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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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 and stay at home, except to buy food when essential. This will help protect yourself and the vulnerable in the community.




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.

The Lord’s Day at Home

These 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.




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 

Gospel Reflection for Palm Sunday: http://www.goodsamaritanparish.org.uk/




The National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk 

Live streaming (Sunday 9.30am) from 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—though times may not coincide with our parish worship.



The Foodbank is under additional pressure, and very much in need of our help – as far as we can in these times of self-isolation. The foodbank to which we have contributed has joined with Contact Burnley, the Burnley FC initiative, so here are the changes. Every local Spar shop should have a collection point for groceries and other produce, so keep donating if you are able to do so. They welcome all non-perishable foods and oranges continue to be popular as they last a good while. If you want to make a money donation here is the website https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportburnleyfoodbank  




With no Sunday Masses at which to take a collection, please hang onto your envelopes until things go back to normal then you can kindly bring your envelopes and contributions. Thank you.




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.




Our webmaster, Mike, is doing a great job bringing all the church news to the website every day. Please keep looking at the site to learn what is happening, in the parish, diocese, and the wider world. There are many and varied services and provisions to keep us in touch with our faith and each other. We can offer strength to each other, and have a chat and a laugh We have numbers of parishioners who don’t use the internet, so please keep in touch with them—a chat will be especially welcome as well as passing on the news.




Fr David is working on ideas of how to keep our community living and working together, avoiding loneliness, ensuring communicating and caring. Please feed your ideas in on the Newsletter email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please think especially of those who do not use the internet. Keeping these people ‘in community’ is more challenging, especially as there are so many people self-isolating who cannot visit. Thank you.











There was a very catchy song a few years ago called “price tag” which spoke of someone wanting to be spoiled by her lover and asking that they give her everything she asked for, regardless of how much it cost. The song contained the line “forget about the price tag”! Everything has a price and therefore it is often unwise to forget what things cost. The danger of doing this is that when we forget about the price we can take things for granted. There was a very big price tag on our salvation: it cost Jesus a great deal: He was betrayed by Judas for 30 silver pieces; He was denied by Peter three times when he most needed a good friend; He was rejected by the crowd, many of whom just days before had welcomed the Lord into Jerusalem by waving palm branches, and they now urged Pilate to release Barabbas and instead crucify Him; He was flogged, mocked and spat upon by the Roman soldiers; although weak, Jesus had to carry a heavy cross to Calvary, where he was stripped and nailed to the Cross. Our salvation came at a huge price! Therefore the Palm Sunday liturgy for Mass with its contrasts between joy and sorrow, starkly remind us that it was a mighty price for Jesus to pay for our sins to be forgiven: but He thought we were well worth it; we were worth dying for, we were worth everything. The one thing, however that we must not do is to forget what the Lord did for us. So in this coming Holy Week we are to celebrate and remember the extent of the Lord’s love for us. Let us fully enter into the mystery of Holy Week and although this year, we cannot physically take part in the powerful ceremonies, they will be celebrated in private and so we can still mark the Paschal mystery albeit in a a quieter, more reflective way. Let us allow ourselves to join in the Easter Triduum as best we can spiritually, but with hearts still grateful to God. May we grow in our gratitude for Jesus who gave his all for us. The current words on our Christian lips should perhaps be “don’t forget about the price tag!”




Mon 6 April - Monday of Holy Week

Tues 7 April - Tuesday of Holy Week

Wed 8 April - Wednesday of Holy Week

Thurs 9 April -Maundy Thursday

Fri 10 April - Good Friday

Sat 11 April - Holy Saturday

Sun 12 April - Easter Sunday



Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Easter Sunday

Private celebration of Mass Fr David at 9.30am and Fr Emmanuel and Fr Benneth at 9am.



Fr David will celebrate privately all the services of the Triduum at the same time as Bishop John from the Cathedral as follows:

Maundy Thursday ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm

Good Friday ~ Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm

Holy Saturday ~ Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm

You may be able to pick up a ‘stream’ from the Diocesan website as the celebrations go on.




On his path to Gethsemane, on the night of his arrest, Jesus left his disciples—his friends—with lasting words of wisdom and promise: “You will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I love you …. Abide in me as I abide in you.” (John 14:20 and 15:4) During these holy days we will listen deeply to Christ’s wisdom as we follow the path of prayer, prayer that leads us to a quiet place of abiding with Christ and sends us out with a greater compassion for all creation.

"We pray, fast, and perform the works of mercy in this time of grace. So that the Lord might find our hearts ready and fill them with the victory of his love."

- Pope Francis




Please click here for this Quiz compiled by Fr David ~ answers on Easter Sunday. Enjoy!




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

“I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can’t leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me… How can I do that unless I find a priest?’ “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'"





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.