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




As the lockdown continues we are able to have public Mass and Services. We are very dependent on the health of the priests and significantly the health, safety and generosity of our wonderful stewards. A few of our stewards have quite understandably asked to step down from the role for now. We are very grateful to the commitment and dedication they have shown over the last 7 months.

If anyone would like to become a steward please contact Fr David.




Public Masses for the parish as follows. They may be subject to change at short notice so, if you can, check daily on the parish website for updates.



St Mary's  Christ the King St John's
MONDAY 9.30 am  7.00 pm  X
TUESDAY 9.30 am  X  12 Noon
 WEDNESDAY 9.30 am NO MASS  7.00pm
 THURSDAY 9.30 am  X  10.30 am
 FRIDAY 9.30 am 12 Noon  X

9.30 am

10.30 am E&R*

 X  X

9.30 am


5.00 pm  10.45 am

Removal of Obligation to attend Mass: Because of the position the Church still finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on Sunday and on a Holy day of Obligation remains lifted until further notice.

Exposition: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starting 30 minutes before all of the above Masses.

Exposition and Reconciliation: Every Saturday there will be Exposition and Reconciliation at St Mary's from 10.30 to 11.30am. The Reconciliation will take place on the Sacred Heart altar. Please be guided by the Stewards.

Grateful thanks to Mark our Seminarian for doing such a splendid job in organising very successfully our bookings for the Masses for the Christmas Octave. We are very grateful to him.

We are very grateful to the stewards who have been so faithful and committed through this pandemic and on whom we totally rely to be able to continue to keep the churches open. 

We will review the above programme as we proceed and keep you informed through the website and newsletter.


Covid 19: The Vaccine is Coming!

It’s great news that the roll-out of the vaccine is starting this month. It’s a great development to benefit us all, In the meantime keep safe with the following Golden Rules.

Hands* The virus travels through touching things that an infected person has touched or coughed / sneezed over. If you then touch your nose, mouth or eyes, you may transfer the virus into your own body. So wash your hands, for 20 seconds, every time you have had any contact outside your home.

Face* You are legally obliged to cover your face in all shops, hospitals, church and other places. It prevents you spreading the virus to others. Some people may be ex-
empt from wearing masks eg for medical reasons.
Space* When a person coughs or sneezes it is thought that the miniscule drop-lets travel up to two meters.

 So you keep safe by keeping apart from others. Unfortunately, there are many people who seem to disregard this, so they offer a risk to others, especially indoors.

Keep safe until you become eligible for the vaccine—the finish line is in sight—be sure to get there!

There’s a great website with super information for you to follow: https://covid19graphics.info/

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Remember! This virus doesn't spread on its own: you, (yes, you), and others spread it when we go outside our households and mix with others in other places.

DON’T RELAX! We pray that the vaccine is successful, but please don’t drop your guard—the virus is still spreading like wildfire!

READ ALL ABOUT IT! We have discovered a really good and informative website with simply worded but high-quality guidance. It has 18 different sheets like the one aside. It runs from what to do if you have symptoms, to looking after children who are going to school. Please look at it, use the information and pass it on to family friends and neighbours. It is also available in several languages so pass it on to people who speak and understand their own language best.

🌐THE WEBSITE IS: https://covid19graphics.info/

This virus is killing people and leaving others with long-term health problems.

Take no risks, stay safe. We are all responsible for this!


HANDS: The virus travels through touching things that an infected person has touched. If you then touch your nose, mouth or eyes, you may transfer the virus into your own body. So wash your hands, for 20 seconds, every time you have been in contact outside your home.

FACE: You are legally obliged to cover your face in all shops, hospitals, church and other places. It prevents you spreading the virus to others, with some exceptions.

SPACE: When a person coughs or sneezes it is though that the minuscule droplets travel up to two meters. So you keep safe by keeping apart from others. Unfortunately, there are many people who seem to disregard this, so they offer a risk to others, especially indoors.


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So, please keep safe, and protect your loved ones and all those around you.

Remember, this virus kills people, and others have become seriously ill,

often with long-term adverse impact on their lives.

