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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 Mary of the Assumption

Burnley

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.

St Mary's Parish Safeguarding Representatives:

Carole Biddulph 07944 407 765

Diane Orrel 07497 519 153

(please note, these numbers are only for Safeguarding issues)

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

 


   

 

THIS WEEK'S MASSES  

MASSES AND OTHER SERVICES: : MONDAY 6TH MAY TO SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2024

 

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 minutes before each weekday Mass, Monday to Friday (Except before Funerals)

Please note the changes this week.

Monday Easter Weekday

9.30am St Mary’s                                             NB: Only one Mass today.

 

Tuesday Easter Weekday

9.30am St John’s,

1.00 pm Funeral Mass at St Mary’s for Joseph Melvin RIP

 

Wednesday Easter Weekday

9.30am St Mary’s, 

10.15am Funeral Mass at Christ the King for Margaret Pickup RIP

7.00pm St John’s

 

Thursday        THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD               Holyday of Obligation

                       9.30am Mass at St John’s                          12 Noon Mass at St Mary’s

                       6pm Mass at Christ the King 

Friday St John of Avila

           12.00 noon St Mary’s preceeded from 11.30 to 11.55. by Reconciliation and Exposition

      

Saturday Easter Weekday

9.30am St. Mary’s followed 10.30 to 11.30am Exposition and Reconciliation.

Vigil Masses:

6.00pm St John’s preceded at 5.15pm until 5.55pm with Reconciliation and Exposition

6.30pm St Mary’s

 

Sunday Seventh Sunday of Easter

Christ the King: 9.15am and 5.00pm

St Mary’s: 10.00am (This Mass will be live-streamed on the parish website*).

St John’s: 10.45am

(*A recording of the Mass will be available later from Sunday afternoon)

 

lease click here for this week's Masses

READERS ROTA ST MARY’S 10.00AM MASS

The new rota starts on 28th April. There are copies of the Rota available in the Sacristy at St Mary’s for those who have not received them via email.

  

 

CHURCH STEWARDS

Huge thanks to our stewards who make attendance at church possible as we continue to work at remaining safe whilst in church. Please call Fr David if you would like to join this invaluable team.

 

 

CELEBRATION MASS —ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION - CANON SEAN McBRIDE

Canon McBride is celebrating his Golden Jubilee to mark the 50th anniversary of his              ordination to the sacred priesthood with a special Mass on Sunday 5th May at 3pm at           St Mary’s, where he was ordained on that very day in 1974.

This Mass will be followed by tea/coffee and cake in the parish rooms afterwards. If those     who have kindly offered to bring home-made cakes for the refreshments afterwards please  bring them to the parish rooms between 2pm and 2.30pm.

Let’s make this a joyful celebration for Canon McBride and thanksgiving for Priesthood. 

 FREE BRASS BAND CONCERT AT ST MARY’S — SUNDAY 12TH MAY  AT 2.00PM

The concert features the BMP Goodshaw Brass Band, which wowed us all when they last

performed for us.

Their programme is mixed,with something for everyone from

♦marches to musicals ♦sacred to swing ♦Beatles to Bach and more!

Fun for the ears!

Entry is free, and there will be a collection and raffle. There will be drinks and cakes available. So time for a chat as well as a good afternoon’s entertainment.

Come and Enjoy!

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 KSC QUIZ NIGHT

KSC QUIZ NIGHT AT ST MARY’S PARISH ROOMS—THIS MONDAY

Our next quiz will be at 8pm on Monday 6th May and will be led by Fr David

There will be an entrance fee of £2 per person which includes free coffee/ tea and biscuits. Glasses will be provided for those who want to bring their own beer or wine.

All are welcome.

 PARISH IN COUNCIL MEETING AT 7.00 PM ON THURSDAY 9TH MAY AT ST MARY’S PARISH ROOMS

This meeting to be chaired by Fr David, will be held in the parish Rooms at St Mary’s at 7pm on

Thursday 9th May. This will comprise a review of the past year; a summary presentation of last

years parish accounts and sharing a few ideas for the coming year. All parishioners are welcome.


“THE BIG PICTURE”

The Big Picture is the title of our new DVD course which is an Inspirational Bible Course.

The course consists of 12 sessions, which will take place on the 2nd Friday of each month.

This will be held in St Mary’s parish Rooms at 12.30pm.

The next meeting will be on Friday 10th May.

