St Mary's Parish Groups



GROWING IN COMMUNITY AS A PARISH TUNING-IN GROUPS There will be a meeting for those who have offered to host one of the Advent ‘Tuning In’ Groups, or would like to offer (or who are maybe thinking of offering but would like to find out more), this coming Thursday at 7:00pm November 21st at St Mary’s presbytery. If you would like to participate, and haven’t already done so, please complete one of the forms at the back of church and put it in the box marked ‘Advent Tuning In Groups’. Thank you. 


St Mary’s Car Park Match-Day Marshalls—Pendleside Hospice


Thanks to the services of 17 volunteers this last football season, a grand total of £10,167 has been raised for parish funds from football supporters using our car park for matches at Turf Moor. This is an amazing amount of money!!Desiring to share our good fortune, on Thursday evening, the marshalling team gathered in the parish rooms and presented a cheque for £1000 to a representative from Pendleside Hospice in Burnley. The hospice are very touched and very grateful for this donation. Sincere thanks to all who are involved in offering this fine service to the wider community. We are very blessed.



Bethany Group


The Bethany Group is a support to those who have been bereaved. In a moment of deep emotional turmoil, the parishioners seek to show the request of the Lord, 'to love our neighbour' by being supportive where they can. Before the family meets with the priest, a pack is taken to the family, to help them in preparing the Liturgy for their loved one. The pack contains a breakdown of the liturgy, whether a Requiem Mass, Funeral Service, hymn book, Readings booklet and prayers for the bereaved. Also a Sympathy card is posted from the Parish family expressing real concern and love. A month later the team send out a Mass card.

On the day of the funeral, there will be a team from the Bethany Group who welcome those attending the service, direct them to their places, pointing out the toilet facilities in the Parish Rooms and help those who need easier access to the Church to use the ramp.

The liturgy group are part of the Bethany ministry and support the Bereaved by helping to lead the singing at the funeral.

The organist at Funerals is Mr. Michael Long and he is booked by the Funeral Director.


St Mary's Music for the Liturgy Group

The parish has had a long history of choirs as far back as 1817 in our first chapel at the Handbridge on Todmorden Road. When our new church was opened in 1849 the choir performed at the grand opening and the tradition has continued in various forms to this present day.

Our present music group was formed 2011 and comes together to support the Liturgy at 10:00 am Mass on Sundays and at Masses on Holy Days and on other special occasions. The group also sings at Weddings and Funerals.

We welcome any new members who wish to join us in singing the liturgy. You don’t need to be able to read music, but it is necessary to come to some practices to learn new hymns and to learn how to sing and develop as a group. We sing a wide range of old and modern music and enjoy coming together to praise the Lord in song.

We usually practice on Thursdays at 7.00 p.m. in church, entry by the sacristy door.
If you wish to join come to the Sunday 10:00 am Mass, to the Towneley Chapel corner, or come to the practice on Thursdays at 7.00 p.m. or call 07930508209 for more information.
Director:   Barbara McNamara

Head organist:   Michael Long

Assistant organist:   Eduardo Costa
The music group will also lead the hymns at Weddings and Funerals.

For Weddings:       Michael Long is our organist and arrangements for music can be made with him after the Vigil Mass 6 p.m. Saturday

For Funerals:         Michael is our organist and arrangements are usually made with him through the undertaker and the Priest. This arrangement needs to be confirmed so that the organist has the details.
If the family choose a different arrangement, please notify the undertaker and the Priest to avoid any confusion.     
    Reading Ministry


Readers perform a vital ministry for the benefit of the church and the congregation, reading from scriptures, specifically old and new testament readings and psalms along with bidding prayers during mass and other religious services (e.g. christenings, funeral services). The main time for their activity is at the Masses throughout the week, but especially on Sundays.

A rota is currently created of all volunteer readers, for the standard weekend and holy-day masses (vigil and daytime), indicating whether they read either the First reading and responsorial psalm or the Second reading and bidding prayers. Any rostered reader who is unable to meet their allocated times or dates are requested to arrange a stand-in. If they cannot, they should contact the coordinator (John Edmondson) for that gap to be covered.
In addition readers are asked to make themselves available at any midweek services or any service where a reader is required and not otherwise available.
Volunteers are welcomed and regularly requested via the church Newsletter and interested persons should contact either the parish priest or rota coordinator John Edmondson (01282 451517) to discuss any interest or even concerns regarding this role.

Readers at St Mary’s: A new readers' Rota is available in the sacristy.  Have you collected a copy of the 'new' rota from the scaristy? If not please do so. With recent changes ,there have been a couple of occassions when two or more readers have stood to read, causing confision . Please obtain a copy of the new rota, including a list of new readers and ensure you read at your allotted time only - unless agreed with the original reader i.e. on holiday or sick etc.                                                                                                                 

 If you wish to join the next rota please contact John Edmondson (01282 451527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


Children's liturgy


There is a team of 5 people who lead the Children in a simple liturgy of the word in the Parish Rooms after leaving the Church at the beginning of the 10:00 am mass. After hearing God 's Word the children are invited to compete a simple worksheet, which is then brought up in the offertory and presented by the children.

