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:

Mike Morris (Acting Safeguarding Rep), phone 07563 998 334 (only for Safeguarding issues)

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



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As the days and weeks pass it is clear that the need for peace in the world is great, and at the same time there is little sign that it will happen through worldly means. A parishioner has suggested that we each ask God’s help for the situation in Ukraine by saying a private prayer at 9.00pm every evening.

Until the war ends The suggestion is that we should say the ‘Our Father’. Please join in! 






In accordance with advice from the Bishops of England and Wales we have very recently introduced some relaxations to Covid regulations in the parish:
We continue to request that adults wear face coverings and sanitize their hands before entering church.

    • Hymn books and communal singing has been reintroduced.

    • Holy Communion can again be received in the hand or in the mouth.

    • Holy Water stoups have been refilled

    • Our stewards will continue to welcome us and cleanse the church.

    • The Distribution of Holy Communion will revert to how it was pre-Pandemic (i.e. processing, starting from the front rows and unsupervised by the stewards)

    • Please say Amen as you receive Holy Communion.
      Please continue to take care, as the virus, though it seems to be less virulent, is still prevalent.




We are happy to welcome everyone back to regular masses and remind everyone that, if you are able to, to please begin attending Mass as usual. For those who feel unready or unable to return, you may know that the Prayer of Spiritual Communion is recited to include you in our prayers. Here is an example of a Prayer that you may wish to say:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since at this moment I cannot receive you sacramentally, please come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you now as if you were already here and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you, Amen






1st to 7th August


Please note the changes [bold] from the normal schedule.

Monday St Alphonsus Liguori
9.30am St. Mary’s 7.00pm St John’s

Tuesday St Peter Eymard
9.30am St. Mary’s 12.00 noon St John’s

Wednesday Weekday
9.30am Christ the King 7.00pm St John’s

Thursday St John Vianney
9:30am St. Mary’s 10.00am St John’s

Friday Dedication of Basilica St Mary Major
9.30am Christ the King 12.00 noon St Mary’s
11.30—11.55am— Reconciliation and Exposition at St Mary’s

Saturday The Transfiguration
9.30am St Mary’s
10.30am to 11.30am—Reconciliation and Exposition at St Mary’s
5.15pm to 5.55pm — Reconciliation and Exposition at St John’s
Vigil Masses: 6.00pm St John’s 6.30pm St Mary’s

Sunday 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Christ the King: 9.15 and 5.00pm
St Mary’s 10.00am* St John’s: 10.45am
*The 10.00am Mass will be live-streamed on the parish website.


There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 minutes before each weekday Mass.
(Except Friday 6.30m Mass in Lent)


There will be three opportunities for Reconciliation at the same time as there being Exposition:
Fridays ~ 11.30 to 11.55am at St Mary’s
Saturdays ~ 10.30 to 11.30am at St Mary’s
Saturdays ~ 5.15pm to 5.55pm at St John’s



Following the end of “lockdown”, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are now once more able to visit people in their own home in order to give Holy Communion to anyone who is unable to come to church.

All our ministers have been DBS checked and will have taken precautions to ensure they do not carry the COVID virus.

If you know of anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion, please ask the person’s permission and then give their name, address and phone number to either of our priests. We will then make contact by phone to arrange when we can visit.




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.


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This is a Retreat led by by John Bell of the Iona Community at Minsteracres in Northumberland. He is a world-renowned speaker and retreat leader and on October 21st to 23rd will lead his final retreat before retiring. Two carloads of folk from Burnley joined a large group for his retreat in 2021 which went very well. This Autumn’s event is already getting booked, so it will soon be your last chance to hear this superb speaker, whilst enjoying the stunning surroundings of Minsteracres. We would try to coordinate carsharing arrangements if people are interested. Any questions – contact David Ross, on 831821 or see online t www.minsteracres.org/retreats.


A book called “At the end of the storm there’s a golden sky” by Christopher Whittle will shortly be published and some of the proceeds will go to the parish with St John ’s church getting featuring prominently. Christopher has also recently done a sponsored walk for the Stroke Association so if there are any donations to this great cause these can be handed on to him.




Thank you for making Sr Ann Ugoh so welcome last weekend at all three churches. Her mission appeal was well received and generated a great response with a total of £ 863.96 cash being raised.


The coffee mornings after the 10.00am Mass are up and running. Volunteers to help will be very welcome. Please call Maureen on 07807 184 743 if you would like to join the rota.


We had another lovely afternoon of catch up with friends together with £168.00 donated to parish funds. Thanks to all who attended, and everyone who helped.

