Three Churches

Three Communities

Serving One Lord.

Welcome to the website for the parishes of Christ the King, St John the Baptist and St Mary of the Assumption. Each of the three parishes has its own special character, comprised of, and helping meet the needs of, its own community. We are all part of the Diocese of Salford. Between them the three parishes cover a wide area, encompassing Central Burnley and the semi rural areas of Worsthorne and Cliviger. The oldest church is St Mary's, which has a long history dating back to the nineteenth century, the current church being opened in 1849. St John's church opened in 1881 and the youngster of the three, Christ the King, came into being in 1936. Together the three make a rich and vibrant community, working together to celebrate our Catholic faith and put our relationship with Jesus Christ into action by sharing together in many different ways.

I am delighted at our new three parish website and I trust you will find it easy to move around the site and hopefully find it to be a big help to you. Like all new ventures, a lot of hard work has gone into this new project by a small but dedicated team, to whom I am very grateful. I am also grateful that they have pledged to ensure our web site is kept current and updated regularly, which of course is so imperative. I must also give thanks to the many parishioners who contributed articles large and small for the website – without their articles the website would have little to show our visitors so a big thank you to them!

As well as the team of those involved in running and contributing to the website, there is also a team of clergy who run the three parishes by also working together. In addition to myself, as the Parish Priest based at St Mary’s, there is also Fr Kevin Tierney who is the Assistant Priest, also resident at St Mary’s. The rest of the team comprises Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke and Fr Lawrence Imoisili, who are Vincentian priests, resident at St John the Baptist presbytery. We meet regularly in order to ensure that things run smoothly.

Much work and thought had gone into the idea of bringing our three parishes together as part of Bishop John’s plan for the reorganisation of all the parishes in the Diocese of Salford published in early 2017. When I arrived in Burnley in July 2018 to begin my role in bringing the three parishes together, I spoke in each of the three churches of the need to move forward at the right pace in order to ensure that everyone is on board with us. I used the phrase: “Festina Lente”, which means “make haste, slowly”. I genuinely feel with this website, our recently launched joint three parish Newsletter, as well as many of the other ways that we are finding to collaborate and work together, are all signs that we are making progress, without rushing.

Despite all the responsibilities, I genuinely love being in Burnley; the people here are really appreciative of what we are trying to do and I speak for the clergy team in saying how supported we each feel by the people we serve. There are a lot of very good things going on in our three parishes, and a good many new things that we are keen to establish as we go forward. Thank you for your interest in our parish communities and please enjoy your visit to this website.

Fr David



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Amalgamation Consultation News


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Thank you to all those who attended the Consultation meeting with Mgr John Daly on Tuesday evening at Blessed Trinity College. It was encouraging to see a good representation from across the three parishes. At the meeting I briefly outlined the next stage of the Consultation Process which is included below.

From this weekend you will find at the back of each church, a Consultation Questionnaire form. There are just four questions on the form.

The first question invites you to state any concerns or questions you may have about the planned amalgamation of our three parishes.

The second question gives you the chance to tell us of the advantages you envisage will result from the amalgamation.

The third question regards Sunday Mass times. On the form you get the chance to express your preference for one of three options regarding the Sunday Masses in our three churches. For many reasons we need to reduce the number of Sunday Masses that are currently celebrated in our three churches from nine to six. It will be helpful to see this question from the point of view of the one new parish rather than simply from our current individual churches.

The fourth question concerns the name for the new parish. The three churches will retain their current names; however we do need a name for the new parish. As already mentioned, Bishop John will make the final decision about this matter. Over the last few weeks you were asked to come up with some suggestions about the new name and the response has been fantastic. From about 150 nominations we have narrowed it down to just 8 different names. Please indicate on the form which one of these you prefer and this should enable us to produce a shortlist of about three, which we can submit to Bishop John in the near future.

Please place your completed Questionnaire in the box marked “Consultation Questionnaires”, which you will find at the back of your church until Sunday 16th June.

In next week’s Newsletter we will also give details of the three individual parish meetings which will be held in June. I thank you for your continued support throughout this Consultation period. I sincerely hope this information is helpful to you and look forward to receiving your Questionnaires.

(Fr David)


Individual Parish Consultation Meetings


As promised in last week’s Newsletter, we would like to have a meeting in each parish to come together and discuss items raised by items 1 and 2 only on the Consultation Questionnaire. These meetings will take place in each church building and will last up to 90 minutes and will be chaired by Fr David. Minutes of each of these meetings can then be included in the documents submitted to the Bishop. The details for these meetings are as follows:

7.30pm Wednesday 19th June in St John’s church.

7.30pm Monday 24th June in Christ the King church.

7.30pm Wednesday 26th June in St Mary’s church.





Food Collection


Our friends at St John’s have been wonderfully generous donors to the town’s Foodbank. They tell us of the continuing and growing need, so St Mary’s will be collecting food from next weekend. Please bring your donations and place them in the boxes provided. The organisation has very a very clear picture of what they can and cannot use. Please read this carefully before donation.

DO Donate: Tins of beans, fruit, soup meats tuna etc. Pasta, pasta sauce, cuppa-soup, (bagged) potatoes, oranges, tea bags, coffee, cereals. Toilet rolls, soap, shower gel, shampoo and etc.
Vegetarian and Halal foods particularly welcome.

