed how the Knights recently raised over £4,000 for charities. They now present a Fundraising Concert featuring the top vocal star Alex Gardner on Friday 20th May at 8.00pm The KSC 110 Club, Yorkshire St, Burnley. Tickets £6.00 (incl light refreshments). To get the tickets for a good night out at a great price contact Bernard on 07800 867554 or Pat on 07947 151 931. Enjoy!
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Confirmation is now to be celebrated by each Deanery throughout the Diocese of Salford. Bishop John will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for St John Vianney Deanery at St. Mary’s church, Burnley on Thursday 16th June. Young people living in the parish, who are in school year 8 or 9 and who have been through the parish Sacramental Programme are now eligible to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are interested please contact Fr David who will give you further details and a Parental Consent Form.
KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA NEWS
Did you know….. Our local Knights originated and are responsible for the annual distribution of the ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ posters nationwide? It’s one of many good works for many different local
and national charities. They recently donated £4,000 from the money they raised with the Poster Campaign.
This went to:
£1,000 to the Ukraine Appeal
£1000 to the John Foster Home for Boys in India (which complements the home for girls which (Mother) St Teresa raised for girls).
£1,000 to one of our Diocesan priest who is leading a children’s pilgrimage
£500 to Mary’s Meals a charity which feeds people in countries of drought and famine
£500 for Action for Youth
The Knights are a friendly and positive organisation. If you would like to know more about or join in their work and social activities please call Ray on 07940260034.
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.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH BY STANDING ORDER
Our individual church bank accounts were closed at the end of November.
Please 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.
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?
☕ST MARY’S COFFEE MORNINGS—VOLUNTEERS☕
The coffee mornings after the 10.00am Mass were hugely popular, and a great source of companionship, fellowship and laughter. We would like to get them going again, BUT we need volunteers. So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please step forward. We can all make a cup of tea or coffee, so don’t say ’Oh, I couldn’t do that…’. You can(!). With enough volunteers you would only be needed once every three or four weeks. If you can at all help, please call Maureen on 07807 184 743. You’ll find fun and friendship by being in a team!
ST MARY’S CHURCH CLEANING TEAM
Thanks for the great response to last week’s appeal to set up a new weekly cleaning team at St Mary’s. If you want to join the team please contact Seamus McLaughlin.
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.
“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)
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 May
Faith-filled Young People: We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.
Papal Prayer Intention for 2022
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.
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
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
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: Rose Millward, Haris Dean (aged 5yrs) Margaret Hope, Mary Fleming, Jack Devine, Jeremy Bradshaw, Linda White, Rose Millward Dorothy Sheerhan, Imelda (McNamara) Hinz, George Gregson
In Memoriam: Michael Horrocks
Anniversaries: Ella Heap, William Spillane, John M Bailey, Ken Gorton, Vincent Ford, Edward Purcell, Sean Connelly
Birthday Memoriams: Michael Ennis
Towneley Chapel Lamps: Monica Cain (Anniversary)
Sadly the need for the Foodbank is likely to grow, so 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 £11,600 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 £65.00 being donated during April.
Thank you all for your great and continuing generosity.
Happy Easter – The CAFOD group want to wish everyone a Happy Easter and blessed Eastertide. We hope you all were able to celebrate the Risen Lord with your families and enjoy the spring sunshine.
Lent Appeals – Thanks so much for your very generous support of CAFOD during Lent. The single CAFOD Soup Kitchen raised a terrific £204 and the parish ‘Walk Against Hunger’ at Towneley resulted in a brilliant £245 being raised. Many thanks to all those
who took part, attended or contributed in any way. The final grand total for our parish Fast Day collections and Lenten fundraising will follow soon.
CAFOD Campaigns – 1) ‘Cancel the Debt’: Zambia is in the middle of a huge debt crisis. Yet BlackRock, a private asset management firm, one of the country’s biggest lenders, refused Zambia’s request to suspend debt repayments during the pandemic. Help Zambia by signing a petition urging BlackRock CEO, Larry Fink, to cancel their debt:
2) ‘Fix the Food System’: The global food system is broken. It does not work for those who work the hardest – small farmers – and it is a major driver of the climate emergency. Millions going hungry, while large agribusinesses make huge profits. Email the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, using a pre-written email, asking the UK government to implement its COP26 commitments and support agricultural systems that tackle the climate crisis and put local communities first. To get involved follow the link: https://action.cafod.org.uk/
CAFOD NEWS AND CALL FOR ACTIONS
Lent Family Fast Day – Many thanks for your wonderful donations of £1.500 for
CAFOD’s Fast Day, shared between the Fast Day Appeal and the Ukraine Humanitarian
Appeal. Donations can still be left in envelopes in the baskets at the back of our churches or online:https://cafod.org.uk/Lent
CAFOD Fundraising Events for the Parish – The parish CAFOD have two fundraising events during Lent.
- ‘Walk Against Hunger’, Sunday 3rd April starting at 1.30pm a short walk of approximately 2.5km around the grounds of Towneley Park. It will be held on from the bottom car park next to the Rotunda/ children’s play area.
Participants can make a voluntary donation or request a sponsorship form from
- Lent Soup Lunch on Friday 8th April. Mass will be celebrated at 12 Noon at St John the Baptist’s followed by a soup lunch in the parish hall. Please support these events if possible and help us raise funds to tell hunger to ‘jog on’ this Lent.
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.