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Vinnie Camps have been running for 100 years and take place around the country, organised by Saint Vincent De Paul Society (SVP) volunteers. These camps offer a week of fun, excitement and friendship to boys and girls aged 9 to 12yrs who, for various reasons need a break. It may be due to family issues such as unemployment, illness, bereavement, or relationship breakdown. The SVP in the Salford Diocese are looking to run a Vinnie Camp in the summer of 2023 in Snowdonia for young people from our area. For this to succeed we need to act now, to recruit Volunteers! It will be a busy week, but you’ll have fun too making new friends, give you training and experience, and give real help where it’s really needed. Add that you’ll enjoy and share in the children’s excitement, and it’s a good cause. We need time to give the volunteers the training they’ll need before their work with the young people. You don’t need to be a member of the SVP and we are looking for men and women aged over 18yrs who have an interest in working with young people. Volunteers must be prepared to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service). This is a wonderful opportunity to give young people an experience that they will remember for many years, but it cannot take place without volunteers. If you are able to help or would like more information, then please contact Anthony O'Reilly by e mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Join the fun!


Thank for the great response to the recent appeal to set up a new weekly cleaning team at St Mary’s. It would be good to increase the number of volunteers, so that the work is shared by more people. If you want to join the team please contact Seamus McLaughlin.



Both Caritas and CAFOD are involved in the major appeal for monetary donations, so there are choices on how to do it if you wish to help.
CAFOD is part of the Disaster Emergency Committee so their address will take you there: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Ukraine-Humanitarian-Appeal

Caritas as you to donate through their international section, to protect funds, and to help in a wider range of refugee problems. If you wish to simply donate, go to caritas.org.
Please also look at the CAFOD item inside for further help for people in need.
Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits.

Pope Francis



Following the UK Government's announcement on a domestic response to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis, Caritas Diocese of Salford launches its Appeal today to provide local capacity on the ground here, and enable faith in action.
Caritas Salford will support those in Salford Diocese welcoming and hosting refugees from Ukraine, and provide emergency grants to support individuals and families as they resettle. Their website is an excellent place to start if you are thinking about hosting a Ukrainian refugee. It is full of practical, realistic guidance about much of what you will need to consider.

Please read it if you have registered to be a host, or are thinking about hosting. It clarifies the challenges you will face, it emphasises the idea that having other people (family, neighbours, your local community) being ready to help. Perhaps most importantly it offers support, from Caritas, if you let them know that you are one of the wonderful people who has offered to host, or is thinking about doing it.

Go to: https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/ukraine-crisis/


Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits. Pope Francis

There’s a link to their donations page, as another option for your money donations.
Are you a Ukrainian or Russian speaker? Safe resettlement and integration of refugees fleeing conflict depends on access to people who can translate fluently into English.

If you are skilled in the main languages spoken in Ukraine, please register by email as a volunteer translator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NNT is the local charity supporting refugees and people seeking asylum. Its work started in and continues to be mainly based on St John’s site. It’s a multi-or non-denominational organisation, but many of the volunteers are people from our parish especially from St John’s community. NNT recently received the Queen’s Award, the highest recognition for a voluntary group—extremely prestigious. The award was recently presented by the Vice Lieutenant of Lancashire to the leading team of NNT,. It’s an occasion worthy of note and the photo (aside). Congratulations to all concerned for dealing so wonderfully well with people in real need!



The Saint Vincent de Paul Society of the Good Samaritan parish would once again like to thank everyone who supports us by their prayers and donations. Due to Covid -19, we have felt that it is still too early to invite people to a Mass in the church or the parish hall. We are cautiously resuming visits to some housebound parishioners and would welcome referrals of anyone who would like a visit.--Please contact the presbytery. We have donated £200 to our National Office Emergency Fund to be used to help the people of Ukraine . We congratulate one of our retired members , Rose Slattery, who celebrated her 100th Birthday on June 8th. Once again, thank you and God Bless!


Taking place on 29th August (Bank Holiday Monday), starting at 1.00pm from St. Mary’s Church. Refreshments provided at 110 Club after the walk. 

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We have booked a coach for Tuesday 9th August. We will depart after 9am Mass from each of the three churches (9.45am from St John’s, 10am at St Mary’s, 10.15am from Christ the King). Children will need to be accompanied by an adult. We will leave St Anne’s at 5pm. The cost is £10.00 per person. To book a place please contact Eileen on 422978. After booking please put monies in an envelope marked “St Annes on sea trip” and enclose the name(s) of those in your party. Please then put the envelope through the letter box at St Mary’s presbytery by 2nd August. Cheques are payable to “The Parish of the Good Samaritan”. All are welcome—make new friends—have fun!

