Welcome to the Church of

St Mary of the Assumption




Address: St Mary's Presbytery, 3 Todmorden Rd, Burnley, BB10 4AU

Tel no. 01282 422 007

Church entrance on Yorkshire Street, just around the corner from Todmorden Road.


Parish Safeguarding Representative: Mrs Venita Edmondson,

Phone 07711 66 9990










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 about staying safe. This will help protect yourself and the vulnerable in the community.



A fond farewell to Luke who leaves us on Saturday after spending his lockdown at St Mary’s presbytery. Thank you Luke for your contributions to the parish, the online events and especially the music.

God bless the remainder of your journey in faith. We will keep you in our prayers, and hope to see you again when we can get to know you better.




As we go to print, restrictions on Churches are being gradually relaxed. We are moving closer to being able to celebrate public Masses and services in our churches But we need to be patient so that when we return to offering services, everyone feels safe and secure.

We are waiting for guidance from the Diocese as to what is going to be possible and when. When we receive the guidance, we will let you know the details through our parish website and Newsletter


St Mary’s church has been chosen by the Diocese as one of a small number of churches which will open for private prayer and Exposition. Thank you to those have been prepared and have already acted as stewards at St Mary’s to enable us to safely re-open the church for private prayer and Exposition.

We will continue to open St Mary’s next week Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm, but will review it and keep you informed through the Newsletter and parish website.

There’s a video on the website showing how we are working to ensure that your visit is safe. If anyone else would like to be a steward please contact Fr. David via e-mail or telephone him at St Mary’s


There will be a ‘live’ stream of the Mass from St Mary’s every Sunday at 9.30am. A recording will be available later in the day for those who cannot view the live stream.



The parish has not had the usual generosity of your weekly contributions since the lockdown, and it is not possible to bank and use cash donations.

Many people have asked how they might contribute to the weekly church collection? The diocese has set up a web page where you may make a single donation which will be transferred directly into our parish.

Go to http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/ .

You will see the icon ' Support your Parish' on the right side of the Home page, in the blue background.

Click it and follow the simple instructions. Select or enter the donation you wish to make and follow the simple instructions from there.

Please do Gift Aid it if you pay tax —it adds 25% to the amount you’ve given.If, in the circumstances, you are able to do this, it will be most welcome.

If not, please keep your envelopes until churches re-open and make your donations as usual.  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.



Instead of our usual Prayer Vigil for Pentecost, Luke Bradbury, Fr David and others have prepared a series of presentations on the Parish website for Thursday Friday and Saturday. They’re good!


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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. On the other hand, if you nearly have a full flower but are maybe seeking another petal or two, or perhaps you’re looking for a prayer flower to join, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try to put you in touch. When you're ready, choose a priest to pray for, maybe one who celebrates Mass at your church, or one of the above priests chosen at random, or perhaps pray for all six as a group.  



While the churches remain closed, 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. If you would like to include an item, or make a Mass Offering, please email your request by midday on Wednesdays. Sorry for the inconvenience.



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These daily reflections from the parish clergy team are available on the parish web site each day. The Lord’s Day at Home These sheets, available on the website, are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed. https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/LDAH-Easter-4A.pdf




Each Sunday of Easter, Blessed Trinity has provided a delightful video reflection produced by Miss R Wilkinson and involving different pupils from the school along with Fr David. Many thanks to the school for this lovely resource which has brought added joy to the Easter season.



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It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Michael Long, parishioner and organist at St Mary’s Vigil Mass. Michael will be sadly missed. Please pray for Michael and his family.


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Mon 29th June: Weekday

Tues 30th June: First Martyrs of the Roman Church

Wed 1st July: St Oliver Plunkett

Thurs 2nd July: Weekday

Fri 3rd July: St Thomas

Sat 4th July: St Elizabeth of Portugal

Sun 5th July: 14th Sun

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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.

Email us with your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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! 😃


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We are delighted that, as announced in last weekend’s newsletter we were able to live-stream the Easter Triduum services from St Mary’s last week as well as Mass on Easter Sunday Morning. We will continue to livestream Sunday Mass from St Mary’s at 9.30am each week, while the churches are closed. Sincere thanks go to Mike and Matthew Morris for all their hard work. We are also very grateful to Jason at DB Data Comms on Plumbe St, Burnley who, without charging us, have put in the labour, the equipment and technology to put broadband temporarily into St Mary’s church. We are very grateful for this kindness from this local company. 


