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 Job Vacancies at Theodore House, Stonyhurst

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Thought for the Week - Week Beginning 1st July 2024 


On Sunday, all the Masses involved the celebration of First Communion with a small number of children and their families. It also coincided with the deferred feast of Ss Peter and Paul. In order to have a simple message for the children, I spoke of how we are called like St Peter to keep the faith by being strong in saying who Jesus is for us; but also to be willing like St Paul to share the Lord’s love for us with everyone we encounter.

As you know I lead a reflection on the theme of the week with the staff each Monday morning in Blessed Trinity High school. This week’s theme is “Talents”. It got me to recall how inadequate I felt at high school with rubbing shoulders with very gifted contemporaries, who were so great at sport, art, science, English and Maths. I felt very average and did not feel talented at all. This negative opinion of myself stayed with me into my early 20’s. I decided to kickstart discovering some hidden gifts by aiming to train for and prepare to run a Marathon. Starting from a short distance, I built up gradually over several months, dieted and made the sacrifices necessary and successfully completed the first ever Stockport Marathon in a reasonable time. In itself this was not significant but it motivated me to start trying other things that involved discovering my (until then) well hidden gifts. The Lord has given us many gifts and we need to have the humility and gratitude to acknowledge the source and origin of these gifts. We need to become aware of what these are and take ownership for them. Sometimes we need help from others to work out what these gifts are. In “the parable of the talents” found in St Matthew’s Gospel, the Lord tells us that God does not want us to squander the gifts he has given us but instead wants us to use them to build up the Kingdom. These days I am usually bemused when someone calls me “talented” but I try to graciously accept such comments. Quietly I turn to the Lord and say to him “Lord, if onlythey knew what I used to be like”.

Talking of talents, as I look at the Litany of thanksgiving used at our Mass at St John’s on Saturday 6 th January, I next come across those who provide music for our liturgies by singing and playing musical instruments. We are blessed in our parish to have a good number of those who generously give their time to choose the music and hymns, who practise with those they are working with, and then joyfully and willingly support the communal singing of hymns and Mass parts in our liturgies. We are blessed with people of ages who are part of the music ministry in the parish; this includes children and young people committed to play their part in enhancing our liturgy and worship on Sundays and other occasional and regular times throughout the year. We give thanks to the Lord for all who are involved in the music ministry within our parish.

On Tuesday evening we had a very enjoyable reunion with some of the young people from our parish who were confirmed by Bishop John last Tuesday at St Mary’s. It was a chance for them to reflect about their programme of preparation and to share their thoughts on the celebration of Confirmation. We told them about some ideas we had to build on this year’s new look programme, and they were very supportive of these. Their feedback was very affirming and some of them expressed a desire to get involved in parish life as well as to be willing to promote Confirmation to the current Year 7 pupils who will be eligible for the Sacrament next year. All of this was aided by pizza, pop and cake. I had won the chocolate hamper in the recent Summer Sizzler raffle, so it was suggested I brought it along to the reunion. Much to my delight and the delight of my dentist, the young people easily demolished the hamper’s delicious chocolatey contents!

Thanks for reading this reflection, which I hope you find helpful.

Fr David


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July 2024



Job Vacancies at Theodore House, Stonyhurst

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June 2024




Burnley Catenians have had a busy few months.  Here are some of the images:

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 Michael Jones was presented with a scroll to mark 40 years ' membership.


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There was an end of Circle Year Meal at the Palazzo


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Peter Tiernan was presented with his 50 year membership certificate by Mark Conroy, Great Britain National President.


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Charitable donation cheques were presented to Pendleside Hospice and BFCitC Food Bank.


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25 Members and Guests saw the Simon & Garfunkel Story concert at the Mechanics preceded by a meal in the Bistro


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With the KSC, we organised the 2024 Walk for Life


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Members, parishioners and guests enjoyed the Wednesday Buffet at the Usha and added to the President's Charity Fund.



Details of the Blessed Trinity RC College production at the Mechanics:


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Further information about the Walk for Life on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2024


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May 2024

"The Biggest Battle on Abortion in a Generation"

We received this email from Right To Life UK on 2nd May 2024 -

please read and act now

I just wanted to make contact to let you know that the Leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt, has just announced that Report Stage of the Criminal Justice Bill is going to be on Wednesday 15 May.

