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:

Mike Morris (Acting Safeguarding Rep), phone 07563 998 334 (only for Safeguarding issues)





Our collective praise and thanks to our clergy for their ministry over the Easter season. The range of ser- vices was as full as the current restrictions allow, and gave us access to participate fully and be spiritually nourished and fulfilled in the Triduum. Thanks for Mark’s excellent work in planning attendances, and our stewards’ diligence which made our experiences safe. The praise from far and near for the live-streamed services has been fulsome, and a great credit to the streaming team. So, from the parish, thank you, and God bless your work and the gifts you have brought to us all.



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  Christ the King St John's**
MONDAY 9.30 am  7.00 pm  X
TUESDAY 9.30 am  X

 12 Noon

 WEDNESDAY 9.30 am  NO MASS  7.00pm



9.30 am  7.00pm 10.30am
 FRIDAY 9.30 am    X  X
SATURDAY 9.30 am 


Vigil Mass


Vigil Mass


 9.30 am 

 5.00pm  10.45am

NB: We have reinstated the 6.30pm Vigil Mass at St Mary’s from Saturday 8th May

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 note we have reinstated the 6pm Vigil Mass at St John’s from Saturday 10th April.


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: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 minutes before all of the above Masses.

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.


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Keep safe until you become eligible for the vaccine—the finish line is in sight—be sure to get there!

There’s a great website with super information for you to follow: https://covid19graphics.info/



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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!


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.



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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.

These comments are a brief summary of the full guidelines.

If they worry you, please read the full Government Guidance here.




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.






CAFOD is working hard in India in very difficult circumstances as we have all seen daily on our TVs.

They have already pledged £200,000 to Caritas India. Donations to our Coronavirus Appeal are URGENTLY needed, please. It will allow us to reach more families around the world and to help support Caritas India’s response.

For further updates or to make a personal donation visit, https://cafod.co.uk.

To make a donation in your church, please mark an envelope CAFOD Coronavirus appeal and leave in the baskets at the back of our churches. Please make out any cheques to “CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal” and they will be forwarded directly to CAFOD HQ.



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.



“My prayer for you is that you may grow in the likeness of Christ, being real carriers of God's love and that you really bring his presence, first, into your own family, then, to the next-door neighbour, the street we live in, the town we live in, the country we live, then only, in the whole world, that living example of God's presence"

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”



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.



Sunday 25th April was Good Shepherd Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Easter, and a day of prayer for Vo- cations to the priesthood and Religious life. We have not had a parish collection this year to support the training of priests for the Diocese, but if anyone wants to make an individual donation by cash or by cheque payable to “EEF”, we will ensure it gets passed onto the Fund. Thank you.



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.




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.
If you know of anyone who hasn't received the vaccine & would like to, information is available on the NHS website or e-mail; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.



In 2020 one of our communities raised £2,076.04 through your Red Box donations. THANK YOU. Communities around the world are so grateful that people here in Burnley are supporting them through prayer and your generous donations. Also, donations so far for 2021 have raised £785.29. Prayerful loving thanks for your ongoing generous support.

Canon copier inks: If anyone would like free of charge some new unused black and colour ink cartridges ref 540/541 for a Canon computer printer, please contact Fr Damien.



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. 



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



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.



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.

Items in the Newsletter: If you would like to include an item, or make a Mass Offering, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your request before midday on Thursday.





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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 here, are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed. 

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 Mon 10th May Easter Weekday

Tues 11th May Easter Weekday

Wed 12th May St Pancras

Thurs 13th May Ascension of the Lord

Fri 14th May St Matthias

Sat 15th May Easter Weekday

Sun 16th May Seventh Sunday of Easter



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“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.

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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Christ invites us into a loving relationship with him, but friendship with Christ is not easy, he is a challenging and demanding friend. In this Sunday’s Gospel, on the night before he dies, he calls his disciples his “friends” for whom he is prepared to lay down his life. Friendship with him involves opening our hearts to the needs of others, taking a chance and making friends especially with the poor and the vulnerable. It also involves being patient and overlooking the faults of others as well as the occasions when other people take advantage of us. We are asked to turn these into opportunities to grow and become better people.

These are the kinds of attitudes and ways of treating people that the life of friendship with Jesus involves. It is important to real- ise that when Christ talks about love he doesn't mean the same thing that our mod- ern culture means. Another important thing for us to appreciate is that, rather than just being something which only applies to the people we're closest to, love is the basic Christian virtue, the basic Christian princi- ple. When we are open to God's influence, love becomes the main principle that gradually shapes our whole character and af- fects the way we treat everyone that we encounter.

Let us respond generously to Christ’s invitation to enter into friendship with him and may our love for him draw others to also desire to enter into friendship with him through the Church.




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 April

The World of Finance: 

Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to

regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.



Saint Joseph saw Jesus grow daily “in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favour”.

As the Lord had done with Israel, so Joseph did with Jesus: he taught him to walk, taking him by the hand; he was for him like a father who raises an infant to his cheeks, bending down to him and feeding him.

In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God: “As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13).

Even through Joseph’s fears, God’s will, his history and his plan were at work. Joseph teaches us that faith in God includes believing that he can work even through our fears, our frailties and our weaknesses. He also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture.

From Patris Corde, Pope Francis’ Letter introducing the Year of St Joseph


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.”


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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:
     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 £200 being donated during April. Congratulations to everyone at Blessed Trinity—their website has burst through the £8,500 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


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. 

You can sign the online petition to the Prime Minister and/or donate here: Reclaim Our Common Home 



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

Some people in the parish raise money for CAFOD by keeping a small CAFOD cardboard collection box in their homes, in which they place any small change. If you would like one of these boxes for Advent or at any other time then please get in touch with Anne Marie Coppock on 721701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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!



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.



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.



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. 



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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.