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



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On this Page:

Introduction  |   Mass & Confession Times  |   Where to Find Us  |   Virtual Tour of St Mary's  |   Sister Churches - Links

Other Pages in this section:

A Walk Around St Mary's  |   St Mary's Groups  |   St Mary's Photo Album  |   St Mary's History  |   Parish War Dead

Our Local Primary School (opens in a seperate window)

St Mary's RC Primary School

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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.







The next Healing Mass at St Mary’s is on Saturday 21st December at 12 Noon. This will be followed by lunch in the parish rooms.



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



We are looking for new toys and new clothes or donations.

We are looking for items for children up to 10 years of age. They do not need to be wrapped up as this will be done by Santa’s Elves. Please do not include: jigsaws, books, toy guns or knives. please bring them to the back of St Mary’s church after Sunday Mass on either the w/e of 7th/8th December or 14th/15th December, which will be the last collection. Thank you.



The prizes are: a signed Claret’s shirt; and two adult tickets for BFC vs Leicester in January Tickets are £5 and are available from the school office. It will be drawn at the school production.



For children in school year 3 and above will start in January with information meetings for parents only are arranged for St Mary’s (School hall) at 7pm on Thursday 23rd January.
At this meeting application forms will be given out and individual family appointments with Fr David will be arranged.



Mass Times

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


How to Find Us:

St Mary of the Assumtion, Burnley.

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



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


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 centenery 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



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