This means that we have under two weeks until the biggest battle on abortion in a generation.

On Wednesday 15 May, MPs will be given the opportunity to vote on two pro-life changes to the law - one amendment tabled by Caroline Ansell MP to lower the abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 22 weeks - and another tabled by Liam Fox MP that would bring the abortion time limit for babies with Down's syndrome in line with the time limit for babies that do not have disabilities (as you likely know, abortion for Down's syndrome is currently legal right up to birth).

MPs will also have the opportunity to vote on two extreme abortion up to birth amendments that have been tabled by pro-abortion MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson.

I just wanted to let you know that I will be in contact more frequently than usual over the next couple of weeks with campaign actions for you to take. These will be easy actions you can take that will be crucial to building momentum behind the pro-life amendments and giving them the best chance of passing - as well as ensuring these extreme abortion up to birth amendments are defeated.

Please keep an eye out for emails that I send and be ready to take action.

Many lives are at stake here. Actions you take ahead of these votes, such as writing to your MP, will play a big part in persuading MPs to vote the right way.

If you haven't already emailed your MP asking them to oppose the abortion up to birth amendments, you can write to them now using our easy-to-use tool by clicking here.

Similarly, if you haven't asked your MP to support the amendment to reduce the time limit, you can write to them now using our tool by clicking here.
Best wishes,

Catherine Robinson
Right To Life UK

Artwork on article "The Biggest Battle on Abortion in a Generation" from Right To Life UK


Burnley KSC Council 110 and Burnley Catenians are again organising a Sponsored Walk for Life on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2024.  Details on the poster below.  Sponsor forms will be available.


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Burnley Catenians Spring 2024 Activities


Burnley Catenians are holding another Curry Night at the Usha on Wednesday 22 May. 

All welcome.  Details on the poster below:


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January 2024


KSC 110 Club closed after 61 years on Yorkshire Street


The Knights of St Columba Burnley Council 110 has announced that it is closing the KSC 110 Club.  The doors were closed for the final time after a darts match on Thursday 18 January.

The KSC Club moved from a small property on back Manchester Road to the building at the corner of Yorkshire Street and Albert Street in May 1962.

Since then the Club has been the base for the KSC for its community, spiritual, social and sporting activities. Over time, the Club expanded into adjacent properties and, on a number of occasions, redeveloped all three floors of the building.

At the present time, the Club has a multi-purpose lounge on the ground floor, a function room on the first floor and a games room on the top floor.

Council 110 Grand Knight, Tony Young, said “This is a very sad day for all of us involved in the KSC in Burnley, but I’m afraid the Club has suffered from a loss of its traditional clientele and it has been impossible in current trading conditions for the Club to take enough money over the bar to pay all the bills. The last few months have not been helped by restricted access as a result of the construction work at our front door. We are very grateful for the sympathetic approach taken by some of our suppliers, but there are really no prospects for us to increase trade to the level that would be required.

“We are also grateful for all our members and customers who have supported us for 61 years. Over that time we have seen parties for weddings, baptisms, birthdays and funerals. We have been a consistent venue for live music and have had some well-known names appearing at the club including Mike Harding (at Burnley Folk club), Les Dennis, Frank Carson, Jimmy Cricket, Emile Ford and even a punk rock group. Our children have often had their first experience of work here and we thank all the people who worked and volunteered here over the years. We provided a lot of sporting activities for our members, including football, cricket, table tennis, snooker and darts teams. Unfortunately, in recent years, the number of teams have diminished which in turn has contributed to the decline in Club use. We have also welcomed thousands of football supporters on their way to and from Burnley FC matches.

“The Club has been the base for the KSC fundraising activities and we have raised many thousands of pounds for local, regional and national charities - most recently the Handicapped Children’s Fellowship and the Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund at Holly Grove School.

“This will not be the end for the Knights of Saint Columba in Burnley as we move towards our Centenary in 2025. We will continue with our work and intend that the money raised from the sale of the property will enable us to continue to support the Roman Catholic Church, our schools and other good causes and KSC 110 will continue to fund raise for charities.”



Knights and Catenians support for Blessed Trinity RC College Prize Night.


