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Food Collection




The organisers of the Food Bank send their thanks for your vey generous donations last weekend at St Mary's. Let’s keep it going now and keep pace with the consistent contributions that our St John’s friends have been making for several years.

Please bring your donations and place them in the boxes provided. The organisation has a very clear picture of what they can and cannot use. Please read this carefully before donation.


DO Donate: Tins of beans, fruit, soup meats tuna etc. Pasta, pasta sauce, cuppa-soup, (bagged) potatoes, oranges, tea bags, coffee, cereals. Toilet rolls, soap, shower gel, shampoo and etc. Fresh food that won’t go off in days. Vegetarian and Halal foods particularly welcome.


DO NOT Donate: Bread, biscuits (donated by Warburtons and Farmhouse biscuits. Thank God for their generosity!). Frozen goods.


Please be certain that the food is ‘in-date'.  Thank you for your generosity.

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We now have a have a box at the back of Christ the King for any donations to the food bank. 

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Kind donators from St John’s are asked to use the above latest requests from the Food Bank as well.



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Have you ever thought about joining the Catenians

or are you new to the area and want to make new friends?


The Catenian Association, which has been in existence for over a hundred years, is a group of Catholic men who meet socially at least once a month to help and encourage one another in both their Catholic and social lives. We support each other, the Catholic Church, young people and those who are in need.
The Burnley Circle of the Association organises a wide range of social events such as a family bowls day, barge trips, weekends away, trips to the theatre, and family days. These are held throughout the year for members, their wives, families and friends.

In addition, we also have a Bursary Fund which can be accessed to help young Catholics aged between 16 and 24 who take part in community based projects both at home and abroad.

The only real qualifications for joining are that you must be a practising Catholic, male and over 21 years of age.

If you would like to hear more about the Catenians please speak with your Catenain Parish contact, who will only be too happy to answer any questions you may have.


Your Parish Contacts are:

Christ the King: Terry Hephrun

St Mary’s: Ken Tyson

St John’s: Peter Marsland


Alternatively, telephone Mick Armfield, who is the Membership Officer, on 01282 459424

or visit the Catenian website at www.thecatenians.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.




The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does? Why not consider nominating it for a national award?

In 2002, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community was established. Its purpose is to recognise groups of individuals who are giving their time freely for the benefit of others. It is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the MBE.

As such, The Queen’s Award not only serves to provide recognition of volunteer groups, but also demonstrates the high respect in which volunteering is held. The Burnley group of the Catholic Fellowship for the Handicapped won the award in 2012.

The Award is overseen by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As part of the Cabinet Office, DCMS works across government departments to provide support to voluntary and community organisations.

Groups must be nominated for the Award - self nomination is not permitted. A group (two or more people) can be nominated if it is based in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The group has to have been volunteering for the benefit of people in the UK or overseas for at least three years and more than half its members must be volunteers who have the right of residence in the UK. Groups solely concerned with fundraising for charitable purposes are not eligible.

Further details on entrance criteria and the nomination process (which is fairly straightforward) are available from: https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/

The deadline for nominations for the 2020 awards is 13 September 2019.



Cyclone Idai

How is CAFOD responding?

Our local partners are working around the clock to reach areas and communities affected by the Cyclone. Their local knowledge is vital in ensuring that the most vulnerable families are reached with the basic aid they need to survive.

We have pledged an initial £100,000 for Mozambique and £50,000 for Zimbabwe, but much more will be needed as the disaster unfolds.

What are the immediate needs?

Working with our local Caritas emergency response experts, rapid assessments are already underway in some of the worst affected areas in Mozambique – Beira, Dondo, and Caia, where the priority is to reach 1,400 vulnerable people, with food – rice, beans, sugar and cooking oil, as well as hygiene kits.

In eastern Zimbabwe, our local emergency experts are doing rapid assessments in the Chimanimani and Chipinge area, where it’s estimated that at least 9,000 people need vital humanitarian aid, including clean and safe water, basic shelter, and food. But many districts remain inaccessible, so this number is expected to rise.

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55 Westminster Bridge Road

Please make cheques payable to CAFOD.

Donate to CAFOD by phone

08085 85 88 85






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