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:
Mike Morris (Acting Safeguarding Rep), phone 07563 998 334 (only for Safeguarding issues)
CHANGES TO CHANGES OF MASSES IN THE PARISH
We are planning to increase the number of Masses, and change their times back to pre-pandemic times. We will also need to ask you to pre-book for a short period.
For all details of this week’s Masses and the planned changes CLICK HERE
DISPENSATION FROM ATTENDING MASS
As we are experiencing the 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 for the parish as follows. They may be subject to change at short notice so, if you can, check daily on the parish website for updates.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 mins before all of the weekday Masses.
St Mary’s Church: St Mary’s church is unfortunately currently temporarily closed until further notice as it needs essential repair. We will keep you informed through the Newsletter and through the website. We are going to keep our current programme of Masses and services going by transferring the usual Masses from St Mary’s to the other two churches in the parish. If you have booked to attend one of the weekend Masses at St Mary’s, your reservation has been transferred to the changed location. The plans for this week are as follows:
THIS WEEK'S MASSES:
|St Mary's||Christ the King||St John's**|
|MONDAY||9.30 am||7.00 pm||X|
|WEDNESDAY||9.30 am||NO MASS||7.00pm|
Every Saturday there will be Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's from 10.30 to 11.30am.
The Reconciliation will take place on the Sacred Heart altar.
Removal of Obligation to attend Mass: Because of the position the Church still finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation remains lifted until further notice.
Exposition and Reconciliation: Every Saturday there will be Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's from 10.30 to 11.30am. The Reconciliation will take place on the Sacred Heart altar. Please be guided by the Stewards.
Grateful thanks to Mark our Seminarian for doing such a splendid job in organising very successfully our bookings for the Masses for the Christmas Octave. We are very grateful to him.
We are very grateful to the stewards who have been so faithful and committed through this pandemic and on whom we totally rely to be able to continue to keep the churches open.
We will review the above programme as we proceed and keep you informed through the website and newsletter.
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.
Take no risks, stay safe. We are all responsible for this!
REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULES!
HANDS: The virus travels through touching things that an infected person has touched. If you then touch your nose, mouth or eyes, you may transfer the virus into your own body. So wash your hands, for 20 seconds, every time you have been in contact outside your home.
FACE: You are legally obliged to cover your face in all shops, hospitals, church and other places. It prevents you spreading the virus to others, with some exceptions.
SPACE: When a person coughs or sneezes it is though that the minuscule droplets travel up to two meters. So you keep safe by keeping apart from others. Unfortunately, there are many people who seem to disregard this, so they offer a risk to others, especially indoors.
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 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. 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.
BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SAT VIGIL/SUN MASSES DURING JUNE
It’s wonderful that more and more people want to attend the Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses in the Parish. We can recognise it as a sign of the strength of your faith, and of your confidence in the progress we are making in combatting the virus. Thank God for both of these.
However, with the increases in demand, to meet the restrictions of the Pandemic, and to help our parish stewards, we have decided to introduce a booking system for all of the Saturday Vigil Mass- es and Sunday Masses in all three churches of the parish throughout the month of June.
Alternatively, if necessary, you may also book by phone (please do not text) on the following number: 07407 040 243
Please note that this is only available at the following limited times as from Sunday 30th May
Sat and Sun 3-4 pm | Tues, Thurs and Fri 11am to 12 Noon and 6 to 7pm
The Parish weekend Mass programme as from 6th June will be as follows:
St Mary’s: 6.30pm (Saturday Vigil): 10am Sunday
Christ the King: 9.15am: 5pm Sunday
St John’s: 6pm (Saturday Vigil): 10.45am Sunday
When booking please clearly stipulate the following:
2. Number of people in your group/party
3. Name of the church
4. Time and date of the Mass(es)
5. Contact telephone number. This will comprise the following four weekends in June:
5/6th ~ 12th/13th ~ 19th/20th ~ 26/27th
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding with these measures.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Our children will make their First Holy Communion at the Masses throughout June. Please keep them and their families in you prayers. Sincere thank for everyone involved in their preparation for this major stage in their spiritual lives.
A PRAYER FOR FIRST COMMUNICANTS
May Jesus come to bless you on your First Communion Day. May you feel his loving presence in a very special way. As you strive to follow in his footsteps may he bless your life with many graces and lasting happiness.
MISSIO RED BOX HOLDERS AT ST JOHN’S
The Summer Edition of Missio Booklets are ready for distribution by our wonderful promoters who will collect your donations if they feel safe and happy to do so. Alternatively, your box can be dropped off at church. Very many prayerful thanks for your continued crucial support. Anyone wanting a box or would like to help please contact Lynn 433832.
PHOTO OF A WWI SOLDIER—CAN YOU HELP?
We have had a request via our website for a photo of a WWI soldier who features there. His name is John William Welsby and he was KIA on 3rd June 1917. If you do have one please call Barbara on 01282 424967 who will either put you in touch or act as go-between, Thank you
CAFOD APPEAL FOR INDIA COVID CRISIS
Parishioners play a vital role in supporting CAFOD communities in the global south and CAFOD want to celebrate with you all, their wonderful volunteers and supporters across the whole of England & Wales, with a month full of online events. Join in from your laptop, tablet or phone and invite family, friends and fellow parishioners to come along.
