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.


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Acting Parish Safeguarding Representative: Mike Morris,

phone: 07563 998 334 


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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.

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

(replace AT with @ when emailing - thanks)







Because all churches are closed until further notice the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation is removed until further notice.


Please do heed the Government’s current guidelines and stay at home, except to buy food when essential. This will help protect yourself and the vulnerable in the community.


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.



Like last week, we will be again 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




The Alter at St Johns dressed in honour of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and the beautiful tridute is in memory of Donald Butterworth RIP

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Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist, patron of our church community

Wednesday 24th June.  Mass was celebrated throughout the Church. 




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On the matter of black lives -CAFOD Blog 


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 George Floyd was laid to rest this week and the world rightly continues to speak out as one against racism. Sam Aidoo, a member of CAFOD’s campaigns team, gives a personal reflection on injustice, racism and how her faith motivates her work.

I really struggled with work last week. Not just because I’m working from home and my kitchen table is just not suitable for this. Last week was really heavy and as I start another working week, I still feel like I’m carrying the weight of the violent and protracted killing of George Floyd.

We are all feeling trauma

A week and a bit after the killing of George Floyd, I protested on the steps of Stratford Town Hall in East London. A handful of us were gathered. We hadn’t forgotten that we are in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. We all wore masks and distanced as much as possible. But we came to add our voices that day, just as millions of people around the world are doing too. We were just a group of normal, working class, unremarkable people of all races who came together because we are sick and tired. And witnessing the breakdown of US society is making us all feel trauma.

For those of us who are of BAME decent, especially black, I know I can safely say that George Floyd’s killing is trauma. And there are countless others who have reached media attention, familiar and maybe unfamiliar. Stephen Lawrence’s unsolved murder is also trauma. Amy Cooper’s police threat is trauma. Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting is trauma. Belly Mujinga’s case closed is trauma. Mark Duggan’s killing is trauma. Marielle Franco’s assassination is trauma. I feel pain and trauma seeing people who look like me losing their lives and their dignity to the state and the system.

But there is power in trauma, and that was why we gathered together amid a pandemic.


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Racism is a sin

My faith has led me to work for CAFOD as a campaigner. I believe that Jesus is a role model, a true restless champion of justice, and I am proud to see his mission at the core of the work that I do.

So when a great injustice like racism refuses to die, I can comfortably say that it is incompatible with God. As the events of the week unfolded, I was proud to see that the Church spoke out in so many ways. Fundamentally, the Church said in clear and plain language that racism is a sin. Not only is it intolerable, it is not to be tolerated.

As I continue trying to navigate work – answering emails, making sure I’m not muted on Zoom – I felt solidarity from colleagues. They reached out, they shared quotes, they opened themselves to learning and unlearning. It feels like there has been a shift in global consciousness. I hope there is at least.

Find ways to put your faith into action and campaign for a fairer world

We work to fight injustice

I was not just affected by the killing of George Floyd as a black woman, but as a campaigner too. I work with communities and campaigners overseas as well as here in the UK to bring to life CAFOD’s mission to challenge injustice and to rebalance power. We work to shed light on how poverty is political. We know that the roots that underpin poverty are the same roots that underpin racism – how countries are kept in poverty because the system is fixed in the direction to prop up the global north.

The heinous public killing of George Floyd, the stories of all those who have lost their lives due to racial violence, and the public response, shows us very clearly that the world is no longer waiting for the apathy of global systems, which at their very root are designed to exclude.

In contrast, at our root we are faith filled. We are committed to advocacy and campaigning, confronting the problems of hate, racism and discrimination – calling out injustice for the world’s poorest people, the most vulnerable, the displaced, the excluded.

I believe we have reached a moment, but not for the first time, where organisations like CAFOD can lead the way in re-wiring our societies and transforming lives.

Help us protect the most vulnerable people from coronavirus

Hope as we go forward

Pope Francis tells us: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”

He is telling us we have an opportunity to lead the way in setting the agenda for a just world. But this must include:

  • Recognising that our mandate to fight ‘injustice’ intersects with racism and we must therefore speak out.
  • Recognising that in our country, racism isn’t a gun, an ignorant tweet or a confederate flag. But it could be, and these are just symptoms. We must get comfortable with the role the UK has played in history, how it has shaped global conflicts, global poverty and, yes, racism.
  • Recognising that George Floyd is one of many and not the last. We will be confronted with this again. What therefore will our response be?

We may fumble, we may not know what to say, we may worry we’ll offend, we may have to ask questions, we may have to be silent, and we may be challenged, but as Catholics, Christians, global citizens and human beings we must see our commitment to fighting injustice as a commission to anti-racism and all that’s in between.

My hope stands in love, action, dignity and respect for all. We cannot take up the challenges by ourselves. We need to act in communities, within parishes and the wider Church, with families and friends, to fight every single form of injustice as though they are one.