Enjoy an afternoon in a mature garden set in the South Pennines, in support of The Mayor of Burnley's Charity Fund 2022. This event is in aid of Pendleside Hospice, Riding for the Disabled - Dyneley Group and Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue. Ticket price covers admission only. Tombola, Raffle and Tea & cake will also be available. Due to the rural location disabled access is limited. Please call 07817 725 976 to find out more. £5 of each ticket sale will go to the Charity Fund. Booking fees apply.



Thank you on behalf of Missio and Mill Hill Missionaries to the community at St John’s for raising the magnificent amount of £2,364.04 in 2021.

Your concern and actions show how every prayer, however short, and every contribution, however small, can transform the world for the better.



Thank you and well done to those who called the police when they saw the misbehaving children on the site. There has been a period since our first alert when they have not visited us, with the clear benefits that we all gain from. However, if they return please continue to call the police as follows:

Call 999 or 101 to inform the police. Tell the response officer:
~ what you have seen ~ the risk to the children and others ~ your fear and anxiety the need for action

Tell the person that the Neighbourhood sergeant has said:
~ the police want you to make this call, and ~ you must get an Incident number

Making the call is a positive step. When we do make the calls we will help the children to lead them to better opportunities in life, and help us all to live more safely and more comfortably.



Our individual church bank accounts were closed at the end of November.

Please could those who contribute to St Mary’s or St John’s by Standing Order, please kindly contact your bank and inform them that the payment should now be made as follows:

Name: The Salford Diocesan Trust :The Good Samaritan Parish

Sort Code: 205558

Account number: 50404640.

Many thanks.

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The next quiz will be this Monday 1st August, starting at 8.30pm. Please turn up and join a team and have some lively fun and competition.



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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 here, are great for providing sacred time at home while the churches are closed. 


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“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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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 

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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).



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Today's Gospel Reading speaks of the wise attitude to have towards possessions and warns against greed. On one level, Jesus is addressing the young man’s brother who is perhaps being selfish in not sharing his inheritance. On the other hand, he is talking to us and saying that we need to put our trust in God and not in material things that do not last. In the parable that Jesus tells, the rich man forgets God and forgets about Heaven, and forgets his obligations to the poor and the needy. He is considered foolish because he has not learned how to wisely use the wealth he has accrued. Possessions are necessary for life. But possessions can assume such importance in our life that there is a danger that we could be obsessed with them. There is a risk we get obsessed with desiring to acquire possessions so much so that we no longer hear the Lord speaking to us. When that happens, we have indeed got our priorities all mixed up. However, a person's life does not consist of possessions. There is more to life than accumulating possessions. It is sobering to remember that what we have accumulated, we have to leave behind when we die. The Lord has indeed blessed us enormously, but we need to 'rise above materialism” and share our blessings, and so find ways to build up our treasure in heaven. Likewise, if ever we have accumulated knowledge, it is best left behind as wisdom for those whom we have advised and mentored.


Fr Jennings was a much loved and wonderful priest and man to so many people.

His funeral arrangements are as follows:
• Fr Jennings’ body will be received into St. John the Baptist, Padiham for concelebrated Mass on Monday 8 August at 7.00pm.
• Bishop John will celebrate the Requiem Mass at St John the Baptist on Tuesday 9 August at 12.00 noon.
Don’t forget Fr Jenning’s benediction at the end of every Mass: “Be kind to everyone you meet”


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For July

The Elderly: We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.


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

We commemorate the deaths of three of our English Martyrs. We ask their prayers this week: Bl Robert Nutter (26th Jul 1600); Bl. Thomas Whitaker (7th Aug 1645); Bl. Richard Featherstone 30th Jul 1540).


The Bread of Life—A Prayer

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; Amen.



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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Foodbank Updates

Sadly the need for the Foodbank is likely to grow, so the appeal has to continue.

They have sent out over 7,000 food packages to 1,600 people (600 children). A terrible state of poverty in our midst. Many supermarkets and banks have drop-off points, and you can also contribute online via Blessed Trinity at https://tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving by making one-off or monthly payments.

Congratulations to Blessed Trinity—their Just Giving webpage has passed the £12,200 marker!! Well done young’uns!! You can donate cash at St John’s Presbytery, and drop it off in a clearly marked envelope. This led to £98.20 being donated during June.







As the summer break begins for many of us, we want to say a huge thank you for all your support this year and share with you a little of how your donations work around the developing world. The Catholic Church provides rapid, local and inclusive humanitarian response, influences social norms and behaviour, assists in peacebuilding, mediation and reconciliation, helps strengthen democratic governance through citizen participation, supports sustainable livelihoods, provides quality and inclusive healthcare and education and speaks truth to power, witnessing and accompanying suffering. Heartfelt thanks to all who continue to support this work.

Update: "A further £100 has been forwarded to CAFOD this week for the World Food Crisis Appeal." Thank you again for your ongoing support"



Loving God, We pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.

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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.