 

 

OTHER NOTICES

 

CAFOD NEWS April 2024 

 Thank you for your generous donations, given in love, to CAFOD's recent Lent Family Fast Day appeal. Together with other donations received in the last five months, £1,465.32 has been sent to CAFOD from our parish.

In addition to this, many parishioners will have sent donations directly to CAFOD in the Fast Day envelopes or by regular standing order. Your donations will support families around the world and help them with the resources to feed their families for good.

Congratulations! And God Bless your Generosity!

 

TUESDAY CLUB AT ST MARY’S

The Tuesday club meets every Tuesday from 1pm to 3.30pm in the Parish Rooms at St Mary’s. We have games of Bingo, refreshments and a good “catch up” with friends. All are welcome from across the parish. For more information please contact Marie tel 07427770970.

 

  

MONDAY MORNING MASS AT ST. MARY’S

 

Tea and toast will be served in the parish rooms after 9.30am Mass on Mondays.

This will be organised by the Legion of Mary who will commence their weekly meeting at 10.30am in the Newman Room. All are welcome.

 

  SOCIAL GROUP AT ST. MARY’S

Our next gathering tbc

Please join us in the parish rooms for tea, coffee, darts, table tennis, a quiz, cards and most importantly a chance to chat.

All are welcome

RIGHT TO LIFE SPONSORED WALK 2024

The local Knights of St Columba and Catenians are organising the Walk once more this year, in conjunction with Right to Life.

It will be on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, leaving St Mary’s car park at 1.00pm.

It covers 10k, (6.25 miles) with refreshments provided afterwards.

It has been a relaxed, fun event so pop the date in your diary.

More details nearer the time.

 

PARISH BONUS BALLGAME—WINNERS!

Thanks to all who have supported the bonus Ball game and it will continue each week.

The winning Bonus ball number  was number 36

Congratulations to last week’s winners who are as follows:

St John’s ~ Rollover                    St Mary’s ~ Dave           Christ the King ~ Anne

Please claim your prize from the appropriate sacristy.

BURSARIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO “ HELP YOU TO HELP OTHERS”

The Catenian Association offers financial support to young Catholics (aged 16—24) who are involved in development projects which help less fortunate people, (including Diocesan and HCPT Pilgrimages). For more information go to catenianbursary.com

DIOCESAN SYNOD—THE BIG LISTEN—CATCH-UP

For those who were not able to come to the recent Big Listen sessions for the Diocesan Synod, you can still take part by taking a white envelope from the back of any of our three churches.

Inside you will find questions to consider and details about how the responses can be submitted, which will be either directly online or by returning the envelope and placing it in one of the boxes marked “Synod” which you will find at the back of each church over the next few weeks.

Please consider taking an envelope for your family or neighbours who might appreciate being invited to take part. If you have any further questions about the Synod feel free to contact the Parish Synod reps – Sam This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lynne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST MEMORIAL CORNER

Take a look at the two very interesting volumes of information regarding all those named on the war memorial at Saint John’s. They can be found in the memorial corner.

They have been compiled by one of our parishioners Linda. Her extensive work has involved studying a number of Internet sites, such as ancestry.com, the Commonwealth War Graves, British newspaper collection at findmypast and many more.

We thank Linda for her, thoroughly detailed research.

COST OF LIVING SUPPORT

This is a grocery targeted for those people who are having difficulties with the cost of living crisis. You pay a registration fee of £5 for the year, and can then shop weekly (or more often if need be) for £4 per visit — the usual ‘shop’ is equal to about £20/£30 in any other supermarket.

The two shops are 1) in the shopping centre square above New Look, and 2) Valley St near the cemetery. They’re open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm. Just drop in, see and buy! 

The people of the parish have given donations and goods, through and in addition to the excellent work of Blessed Trinity College, who have raised over £14,000 since they started.

You are asked to continue to put food into the collection point in many supermarkets, as well as using the Blessed Trinity site for financial donations at https://tinyurl.com/ BlessedTrinityJustGiving. St John’s will continue to accept money gifts, in an envelope clearly marked dropped into the presbytery letterbox.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH BY STANDING ORDER

You can make your contributions to the parish online by Standing Order; Please contact your bank and inform them that payment should now be made as follows:

Name: The Salford Diocesan Trust : The Good Samaritan Parish

Sort Code: 205558

Account number: 50404640.

Many thanks.