DO NOT Donate: Bread, biscuits (donated by Warburtons and Farmhouse biscuits. Thank God for their generosity!). Frozen goods or those that will rot quickly.
Please be certain that the food is ‘in-date’
Thank you for your generosity.

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Anyone want to volunteer from Christ the King to collect for and deliver to the Foodbank? Contact Tony Waters



Dates for Your Diary
and Forthcoming Events




A short sponsored walk along the canal towpath (4 miles) to remember past members of CAFOD will take place on 29th June 11am.

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Thanksgiving Mass at Christ the King


The children on the Sacramental Programme at Christ the King will celebrate their thanksgiving Mass at 10.15am Mass on Sunday 30th June. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.



The Burnley Catenians invite you to join them in their future events:

Celebrating President’s Sunday, Burnley Catenians will be attending the 1145 Mass at St Mary's on Sunday 30 June followed by a 3 course lunch at Burnley FC. Parishioners from all Churches are most welcome to come along. Price: £12 pp. Further details from Terry Hephrun (01282 424626)


Fancy a Game of Bowls? We hope to hear from you as they are holding their Annual Family Bowls Day at 1pm on Sunday 7th July at Greenhill Bowling Club on Manchester Road in Burn-ley. All the family can play, no experience is neces-sary and all the equipment is provided free of charge. Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children under 16 and this includes pie & peas and a li-censed bar. Come and join us for a fun afternoon. Mick Armfield email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01282 459424



Taster trip by minibus to Ampleforth


Bus trip

On Thursday 18th July, Fr David is leading a minibus trip to Ampleforth Monastery in North Yorkshire. The day will include Mass in the crypt, Midday prayer with the monks, and a guided tour of the Monastery. There is a café there where we can purchase our own lunch. Cost including the tour and transport is £10.00 per person. We will be leaving Burnley at 8.30am and return early evening. To book please contact Mark on 07980038627. Please note places are limited.



KSC Young People's Seminar


An invitation to all Catholic Young People (16-23) to a Seminar from 16th to 19th July 2019. The theme is 'Being a Young Catholic Today'. See the poster in church. Full details are available at 








Prayer Group For Vocations To The Priesthood


At St Mary’s Church at 7pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Entrance by the Sacristy door adjacent to the car park. All are welcome.



Board and Card Games
for parishioners of all 3 churches:

 Do you like board games and trying your hand at a friendly game of cards? A warm welcome awaits you and fellow parishioners for an enjoyable afternoon of fun and challenging games at no cost. We meet monthly and each month we try to add a new game to the usual reportoire, which includes Uno, Yahtzee and Rummykub. Last month we had a great treat learning to play canasta. Tea & biscuits will round off the session. Contact Maureen Smith on 01282 433 706 for all the details.



Home Produce Stall

The Home Produce Stall has been established to allow people to contribute to parish life, for the benefit and pleasure of others. It also provides a small but consistent flow of income for the parish.

People use their skills and talents to make goods for sale. Mainly it is edibles – cakes, mini-meals, bread etc, along with occasional donations of jam, marmalade, fresh fruit and veg, plants. We welcome anything that has the tag ‘home produce’. We sell it at the Sunday Coffee Morning. So people who may not otherwise be able to make major contributions of time and energy bring joy to people who relish their produce.

You are invited to help in two possible ways. First, can you contribute to the stall from your skills and experience. Or you could play ‘stall-holder of the week’! We have a rota of people who come and sell the goodies, which is a great opportunity for chat and make new friends.

If you want to help in either way, please call Frank or Barbara on 01282 424967 or 07713 718 700


Music In Church

Both St John's Choir and St Mary's  Music Groups meet to practice on a Thursday evening; 7:00pm at St Mary's & 7:30 at St John's.

You are warmly invited, and will be welcome to join either group to help enhance our sung liturgies.


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St John's Ivy Street every third Sunday. 


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Other Events/Announcements of Interest





A Message from Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas Salford:


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I hope you may be able to join me. After much planning, we are almost there. As you can see we have managed to secure some really high quality speakers, so we are expecting a really informative and engaging programme focused on Caritas and Social Action opportunities with parish communities as part of the Hope in the Future programme of the Diocese of Salford.

Its bring a packed lunch. People don't need to register to this event, but if they can they should do so here:

For more information and Programme please click here








Blessed Trinity RC College is putting on a production of Annie at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre from 9 - 11 July, performances at 1900. Tickets available in person from the Mechanics Box Office or on line (booking fee applies) : Adult £6, concession £3. The Mechanics Bistro does not normally open for school productions but they have agreed to open for the Thursday 11th July performance. Bookings direct to the Mechanics (01282 664400).


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Catholic Men Over 21!

Ever Thought About Joining the Catenians?

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does?

Why not consider nominating it for a national award?

Click here for further information



Special Announcement -


Cyclone Idai Disaster


What CAFOD is doing about it:

Click here to see how you can help



Mission Possible, Nairobi:

read all about it - click here!



Community Sponsorship Group

Help Raise Money to Help Our Syrian Refugee Family

Click Here to Join Our 100 Club Draw!



Volunteering Opportunities!


Here's your chance to volunteer for any voluntary posts which may appear from time to time in any or all of our three parishes.

Occasionally we may feature some opportunities for voluntary work with worthy causes in the wider community too!

Our first featured advertisement is for a good cause you may not have thought about...


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From Our Parish Day Trip Out to Buxton,

25th April 2019 -


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Luckily we brought no children with us!