The coordinator is Christine.


 Ministers of Holy Communion at St Mary’s

New rotas are being prepared for the 6.30pm Vigil and 10.00am Sunday Masses. Any Ministers of Holy Communion from the other churches in the new Parish of the Good Samaritan who would like to join the rotas at these Masses, please contact Marie Evans - 07427770970 or mariee-vans1042 Alternatively -Patricia Robinson, 01282428794.


 BAPTISM TEAM          


If you wish to have your child baptised come to the Sacristy in the church after 10:00 am Mass on the first Sunday of the month, next one is on November  3rd . The Sacristy is through the doorway on the righthand side of the church near the Sacred Heart altar.

They will fill in an information sheet with you and ask you to come to the information night in the presbytery to help you to prepare for your child’s Baptism. The meeting is later in that month.
The information night is informal and involves points of instruction about Baptism to help you understand the commitment you are making for you and your child. It is also an opportunity to chat together with Fr. David and the team, over a cup of tea and to ask any questions you may have.
Usually after this Fr. David will come to visit you in your home and talk to you about your child’s Baptism and the details of service itself. Fr. David will arrange the date of the Baptism.
The Baptism Team are Mary Mullin                     

Kath Young
Barbara McNamara



                                                                                                 FLOWER ARRANGING

altarIt is a great enhancement for our Masses and services to be conducted in an environment of dignity and beauty. Our flower arrangers achieve this with great skill, enthusiasm and commitment.

We enjoy doing the flower arrangements, as it gives deep satisfaction to give the service of enhancing the already beautiful church for the benefit of the people who come to worship and praise the Lord. Our work includes all aspects – from going to choosing the flowers to cleaning and tiding up - with the creative and enjoyable bits in the middle!

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The team is happy to arrange flowers for those planning to marry here at St. Mary's, It helps greatly when those wishing to do this can do so meet the team. Joan Ashworth and Catherine McKie are available after the 10:00 am Mass on most Sunday mornings. They will discuss your wishes and agree the cost of the flowers.

They order the flowers and collect them from the retailers, bring them to church and create delightful displays, in keeping with the season of the church year.

We do our work on Friday mornings between 10.00am and 1.45am, except during Lent and Advent (when the altar is very simply presented). If you would like to be part of this team, please come to see Joan Ashworth or Catherine McKie after the 10:00 am Mass on most Sundays and have a chat about how you might help.


Grounds Maintenance


The grounds around the church are beautifully maintained and this is the result of the hard work by a team of volunteer parishioners. The team takes care of all aspects of the grounds – flowers, shrubs, lawns, trees, as well as keeping the pathways tidy and clear.

Their aims are:

  • To maintain and improve the grounds of the church and periphery, year on year;
  • General tidying-up, litter picking etc, and all gardening duties including lawn maintenance, weeding, pruning, planting and tree lopping.

Many of the plants are donated by the people of the parish and are lovingly cared for. Please consider whether you could add to the donations and make contact as below.

We are always open and welcoming to help in our maintenance work, and will give advice and guidance on gardening through this. If you can help please contact Andrew Carter in the Music Group after the 10:00 am Mass on Sundays.

Maintenance work takes place on Fridays from 9.00am onward, and throughout the week as and when time permits.




After the 10:00 am Mass there is a weekly parish get-together, building our fellowship and friendship in Christ at the Coffee Morning. It’s a lively, chatty and informal gathering where friends are made and friendships consolidated. Most importantly, it’s the opportunity for getting to know each other and to share our joys and difficulties. It’s entirely informal, justp pop in for as long as you want. It’s a great coming together for everyone!

The Ladies Guild organises the catering – tea, coffee, biscuits etc. They would welcome any time you could give to help run the Coffee Morning. They will show you the ropes, and help and support you in the routines. If you would like to help, drop in on any Sunday morning and talk with Maureen or Venita, or whoever is behind the counter on the Sunday that you call



carrots 2022583 80The Home Produce Stall has been established to allow people to contribute to parish life, for the benefit and pleasure of others. It also provides a small but consistent flow of income for the parish.

People use their skills and talents to make goods for sale. Mainly it is edibles – cakes, mini-meals, bread etc, along with occasional donations of jam,bread 25205 100 marmalade, fresh fruit and veg, & plants. We welcome anything that has the tag ‘home produce’. We sell it at the Sunday Coffee Morning, so that people who may not otherwise be able to make major contributions of time and energy,  bring joy to people who relish their produce. 

cupcake 3373605 75You are invited to help in two possible ways. Firstly, can you contribute to the stall from your skills and experience? Altrnatively, you could play ‘stall-holder of the week’! We have a rota of people who come and sell the goodies, which is a great opportunity for chat and make new friends.