See all details on the CAFOD page of our website (click Home Page, then CAFOD)
SPONSORED BIKE RIDE
Between 23rd June and 1st July, James Capstick is cycling 770 miles from Burnley to Inverness to raise funds for the Rob Burrow Foundation, which helps research and support people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. If you would like to sponsor James, or learn more about this event, please CLICK HERE: James Capstick Just Giving Page
HUMOUR AND HORROR IN THE BIBLE!
Fancy a weekend away in November (19th to 21st)? This is the theme of a weekend at Minsteracres Retreat Centre near Hexham with the international speaker, song writer and author from the Iona Community - the Rev John Bell. Some mem- bers of the Good Samaritan Parish are now booking and you are welcome to join in. All details are available in print- ed form at the back of church, or on the parish website or ring Karen 431723 who will forward them to you. Cost: £175 full board. Highly recommended!
CATENIAN CHARTER CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
The celebrations, postponed from last year have been re-scheduled. The major event is to be at Burnley FC on Friday 12th November 2021.
Please contact Peter Nuttall:
Tel: 01282 432356 or 07546261012
Details on the parish website
QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE (QAVS)
Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does? Why not consider nominating it for a national award? We all know the value of voluntary effort to support communities not least in the difficult circumstances we are continuing to face in 2021. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was established to recognise exceptional groups of individuals who give their time freely for the benefit of others and make a real difference in the communities they serve. It is the highest honour (equivalent to the MBE) that can be bestowed upon groups.
Groups must be nominated for the award - self-nomination is not permitted. A group (three or more people and operating for at least three years) can be nominated if it is based in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Further details on eligibility criteria and the online nomination process (which is fairly straightforward) are available from: https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/. The closing date is 15th September 2021.
KSC 110 CLUB REOPENING
The Club has reopened: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 19:00– 00:00; Sunday 14:30 – 22:00.
There will be reduced capacity in the ground and middle (overspill) floors. Customers are required to scan a QR code on entry or sign in via sheets.
Table service only, face masks worn by staff and customers moving around the club, a maximum of six per table. All hygiene facilities provided including cleaning etc for snooker and darts. Private functions bookings are available with reduced capacity. The Car Park will be available with ANPR registration via registration at the keypad at the bar.
🌎 PARISH WEBSITE—INTERNATIONAL🌎
Our parish website gets visitors literally from every part of the country and some of those visitors have dropped in many hundreds of times from different towns and cities. We also get quite a great number of visitors from overseas and we've probably had people from pretty much every country on earth by now. One period of 24 hours we had:
Pakistan: 1 location / 2 visits
USA: 4 locations / 4 visits
Canada: 1 location /2 visits
Dubai 1 location/2 visits.
And one visit from each of: Burkina Faso, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands.
And yes, you did read it correctly—that’s just one day!! Well done to all the website team.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL—PARISH CONFERENCE
The conference would again like to thank everyone who has so generously supported us and donated funds during the COVID - 19 pandemic. In spite of the restrictions we have again been able to support a family with help towards funeral costs, a family needing washing machine repairs, a homeless person with support for travel and accommodation, a further donation to the SVP Sudan appeal for the baby feeding programme.
We have tried to keep in touch with homebound parishioners by telephone and have taken out cake boxes with a buffet meal at Eastertime.
Sadly during the last 12 months, three of our members have died. Pat Fleming, David Hartley and Elaine Cartmell. May they rest in peace. We keep you all in our prayers and hope you have had a blessed Easter.
More helpers very welcome from all parts of the parish.
COVID CHAMPION NEWS
In our parishes, we want to keep ourselves & families safe & wish for the protection of the whole community. It is so important that we vaccinate everyone, so we can enjoy our lives & town again.
An example of this took place on Tuesday evening 6th April, a drop-in clinic at St Peter's Health Centre was able to offer the 'jab' to those who are hard to reach & have complex needs in our community. The doctors, medical staff & volunteers at the centre were working jointly with 'Church on the Street', Building Bridges in Burnley & myself to make this happen. The response was very successful.
GIFT AID—THE PARISH NEEDS YOUR HELP!
We require someone from each of our three churches to help with the administration of Gift Aid for the parish. An interest in numbers might help, but you do not need to be experienced as training will be provided by the Diocese. If interested please contact Fr David.
Gift Aid adds 25% to each donor’s contribution, so is a really important source of income.
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST NEEDS YOUR HELP
As we hopefully move to a more “normal” time we are looking for one or two people to join our team and help in managing the Parish Rooms at St Johns. If you think you could help please contact either Margaret Pickles 07751025178 or Michael Mulrooney 07791506695
STEWARDS IN OUR CHURCHES
We are very dependent on the generosity of our wonderful stewards. We are very grateful for the dedication they have shown throughout. If anyone would like to become a steward please contact Fr David.