KSC Burnley Council 110 and Burnley Catenian Circle sponsored prizes at this year's Blessed Trinity Awards Night.  The photos show two individual winners and a group photo with Terry Hephrun (Past Grand Knight and current Circle President) with guest of honour Councillor Afrasiab Anward MBE (Leader of Burnley Borough Council.

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 The results of this year's KSC Christmas Draw

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For the latest CAFOD News click here


This year's Blessed Trinity RC College Carols


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Details of a prayer vigil for the conflict iin Israel/Palestine organised by Building Bridges.


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 For information about the Catenian Bursary Fund scan the QR code.


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You've heard it from Cardinal Nichols - Catenians strengthen Catholic communities. If you want to learn more about what we do, or you want to get involved with your local group then please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Vincent Nichols



A group of Burnley Catenians joined a concert by a Beatles Tribute Band, the Upbeat Beatles, at Burnley Mechanics Theatre.  They enjoyed an excellent pre-show meal in the 1855 Bistro. 

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Forthcoming events: Mass for Deceased Brothers at Blessed Trinity RC College Chapel at 1830 on Wednesday 8 November followed by the monthly meeting and meal; Ladies' Night Dinner Dance at Nelson House on Friday 17 November; December meeting, Christmas meal with Carols also at Nelson House on Wednesday 14 December.  Please get in touch for more information.


October 2023


Thank You to all those Parish Volunteers
who attended the DBS Clinic!

The response we had was terrific - thank you!
In case you (or future volunteers) ever need the info again, we'll leave it available - see link below

For further information and a guide for what to do please click here


Event coming up in November for Burnley Catenians.

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 And for KSC

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You will all no doubt be shocked and deeply saddened by what has unfolded over the last two weeks in Israel and Gaza. CAFOD is in close contact with its partners in the region and is putting in place emergency plans to help those in most need as soon as it is safe to do so. However, one essential thing that we all can do is pray for peace. Here is a prayer from CAFOD to help us do that.


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For more information on the situation in the Holy Land and all the latest CAFOD news just visit the CAFOD Group's webpage:


Click here to view the CAFOD Group's webpage




"When you have more than you need build a longer table not a higher fence."

(Author unknown)


From Safe Passage:

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People seeking safety in the UK need safe routes

My name is Omid, and I’m a Young Leader at Safe Passage.
When I arrived in Europe through Greece, there was no support or accommodation available to me. I was in a dire situation. I was not safe. I had to leave. I made the decision to come to the UK, where I was hoping to start a new life. But instead, I got faced with many barriers.
It is very dangerous to come to the UK from France. There was nowhere I could get advice on how to reach the UK safely. When there are no safe routes, people have no other choice than crossing the Channel. So I did.
This situation puts people at the risk of smugglers and traffickers. They make you pay or work for them. Why do some fearing for their safety have to take such huge risks, when others don’t? I am very happy for my Ukrainian friends, who had a safe journey to the UK. It shows that when they exist, safe routes do work. But most people don’t have this luck. I had to come by boat. 
Safe routes are the solution. Safe routes can stop people dying in the Channel. Safe routes can stop so much money going to the smugglers every single day. We know the border can’t be open to everyone. But the Government has the power to end tragedies in the Channel. It's been done before with Ukraine, and it can be done again.
We need your help to make sure my message resonates loud and clear with anyone in power who needs to hear this.

Read more about our Routes to Safety campaign


All about the Catenians Oct 23


Monday 9th October was the Feast Day of Saint John Henry Newman.
If you've ever been puzzled as to your lot in life, this little article by him may help...

Click here to view


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The CAFOD Group page has just been updated. To read the latest news on the tragic situations in Morocco and Libya, how CAFOD are helping and how you can help just click here. You can also sign an open letter to Rishi Sunak regarding the recently passed Illegal Immigration Act by clicking the above link. Many thanks for your continuing generous support.



A programme of events, from Building Bridges in Burnley,

from September to December 2023.

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Reciept from Right to Life - the proceeds of the Sponsored walk.

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Following on from the parish's recent sponsored walk on behalf of Right To Life, we've had this encouraging news from them - Pro-lifers in Malta have achieved a major victory and stopped abortion coming to Malta. After major protests the Maltese goverment was forced to back down. Goodness knows how many lives have been saved.

