COVID UPDATE FOR THE PARISH
The parish clergy team has reviewed the current arrangements. In the light of the rising numbers of cases, hospitalisations and deaths we decided to leave arrangements unchanged until further notice This means that, to enable people to continue to feel safe in church, we retain the current layout of our seating, continuing to enable social distancing. We continue to request that adults continue to wear face coverings and sanitize their hands before entering the church. Thank you for your help and cooperation in these difficult times.
DISPENSATION FROM ATTENDING MASS
As we are experiencing a great increase in numbers attending Mass in our churches, it is timely to remind everyone that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days has been suspended since the start of the pandemic. For those who feel unready or unable to return, you may know that the Prayer of Spiritual Communion is recited to include you in our prayers. Here is an example of a Prayer that you may wish to say:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since at this moment I cannot receive you sacramentally, please come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you now as if you were already here and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you, Amen
St Mary’s Church Update:
St Mary’s church unfortunately remains temporarily closed. A new architect has been appointed who will to carry out the essential assessments between now and Christmas. He has produced a works schedule which work will start in early January. It should be completed by the end of February ready to open in early March in time for the start of Lent. We will continue to update through the Newsletter and through the Web site.
PUBLIC MASSES AND OTHER SERVICES WEEK COMMENCING
17TH JANUARY 2022
We return to our pre-Christmas programme of Masses and services. With there being only two priests now to serve the parish, there may be unavoidable which we will try to post on the website.
Monday 17th Jan St Anthony
12.30pm Funeral Mass for Brian Bennett RIP at St John’s 7.00pm Christ the King
Tuesday 18th Jan Weekday
9.30am Christ the King 12 Noon St John's
Wednesday 19th Jan St Wulstan
9.30am Christ the King 7.00pm St John's
Thursday 20th Jan St Sebastian
9.30am Christ the King 10.00am St John's
Friday 21st Jan St Agnes
9.30am St John's
Saturday 22nd Jan St Vincent the Deacon
9.30am Christ the King
Vigil Masses: 6.00pm St John’s 6.30pm Christ The King
Sunday 23rd Jan Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.15am and 5.00pm Christ the King
9.30am** and 11.00am St John’s
**9:30am Sunday Mass will be live-streamed
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION AND EXPOSITION
There will be the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday 22nd Jan as follows: 10.30—11.30am at Christ the King 5.15—5.55pm at St John’s There is also Exhibit starting 30 minutes before each weekday Mass.
WEEKDAY MASS PROGRAMME
With there only being two priests now to serve the parish, you will notice that we have slightly adjusted our weekday Mass programme. We will continue to review this over the coming months to see if any other changes are needed. Fr Damien and Fr David count on your continuing support and encouragement. Thank you.
Huge thanks to our stewards who make attendance at church possible as we continue to work at remaining safe whilst in church. Please call Fr David if you would like to join this invaluable team.
WHICH MASS TO CHOOSE?
At the moment the demand for the Vigil Masses is less than those on Sunday mornings, so it may ease the stewarding considerations if you choose to attend either of the two Vigil Masses. Midweek Masses are more lightly attended, and can be used unless your only option is at the weekend.
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!
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.
WELCOME TO OUR SEMINARIAN
Carmine Rea, the seminarian has been really enjoying his short placement with us and leaves us on Wednesday. We thank Carmine for what he has contributed to the parish and we promise to keep him in your prayers.
FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH: COMMUNION PARTICIPATION AND MISSION
Pope Francis has called Universal Synod themed as above which is taking place in every Catholic diocese across the world. We want to hear from as many people as possible, those involved in the church and those who are not. You can take part by completing an online submission following this link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3D3FXJ2
Please share this link with family and friends. We have until 1st March 2022 to make our submissions then, after national and continental gatherings, the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome in 2023 to reflect on what has been heard. Please remember the Synod in your prayers. Your contribution is invaluable and will make a considerable difference to the future of the Church in our diocese and across the world.
The Diocese encourages us all to participate, and have produced a range of resources which are available at http://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/faith/synod. Our own website carries more details.
JOIN THE BROWNIES!
The Brownies Group which was based at St John’s before the pandemic is looking for new members from across the parish! If you are aged between 7-10 come along for some fun, games, crafts, badges and much more. We meet Tuesday’s 6.00pm -7.30pm (term time only) in St John’s Parish Hall. For more information contact Catherine Scott on 07773 488513, or check out the website at www.girlguiding.org.uk
COP26 LETTER TO OUR LOCAL MP, ANTONY HIGGINBOTHAM.
The Cafod Group sent a letter to our MP giving our views on what our government should to. We look forward to his reply.
There’s a feature in the Burnley Express: https://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/politics/burnley-christians-urge-action-at-cop26-to-protect-the-earth-3442415
Thank you to everyone who signed the letter, and to Paul for coordinating things.
PRAYER FROM BISHOP JOHN FORCOP 26
Loving Father, we acknowledge that, either through ignorance or greed, the Earth, our common home, is damaged. That damage is felt most by people who have done little to cause it. Industrialisation has exploited natural resources, endangering wildlife, causing climate change, and resulting in disasters and global warming. Father, forgive us, and guide us in the right way. Send your Spirit to encourage and strengthen our world leaders as they meet at COP26. Cause them to discern the way that we must now go, agreeing the changes and decisions necessary to begin to repair the damage done and to prepare a healthy and secure world for future generations. And we ask Mary, our Mother, to intercede for us, and with us, in our need. Amen.
