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.
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IN THE LIGHT OF THE CORONA VIRUS
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 notice.
Please do heed the Government’s current guidelines and stay at home, except to buy food when essential. This will help protect yourself and the vulnerable in the community.
KEEPING IN TOUCH AS A COMMUNITY
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!!
OTHER STREAMED MASSES
VIDEO RECORDING OF SUNDAY MASS FOR THE PARISH
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/
OTHER LIVE-STREAMED MASSES
The National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk
It is also possible that these streams will offer the Triduum services—though times may not coincide with our parish worship.
scroll downto the second set of pictures entitled "The Irish Blessing" and click to start
Sanctuary dressed for Pentecost in the Florence Thistlethwaite set
- Pope Francis
OUR FRANCISCAN SISTERS’ MESSAGE
Sister Patricia and all the Sisters at the Franciscan Convent send prayerful greetings to our Parishioners and our Priests. We are very aware of the challenges facing your families and elderly people at this time. Our own families contact us with requests for prayers. After spending our lives serving the poor and needy in many parts of the world, we feel blessed now to spend our retirement years in the Parish of the Good Samaritan. We keep you in our prayers daily Thank you to the Sisters for their love and kind words. We should remember them in our prayers.
MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS ABOUT RECONCILIATION
These words from the Holy Father should help us while the Sacrament is not currently available:
"I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can’t leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me… How can I do that unless I find a priest?’
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'"
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
A Little Good New at this very difficult time
our very popular humour page has returned
find it in the index
Care for our common home
For Papatūānuku – Mother Earth
by Maori poet Nadine Anne Hura, March 2020, and recently shared via Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister
Rest now, e Papatūānuku
Breathe easy and settle
Right here where you are
We’ll not move upon you
We’ll stop, we’ll cease
We’ll slow down and stay home
Draw each other close and be kind
Kinder than we’ve ever been.
I wish we could say we were doing it for you
as much as ourselves
But hei aha
We’re doing it anyway
It’s right. It’s time.
Time to return
Time to remember
Time to listen and forgive
Time to withhold judgment
Time to cry
Time to think
Remove our shoes
Press hands to soil
Sift grains between fingers
Time to plant
Time to wait
Time to notice
To whom we belong
For now it’s just you
And the wind
And the forests and the oceans and the sky full of rain
Finally, it’s raining!
Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe
This sacrifice of solitude we have carved out for you
He iti noaiho - a small offering
People always said it wasn’t possible
To ground flights and stay home and stop our habits of consumption
But it was
It always was.
We were just afraid of how much it was going to hurt
- and it IS hurting and it will hurt and continue to hurt
But not as much as you have been hurt.
So be still now
Wrap your hills around our absence
Loosen the concrete belt cinched tight at your waist
And we will do the same.
A note of gratitude from Nadine
Thank you for the amazing response to this poem! I never expected it to travel so far and wide. Many people have asked who the author is so I wanted to clarify that I wrote this poem on the train home after the announcement of total lockdown was made here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I felt like I could hear Papatūānuku exhaling in relief as we all began our journeys home. In truth, one month of lockdown is not enough. Even six months would not be enough! We need a total and sustained change of habit, globally and within our own communities. I hope so much we take our time to reflect on the fact that if we can do it to save ourselves for a month, we ought to be able to make similar habit changes for Mother Earth for the long term. The most telling thing for me was how empty our veggie plant aisles were after lockdown was announced – in a crisis, we will turn back to our mother to provide (and of course she will!).
Lots of people have asked for translations…
Papatūānuku – Mother Earth (the addition of the “e” in front signals the words are addressed or spoken directly to her.)
Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe – means something like, “tears from the eyes of Ranginui drip down on you” (Ranginui is our sky father, it is common to refer to rain as the tears of Rangi for his beloved, from whom he was separated at the beginning of time in order that there could be light in the world). Not long after the announcement we were moving to level 3, it poured with rain in Porirua after many months of hot and dry weather. I could feel my garden rejoicing.
Hei aha – This can be translated in many ways, but I meant it like the English “oh well, whatever”
He iti noaiho – “something small”. Because our sacrifice feels enormous but in reality I think it is not sufficient to truly see Papatūānuku recover. However, in Māori, we often talk about the significance of small actions or gestures. We say “ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.” Although it is small, it is a treasure.
Thank you so much for the support
The above poem was sent to Bishop John and below is his reply
A beautiful poem and very fitting for these very strange times. We must not even think of returning “to normal”. The normal of the recent past is killing our planet, our common home, and ignoring the sufferings of so many of our brothers and sisters. The “new normal” must challenge us to include everyone and care for the Earth.
Thank you and your group for all that you are doing to help our family, CAFOD, in its work. Thank you also for building a “virtual community” in the parish in these difficult days. We will be the stronger in our Faith and service when we emerge.
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
Bishop John Arnold
Bishop of Salford
Wardley Hall | Wardley Hall Road | Worsley | Manchester M28 2ND
Tel: 0161 794 2825
The first Sing for Water North took place in Manchester in June 2011 and is one of a number of regional events in support of Sing for Water
In 2020 Sing for Water North will take place in Preston City Centre, on Saturday June 13th. The event will be hosted by Preston People’s Choir with their Musical Director Moira Hill and supported by colleagues from the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network.
Contact Karen Smith 431723 if not internet active or just want to chat about it.
Information of particular interest to Saint John's parishioners
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
Missio Mission Boxes
A huge thank you from Missio to Saint John's Mission Box holders for the wonderful amount donated in 2019 of £2986.85.
Many thanks to you all
A delightful picture of Fr Benneth with Cole James Evans and his parents Keeley, Adam and big sister on the occation of his Baptism on 1st March 2020
Here is a picture of the latest little person to join the Saint John's family Reuden Thomas with his parents Neil and Rachel, Reuben was Baptised by Fr Benneth on Sunday 12th January
A delightful picture of Rosie Farrow with her Mum, Grandmother and Great Grandmother at her recent Baptism conducted by Fr Emmanuel
Saint John the Baptist
The Ministers rota for the next 3 months will be available from the back of church next Sunday 29th December. Many thanks to all who undertake the various ministries
Terry and Shirley Quinn
The 10.45am Mass on 8th December was tinged with sadness, as Terry Quinn our organist and choir master was retiring from this role after 57 years of loyal service to Saint John the Baptist Church.
Following Mass conducted by Father Emmanuel, Father David on behalf of the congregation of Saint John’s presented Terry with a Papal Blessing and a cheque.
Terry’s wife Shirley is also retiring from her numerous roles within the church and was presented with a bouquet of flowers
Terry will be returning to play at midnight mass this year.
Looking forward to that Terry
Photographs of presentation below
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.
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
There's lots going on at St John the Baptist's church. Please click here for the Groups & Activities page.
We meet on the first Thursday each month for Prayer and Praise, 7pm - 8:30pm.
Venue - 39, Brennand Street. All denominations are very welcome. Phone - Anthony, 701730.
Eucharistic Ministers' Rota
History of the Building and Former Parish Priests (more will be added in due course)