Read how they did it in this informative article


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The CAFOD Group page has just been updated. To read the latest news and take part in CAFOD's campaign action to "Stop Cowboy Lenders", just click here! Many thanks to Fr Brian for raising funds for CAFOD's Ukraine Appeal and congratulations to him on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of ordination.



Some of you may remember Fr Brian Kealey, who was parish priest of Christ the King Burnley some years ago. Fr Brian is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination by doing a sponsored walk from Darwin (where his current parish is) to Burnley and back in one day in aid of CAFOD's fund for the people of Ukraine.

If you'd like to sponsor Fr Brian please go to:


Thank you for your generosity!



 See photos from the Turf Moor Supper after the Mass celebrating the 30th anniversary of  Fr David's ordination PLUS a video of the wonderful singing! -

click here to view



Walk for Life update:

A cheque for£2,176 has been sent to the Right to Life Charity as a result of the Walk for Life Sponsored Walk organised by Burnley KSC and Catenians on May Bank Holiday Monday.





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Brother James Capstick, KSC Action and Youth Officer has completed a cycle ride of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. James completed the 1600-mile route in under a fortnight staying at B&Bs and, in the absence of a better offer, in a tent or the support van.

The route is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world; James started at Malon Head, County Donegal and finished at Kinsale, County Cork.   James planned to undertake the challenge pre-pandemic but finally managed it this year. The ride was in memory of the great Pat Smullen, nine times Irish champion flat race jockey who sadly died of pancreatic cancer at 43. James coped with the vagaries of the Irish weather and a challenging route. He was ably assisted by his support team – PGK Trevor Ireland in a hired Intack van.

The amount raised currently stands at £1,400 (for Cancer Research Ireland for whom Pat did so much to raise awareness.

James said: “The memories of the magical country and the generosity of its people will never fade”.

James is no stranger to marathon fund raisers. In 2022, he cycled to all 10 English Rugby League (The Bet Fred Super League) grounds, covering 300 miles in just four days. The marathon was in aid of the Rob Burrow Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Centre. In 2021, he cycled from Burnley to Leeds (via Inverness) and raised more than £2000 – again for MND. He has also run marathons in support of his fund-raising activity.

We look forward to his next adventure – Pennine Way on a unicycle, Route 66 on a tandem, James?

Please look at the KSC page on this website for photos


Burnley Catenians held their first Family Bowls afternoon for five years at Greenhill Bowling Club in sun blessed conditions. Winners were Circle Treasurer Peter Nuttall and KSC Council 110 Brother Myles Moore. Circle President Terry Hephrun with Janet were runners up - again. Thanks to Mick Armfield for organising.

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Terry with Miles and Peter with their prizes

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Group of semi finalists and supporters


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Blessed Trinity RC College is putting on a show at the Mechanics.

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 As part of the 2022/23 Catenian President's Charity, John and Jancie McNabb recently handed over a cheque for £400 to MacMaillan Cancer Support.


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The photo shows John and Janice flanked by Kelly and Danielle from Mcmillan.


Burnley KSC and Catenians held a sponsored Walk for Life on May Bank Holiday.  The 10k route took us along the canal, through Bank Hall and to Netherwood and Rowley and back finishing with refreshments in KSC 110 Club.  In addition to KSC, Catenians and parishioners, we were joined by a group from the Hidden Gem in Manchester.  As usual in Burnley, the weather was glorious.

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James Capstick, St Mary's parishioner and KSC Action & Youth Officer has offered his thanks to all parishioners who helped him raise £1100 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association by sponsoring him in the recent Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon. He is always very grateful for the support and generosity.

His next fund raising venture will be cycling The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland from Malin Head to Kinsale - 1,600 miles in total. The journey will be 11 to 25 June. This time he will be raising money and awareness for Irish Cancer Research in memory of Pat Smullen, nine times champion jockey. Donations can be made online:   justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jamescapstick . Your amazing support help will be very much appreciated - again.



May 2023


Have a look at the Catenians page for updates about the new Catenian Assocation National President - who is from Burnley Circle.



April 2023






KSC Burnley Council 110 had a Celebration Night at KSC 110 Club with Good Samaritan Parish Priest Fr David and Friends providing the musical entertainment.

Council 110 Grand Knight Tony Young handed over cheques for £1000 each to Holly Grove School’s Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund and to the Catholic Fellowship for the Handicapped following the last year’s fundraising activity.