If you want to help in either way, please call Frank or Barbara on 01282 424967 or 07713 718 700.



Thank you to everybody who has volunteered for the rota.









10th Nov

Paul & Carol

7th Jul



17th Nov

Lydia & John

14th Jul

Pat & Bill


24th Nov

Amanda & Anna

21st Jul

Carol & Paul


1st Dec


28th Jul

Lydia & John


8TH Dec

Pat & Bill

4th Aug



15th Dec

Carol & Paul

11th Aug

Amanda & Anna



18th Aug

Pat & Bill




25th Aug

Carol & Paul


5th Jan


1st Sept



12th Jan

Pat & Bill

8th Sept

Lydia & John


19th Jan

Carol & Paul

15th Sept

Amanda & Anna


26th Jan 

Lydia & John

22nd Sept

Pat & Bill


2nd Feb


29th Sept

Carol & Paul


9th Feb

Amanda & Anna

6th Oct



16th Feb

Pat & Bill

13th Oct

Lydia & John


23rd Feb

Carol & Paul

20th Oct

Amanda & Anna


1st March


27th Oct

Pat & Bill


8th March

Lydia & John

3rd Nov



15th March

Amanda & Anna


If you are not able to be there on your allocated date, please see if you can swop with one of the other stall-holders. Catherine Sutcliffe is available as “first” reserve – number below. 



Phone Numbers


Phone Number

Pat & Bill 




Amanda & Simon 

07870 808 148

Paul & Carol


John and Lydia

07803 720 532






                                                                                             SOCIAL GROUP

As part of our spiritual growth, and community development, our social interaction can play a hugely positive role. It helps us to know and understand each other better, and so grow in God’s love.

Our social group is there to help arrange entertainment for all parishioners. we hope to bring together all age groups in a way that everyone enjoys. We also hope to raise much needed funds for our church.

Over the last ten years we have arranged many events, from major fundraising Car Boor Sales through concert in The KSC Club, and in Church, to smaller scale activities like our weekly Home Produce Stall. More recently we have arranged Afternoon Teas, Dinner Dances, a Photographic competitions from which we created and Christmas cards for sale in the parish.

We would love to see new faces who would bring new ideas. There are no regular meeting times/days, upcoming meetings being advertised in the parish bulletin. Once an event has been agreed, the members make themselves available to do the things needed to bring the event to fulfilment.

A warm welcome afforded any new members. Volunteers are welcome anytime and those interested in taking part in the Social Group can attend meetings as advertised in the Newsletter or contact the social group coordinator Venita Edmondson (01282 451517) to discuss any involvement or enquire further.

Ladies Guild


Our Guild is primarily a social gathering strengthening the community through their prayer and friendship. They also manage our Sunday Coffee Morning, which follows the 10:00 am Mass. The Ladies are also at the forefront if any event needs catering – from hot and cold drinks, to producing and/or serving sandwiches or other pre-prepared food.

The Ladies meet on the last Wednesday of every month at 1.00pm in St Mary’s Parish Rooms where the main agenda is a chat with tea and sandwiches. All ladies are very welcome to join them 




The altar and the surrounding area, the Sanctuary are the focal point of all of our prayer life in church, particularly for our celebrations of Mass. Having this area prepared and looking beautiful adds greatly to the dignity of the services conducted there.
Our Sacristan has the responsibility for this work, setting everything up for the well-ordered celebrations of the services. It includes preparing the sacred vessels, vestments and other artefacts for the priests and celebrants.
Our sacristan also opens and locks up the church for services.
It is a busy and demanding role. If you would like to help with the work, please contact Fr David, the Parish Priest


 Counting Team

The team meet every week to count the collection and other monies. They complete the appropriate financial breakdown sheets and prepare the monies for banking. They then make payment of the monies into the bank. One member of the team attends the parish finance committee meetings which are held every four months.



The Mass will be on Saturday 23rd November at 12.00 noon. We shall also be honouring all those people who have died during the last twelve months.  



This Tuesday 19th November 7pm And every third Tuesday of the Month. Entrance by the Sacristy door adjacent to the car park. All are welcome 



Here are dates for our diaries. Details will follow as each event approaches. It’s important for us to support these events as best we can please. 

Saturday 23rd November 6.30pm Deanery Youth Mass at St Mary’s, Burnley. 




With the children at St Mary’s school on 29th November starting 1,00pm until 3.00pm. Just turn up ready to enjoy the children's fun -and splash a bit of colour.


Theme - Wizard of Oz - Wednesday 4th December at 1.00 to 4.00 in the Parish Rooms. If you wish to go please see Elaine after the 10.00am Mass or call her on 413127 to make arrangements. We can only order food for those who pay at the time of booking—£6 



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