 

  

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA

 

KNIGHTS OF ST. COLUMBA CONTINUE THEIR WORK

Although the KSC 100 Club has closed the work of the Knights goes on. They are a group of laymen dedicated to support the missions of the Catholic Church, while also putting a strong emphasis on Faith, Family and Fraternity. The KSC have raise tens of thousands of pounds for Pro-Life charities, Hospices and support our own communities, such as raising money to help social events and the youth in their spiritual growth. We welcome new members who will join in our work. Any further question please email Tom Wilkinson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or why not pop along to the next KSC Meeting on Monday 12th February at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Parish Rooms.  


 

 

 

 

 

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

“I used to have an open mind, but my brain kept falling out!”

Here’s one of the Quotes sent from a parishioner on the website. There are many more—and Quips!

Have a laugh! Enjoy the wisdom! Send us one of your own favourites!

 

 

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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LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES

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 

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 

 

 

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).

 

 

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PRAYERS AND REFLECTIONS 

FR DAVID’S REFLECTION

Christ invites us into a loving relationship with him, but friendship with Christ is not easy, he is a challenging and demanding friend. In today’s Gospel, the night before he dies Jesus calls his disciples “friends”, for whom he is prepared to lay down his life.
 
Friendship with him involves opening our hearts to the needs of others, taking a risk and specially making friends with the poor and the vulnerable. This calls us to be patient and overlook the faults of others and occasions when other people take advantage of us. It also means transforming such occasions instead into opportunities to grow and become a better person.
 
These are the kinds of attitudes and the ways of treating people that the life of friendship with Jesus involves. In fact commitment to our Christian faith means that we have to take a critical attitude
towards the way that love is usually portrayed and understood in secular culture. When we're open to God's influence, love becomes the main principle that gradually shapes our whole character and affects the way we treat everyone we encounter.
 
Christ lays down his life for us, by dying for us on the Cross. We are his friends and he asks us to show this friendship with him by showing love; we remember love is costly and risky, and so is discipleship.

 

 


 

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For December

For persons with disabilities: We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the centre of attention in society and that institutions may offer inclusive programmes which value their active participation.

 

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Intentions in Ordinary Time

● A deeper understanding between Christians and Jews
● Those who suffer persecution oppression and denial of human rights
● Europe

● Seafarers

 

MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS ABOUT RECONCILIATION

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.”

“The greatest miracle accomplished by Jesus for Simon and the other disappointed and tired fishermen, is not so much the nets filled with fish, but to have helped them to not fall victim to disappointment and discouragement in the face of setbacks. He opened the way for them to become heralds and witnesses of His word and of the Kingdom of God”.

 

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COMMUNITY GROCERY

This is a grocery targeted for those people who are having difficulties in the cost of living crisis. You pay a registration fee of £5 for the year, and can then shop weekly (or more often if need be) for £4 per visit — the usual ‘shop’ is equal to about £20/ £30 in any other supermarket. The two shops are 1) in the shopping centre square above New Look, and 2) Valley St near the cemetery. They’re open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm. Just drop in, see and buy!

  

FOODBANK

The people of the parish have given donations and goods, through and in addition to the excellent work of Blessed Trinity College, who have raised over £14,000 since they started.

You are asked to continue to put food into the collection point in many supermarkets, as well as using the Blessed Trinity site for financial donations at https://tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving.

St John’s will continue to accept money gifts, in an envelope clearly marked dropped into the presbytery letterbox. Thank you all.

 

 

CAFOD NEWS

 
 

 

 

CAFOD NEWS

Campaigns Update – Pope Francis has announced he will be attending the global UN climate conference COP28 in Dubai this month. He’s called for political leaders at the COP28 talks to prevent the climate crisis from causing even greater tragedies for communities that have contributed least to causing it. We can support his message by asking our MP to act on the Pope’s call. To take part just follow the link: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/137965/action/1

CAFOD’s World Gifts – Christmas is fast approaching, but don’t worry CAFOD have the best unusual presents for your friends and family that can make a real difference to people living in poverty. World Gifts are CAFOD range of gifts that help those families in most need across the world. For each gift you buy this Christmas, you will receive a beautiful gift card to pass on to your loved one. For the latest selection visit the CAFOD website or pick up a brochure at the back of our three parish churches: https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/ 

 INTRODUCTION:

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.

MASS TIMES:


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


CONFESSION TIMES:


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

WHERE TO FIND US:

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.