Good To Hear!
The sound sytem at Christ the King church, including the Loop System, has been upgraded and is now fully functioning, just in time for public Masses to be reinstated!
Resumption of Masses and Services
from 2nd December
We have just had authorisation from the Diocese that in line with Government guidelines we can now resume Masses and services in the parish as from Wednesday 2nd December. Therefore from that date the advertised periods of private prayer will not now take place and be replaced by the following programme of Masses and services which is basically the same as it was before the lockdown:
Mon 30th Nov
10.15am to 11.15am private prayer at St Mary’s
6.30pm to 7.30pm private prayer at Christ the King (just added 29/11/20)
Tues 1st Dec
10.15am to 11.15am private prayer at St Mary’s
11.30am to 12.30pm Private prayer at St John’s
Wed 2nd Dec
9.30am public Mass at St Mary’s
7pm public Mass at St John’s
Thurs 3rd Dec
9.30am public Mass at St Mary’s
10.30am public Mass at St John’s
Fri 4th Dec
9.30am public Mass at St Mary’s
12 Noon public Mass at Christ the King
Sat 5th Dec
9.30am public Mass at St Mary’s
10.30am to 11.30 Reconciliation and Exposition at St Mary’s.
Sun 6th Dec
9.30am public Mass at St Mary’s (Live streamed)
10.45am public Mass at St John’s
5pm public Mass at Christ the King
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!
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.
In the light of the latest Government National Lockdown, churches are not allowed to open for Masses and services other than funerals and for private prayer. Therefore our temporary programme of Masses and other services will have to be suspended for the time being but we hope to return to it as soon as we are permitted to do so. Here is what we plan:
Live Stream: We will continue to live-stream the Mass at 9.30am this Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent from St Mary’s. It will be celebrated in private, with no members of the public present. It will be recorded and available to view later on Sunday. Thanks to everyone involved in streaming.
Private Celebrations of Mass: To enable you to be in Spiritual Communion, please know that the clergy will celebrate a private Mass each day at 9.30am at St Mary’s and 9am at St John’s.
Private Prayer and Exposition: We are not permitted to hold services but we can open to allow private prayer as follows:
St Mary’s: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10.15am to 11.15am
Sat & Sun 10.30 am to 11.30am
St John’s: Tues & Thurs 11.30am to 12.30pm
Wed & Thurs 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Christ the King: Mon 6.30pm to 7.30pm
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.
PRAYER FOR ADVENT - A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION!
Churches Together in Burnley have arranged for local people create and read their own Advent Prayer on YouTube —a new one or two everyday during Advent, from this Sunday 29th November, starting with a contribution from one of our own parishioners.
You can also access them through our own parish website. Christmas is going to be ‘strange’ for us all, but we can focus on Advent prayerfully with a focus on the real message of the season.
S.V.P. IN ACTION IN OUR PARISH - CATCH UP
Grateful thanks for the support and caring in such times of difficulties.
Thanks for all the donations for monies, women’s, men’s and children’s good quality clothing, toys etc. received by the SVP which are enabling us to help people in desperate need.
Last Saturday members made up and delivered 37 Picnic Teas to the Housebound Mass members within all three communities of our Parish Family. SVP members have spent very many hours sorting homes and families that we can help support, through your caring.
Your prayers and caring really help to sustain and strengthen us, giving hope for now and in the future.
HOPE IN THE FUTURE—STAGE 3 CELEBRATION BOOKLET
An electronic version of the Stage 3 Celebration Booklet, showcasing all that has been achieved across the Diocese during these difficult times, including the wonderful work and commitment in our own parish. It is available at: https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Stage-3-Celebration-Booklet.pdf
JOIN 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 – but we’re not only recruiting one volunteer to join our small team, we’re changing the way we work so we need two people!
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.
The Piety Stall at Christ the King is taking orders for next year’s Catholic Diaries.
PRAYER PETALS - HELP YOUR PRIEST!
There’s a new ‘project’ on our website, which will help us to stay together as a community in the Lord, and an opportunity to engage with others who may be alone in their self-isolation.
We know that even in these lockdown days, people often have busy lives but please take just 5 minutes of your day to watch the video from Sister Emmanuel which explains the idea on our Parish website.
In the video she says, priests are often subject to spiritual battle. But our priests are precious and need the protection of our prayers. In this parish, we have four priests who we see regularly, (in alphabetical order) Fathers Benneth, David, Emmanuel & Kevin, plus two others who give invaluable help from time to time - Fr Jennings & Mgr Challoner.
Once you've watched the video you may wish to make a ‘prayer flower’ by joining with others, maybe some others in your parish group such as the Legion of Mary, SVP, etc, or maybe you can call on six friends, perhaps fellow parishioners, with whom you can join in prayer.
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 30th Nov St Andrew
Tues 1st Dec Advent Weekday
Wed 2nd DecAdvent Weekday
Thurs 3rd DecAdvent Weekday
Fri 4th Dec Advent Weekday
Sat 5th Dec Weekday
Sun 6th Dec Second Sunday of Advent
“I used to have an open mind, but my brain kept falling out!”
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)
- So much 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 May 2020
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 lit- tlest 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.
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.
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 Blessed Trinity website (above).
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.
Unbelievably, Christmas is around the corner and if you’re struggling to find the perfect, unique, ethical gift for someone special in your life, then look no further than CAFOD’s World Gifts. To see the new look selection of life-changing gifts use the following link: https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/World-Gifts
Don’t forget to check out the CAFOD webpage on the parish website for more detailed news, including the latest campaigning news and a new action to support CAFOD’s brave overseas partners. Send a ‘Message to the Brave’ within a Christmas card to show your solidarity for their efforts to protect the vulnerable and the planet.
CAFOD NW GROUP E-NEWSLETTER IS ON THEIR WEBSITE
Here are three items in addition to the news.
1) The current online campaign’s petition asking our Prime Minister to stop the UK Government investing in fossil fuel projects in developing countries.
2) A date for your diary – the next online assemblies for schools (but well worth watching if you’re no longer at school) will take place on 10th December.
Join with students around England and Wales as we pray and reflect together in our next national assembly: Light of the world.
Primary assembly - 9.30am and Secondary assembly - 10am.
Our assemblies are always available for teachers to view a day or two in advance, via the Vimeo link in the text below the YouTube video. For further details on the Light of the World Advent Assembly, click here.
3) November is the month of remembrance and CAFOD has many ways in which to remember our loved ones who are sadly no longer with us.
Thank you for all your support devoted to those most in need in our world.
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.