Then two Council members received the KSC Award for Meritorious Service. Past Grand Knight Trevor Ireland was recognised for his contribution to Council welfare during the Covid pandemic, his support for the Church not least his practical help in providing transport to African priests to serve the Good Samaritan parish and his practical involvement in the Council’s organisation of the Province 21 Christmas poster campaign and, this year, the Easter posters. This year alone the Council has delivered in excess of 40,000 Christmas posters and 27,000 Easter posters to help spread the Gospel message. Trevor has also been the support team on many of the Council Action and Youth Officer James Capstick’s amazing fund-raising efforts.

Spiritualistic and Welfare Officer Steve Hird was unwell on the night and will receive his Award later. His work on welfare of Brothers, wives and widows is exceptional and he offers the Council detailed monthly reports on his activities. Steve also helped with the poster campaigns transporting the posters from printer to Post Office thus saving costs.

Mrs Ita Thomas received a bunch of flowers for her work as Secretary to the Christmas poster campaign.

Mrs Maureen Heys received a bunch of flowers for her help with the catering at the Club on matchdays and other occasions.

Three priests received the KSC Member of Honour Certificates. Fr Job and Fr Benjamin are based at St John the Baptist Church in Good Samaritan Parish. Fr Peter Hapgood-Strickland was formerly an Anglican priest working in Burnley and has recently been ordained in the Roman Catholic Church. He is a regular supporter of the Monday night KSC quiz in spite of being based in Ramsbottom.

KSC Supreme Director for Action and Social, Stephen McMillan was present for the evening and took away a cheque for £1000 for the Let the Children Live charity. Bro Stephen kept attendees up to date with the results of the KSC Grand National Draw which was made concurrently in Glasgow.

Finally, £695 was raised on the night for CAFOD which was made up to £1000 by Province.


Please see the KSC page for photos of the event.





For more information on KSC and Catenian activities please refer to the relevant page.


April 2023


As this awful earthquake fades into yesterday's news and then into non-news in the public's mind, please don't forget:

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(click on the poster above to go there)




The Turin Shroud


The parish visit to the replica of the Turin Shroud was "thought provoking" "inspirational" "emotional" - these are a few comments of the over thirty people, plus several with us in spirit, that visited Stoneyhurst College last Sunday. The support given to each other across the parish was a real sign of our growing and flourishing!!


Please click here for a slideshow of photos taken during our trip

(accompanying music: 'Easy Day' by Kevin McCloud (https://directory.audio/free-music/country-folk/4611-kevin-macleod-easy-day)

used courtesy of Creative Commons Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode) )




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Parish Coach trip to Oscott Seminary 12th Feb '23:

Here's some photos - click here






 update from Nelsons Secret Singers

"Nelson Secret Singers" are of all abilities, sharing songs in rounds, four part harmonies - with fun - and its only week three!!! Several members of the Good Samaritan Parish family are involved so you will see a familiar face if you are free to join in. It's Thursdays 730pm to 930pm at Christchurch Nelson. Interested? - our Parish contact is Maria Boys 07929 256406




 Have a look at the Catenians page for the latest updates.



Single Catholic North West Walking Group



This is the first Meetup group of it's kind in the North West of England! A walking group specificaly for single practicing Catholics and those who are interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith.

An opportunity to walk in the beautiful countryside and talk about anything from the faith, the Church and the world. Rosaries will be prayed and sung along the way and there will be opportunities to socialise afterwards.

When available a priest may be walking with us to give guidance in the faith, on vocations and be available for discrete confession.

The aim of this group is to bring like minded people together to form friendships, marriages, and other holy vocations, God willing!


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Nelson Secret Singers begins Thursday January 5th 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Christ Church 15 Cross Street Nelson - "can't sing" ? This is for you - songs from various styles and cultures will hopefully give us confidence in singing - to bring along to our parish community. There is a charge to cover costs however the first session is being offered for free as a 'taste and sing'. Maria Boys 07929 256406 is our parish contact and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the leader and a member of the Natural Voice Network a group who believe singing is everyone's birthright!



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"My new book on the Hillsborough Tragedy is out now.  It is also about my life in general, my many health issues, family life and the role within the church.  The book is available at £12 each, which includes a £2 donation to the parish for each book sold.

