Welcome to the Church of

St John the Baptist, Burnley




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


Acting Parish Safeguarding Representative: Mike Morris,

phone: 07563 998 334 






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

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 or David Hartley.

The monthly anniversary memoriam, updated monthly, replicates the old newsletters weekly listing. If you have anyone you would like to be added for the month following current listing please contact David Hartley in sufficient time.
Many members of the parish family have asked for some form of humour to be incorporated, we’ll try to put a monthly mixed bag together. If you have anything you would like to share humour wise e-mail David Hartley.
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. Should we try to record names of the lost? E-mail David Hartley with your thoughts or ideas.
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 - at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

David Hartley - david.hartley2014 AT gmail.com

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Information of particular interest to Saint John's parishioners


ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH CHOIR We continue in our search for an Organist and Choirmaster for the dedicated church choir. The appointment would be for alternate Sunday Masses at 10.45am. Initially those interested are invited to contact David Hartley on 07434 763 822 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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!!  




MASS WITH THE HOME-BOUND The Good Samaritan Parish / SVP monthly Mass is one week earlier than usual and is on Saturday 29th February in St John’s Parish Hall next Saturday 12.15pm. It will followed by lunch for all present.



CAFOD SOUP LUNCHES St John’s will again be holding a Soup Lunch every Friday for 6 weeks at 12.30pm following Mass at noon, starting on 6th March until Good Friday 10th April. A simple lunch of soup, bread and tea/ coffee will be offered for £2.50. Please support these invitations to demonstrate our solidarity with the world’s poorest people. ST JOHN’S ANNUAL CAFOD ACCOUNTS are now available for viewing on the CAFOD noticeboard in the porch at the back of church. Thanks again for all your continued support this year and in previous years.  


reuben thomasreuden thomas 1Here is a picture of the latest little person to join the Saint John's family Reuden Thomas with his parents Neil and Rachel, Reuben was Baptised by Fr Benneth on Sunday 12th January

Welcome Reuben


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A delightful picture of Rosie Farrow with her Mum, Grandmother and Great Grandmother at her recent Baptism conducted by Fr Emmanuel 



Saint John the Baptist

The Ministers rota for the next 3 months will be available from the back of church next Sunday 29th December.  Many thanks to all who undertake the various ministries



Terry and Shirley Quinn


The 10.45am Mass on 8th December was tinged with sadness, as Terry Quinn our organist and choir master was retiring from this role after 57 years of loyal service to Saint John the Baptist Church.

Following Mass conducted by Father Emmanuel, Father David on behalf of the congregation of Saint John’s presented Terry with a Papal Blessing and a cheque.

Terry’s wife Shirley is also retiring from her numerous roles within the church and was presented with a bouquet of flowers

Terry will be returning to play at midnight mass this year.

Looking forward to that Terry

Photographs of presentation below


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A date for your diary: the Thanksgiving Mass
for all volunteers from across the parish will
take place at 12 noon at St Mary’s church on
Saturday 18th January followed by lunch in the
Vincent Farrell Centre. Full details to follow


Unclaimed raffle prizes from the Christmas
Fayre listed in the porch. Next Meeting on Jan
15th when we will plan for the year ahead



Sacramental Programme Saint John's

For children in school year 3 and above will start in January with information meeting for parents only on Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 7pm in the parish hall.




Mass Times

Saturday Vigil 6:00pm

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



Wednesday following 7pm Mass
Saturday Morning 11-1130am
Evening 5:30:6:00pm






At the end of the fourth year of Mini Vinnies at St John the Baptist RC Primary School Burnley, run by St John’s SVP Conference, ten dedicated members graduate to Blessed Trinity RC College to become members of SVP YOUTH at the college and take their caring love and devotion in Social Justice to a new level. May God bless them all their lives!
SVP Meeting St John’s Parish Hall Upper Room 6pm Monday 15th July, Anyone who would like find out more about us, please do come along.



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Gardening at Saint John's Help received 



Many thanks to the volunteers who stepped forward with such enthusiasm! the garden at the side of the church now looks neat and tidy and the flower arrangers are grateful for the large selection of cutting material.

The grass at the back of the Priests House has also now been sorted.

Any other help most welcome. Please contact the following link This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Saint John's Mission Boxes

Mission boxes will be next emptied in December, date to be announced  Please bring your box to mass.

A member of the mission box group will be at the back of church at each Mass to help if required



Groups & Activities



There's lots going on at St John the Baptist's church. Please click here for the Groups & Activities page.




In the Parish Hall every Wednesday 1.30 to3pm
Dance, chat or come along for lively music
Entrance £1 this includes tea and biscuits
for further information call Eileen on 01282 422978


We meet on the first Thursday each month for Prayer and Praise, 7pm - 8:30pm.
Venue - 39, Brennand Street. All denominations are very welcome. Phone - Anthony, 701730.


Eucharistic Ministers' Rota


Click here for the latest Eucharitic Ministers' Rota



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



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