UPDATE FROM FR DAVID ON COVID IMPLICATIONS
As the lockdown continues we are able to have public Mass and Services. We are very dependent on the health of the priests and significantly the health, safety and generosity of our wonderful stewards. A few of our stewards have quite understandably asked to step down from the role for now. We are very grateful to the commitment and dedication they have shown over the last 7 months.
If anyone would like to become a steward please contact Fr David.
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.
THIS WEEK'S 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||7.00 pm|
|THURSDAY||9.30 am||X||10.30 am|
|FRIDAY||9.30 am||12 Noon||X|
10.30 am E&R*
|5.00 pm||10.45 am|
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 mins before the weekday Masses.
*Exposition and Reconciliation:
Every Saturday there will be Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's from 10.30 to 11.30 am. The Reconciliation will take place on the Sacred Heart altar. Please be guided by the Stewards. Thank you.
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.
DON’T DROP YOUR GUARD!!
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—don’t let it be you or yours.
Take no risks, stay safe. We are all responsible for this!
REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULES!
It’s great news that the roll-out of the vaccine is starting this month. It’s a great development to benefit us all, please God. In the meantime keep safe with the following Golden Rules.
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.
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.
TESTING FOR COVID 19—FREE—STILL AVAILABLE —PLEASE HAVE ONE!!
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 10.00am and 3.00pm.
Please note the change of days it is available. 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.
GIFT AID—THE PARISH NEEDS YOUR HELP!
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.
PATRIS CORDE — ”WITH A FATHER’S HEART” THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
Joseph accepted Mary unconditionally. He trusted in the angel’s words. Joseph is certainly not passively resigned, but courageously and firmly proactive. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spirit’s gift of fortitude. Only the Lord can give us the strength needed to accept life as it is, with all its contradictions, frustrations and disappointments.
CARITAS APPEAL: 'WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR'
Pope Francis reminds us that, before we are anything else, we are brothers and sisters sharing a common home, and we are called to become neighbours and friends. Covid-19 has seen new forms of poverty in our society. Through its Appeal, CARITAS is enabled to reach out with love and support to the most vulnerable and marginalised in our communities. Due to the pandemic, CARITAS is asking people to consider electronic giving.
Details of how to donate can be found at https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/ and further information is available on the parish website +about the Appeal, including the CARITAS SUNDAY Appeal Prayer.
THE TEAM! STREAMING SUNDAY MASS
We’re E X P A N D I N G ! One of our Live Stream Team is leaving to join the navy.
We’ll miss him badly and need to replace him! If you can help us to live stream Sunday Masses for a couple of hours every other Sunday morning, ie one week in two, then we’d love to hear from you. The job’s not too tricky, full on-the-job training is given and lots of support is available. All you need to begin with is basic computer knowledge.
MAILING THE NEWSLETTER
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.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
These daily reflections from the parish clergy team are available on this link, each day.
The Lord’s Day at Home sheets are available on this link and are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed.
FEAST DAYS FOR HOLY WEEK
Mon 1st March St David
Tues 2nd March Weekday
Wed 3rd March Weekday
Thurs 4th March Weekday
Fri 5th March Weekday
Sat 6th March Weekday
Sun 7th March 3rd Sunday in Lent
“I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder!!”
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.
Here’s one of our latest - on being allowed to ‘play out’ (for exercise)
- 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! 😃
OVERSEAS ACCLAIM FOR OUR GREAT WEBSITE!
"Everything in the site pulls you into the parish community.
It's like an invitation to belong to something special”
These are the wonderful words sent to our web manager this week from an admirer from the Parish Council of Magheralin Parish in Northern Ireland. She says she's had a good look at our website and was impressed - commenting especially on the dedication it takes to keep it up to date! She adds:
“Sincerely, well done with that design and to all contributors."
She ends by saying she will ask the other members of their Council to take a look...
she wants to steal some of our ideas! Well done to the web team for their dedication, creativity and hard work. Well deserved praise. SHARE THE NEWS! There are many people still self- isolating so make a call!
Read our wonderful newsy and topical parish website, and ring someone with the news and a chat to help with their isolation. Good fun too!
Streamed Sunday Mass: Please note that Fr David and Fr Damien will celebrate the 9.30am Mass on Sundays 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.
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!
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
Papal Prayer Intention for 2021
Respect for the Planet's Resources:
We pray that the planet's resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial
intelligence may always serve humankind.
We pray that today's families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
Message from Pope Francis about Reconciliation: These words from the Holy Father should help us while some of us cannot go to the Sacrament:
“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.
"Every political social or religious project involves the inclusion or exclusion of the wounded, lying on the side of the road. Each day each of us faces the choice of being a good Samaritan or an indifferent bystander"
- Pope Francis, 2003
POPE FRANCIS SPEAKING ABOUT CHRIST THE KING
At the end of our life we will be judged on love, that is, on our concrete commitment to love and serve Jesus in our littlest and neediest brothers and sisters. That mendicant, that needy person who reaches out his hand is Jesus; that sick person whom I must visit is Jesus; that inmate is Jesus, that hungry person is Jesus.
WITH A FATHER’S HEART—THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
“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.”
CHANGES IN THE PARISH
There is lots happening in the parish, and it’s hard to keep up! With the gradual release from lockdown, our ability to attend to pray and worship has changed. And this will go on, and we will keep everyone up to date in the Newsletter and on the website. Keep looking, keep up to date.
Add to this, Bishop John has decided on changes to the placement of our priests which also effects our Good Samaritan parish.
Lately Dead: Asmat Pervez, Brenda Wilson, Leanna Oliver, David Hartley, Eileen Park, Bernard Carney, Fr Richard Diala C.M, Margaret Nutter, Stella Albanese
Anniversaries: Catherine Mary Hoyle, Thomas and Margaret McKie, Agnes Fletcher, Mary Ellen Dixon, Fr Joseph Feeley, Chris Blunn.
Other Intentions: Fr Benneth, Fr Damien, Jack Bailey, Fr David Featherstone
Towneley Chapel Lamps: Andrew Harrison Fr David Featherstone
Foodbank - keep it up!
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 (at 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 Community website (above) - this led to £207.65 being donated during January. Congratulations to everyone at Blessed Trinity—their website has burst through the £7,500 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: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportburnleyfoodbank
Please note that Christ the King has suspended Foodbank collection during the unfolding Coronavirus situation.
RESUMPTION OF OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS
The new regulations mean that there are no longer opportunities to make our weekly offerings. However, you can make your donations online through the parish website.
- Open the Home page and on the right, there is an icon (on the side)
- 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.
CAFOD NEWS UPDATE FOR NEWSLETTER
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.
CAFOD HARVEST FAMILY FAST DAY
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
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.
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
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!
FREE WILL WRITING SERVICE
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.
“You have given with gentle kindness and selfless love, your generosity through these strange times has made such a positive difference.”
RESOURCES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
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.
DISASTERS EMERGENCIES COMMITTEE
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.
9 Healey Ct, Burnley BB11 2QJ
NB please contact via St Mary's Presbytery: 01282 422 007
Our local school is Christ the King RC Primary School.
Click here to visit their website (opens up in a separate page).
A miscellany of photos, past and present, from the earliest days to the present (almost!)
Picture of Christ by Mateus Ranielli.
Magnifying glass original (amended here) by OpenClipart-Vectors.
Community Gathering image by Gerd Altmann.
Advent candles by OpenClipart-Vectors
Wrapped gift by Oberholster Venita
All from Pixabay, with grateful thanks.