These comments are a brief summary of the full guidelines.

If they worry you, please read the full Government Guidance here.




You will see that the problem of the virus spreading and we have had extra restrictions coming in.
This testing programme is to help the authorities to know how widespread it is, and learn how to manage and control it better. It is continuing for these reasons, in spite of problems we are seeing elsewhere, so please don’t be put off from being tested. It’s free and available on Centenary Way near the Gala Bingo, Saturday to Wednesday, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. No booking needed. Just turn up. No injection—they just take a swab. Waiting times vary but queues keep moving.

Our thanks to the staff and volunteers who run the service.





We require someone from each of our three churches to help with the administration of Gift Aid for the parish. An interest in numbers might help, but you do not need to be experienced as training will be provided by the Diocese. If interested please contact Fr David.
Gift Aid adds 25% to each donor’s contribution, so is a really important source of income. 



Joseph accepted Mary unconditionally. He trusted in the angel’s words. Joseph is certainly not passively resigned, but courageously and firmly proactive. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spirit’s gift of fortitude. Only the Lord can give us the strength needed to accept life as it is, with all its contradictions, frustrations and disappointments.



Pope Francis reminds us that, before we are anything else, we are brothers and sisters sharing a common home, and we are called to become neighbours and friends. Covid-19 has seen new forms of poverty in our society. Through its Appeal, CARITAS is enabled to reach out with love and support to the most vulnerable and marginalised in our communities. Due to the pandemic, CARITAS is asking people to consider electronic giving. Details of how to donate can be found at https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/ and further information is available on the parish website +about the Appeal, including the CARITAS SUNDAY Appeal Prayer.



Caritas There’s a ‘thank you’ film for supporters at:https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/service-view/advent-appeal-2020

CARITAS have a Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/AdventAppeal2020 for their Advent Appeal CAFOD: Send their heartfelt thanks to parishioners. The Prime Minister has made a positive response to Cafod’s appeal to support the environment.


World Gifts are still available making a great Christmas present at https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/ World-Gifts Take a look on the Cafod page on our parish website for more information. A Mass has been celebrated for supporters’ intentions.
Missio Red Box Collections: prayerful loving thanks from Missio to the Parish “ for your wonderful generosity - £900 has recently been sent to the Missions. THANK YOU and wishing you all the blessings of Christmas

Apologies to the charities for the briefness of this week’s inserts. There’s so much else to include!




As Masses have recommenced you may leave your donation envelopes in the boxes at the back of the churches. You can also make your donations online through the parish website. Open the Home page and on the right, there is an icon. Click on it and follow the instructions. Please Gift Aid if appropriate.

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.



Until we get back to normal activities, 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.

Items in the Newsletter: If you would like to include an item, or make a Mass Offering, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your request before midday on Thursday.




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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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 Mon 1st March  St David

Tues 2nd March  Weekday

Wed 3rd March  Weekday

Thurs 4th March  Weekday

Fri 5th March  Weekday

Sat 6th March  Weekday

Sun 7th March  3rd Sunday in Lent



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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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Change is painful and Lent is a time for change. We are creatures of habit so the Church gives us the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to work on throughout Lent, so that we focus attention away from ourselves and in- stead focus on God and on others. As our Lenten promises and commitments start to kick in, the Church always gives us on the 2nd Sunday of Lent, an ac- count of the Transfiguration of Jesus in order to remind us that the whole purpose of Lent is the glory of Easter.

On that mountain top, the voice of the Father speaks to the terrified disciples present, ask- ing them to listen to Christ. He also speaks to us in those same words. We are to trust him and be generous during Lent and we know that Christ can speak to us through the most needy in our society. He also speaks through those who are vulnerable, the sick, the elder- ly and the homeless. If we respond to their needs then we are showing we are listening to Christ.

The message for the second Sunday of Lent is hope. Despite all the restrictions on our freedom we continue to face, we need to re- member we are alive and where there is life there is hope . Hope tells us to keep moving forward , to keep trusting and keep looking for signs of God in our lives and in the lives of other people. Through listening to Christ and trusting his words, as well as by re- sponding generously to the needs of others, we are giving our own lives meaning and purpose, and becoming beacons of hope to all. 