"I will arrange a book signing, maybe as soon as next Sunday.  This can be done after Mass when we get together for a cuppa and a cake!!!  I will order more copies once I sell out.
"Thank You
"Christopher Whittle"

Come and join us to say the Rosary after each week-day Mass at Christ the King Church, Monday, Wednesday and Friday

(NB Mass times may change so

Click here to check this week's Mass times )






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Today we remember all the young men who fell in the Great War of 1914 - 1918:



To view a list of those from our parish who fell in the Great War, and where we have information learn a little about them, click on the links below:


St Mary's (which in those days covered the area which later became Christ the King Parish) click here


St John's - click here



Please click here for news of the latest marathon fundraiser by a KSC Brother and a Pre-Christmas event.


 Click here for the latest Catenian news.


H. M. Queen Elizabeth II, the only monarch most of us have ever known -

Requiescat in Pace Ma'am


There is an official Book of Condolences if you'd like to sign it:





Prayer For The Sick

Today we pray for
The sick and suffering
In Burnley today
And I will light a candle
For them every night
And say a little prayer tonight
That our Lord Jesus Christ
Heals all sick and suffering
In Burnley tonight Amen.


David P Carroll




 The recording of the Requiem Mass for Father Frank Jennings from St John the Baptist, Padiham on 9/8/22 is now uploaded to YouTube:


 We've also added a link to the previous day's Reception Mass:


We couldn't get our camera's audio system to work with St John's audio system so the sound's not as good as we would have liked but apart from the congregation sounding like they're singing hymns under water at least it's audible! In addition, the first 16 minutes or so of the Reception Mass is silent but the rest is OK.

Fr Jennings was clearly a much-loved priest and we hope you can take some comfort from both recordings.


New Neighbours Together, the charity supporting asylum seekers based at St John's Church, was presented with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Christine Kirk DL, at a ceremony at County Hall, Preston.
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Returning to Mass at Pentecost

Spring Plenary 2022 Resolution

An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales

This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)

A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.

Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we recognise gratefully the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.

We are grateful to our clergy, religious and lay faithful who have served our parishes, schools and communities with dedication and distinction throughout this pandemic. Now we look forward with renewed faith and confidence.

In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost, we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person.

As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples. Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the presence of each other, we receive strength week by week, to serve the Lord and glorify Him with our lives.

Approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference
Friday 6 May 2022






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Burnley Catenians - 50 Years Membership Presentation

Burnley Catenian Circle Past President, Aidan Stockton, was enrolled as a member of the Association in August 1970. However, because of the COVID pandemic, it was not possible to present his 50 years membership scroll in the usual manner in August 2020.

Face-to-face Circle meetings only resumed in late 2021 and arrangements were made to present the scroll to Aidan, a former teacher at St. Theodore's School, at the September meeting. Brother Eddie O’Donnell, Immediate Past GB National President, was invited to make the presentation as he would have done in his year of office.

Unfortunately, Aidan was unwell and unable to attend the meeting and, sadly, he died in October 2021 without ever receiving his scroll.
To ensure that Aidan's valued membership and service was marked in the correct way, invitations were made to his daughter Gill and granddaughter Aimee to receive the scroll and miniature on behalf of the family at the February Circle meeting held at Burnley Football Club.



Aidan's daughter Gill and granddaughter Aimee

receiving the scroll from Province 10 Director Mark Conroy


Following the presentation, which was made by Mark Conroy, Director of Province 10 and a member of Burnley Circle, Mark asked everyone to stand as he proposed a toast to Aidan and absent friends.

On receiving the 50-year Scroll, Gill said she would take it to her mother, Sheila, where it would take pride of place in her room.




Burnley Catenians have started their social activities again after a hiatus of two years.

In recent weeks, the Circle has:

  • Reintroduced the monthly meetings and meals at Burnley FC;
  • Beaten Accrington Circle to each the semi-final the Regional Snooker competition (played at KSC 110 Club);
  • Attended a Provincial weekend in York;
  • Held an end of Circle year meal at the New Waggoners where retiring President Jim Livesey was presented with a print of a mini rally car (Jim is a motor sports enthusiast);
  • Planned a Curry Night in May at the Usha (all welcome);
  • Organised a theatre trip and meal at the Mechanics in July.

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