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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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Welcome to the Church of

St John the Baptist, Burnley


St John's Parish Safeguarding Representative:

Anna D'Rozario 07714 664 519

(please note, this number is only for Safeguarding issues)

If for some reason you're unable to get through, in an emergency contact police or Social Services




 St John the Baptist - Memorial Corner

Take a look at the two very interesting volumes of information regarding all those named on the WWI War Memorial at St John the Baptist.  They can be found on the table in the Memorial Corner at the back of Church.

The volumes have been compiled by one of our parishioners using information gathered from a number of Internet sites such as Ancestry, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, British newspaper collection at FindMyPast, Burnley in the Great War and many more. 

The 'St John's Parish War Dead' records are also now online with pictures, Newspaper articles and active links to details of the Cemeteries/Memorial sites where the fallen have been buried/commemorated.

 We thank Linda for her, thoroughly detailed research



St Johns Summer Hamper Raffle

come and try your luck!!! Its stuffed full of lots of lovly  food 2nd prize is a chocolate hamper  3rd prize bottle Gin

Tickets are £1 each and availablefrom St Johns after Mass.  All proceeds to parish funds




Could you save a life?

As you may know St Marys have a defibrillator situated outside the parish rooms. St John the Baptist has now acquired one and it is situated to the right of the main door on the outside wall. Christ the King will shortly be getting a defibrillator.
Would you know how to use them?



 Nelson Secret Singers begins Thursday January 5th 730pm to 930pm 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!


Update from the Nelson 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




 St Johns Repository

Our Repository is open for all your needs, many different cards, rosary beads, medals and lots more the door will be open before and after all Sunday Masses 

during the week just ask any of the stewards to open up.

If you cant find what you are looking for just ask any of the stewards 



St John the Baptist Coffee and a chat

We intend to reintroduce the popular coffee and a chat sessions after the 10 45 Mass at St Johns from 31st July. The congregation seem to be gathering after Mass outside the church to chat so why not do it in comfort?  For the initial weeks we will be using the sitting room in the Presbytery.  All you will need will be laid out and it is intended that you just help yourself.

Please come and join us and make this a popular event once again




(please read carefully)

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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The Altar at Saint John the Baptist prepared for  Mass



Address: St John's Presbytery, Bracewell St, Burnley Lancs. BB10 1TB

 Tel no. 01282 423824 or Father David 01282 422007


Church entrance on Ivy Street, Burnley, just around the corner from Bracewell St.


Click Here for Map





Quick Guide 

On this Page:

Introduction |  Mass & Confession Times | Where to Find Us |  Sister Churches - Links

Other St John's Pages:

St John's Church Groups |  St John's Ministers' Rota |  St John's Monthly Memorials |  St John's Photo Album |  St John's Parish War Dead |  St John's History |  Humour



 A warm welcome to St John’s section of the Parish of the Good Shepherd’s Web Page.



Holy Mass at St John's Church


From September 13th Mass will recommence on Sundays at our usual time of 10.45am

With effect from 10/04/2021 the Saturday Vigil Mass will return at 6pm

Stewards will be present to greet you and guide you. 

It is recommended that FACE COVERINGS ARE WORN

St John’s is a vibrant church community, with a real feel of being an extended family, reaching out to the whole community and beyond. Check out our groups and societies listing being added to regularly, you’ll see what that means.

This section, like the whole of the web site, belongs to its people. To that end if there is anything that you would like to see in your church’s section please contact Margaret Pickles 

The monthly anniversary memoriam which is updated monthly, replicates the old newsletters weekly listing. If you have a friend or relative you would like adding  please contact Margaret Pickles 07751025178 in sufficient time.

You will see the reproduction of the contents of the Great War Memorial from church. The tribute for those who lost their lives in WW2 is really basic. 

Sincere thanks to Mike Morris and Margaret Pickles for their dedication in putting together the whole Web Page.
New areas will keep being slipped in to the listing, keep checking in.

email contacts Margaret Pickles via website AT goodsamaritanparish.org.uk


(replace AT with @ when emailing - thanks) 





Baptism Team

The Baptism Team at Saint John’s Church consists of  Sandra McGowan, Margaret Robinson  they work with the clergy of the church of Saint John the Baptist in providing support and information to the parents of children to be Baptised.

for further infomation please contact St Marys on 01282 422007





Our webmaster, Mike, is doing a great job bringing all the church news to the website every day. Please keep looking at the site to learn what is happening, in the parish, diocese, and the wider world. There are many and varied services and provisions to keep us in touch with our faith and each other. We can offer strength to each other and have a chat and a laugh. We have numbers of parishioners who don’t use the internet, so please keep in touch with them—a chat will be especially welcome as well as passing on the news.



JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP! "Friends of St Johns" are Whatsapping sharing fun, photos, prayer requests and anything you like! All of the Good Samaritan parish are welcome to join in. Simply download 'Whatsapp' then contact Anne Marie 07544 491425 who will add you in!!




Please look for Mass from the National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk or the live streaming from The Good Shepherd parish in Colne; www.goodshepherdpendle.org.uk.



Each week we will uploading onto the parish web site a video recording of this Sunday’s Mass from St Mary’s for  Sunday. This should be available from late morning/early afternoon on Sunday. Thanks to all those who have helped to make this possible: http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/



The National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk 

Live streaming (Sunday 9.30am) from The Good Shepherd parish in Colne; www.goodshepherdpendle.org.uk. You can also find the Readings for Mass each day on www.universalis.com

It is also possible that these streams will offer the Triduum services—though times may not coincide with our parish worship.


Caritas Diocese of Salford Newsletter click here to read





There is a basket at the back of church after every mass for your offertry envelopes or contributions



 St John the Baptist will take donations of cash. please put your donation in an envelope and mark it Food Bank this can be left in the offertry basket at St Johns or posted through the letter box at St Johns.

Every local Spar shop should have a collection point for groceries and other produce, so keep donating if you are able to do so. They welcome all non-perishable foods and oranges continue to be popular as they last a good while.

If you want to make a money donation here is the website: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportburnleyfoodbank 





Music At Saing John The Baptist

We are delighted to say we now once again we have an organist at Saint Johns.

welcome to Richard who will play alternate Sundays at the 10.45am mass

our Sunday singers led by Karen will be there to lead us on the other alternative Sundays




ST JOHN'S TEA DANCE  The T Dances are back! At St John’s on Wednesdays 1.15pm to 2.45pm. Please note the change of times for the event. Keeeeeeeep Dancing!!  

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Mass Times

Saturday Vigil 6:00pm 


Sunday Mass 10:45
For other Masses please see the Latest Newsletter




 at St Johns


Evening 5:10:5.45pm 






Saint John's Mission Boxes

Keep an eye on the weekley Newsletter re bringing to church to be emptyed



Groups & Activities

Please click here for the Groups & Activities page.







St John The Baptist Primary School


 Church History:

  History of the Building and Former Parish Priests (more will be added in due course)


Links to our sister churches:


  Christ the King

  St Mary of the Assumption



Facebook Link






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