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Welcome to the Church of

St John the Baptist, Burnley


29 November 2021

Minsteracres Retreat


Here we are the “Good Samaritan explorers” at the Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland with the Rev John Bell. The essence of our weekend – “to bring the Bible to life,” looking at different angles of well know stories and putting the 'text' into a fuller context. It was an engaging subject which gave us many insights and opportunities to understand the biblical writings into a more vivid context, often challenging our previous perceptions. It was also a joyous opportunity to share time with parish friends and also make new ones. Our Sunday Mass in the beautiful Chapel was also an opportunity to pray together on the feast of Christ the King with a sermon given by Rev Bell on the Kingship of Christ.

The Passionists Minsteracres Centre is set in beautiful surroundings & views,  particularly the many magnificent Sequoia trees and variety of birds & wild life. Some of our group could not resist taking up a hide and seek challenge amoung the amazing trees!!  Thanks to the careful planning of our very own tour guide (Karen) we were also able to also enjoy an afternoon visiting the Venerable Bede Centre in Jarrow, learning more about the time and history of the one of the Northumberland Saints.


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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 (only for Safeguarding issues)

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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

With effect from 10/04/2021 the Saturday Vigil Mass will return at 6pm

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 


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 Margaret Pickles 07751025178 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. 
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. 

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. 


(replace AT with @ when emailing - thanks) 




Baptism Team

The Baptism Team at Saint John’s Church consists of  Sandra McGowan, Margaret Robinson Bernadette Seedall and Margaret Pickles they work with the clergy of the church of Saint John the Baptist in providing support and information to the parents of children to be Baptised.
At St John's, registration takes place in the room through the sacristy with Margaret Pickles after the 10.45am  Sunday morning Masses. You will be helped to complete an application form and be given the details for the Preparation Meeting. After this meeting, and at a later date the Baptism appointment for your child will be arranged. If you would like to discuss Baptism further then please contact  Margaret 07751025178

Due to the Covid19 pandemic the above arrangements are slightley different, if you wish to discuss Baptism please  Margaret P 07751025178



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



There is a basket at the back of church after every mass for your offertry envelopes or contributions



Please note that all our Churches have suspended Foodbank collection during the unfolding Coronavirus situation. St John the Baptist will take donations of cash. please put your donation in an envelope and mark it Food Bank this can be left in the offertry basket at st Johns or posted through the letter box at St Johns.

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 

Music At Saing John The Baptist

We are delighted to say we now once again we have an organist at Saint Johns.

welcome to Richard who will play alternate Sundays at the 10.45am mass

our Sunday singers led by Karen will be there to lead us on the other alternative Sundays




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




At the moment this is by appointment at Saint Johns  please ring 01282 423824

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






Saint John's Mission Boxes

Hang on to your mission boxes at the moment (dont forget to keep putting your donations in) 



Groups & Activities

there will be  lots going on at St John the Baptist's church after the pandemic 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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