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The Parish of the Good Samaritan Burnley

including the churches of

Christ the King with St Teresa's, St John the Baptist and St Mary of the Assumption


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To the casual reader, humour in the Bible can be totally lost, mostly because we have a habit, when reading privately, of hearing the dullest lector or the verses being read in a monotone. But the humour is there, in the Old Testament and in the New for those who have ears to hear.

Horror - as bloodshed, lightning bolts, the cursing of enemies - is more commonly known, and we may well wonder what it's doing there if God is a God of love. But by taking a cool look at these awkward texts, we can find in them resources for faith rather than for doubt. In this retreat we will deal boldly with both.

Rev John Bell is a member of the Iona Community's Wild Goose Resource Group, hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster. This retreat will start on Friday 19 November at 7 pm and end on Sunday 21 November at 2 pm Suggested donation: £175. This is for full board, single room accommodation - not quite ensuite but very nearly!


It is very popular so early booking is recommended.
Hopefully we can share cars and if you are willing to drive?
For those who would like to extend the weekend - there is an option to go Thursday morning 18th, explore 'something' on the way - arriving at Minsteracres for evening meal - with a little more exploring on Friday. The extra days cost is £75 with a possible slight reduction as we will not be there for lunch on Friday.
On the way home on Sunday a visit to Evensong at Durham Cathedral is a must!!

So we need a little co-ordination

If you would like to offer a lift or need a lift, go on Thursday and so on ring Karen 431723 - please leave a message if no answer!
If you are happy to make your own way - you can book on line at https://www.minsteracres.org or contact Minsteracres, Consett, Nr Hexham DH8 9RT, telephone 01434 673 248
( you can still ring Karen if you like!)





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Queen's Award for Voluntary Service


Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does?

Why not consider nominating it for a national award?

Terry Hephrun, Chair of the Lancashire Panel for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) said "In 2002, in celebration of Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee, The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community was established. Its purpose is to recognise exceptional groups of individuals who are giving their time freely for the benefit of others and are making a real difference in the communities they serve. It is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the MBE.

"As such, The Queen's Award not only serves to provide recognition of volunteer groups, but also demonstrates the high respect in which volunteering is held. We all know the value of voluntary effort to support communities not least in the difficult circumstances we are continuing to face in 2021.
"Groups must be nominated for the Award - self nomination is not permitted. A group (three or more people) can be nominated if it is based in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The group has to have been volunteering for the benefit of people in the UK or overseas for at least three years and more than half its members must be volunteers who have the right of residence in the UK. It must provide a specific local benefit and Groups solely concerned with fundraising for charitable purposes or operating solely for the benefit of animals are not eligible."

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

Further details on eligibility criteria and the nomination process (which is a fairly straightforward online system) are available from: https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/ The nomination window for the 2022 Awards is open now and will remain so until 15 September 2021.





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Fr Damien celebrates the Cantenians Centenary Mass,

which doubled up as the annual Mass for Deceased Brothers


A hundred years ago, on the 17th November 1920, Burnley Circle 54 of the Catenian Association was formed when they held their inaugural meeting at the Empress Hotel in the town.

Under normal circumstances, the Circle would have celebrated their centenary celebrations, led by their President Jim Livesey, with a meeting and a lavish ball at Burnley Football Club, their usual meeting venue. However, due to the Corona Virus pandemic, like everything else, things had to be done a little differently this year.

Move on a hundred years, the evening commenced with a virtual Mass beautifully celebrated by Fr. Damien Louden from St. Mary's Church. This doubled up as the annual Mass for Deceased Brothers when the names of the 62 Brothers from the Circle who have died over the past 100 years were read out and remembered.

The Circle centenary meeting was a relatively low-key affair as it was not possible to hold a physical meeting, and once again had to be by virtual means using the Zoom application. There were nearly 50 Catenians and their families present from far and wide, including the guest of honour, the Great Britain National President, Eddie O'Donnell. How times have changed in that hundred years period!

It was also fitting that, in the centenary year, that the two most senior positions in Province 10 (the North West area), the Director and Provincial President, are held by Burnley members Mark Conroy and Bernard Swarbrick respectively.

The National President gave a brief speech in which he highlighted a sample of historic facts from the past 100 year period. He also referred to his fondness for Burnley Football Club, where he almost signed as a professional player, and to the achievements of the club over the last century. Prior to offering a toast of congratulations to Burnley Circle on achieving their 100 year milestone, he stated that he looked forward to be able to attend the 101st anniversary celebration, in person, on the 12th November 2021.

At the end of the meeting, Bernard Swarbrick offered congratulations on behalf of Province 10, written in his own inimitable style, by offering the following toast in verse.


Ode to BURNLEY CIRCLE 1920-2020


Let’s give a toast to Burnley’s big ton,
100 years of friendship and fun.
From Harry Fitzpatrick in the year 1920
Who, all told, led the Circle for 7 years, which is plenty,
To Jim Livesey today, just into his second,
Who no doubt looks round and thinks… several more beckon!

We’ve had 10 Province 10 Presidents, and one’s done it twice,
And Directors (some Grand) have come from us thrice.
We’re the 3rd oldest Circle in Province 10 now,
After Preston and Chorley have all had their bow,
And Blackburn alas could not just quite last
To be here as we celebrate 100 years past.

We’ve had meetings and balls and Masses and trips,
And some of our members still have their own hips!
We’ve had bowls, darts and snooker, and sung Christmas Carols,
And over the years we’ve drunk several barrels!
There’s been Presidents’ Sundays and boats on canals;
We’ve had some disagreements but still remained pals.

So, Brothers and ladies who’re all gathered here,
Reach out for your glasses of wine, pop or beer,
And raise them up high and give praises galore
To our very own Circle: Burnley 54!

Bernard Swarbrick,
President Province 10


After the meeting, a quiz was held with the questions being set by Burnley Circle member Mick Armfield and his wife Alison, who also acted as the quizmaster for the evening. One of the rounds featured questions from events over the past 100 years. We were delighted that many of the Burnley Circle and our visitors stayed on for the quiz and all found it interesting and, at times, challenging. There were some disputes between partners over the answers to some questions but, thankfully, everyone finished as friends.

Finally, the event epitomised the Catenian Association mantra of Faith, Family, Friendship and Fun. Here’s to the next 100 years!!

For further information about the Catenians please visit www.thecatenians.com or e-mail Mick Armfield, the Membership Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Queen's Award for Voluntary Service


Two Burnley Groups are amongst the nine Lancashire winners (a record number) of the 2020 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) announced on Tuesday.

The Groups are:


Belvedere & Calder Vale Sports Club

Fulledge Colts Youth Football Club


See the congratulations to them both, below, and below those are further posters about next year's awards and how to nominate:






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

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


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


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


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

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Have you ever thought about joining the Catenians

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


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

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

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

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


Your Parish Contacts are:

Christ the King: Terry Hephrun

St Mary’s: Ken Tyson

St John’s: Peter Marsland


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

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

We look forward to hearing from you.





Cyclone Idai

How is CAFOD responding?

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

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

What are the immediate needs?

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

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

Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road

Please make cheques payable to CAFOD.

Donate to CAFOD by phone

08085 85 88 85






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