We are grateful for your continued support and appreciate a donation by cheque of £50.00 and cash donations of £23.00. By donating to CAFOD, you are supporting the Caritas church network, one of the largest aid networks in the world. With your generous support they are able to reach out to communities in 165 countries, through a global family of experts who know where the need is greatest and how to respond. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed even more communities into extreme need, with families in refugee camps or ar- ea of conflict facing a new and deadly threat from the virus itself, and from lockdown restrictions. Please keep their work in your prayers."
Click HERE for more CAFOD related news.
As Masses have recommenced you may leave your donation envelopes in the boxes at the back of the churches. You can also make your donations online through the parish website. Open the Home page and on the right, there is an icon. 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.
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 the parish web site each day. The Lord’s Day at Home These sheets, available here, are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed.
Mon 21st JuneAloysius Gonzaga
Tues 22nd June Ss John Fisher & Thomas More
Wed 23rd June St Ethelreda
Thurs 24th June Nativity of St John the Baptist
Fri 25th June Weekday
Sat 26th June Weekday
Sun 27th June Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“I used to have an open mind, but my brain kept falling out!”
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.
- 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! 😃
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
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).
FR DAVID’S REFLECTION THIS SUNDAY
MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS ABOUT RECONCILIATION
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’ Prayer Intention For June
The Beauty of Marriage:
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.
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 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.”
FOODBANK—KEEP IT UP! AN EXTRA PLEA!
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:
1.Online Donations: Blessed Trinity is supporting the Foodbank. Website: https://tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving. They have raised £4,946 so far! Well done them!
2. Cash Donations (St John’s only). You may leave a cash donation (in a clearly marked envelope) at the presbytery or contact David H on 07434 763822 and we will see if we can collect. We will pass these on to the Foodbank via the Blessed Trinity website (above). This led to £230 being donated during May. Congratulations to everyone at Blessed Trinity—their website has burst through the £8,900 marker!!
Thank you all for your great generosity, online, in cash and in-kind.
Thanks and God bless to everyone who helps with this vital work
Website if you want to make a money donation:
CAFOD Lent Fast Day. Many thanks for your kind donations to CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day during these difficult times. We have received £485 in donations Our sincere thanks.
Your kindness will bring greater access to water to many people in the developing world. There is an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent at 11am via the CAFOD Website. Very prayerful and inspiring.
Please sign up on CAFOD web page if you wish to join in: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray
CAFOD NEWS UPDATE FOR NEWSLETTER
Our Fast Day plans are again scaled back due to COVID, but we hope you were able to take part in prayer and fasting to mark the CAFOD Fast Day. Your donations will help to alleviate the suffering of those with limited access to clean water and it also helps communities working to lessen the horrendous effects to the COVID pandemic. Please keep CAFOD partners overseas in your prayers during this very difficult time.
Any donation can be placed in an envelope marked CAFOD and left in the donation baskets available in our churches or go to the CAFOD website: www.cafod.org.uk
CAFOD’s new campaign, ‘Reclaim Our Common Home’, is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, to take action to alleviate the pandemics of hunger, poverty runaway climate change.
HARVEST FAST DAY
Two of our parish junior schools became wholeheartedly involved in our Harvest Fast Day—with wonderful rewards. One school baked its way to a wonderful £165, the other raised a super £100 (this shared equally with the school fund). They deserve a huge round of applause! Well done children, parents and staff—great illustration of Christian action! The CAFOD group are very grateful for your continued generosity over Harvest Fast Day and beyond.
You can continue to donate via https://cafod.org.uk/Give
The CAFOD group at Good Samaritan are very grateful for your continued generosity over Harvest Fast Day. But the need is still great, so, after discussion with Fr David, anybody wishing to make a contribution to the Harvest Family Fast Day by cash or cheque can still do so.
Please label an envelope “CAFOD” and leave it in the collection baskets at the rear of any of the three churches.
Online donations can still be made direct to CAFOD by using the following link: https://cafod.org.uk/ Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day
We also wish to thank the fantastic fundraising achievements of our students, parents and staff at Blessed Trinity College, who have raised an amazing £825.93 Family Fast Day. Well done one and all!
FREE WILL WRITING SERVICE
As we approach the time of year when we remember our deceased family members and friends, CAFOD also remembers its deceased supporters and volunteers through memorial services and Masses. At this time, CAFOD promotes its free will writing service for people who wish to leave a gift for CAFOD’s work in their own wills.
For further details, follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Leave-a-gift-in-your-will Don’t forget to check out the CAFOD webpage on the parish website for more detailed news, including the latest campaigning news and online CAFOD petition to our Prime Minister.
RESOURCES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
Do you work with children and young people in school, in the parish or in our community? If so CAFOD has a range of resources and ideas for the new academic year, just visit the CAFOD Group’s webpage for the link to find them.
DISASTERS EMERGENCIES COMMITTEE
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.
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
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.
A Walk Around St Mary's (opens in separate page)
Church History in Outline, including former Parish Priests (opens in separate page)
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NEW! Added 26th Aug 2019 -
A Mitchell and Kenyon Film - when the page opens, click on the "Watch for Free" button - fascinating!
Parish War Dead (opens in separate page)