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



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On this Page:

Introduction  |   Mass & Confession Times  |   Where to Find Us  |   Virtual Tour of St Mary's  |   Sister Churches - Links

Other Pages in this section:

A Walk Around St Mary's  |   St Mary's Groups  |   St Mary's Photo Album  |   St Mary's History  |   Parish War Dead

Our Local Primary School (opens in a separate window)

St Mary's RC Primary School

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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.








Our next hike will be 6 miles around Wycoller THIS Sunday 23rd Feb. It is graded moderate. We will meet at St Mary’s Church car park at 12.30pm. Please bring boots, waterproofs, food and drink. There is a flier at the back of church listing all the hikes planned for the next 12 months



Times of Mass with the distribution of Ashes is 10.45am in school and 12.30pm and 6pm in church.



Starts on Friday 28th February. There will be an extra Mass on each Friday of Lent at 6.30am, followed by breakfast for all present in the Parish Rooms.



Tues 1st Sept ~ 50th Anniversary of Catholic writer Francois Mauriac, who won Nobel prize for literature in 1952. Mass in French celebrated by Fr David at St Mary’s. This will be followed by “French” refreshments in the parish rooms and extracts in English from Mauriac’s works will be recited



Our next meeting is on Wednesday 26th February at 1pm in the Parish Rooms at St Mary’s. All ladies are most welcome. Ita is on tea duty. 

Thank you so much for the people who stepped forward to help provide this wonderful social get together every week after the 10.00am Mass!






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



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