Daily Private Masses In The Parish

The priests of the parish will continue to celebrate Mass daily, in private, at 9.30am. This will enable you, the people of God, to join in “spiritual Communion” with the priests, and each other.


Video Recording Of Sunday Mass For The Parish

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 Easter Sunday. This should be available from late morning/early afternoon on Sunday. Thanks to all those who have helped to make this possible:

Video Recording: http://goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/index.php/view mass 

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Other Live-streamed Masses

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

It is also possible that these streams will offer the Triduum services. The latter will coincide with our parish worship (if you see this Newsletter before the weekend is over).


The Lord’s Day at Home

The sheets available on the Web site are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed. There is no sheet for Palm Sunday but please look out for special sheets for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday as well as Easter Sunday http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/index.php/home-page/home 

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Simon Peter was a fisherman from Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee. He was with Jesus from the outset of his ministry. His name was changed by Jesus to Peter to be a rock for the Church  because Jesus saw within him his strong faith. His faith was a great source of strength for the Early Church. Saul of Tarsus was a Jewish Pharisee, well educated and very devout in his religious practice. He never actually met Jesus but was persecuting the early Christians because he believed they were a threat to his Jewish faith. He became Paul the great missionary after his conversion experience on the Road to Damascus. He became a missionary whose main aim in life was to share the Good News that had transformed his life so dramatically. They were both martyred in Rome for their faith. We give thanks for the faith of these two great heroes of the Church. They are both buried in Rome with great basilicas over their tombs. Today we celebrate the gift of our faith, which has the Apostles as its foundation. We pray that we may, like Ss Peter and Paul, be open to be called by the Lord to respond to his invitation to be formed by his love to change the direction of our lives accordingly: and to be sent out into the world to spread the Good news that everyone matters to God.




Papal Prayer Intention for May 2020

For Deacons: We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

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

“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.”



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Sadly, the need continues for us to support the Foodbank.

Here’s how: Blessed Trinity are now supporting the Foodbank, including being channel for your money donations. If you want to make a money donation here is the website https://tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving.

They have raised £2,355 so far! Well done!!

Every local Spar shop should have a collection point for tins, pasta, juice and other produce, so keep donating if you are able to do so.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed. Please keep it up!



CAFOD Special Appeals

Finance: Because of Coronovirus we are unable to raise funds for CAFOD in the usual manner like holding collections after our Saturday/Sunday Masses. However, you can now donate on our brand new Good Samaritan CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal JustGiving page. Please give whatever you can to help our very vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world, these include refugees living in cramped camps and communities living in favelas or shantytowns. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/good-samaritan-burnley.

Petition: CAFOD Coronavirus Campaign which is asking people, to sign a petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people, our sisters and brothers overseas, are a high priority in the UK’s international efforts, in addition to caring for those at home: www.cafod.org.uk/coronavirus. Politicians take heed of petitions, so please sign.

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The present church building dates back to 1849, but its history dates back far beyond, to the days when the Catholic Church was persecuted in England, to secret masses at Towneley Hall and the time of priest holes.

There eventually came a time towards the end of the 18th Century when Catholics were tolerated and in the early 19th century a chapel was built at Burnley Wood, which became the direct predecessor of today's St Mary of the Assumption church.

During the 19th and into the 20th Centuries the parish grew, and nowadays St Mary's is a lively and outgoing parish with lots going on - see our Parish Groups page.



Saturday Vigil 6:30pm
Sunday Mass10:00
For other Masses, please see the Latest Newsletter


Mon - Weds - Fri:  12:00 - 12:30
Saturday Morning: 10:00 - 11:30am




St Mary of the Assumption, Burnley.

Entrance on Yorkshire Street, just around the corner from Todmorden Road.

Click here for a map 

Take a virtual tour of St Mary's church by clicking here.


 With thanks to the former St Mary's Gem Church website (now defunct)


A Walk Around St Mary's (opens in separate page)


Church History in Outline, including  former Parish Priests (opens in separate page)


A Short History of St Mary's, Burnley -

a comprehensive booklet by Margaret Durkin, BA, to mark the church's first centenary in 1949

(opens in separate page)


NEW! Added 26th Aug 2019 -

Silent Film of Canon Morrissey's Funeral, 1903

A Mitchell and Kenyon Film - when the page opens, click on the "Watch for Free" button - fascinating!


Parish War Dead (opens in separate page)


Links to our sister Churches in the Burnley Catholic Community:


  Christ the King


  St John the Baptist



 Magnifying glass original (amended here) by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay.  With thanks.