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
IN THE LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS
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.
DAILY PRIVATE MASSES IN THE PARISH
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.
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 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/
OTHER LIVE-STREAMED MASSES
The National Shrine in Walsingham; www.walsingham.org.uk
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.
MAILING THE NEWSLETTER
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.
KEEPING IN TOUCH AS A COMMUNITY
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.
KEEPING IT GOING
FR DAVID’S REFLECTION THIS WEEK
FEAST DAYS FOR HOLY WEEK
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
HOLY WEEK MASSES AND EASTER TRIDUUM
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.
A PRAYER FOR HOLY WEEK
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
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER QUIZ
Please click here for this Quiz compiled by Fr David ~ answers on Easter Sunday. Enjoy!
MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS ABOUT RECONCILIATION
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
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)