THE RIGHT TO A PRIEST IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION
A disturbing detail emerging from this tragedy of the killing of Sir David Amess, a devout Catholic, was that he was denied the comfort of a Catholic priest as he lay dying, because of the police cordon.
To most of us, it is vital to have a priest minister to us at our hour of death. There is a petition asking that this access be given. To sign PLEASE CLICK HERE
THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE WEEKLY—ONLINE
The Universe Catholic Weekly is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
Order your Digital copy by going to www.universecatholicweekly.co.uk or call us on 0743661 7650 and ask for Michelle. Special offer: Only £20 for 3 months.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH BY STANDING ORDER
Our individual church bank accounts were closed at the end of November.
Please could those who contribute to St Mary’s or St John’s by Standing Order, please kindly contact your bank and inform them that the payment should now be made as follows:
Name: The Salford Diocesan Trust :The Good Samaritan Parish
Sort Code: 205558
Account number: 50404640.
MODERN SLAVERY AND EXPLOITATION
Please look at the Caritas page on the parish website (click on "Home" then "Caritas"), to see some further material that has just been added on this terrible evil activity.
LIVE STREAMING—CAN YOU HELP ONCE A FORTNIGHT!
Our live stream is a vital, and sometimes the only connection for many of the people in the parish, who, for whatever reason cannot get to Mass on Sundays. We need someone to help out on the live stream team for an hour or two every other Sunday. Full training and lots of support given. It's not too hard and it's a new skill, a new insight into how we live stream services. In addition, from time to time we
need help with weekday services, (eg funeral Masses, weddings, etc) which is again an invaluable service to many at home and abroad - even if you cannot commit to a Sunday, are you sometimes available during the week on an ad hoc basis?
PHOTO OF A WWI SOLDIER—CAN YOU HELP?
We have had a request via our website for a photo of a WWI soldier who features there. His name is John William Welsby and he was KIA on 3rd June 1917. If you do have one please call Barbara on 01282 424967 who will either put you in touch or act as go-between, Thank you
COVID CHAMPION NEWS
In our parishes, we want to keep ourselves & families safe & wish for the protection of the whole community. It is so important that we vaccinate everyone, so we can enjoy our lives & town again.
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.
“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
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For December
Catechists: Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Intentions in Ordinary Time
● A deeper understanding between Christians and Jews
● Those who suffer persecution oppression and denial of human rights
The Bread of Life—A Prayer
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; Amen.
Pope Francis’ Prayer for grandparents and the Elderly
The special day which Pope Francis declared for grandparents and the elderly (last Sunday) caught us a bit unawares! So here’s a little catch-up.
A comment from Pope Francis: “How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith! Speaking about family life, I would like to say one thing: today, as Brazil and the Church around the world celebrate this feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Grandparents Day is also being celebrated. How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage
which is so essential for each and every society! How important it is to have intergenerational exchanges and dialogues, especially within the context of the family.”
And an extract from the Prayer for this special group of people: “I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me. I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.”
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
“The faith Christ taught us is what we see in Saint Joseph. He did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it. Joseph’s attitude encourages us to ac- accept and welcome others as they are, without exception, and to show special concern for the weak, for God chooses what is weak (cf. 1 Cor 1:27). He is the “Father of orphans and protector of widows” (Ps 68:6), who commands us to love the stranger in our midst. I like to think that it was from Saint Joseph that Jesus drew inspiration for the parable of the prodigal son and the merciful father (cf. Lk 15:11-32).”
Pope Francis in ‘Patris Corde’
Send Your Holy Spirit:
Heavenly Father, You have created each of us to love You and your people.
You have chosen some to serve by responding to the particular call to the priesthood and religious life. Send your Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of those You have designed to follow this path of spiritual leadership.
We pray this petition, faithful and most gracious God, in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
-Pope John Paul II
“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.”
Lately Dead: Robert Massey, Brian Bennett, Jean Wilkinson, Patrick Terence O’Brien, Thomas Ralph Taylor, Tina Heffernan, Stephen Gleeson, Sr Norbert, Pat Baker, Philip Barnes, Marina Finn, Myra Walne.
Anniversaries: Cyril Chadwick, Thomas Smith, Leanna Oliver, Joseph Moore, David Hartley, Alan Beckett, Ian Stewart, Bob Smith.
Other Intentions: Clergy of the Good Samaritan parish, Alan and Marie McClelland, Donor’s Intention.
In Memoriam:Winnie Newham, Winifred Edmondson, David Shapcott
Birthday Memoriam: Monica Atherton, Michael Reynolds, Sally Lalor, Seamus Lalor, Rita Lowe
Factors have sadly increased the need for the Foodbank, so the appeal has to continue. There are lots of places where you can drop off actual groceries—non- perishables please unless it’s oranges. All the ‘big’ supermarkets and Spar shops have drop-off points, as do Barclays, Lloyds, and Nationwide banks in the town centre. Why not choose a few extra pieces with your weekly shopping, if you can afford, and help families in great need.
You can also contribute online:
(via Blessed Trinity at https://tinyurl.com/ BlessedTrinityJustGiving by making one-off or monthly payments. Congratulations to Blessed Trinity—their Just Giving webpage has passed the £10,000 marker!! Well done young ’uns!! You can donate cash at St John’s Presbytery, drop it off in a clearly marked envelope.
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.
World Gifts –The new World Gifts catalogues are available at the back of our churches. They offer an opportunity to give life-changing Christmas presents for people living in poverty. You can also see and buy online: https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/
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.