Welcome to the Church of

St Mary of the Assumption


Address: St Mary's Presbytery, 3 Todmorden Rd, Burnley, BB10 4AU

Tel no. 01282 422 007

Church entrance on Yorkshire Street, just around the corner from Todmorden Road.

Parish Safeguarding Representative: Mrs Venita Edmondson,

Phone 07711 66 9990






The Government is lifting some of the restrictions imposed on churches to prevent the spread of the COVID 19. However, we are now allowed to open for Services and Masses. Bishop John has urged us to proceed with caution. Fr David used the phrase “Festina Lente”( Make haste slowly) to indicate the pace to go at for our amalgamation. We think the phrase applies to the pace we ought to use as we slowly return to celebrating public Masses and services. We do not feel quite ready to return to Sunday Mass yet. We will be having public Masses Monday to Saturday as detailed above. Fr David has produced a document called “What to expect when you come to Mass at St Mary’s during the Pandemic”. 




Welcome, Fr Damien! On behalf of the people of the parish, we welcome you to our community. We hope we give you the love and support you will need and deserve. It’s a shame we are all at ‘social distance’, often masked, but none the less we hope we offer you the warmth of a proper Good Samaritan welcome. 

God bless your work. 





Fr David continues to work to his successful ‘Festina Lente’ philosophy and we have now added an additional Mass at Christ the King to the established regular pattern of weekday Masses, which will be as follows during the coming week: 

Monday 21st September St Mary’s 9.30am                                Christ the King 7pm 

Tuesday 22nd Sept St Mary’s 9.30am                                          St John’s 12.00 noon 

Wednesday 23rd Sept St Mary’s 9.30am                                     St John’s 7pm 

Thursday 24th Sept St Mary’s 9.30am and 7.00pm                    St John’s 10.30am 

Friday 25th Sept St Mary’s 9.30am                                              Christ the King 12.00 noon 

Saturday 26th Sept St Mary’s 9.30am 10.30 Exposition and Reconciliation 


Please note the additional Mass on Tuesday at St Marys which will be celebrated in French.


Exposition: Monday to Friday There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 minutes before all of the weekday Masses— only. 

Exposition and Reconciliation: Saturday 26th September the regular Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's which will continue from 10.30 to 11.30am. 




We are planning to continue with some Sunday Masses in the parish as follows:

Sunday 20th September

St Mary’s 9.30am*                                        St John’s 10.45am                                  Christ the King 5pm 


Please bear in mind that this is very much just a temporary programme and in time we hope to expand it. It is limited to just one Mass in each church so not the usual Sunday Pro-gramme: 

Because of the current restrictions on numbers able to attend our churches for services, we suggest that at the moment, people who can, come to weekday Masses and this could kindly leave Sunday Mass for those who are unavailable during the week. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation about this. 

Because of the Covid lockdown the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation continues to remain lifted until further notice. 

*Please note that the 9.30am Sunday Mass at St Mary’s will continue to be live-streamed. However as people will be present, there are some restrictions to remember including, unfortunately, being currently not permitted to have singing.

Sincere thanks to the continuing commitment and gifts of our wonderful parish “live streaming team” of Mike, Daniel K, Rebecca and Daniel F. 




Thanks to those who came to support this enjoyable occasion. Much appreciated. 




Please note that Fr David will celebrate the 9.30 am Mass on Sundays (in private) 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.




As we are resuming a temporary programme of Sunday Masses there will be an opportunity at all Masses (i.e. including weekday Masses) to place your offertory money, whether loose or in envelopes. The opportunity to do this will be on exiting the church at the end of Mass. 

You will see, above, that people attending Mass are invited to resume their donations by using their envelopes. However, if you are unable to attend Mass please keep your envelopes until you are able to, and then make your donations as usual. Alternatively, you can make your donations online through the parish website. On the right of the Home page there is an icon (aside). 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. 


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There’s a new ‘project’ on our website, which will help us to stay together as a community in the Lord, and an opportunity to engage with others who may be alone in their self-isolation. We know that even in these lockdown days, people often have busy lives but please take just 5 minutes of your day to watch the video from Sister Emmanuel which explains the idea on our Parish website.

In the video she says, priests are often subject to spiritual battle. But our priests are precious and need the protection of our prayers. In this parish, we have four priests who we see regularly, (in alphabetical order) Fathers Benneth, David, Emmanuel & Kevin, plus two others who give invaluable help from time to time - Fr Jennings & Mgr Challoner.

Once you've watched the video you may wish to make a ‘prayer flower’ by joining with others, maybe some others in your parish group such as the Legion of Mary, SVP, etc, or maybe you can call on six friends, perhaps fellow parishioners, with whom you can join in prayer. On the other hand, if you nearly have a full flower but are maybe seeking another petal or two, or perhaps you’re looking for a prayer flower to join, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try to put you in touch. When you're ready, choose a priest to pray for, maybe one who celebrates Mass at your church, or one of the above priests chosen at random, or perhaps pray for all six as a group.  



We’re E X P A N D I N G ! One of our Live Stream Team is leaving to join the navy – we’ll miss him badly and need to replace him – but we’re not only recruiting one volunteer to join our small team, we’re changing the way we work so we need two people!