We extend our heartfelt thanks to all friends and parishioners for their Mass offerings, prayers and expressions of sympathy on the sad loss of our dear Dad, Steve Lawrence. A Mass will be offered for their intentions.



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”.



For a Life of Prayer

We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.



“An obedient father: As he had done with Mary, God revealed his saving plan to Joseph. He did so by using dreams, which in the Bible and among all ancient peoples, were considered a way for him to make his will known.”

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Sadly, the need continues for us to support the Foodbank. Here’s how:

Every local Spar shop should have a collection point for non-perishable food. There are two ways to make monetary donations:
     1.Online Donations: Blessed Trinity is supporting the Foodbank. Website: https://tinyurl.com/BlessedTrinityJustGiving. They have raised £4,946 so far! Well done them!

     2. Cash Donations (St John’s only). You may leave a cash donation (in a clearly marked envelope) at the presbytery or contact David H on 07434 763822 and we will see if we can collect. We will pass these on to the Foodbank via the Blessed Trinity website (above). This led to £207.65 being donated during January. Congratulations to everyone at Blessed Trinity—their website has burst through the £7,500 marker!!

Thank you all for your great generosity, online, in cash and in-kind.


Thanks and God bless to everyone who helps with this vital work

Website if you want to make a money donation:







Our Fast Day plans are again scaled back due to COVID, but we hope you were able to take part in prayer and fasting to mark the CAFOD Fast Day. Your donations will help to alleviate the suffering of those with limited access to clean water and it also helps communities working to lessen the horrendous effects to the COVID pandemic. Please keep CAFOD partners overseas in your prayers during this very difficult time.

Any donation can be placed in an envelope marked CAFOD and left in the donation baskets available in our churches or go to the CAFOD website: www.cafod.org.uk
CAFOD’s new campaign, ‘Reclaim Our Common Home’, is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, to take action to alleviate the pandemics of hunger, poverty runaway climate change. 

You can sign the online petition to the Prime Minister and/or donate here: Reclaim Our Common Home 



Two of our parish junior schools became wholeheartedly involved in our Harvest Fast Day—with wonderful rewards. One school baked its way to a wonderful £165, the other raised a super £100 (this shared equally with the school fund). They deserve a huge round of applause! Well done children, parents and staff—great illustration of Christian action! The CAFOD group are very grateful for your continued generosity over Harvest Fast Day and beyond.

You can continue to donate via https://cafod.org.uk/Give

The CAFOD group at Good Samaritan are very grateful for your continued generosity over Harvest Fast Day. But the need is still great, so, after discussion with Fr David, anybody wishing to make a contribution to the Harvest Family Fast Day by cash or cheque can still do so.

Please label an envelope “CAFOD” and leave it in the collection baskets at the rear of any of the three churches.

Online donations can still be made direct to CAFOD by using the following link: https://cafod.org.uk/ Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day

Some people in the parish raise money for CAFOD by keeping a small CAFOD cardboard collection box in their homes, in which they place any small change. If you would like one of these boxes for Advent or at any other time then please get in touch with Anne Marie Coppock on 721701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also wish to thank the fantastic fundraising achievements of our students, parents and staff at Blessed Trinity College, who have raised an amazing £825.93 Family Fast Day. Well done one and all!



As we approach the time of year when we remember our deceased family members and friends, CAFOD also remembers its deceased supporters and volunteers through memorial services and Masses. At this time, CAFOD promotes its free will writing service for people who wish to leave a gift for CAFOD’s work in their own wills.

For further details, follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Leave-a-gift-in-your-will Don’t forget to check out the CAFOD webpage on the parish website for more detailed news, including the latest campaigning news and online CAFOD petition to our Prime Minister.



Do you work with children and young people in school, in the parish or in our community? If so CAFOD has a range of resources and ideas for the new academic year, just visit the CAFOD Group’s webpage for the link to find them.



CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. CAFOD was able to respond as first cases hit Northern Syria. You can donate directly to CAFOD at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family. 



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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.