Welcome to the Church of

St John the Baptist, Burnley


 Spoken in Song weekend at Minsteracres Click here for more detail


The Government briefing on Friday 31st July recommends that we all wear face coverings in places of worship. This is to become law by the 8th August. So, from next weekend we will all be required to wear face coverings in Church.



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The Alter at Saint John the Baptist prepared for the first Mass in many months




Address: St John's Presbytery, Bracewell St, Burnley Lancs. BB10 1TB

 Tel no. 01282 423824 or Father David. 01282 422007

Church entrance on Ivy Street, Burnley, just around the corner from Bracewell St.

Click Here for Map

Acting Parish Safeguarding Representative: Mike Morris,

phone: 07563 998 334 

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On this Page:

Introduction |  Mass & Confession Times | Where to Find Us |  Sister Churches - Links

Other St John's Pages:

St John's Church Groups |  St John's Ministers' Rota |  St John's Monthly Memorials |  St John's Photo Album |  St John's Parish War Dead |  St John's History |  Humour


 A warm welcome to St John’s section of the Parish of the Good Shepherd’s Web Page.

Holy Mass at St John's Church

We are delighted to announce that St John's Church will be open for Holy Mass on Tuesday, 12 noon Wednesday 7pm and Thursday  10.30 am.

from September 13th Mass will recommence on Sundays at our usual time of 10.45am

Stewards will be present to greet you and guide you. 


St John’s is a vibrant church community, with a real feel of being an extended family, reaching out to the whole community and beyond. Check out our groups and societies listing being added to regularly, you’ll see what that means.

This section, like the whole of the web site, belongs to its people. To that end if there is anything that you would like to see in your church’s section please contact Margaret Pickles or David Hartley.

The monthly anniversary memoriam, updated monthly, replicates the old newsletters weekly listing. If you have anyone you would like to be added for the month following current listing please contact David Hartley in sufficient time.
Many members of the parish family have asked for some form of humour to be incorporated, we’ll try to put a monthly mixed bag together. If you have anything you would like to share humour wise e-mail David Hartley.
You will see the reproduction of the contents of the Great War Memorial from church. The tribute for those who lost their lives in WW2 is really basic. Should we try to record names of the lost? E-mail David Hartley with your thoughts or ideas.
Sincere thanks to Mike Morris and Margaret Pickles for their dedication in putting together the whole Web Page.
New areas will keep being slipped in to the listing, keep checking in.

email contacts Margaret Pickles - at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

David Hartley - david.hartley2014 AT gmail.com

(replace AT with @ when emailing - thanks) 




Because all churches are closed until further notice the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation is removed until further 


Our webmaster, Mike, is doing a great job bringing all the church news to the website every day. Please keep looking at the site to learn what is happening, in the parish, diocese, and the wider world. There are many and varied services and provisions to keep us in touch with our faith and each other. We can offer strength to each other and have a chat and a laugh. We have numbers of parishioners who don’t use the internet, so please keep in touch with them—a chat will be especially welcome as well as passing on the news.


JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP! "Friends of St Johns" are Whatsapping sharing fun, photos, prayer requests and anything you like! All of the Good Samaritan parish are welcome to join in. Simply download 'Whatsapp' then contact Anne Marie 07544 491425 who will add you in!!


Please look for Mass from the National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk or the live streaming from The Good Shepherd parish in Colne; www.goodshepherdpendle.org.uk.


Like last week, we will be again uploading onto the parish web site a video recording of this Sunday’s Mass from St Mary’s for  Sunday. This should be available from late morning/early afternoon on Sunday. Thanks to all those who have helped to make this possible: http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/


The National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk 

Live streaming (Sunday 9.30am) from The Good Shepherd parish in Colne; www.goodshepherdpendle.org.uk. You can also find the Readings for Mass each day on www.universalis.com

It is also possible that these streams will offer the Triduum services—though times may not coincide with our parish worship.

Caritas Diocese of Salford Newsletter click here to read


A Sum of £10,000 is available until the end of September from which one-off payments of up to £400 per family can be made to provide immediate relief to families and individuals in crisis. (NB: it cannot be used directly to pay utility bills rent or debts. For further information on the criteria, or to apply, please go to httpps//wwe.caritassalford.org.uk/service-view/gubay-fund/ 

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With no Sunday Masses at which to take a collection, please hang onto your envelopes until things go back to normal then you can kindly bring your envelopes and contributions. Thank you.


Please note that Christ the King has suspended Foodbank collection during the unfolding Coronavirus situation. We will not be taking any money donations either. Should you wish to do either of these, please take foodbank items to St Mary’s or St John’s church when open, and money donations to their Presbytery letterboxes marked ‘Foodbank’.  

Every local Spar shop should have a collection point for groceries and other produce, so keep donating if you are able to do so. They welcome all non-perishable foods and oranges continue to be popular as they last a good while.

If you want to make a money donation here is the website: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportburnleyfoodbank 

Information of particular interest to Saint John's parishioners

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH CHOIR We continue in our search for an Organist and Choirmaster for the dedicated church choir. The appointment would be for alternate Sunday Masses at 10.45am. Initially those interested are invited to contact David Hartley on 07434 763 822 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ST JOHN'S TEA DANCE  The T Dances are back! At St John’s on Wednesdays 1.15pm to 2.45pm. Please note the change of times for the event. Keeeeeeeep Dancing!!  

Postponed at the Moment



Mass Times

Saturday Vigil 6:00pm

Sunday Mass 10:45
For other Masses please see the Latest Newsletter



Wednesday following 7pm Mass
Saturday Morning 11-1130am
Evening 5:30:6:00pm





Gardening at Saint John's Help received 


Many thanks to the volunteers who stepped forward with such enthusiasm! the garden at the side of the church now looks neat and tidy and the flower arrangers are grateful for the large selection of cutting material.

The grass at the back of the Priests House has also now been sorted.

Any other help most welcome. Please contact the following link This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Saint John's Mission Boxes

Mission boxes will be next emptied in March 2020, Please bring your box to mass on March 1st or 8th

A member of the mission box group will be at the back of church at each Mass to help if required



Groups & Activities

 There's lots going on at St John the Baptist's church. Please click here for the Groups & Activities page.


Eucharistic Ministers' Rota


Click here for the latest Eucharitic Ministers' Rota



St John The Baptist Primary School

 Church History:

  History of the Building and Former Parish Priests (more will be added in due course)


Links to our sister churches:


  Christ the King

  St Mary of the Assumption



Facebook Link






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