If you can help us to live stream Sunday Masses for a couple of hours every other Sunday morning, ie one week in two, then we’d love to hear from you. The job’s not too tricky, full on-the-job training is given and lots of support is available. All you need to begin with is basic computer knowledge.

If you’d like to learn a new skill while at the same time providing an invaluable service to those who are not in a position to attend Mass, contact Mike Morris on 07929 451 566 or email him via web- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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. If you would like to include an item or make a Mass Offering, please email your request by midday on Wednesdays. Sorry for the inconvenience.




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These daily reflections from the parish clergy team are available on the parish web site each day. The Lord’s Day at Home These sheets, available on the website, are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed. https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/LDAH-Easter-4A.pdf

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Mon 21st Sept St Matthew

Tues 22nd Sept Weekday 

Wed 23rd Sept St Pius Pietrelicina

Thurs 24th Sept Our Lady of Walsingham 

Fri 25th Sept Weekday 

Sat 26th Sept Ss Cosmas and Damian 



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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.

Email us with your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Here’s one of our latest - on being allowed to ‘play out’ (for exercise)

  • So much 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! 😃

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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 

This should be available from late morning/early afternoon on Sunday. Thanks to all those who have helped to make this possible:

Video Recording: http://goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/index.php/view mass 

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Other Live-streamed Masses

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

It is also possible that these streams will offer the Triduum services. The latter will coincide with our parish worship (if you see this Newsletter before the weekend is over).



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In the Gospel, Jesus tells a story about the 11th hour workers getting paid the same as those who have worked hard all day. To our human ears, this sounds unjust and sounds like bad business, and unfair employ-ment practice that would most likely result in industrial action being taken!. 

However we should try listening to the parable by thinking through eyes of those rejected and overlooked: the forgotten, the sick, the lonely, the disabled and the disadvantaged. Imagine the joy on their faces when they finally got chosen! God forgets no one and gives up on no one ~ Nor must we as his disciples give up on anyone. God does not do rejects, nor does he write anyone off. 

The parable is not about justice but it is about generosity. The essence of this weekend’s reading is the generosity of God, a bit like in the parable of the Prodigal Son, where God is ridiculously and outrageously generous in his mercy and in his compassion with sinners and those cast out by society. 

We are called to imitate this in our lives and in the way we treat one another ~ We are not to overlook anyone; we are not to reject we are not to forget anyone. The challenge is to be as generous as our God in the abundance of love and mercy that we show to each other. 




These words from the Holy Father should help us while the Sacrament is not currently available:

“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.”

“The greatest miracle accomplished by Jesus for Simon and the other disappointed and tired fishermen, is not so much the nets filled with fish, but to have helped them to not fall victim to disappointment and discouragement in the face of setbacks. He opened the way for them to become heralds and witnesses of His word and of the Kingdom of God”.

- Pope Francis Feb 2019 



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.


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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:

Online Donations: Blessed Trinity are supporting the Foodbank.

Here is the website https:// tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving. 

They have raised £3856 so far! Well done them !



Once again thank you for donations of £65 received for Cafod’s work this past week. The need for so many of our sisters and brothers continues as Cafod works desperately to support so many at this difficult time. You would be amazed at the breadth of their work and you should be proud of your part in it.

We are preparing for a very special Harvest Fast Day on 9th October. There are lots of support materials plus a series of Zoom events to help people prepare to make it a high-impact event. Please go to https:// cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Harvest-Fast-Day. Have a look! Get involved!

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.




David sends his sincere thanks for the support he received through your sponsorship. He asks you prayers for those he met on his runs who are affected by mental ill-health, yet who offered him spiritual and practical uplift, and the inspiration to keep going.



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The present church building dates back to 1849, but its history dates back far beyond, to the days when the Catholic Church was persecuted in England, to secret masses at Towneley Hall and the time of priest holes.

There eventually came a time towards the end of the 18th Century when Catholics were tolerated and in the early 19th century a chapel was built at Burnley Wood, which became the direct predecessor of today's St Mary of the Assumption church.

During the 19th and into the 20th Centuries the parish grew, and nowadays St Mary's is a lively and outgoing parish with lots going on - see our Parish Groups page.


Saturday Vigil 6:30pm
Sunday Mass10:00
For other Masses, please see the Latest Newsletter


Mon - Weds - Fri:  12:00 - 12:30
Saturday Morning: 10:00 - 11:30am


St Mary of the Assumption, Burnley.

Entrance on Yorkshire Street, just around the corner from Todmorden Road.

Click here for a map 

Take a virtual tour of St Mary's church by clicking here.

 With thanks to the former St Mary's Gem Church website (now defunct)

A Walk Around St Mary's (opens in separate page)

Church History in Outline, including  former Parish Priests (opens in separate page)

A Short History of St Mary's, Burnley -

a comprehensive booklet by Margaret Durkin, BA, to mark the church's first centenary in 1949

(opens in separate page)

NEW! Added 26th Aug 2019 -

Silent Film of Canon Morrissey's Funeral, 1903

A Mitchell and Kenyon Film - when the page opens, click on the "Watch for Free" button - fascinating!

Parish War Dead (opens in separate page)

Links to our sister Churches in the Burnley Catholic Community:

  Christ the King

  St John the Baptist

 Magnifying glass original (amended here) by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay.  With thanks.