This article was written by Sam Aidoo who is a member of the CAFOD campaigne team



 - Pope Francis


Sister Patricia and all the Sisters at the Franciscan Convent send prayerful greetings to our Parishioners and our Priests. We are very aware of the challenges facing your families and elderly people at this time. Our own families contact us with requests for prayers. After spending our lives serving the poor and needy in many parts of the world, we feel blessed now to spend our retirement years in the Parish of the Good Samaritan. We keep you in our prayers daily Thank you to the Sisters for their love and kind words. We should remember them in our prayers.


These words from the Holy Father should help us while the Sacrament is not currently available:

"I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can’t leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me… How can I do that unless I find a priest?’

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'"


With no Sunday Masses at which to take a collection, please hang onto your envelopes until things go back to normal then you can kindly bring your envelopes and contributions. Thank you.


Please note that Christ the King has suspended Foodbank collection during the unfolding Coronavirus situation. We will not be taking any money donations either. Should you wish to do either of these, please take foodbank items to St Mary’s or St John’s church when open, and money donations to their Presbytery letterboxes marked ‘Foodbank’.  

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 




Care for our common home



For Papatūānuku – Mother Earth

by Maori poet Nadine Anne Hura, March 2020, and recently shared via Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister

Rest now, e Papatūānuku
Breathe easy and settle
Right here where you are
We’ll not move upon you
For awhile
We’ll stop, we’ll cease
We’ll slow down and stay home
Draw each other close and be kind
Kinder than we’ve ever been.
I wish we could say we were doing it for you
as much as ourselves
But hei aha
We’re doing it anyway
It’s right. It’s time.
Time to return
Time to remember
Time to listen and forgive
Time to withhold judgment
Time to cry
Time to think
About others
Remove our shoes
Press hands to soil
Sift grains between fingers
Gentle palms
Time to plant
Time to wait
Time to notice
To whom we belong
For now it’s just you
And the wind
And the forests and the oceans and the sky full of rain
Finally, it’s raining!
Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe
Embrace it
This sacrifice of solitude we have carved out for you
He iti noaiho - a small offering
People always said it wasn’t possible
To ground flights and stay home and stop our habits of consumption
But it was
It always was.
We were just afraid of how much it was going to hurt
- and it IS hurting and it will hurt and continue to hurt
But not as much as you have been hurt.
So be still now
Wrap your hills around our absence
Loosen the concrete belt cinched tight at your waist
Heal -
And we will do the same.


A note of gratitude from Nadine

Thank you for the amazing response to this poem! I never expected it to travel so far and wide. Many people have asked who the author is so I wanted to clarify that I wrote this poem on the train home after the announcement of total lockdown was made here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I felt like I could hear Papatūānuku exhaling in relief as we all began our journeys home. In truth, one month of lockdown is not enough. Even six months would not be enough! We need a total and sustained change of habit, globally and within our own communities. I hope so much we take our time to reflect on the fact that if we can do it to save ourselves for a month, we ought to be able to make similar habit changes for Mother Earth for the long term. The most telling thing for me was how empty our veggie plant aisles were after lockdown was announced – in a crisis, we will turn back to our mother to provide (and of course she will!).

Lots of people have asked for translations…

Papatūānuku – Mother Earth (the addition of the “e” in front signals the words are addressed or spoken directly to her.)

Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe – means something like, “tears from the eyes of Ranginui drip down on you” (Ranginui is our sky father, it is common to refer to rain as the tears of Rangi for his beloved, from whom he was separated at the beginning of time in order that there could be light in the world). Not long after the announcement we were moving to level 3, it poured with rain in Porirua after many months of hot and dry weather. I could feel my garden rejoicing.

Hei aha – This can be translated in many ways, but I meant it like the English “oh well, whatever”

He iti noaiho – “something small”. Because our sacrifice feels enormous but in reality I think it is not sufficient to truly see Papatūānuku recover. However, in Māori, we often talk about the significance of small actions or gestures. We say “ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.” Although it is small, it is a treasure.

Thank you so much for the support



The above poem was sent to Bishop John and below is his reply


A beautiful poem and very fitting for these very strange times. We must not even think of returning “to normal”. The normal of the recent past is killing our planet, our common home, and ignoring the sufferings of so many of our brothers and sisters. The “new normal” must challenge us to include everyone and care for the Earth.

Thank you and your group for all that you are doing to help our family, CAFOD, in its work. Thank you also for building a “virtual community” in the parish in these difficult days. We will be the stronger in our Faith and service when we emerge.

“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”

Best wishes


Bishop John Arnold

Bishop of Salford

Wardley Hall | Wardley Hall Road | Worsley | Manchester M28 2ND

Tel: 0161 794 2825





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!!  

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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





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 March 2020, Please bring your box to mass on March 1st or 8th

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.


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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