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 we go to print, we have not yet received confirmation from the Diocese that churches can re-open after the current lockdown, for public Masses and other services apart from private prayer and funerals. As soon as we receive permission to proceed with public Masses and other services we will notify you in all possible ways including through the parish web site, at the live streaming Mass, in the newsletter and by word of mouth.
In the meantime, we continue with the Private Prayer and Exposition as in previous weeks. More details here.
We will broaden the things we offer when permitted so keep looking on the website for any developments.
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.
DON’T DROP YOUR GUARD!!
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!
REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULES!
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.
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.
TESTING FOR COVID 19—FREE—STILL AVAILABLE —PLEASE HAVE ONE!!
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.
A WORD OF THANKS
Fr David continues to improve, please keep him in your prayers for his full recovery.
Masses in the Parish
Live Stream: We will continue to live-stream the Mass at 9.30am this Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent from St Mary’s. It will be celebrated in private, with no members of the public present. It will be recorded and available to view later on Sunday. Thanks to everyone involved in streaming.
Private Celebrations of Mass:
To enable you to be in Spiritual Communion, please know that the clergy will celebrate a private Mass each day at 9.30 am at St Mary’s and 9 am at St John’s. Private Prayer and Exposition
We are not permitted to hold services but we can open to allow private prayer as follows:
St Mary’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.15 am to 11.15 am
Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 am to 11.30 am
St John’s Tues and Thurs from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm
Wednesday and Thursday 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Christ the King Mon 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm
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 through the Newsletter.
RESUMPTION OF OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS
The new regulations mean that there are no longer opportunities to make our weekly offerings. However, you can 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.
PRAYER FOR ADVENT - A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION!
Churches Together in Burnley have arranged for local people create and read their own Advent Prayer on YouTube —a new one or two everyday during Advent, from this Sunday 29th November, starting with a contribution from one of our own parishioners.
CLICK ON THIS LINK for 'Churches Working Together in Burnley YouTube Channel.
You can also access them through our own parish website. Christmas is going to be ‘strange’ for us all, but we can focus on Advent prayerfully with a focus on the real message of the season.
PRAYER PETALS - HELP YOUR PRIEST!
There’s a new ‘project’ on our website, which will help us to stay together as a community in the Lord, and an opportunity to engage with others who may be alone in their self-isolation. We know that even in these lockdown days, people often have busy lives but please take just 5 minutes of your day to watch the video from Sister Emmanuel which explains the idea on our Parish website.
In the video she says, priests are often subject to spiritual battle. But our priests are precious and need the protection of our prayers. In this parish, we have four priests who we see regularly, (in alphabetical order) Fathers Benneth, David, Emmanuel & Kevin, plus two others who give invaluable help from time to time - Fr Jennings & Mgr Challoner.
MAILING THE NEWSLETTER
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.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
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.
Mon 30th Nov St Andrew
Tues 1st Dec Advent Weekday
Wed 2nd DecAdvent Weekday
Thurs 3rd DecAdvent Weekday
Fri 4th Dec Advent Weekday
Sat 5th Dec Weekday
Sun 6th Dec Second Sunday of Advent
“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.
- 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! 😃
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).
FR DAVID’S REFLECTION THIS SUNDAY
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”.
PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.
FOODBANK—KEEP IT UP! AN EXTRA PLEA!
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).
Thanks and God bless to everyone who helps with this vital work
Website if you want to make a money donation:
HARVEST FAST DAY
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
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!
With Christmas around the corner, you can find the perfect, unique, ethical gift for someone special in your life, by giving one of CAFOD’s World Gifts. To see the new look selection of life-changing gifts use the following link: https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/World-Gifts
Don’t forget to check out the CAFOD webpage on the parish website for more detailed news, including the latest campaigning news and a new action to support CAFOD’s brave overseas partners.
Send a ‘Message to the Brave’ within a Christmas card to show your solidarity for their efforts to protect the vulnerable and the planet.
You can also keep in touch with Cafod’s activities and prayers with online talks at https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks
CAFOD NW GROUP E-NEWSLETTER IS ON THEIR WEBSITE
Here are three items in addition to the news.
1) The current online campaign’s petition asking our Prime Minister to stop the UK Government investing in fossil fuel projects in developing countries.
2) A date for your diary – the next online assemblies for schools (but well worth watching if you’re no longer at school) will take place on 10th December.
Join with students around England and Wales as we pray and reflect together in our next national assembly: Light of the world. Primary assembly - 9.30am and Secondary assembly - 10am.
Our assemblies are always available for teachers to view a day or two in advance, via the Vimeo link in the text below the YouTube video.
For further details on the Light of the World Advent Assembly, click here.
3) November is the month of remembrance and CAFOD has many ways in which to remember our loved ones who are sadly no longer with us.
Thank you for all your support devoted to those most in need in our world.
FREE WILL WRITING SERVICE
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.
RESOURCES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
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.
DISASTERS EMERGENCIES COMMITTEE
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.
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
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.
A Walk Around St Mary's (opens in separate page)
Church History in Outline, including former Parish Priests (opens in separate page)
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NEW! Added 26th Aug 2019 -
A Mitchell and Kenyon Film - when the page opens, click on the "Watch for Free" button - fascinating!
Parish War Dead (opens in separate page)