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
COVID RESTRICTIONS BEING LIFTED
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”.
THE GRADUAL OPENING OF OUR CHURCHES TO THE PUBLIC
Fr David continues to work to his practical and successful ‘Festina Lente’ philosophy and we have gradually added to the opportunities for parishioners to return to worship in church. Each step has been successful including last week’s introduction of Mass at all three churches. Therefore we propose the following plan for weekday Masses for the parish during the coming week.
Mon 10th Aug: St Mary’s 9.30am / Christ the King 7pm
Tues 11th Aug: St Mary’s 9.30am / St John’s 12 Noon
Wed 12th Aug: St Mary’s 9.30am / St John’s 7pm
Thurs 13th Aug: St Mary’s 9.30am and 7pm / St John’s 10.30am
Fri 14th Aug: St Mary’s 9.30am
Sat 15th Aug: St Mary’s 9.30am
We had hoped to be preparing for a limited number of Sunday Masses, but in the light of the return to partial lockdown these plans are on hold. There will continue to be opportunities for private prayer, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation
IN THE LIGHT OF THE CORONA VIRUS
The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation is removed until further notice—even though we are celebrating Mass in public.
EXPOSITION AND RECONCILIATION AT ST MARY’S
St Mary’s church will again be open for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday 15th August from 10.30am to 11.30. During this time the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in the Sacred Heart Chapel. Please note the change of day from previous weeks. Thank You: We have built excellent teams of stewards over the weeks and they do a really splendid job. Our thanks to them—without your help, none of this would be viable.
STREAMING SUNDAY MASS … CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?
The streamed Mass is a cornerstone of the excellent communication that Fr David and the team has led throughout the lockdown. Due to the impact of new work commitments, one of our volunteers is no longer able to help with the live streaming of Mass on a Sunday morning so we now have a vacancy. Our heartfelt thanks to her for all her input.
The role involves a commitment of about two hours every third Sunday morning, so it’s not too onerous! It doesn’t take long to learn the ropes and full training is given, together with an illustrated step-by-step guide and ongoing support throughout.
If you’d like to know more please contact Mike Morris on;
STREAMED SUNDAY MASS
Please note that Fr David will celebrate the 9.30am 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.
OFFERTORY COLLECTION AND DONATIONS
As there are still no Sunday Masses If, in the circumstances, you are able to do this, it will be most welcome. If not, please keep your envelopes until churches re-open and make your donations as usual. To make a donation go to the website.
On the right 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.
Fr Kevin Tierney will be leaving to go to St Peter's Middleton as Assistant Priest to Fr Peter Hopkinson at the end of July. Fr Kevin has spent over 9 years amongst us at St John’s and latterly at St Mary’s so is a familiar face that we will miss. We are delighted that Fr Damien Louden, currently Assistant Priest at St James the Less, Rawtenstall, will be coming to the parish as Assistant Priest to Fr David in mid-August. We will welcome him.
PRAYER PETALS - HELP YOUR PRIEST!
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.
MAILING THE NEWSLETTER
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.
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 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
Mon Aug 10th: St Lawrence
Tues Aug 11th: St Clare
Wed Aug 12th : St Jane Frances Chantel
Thurs Aug 13th: St Hyppolytus
Fri Aug 14th: St Maximillian Kolbe
Sat Aug 15th: Weekday
Sun Aug 16th: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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).
The Lord’s Day at Home
The sheets available on the Web site are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed. There is no sheet for Palm Sunday but please look out for special sheets for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday as well as Easter Sunday http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/index.php/home-page/home
FR DAVID’S REFLECTION THIS SUNDAY
FR MICHAEL RYAN’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Next Sunday, 16th August will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Fr Michael Ryan, a priest of the diocese of Salford and a very close friend of Fr David. Fr Michael served the diocese for 19 years and died at the age of 47. We did have plans to mark this significant occasion in a bigger way but because of the continuing Covid restrictions, the best we can do is to offer the live-streamed Mass on Sunday 16th August for Fr Michael and his late parents Jack and Fleur.
Fr Michael was very fond of a cup of tea so in addition to the Mass perhaps we could unite with Fr Michael’s friends and his brother Simon and family and have a cup of tea in his memory at some point on Sunday. At the Mass Fr David will be using Fr Michael’s personal ordination chalice with which he is entrusted. Fr Michael was a very wise man and had a really mischievous sense of humour. With both of these qualities and many others, he kept Fr David on the right path and so he is much missed. It seems appropriate we should be celebrating Mass on his 10th Anniversary in St Mary’s church on the feast of the Assumption. Thank you for your understanding and support with this occasion.
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 Feb 2019
PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION FOR AUGUST 2020
The Maritime World We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families
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:
Blessed Trinity are supporting the Foodbank. Here is the website https:// tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving. They have raised £3516 so far! School is closed this week, but the site will still work. This week these donations have stayed the same, so if you can, perhaps you will make an extra gift to this very necessary and worthy cause.
CAFOD PLEAS FOR SUPPORT
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.
NOT THE GREAT NORTH RUN
David Ross, a parishioner, is plodding on through this challenge and assuring all generous sponsors that their donations to Mind are not wasted - he has just reached 16 of the required 40 runs, and 60 of the 100 miles. He updates his JustGiving page each Sunday with a brief progress report, visible at: undefined.
Plenty of running days left before the end date, 13th September, the date when the real event was due to happen.
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)