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



ConsultationThe letter from Bishop John to trigger the start of the consultation process regarding the amalgamation of our three parishes was read out last weekend in all three of our churches. We will keep you informed of the different stages of the process through the Newsletter, by announcements at Sunday Mass as well as through our Web site.

To help you, at the back of each church you will see a map of the existing parish boundaries as well as the boundaries of the proposed new parish.

The first part of the process is to invite you to attend a Consultation meeting to be held at Blessed Trinity RC College at 7pm on Tuesday 28th May. The meeting will be led by Monsignor John Daly, Vicar General, and will finish at 8.30pm. The team of priests serving our three parishes will also be present. At this meeting, the amalgamation process will be explained and you will get the chance to express your views on various aspects of the proposal. It is hoped that a good number of people from all three parishes will attend this meeting.

As part of the Consultation process, we need to submit to the Bishop a small number of suggested names for the new parish. In order to produce a “short list” of names from which we can all express our preferences, we invite you over the next two weeks to put forward your suggestions for the name for the proposed new parish. Please put your suggested name in an envelope marked “New Parish Name” and hand in at one of our presbyteries or in the boxes marked “New Parish Name” that will be found at the back of each church. Please submit these suggestions by Sunday evening 26th May. Please remember the names of the three churches will remain as they are. It would be helpful if you could please incluGod is not afraidde along with your suggestion your own name and the church which you attend. We thank you for your cooperation with this important stage in the life of our three parishes, as the Lord guides us on our journey towards unity.


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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 11 July performance. Bookings direct to the Mechanics (01282 664400).


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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.

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Quill Dates for Your Diary

and Forthcoming Events


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At St Mary's Church on Tuesday 21st May at 7:00pm and every 3rd Tuesday of the Month.  Entrance by the Sacristy door adjacent to the car park.  All are welcome. 


KSC Charity Fundraising Concert


There will be a concert in aid of the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship and the Autistic Spectrum disorder charities.  It's on in the KSC 100 Club on Yorkshire Street on Friday 24th May starting at 8:00pm.  It will feature Chris Perry, a dynamic vocalist. 

Tickets from Pat or Bernard (07947 151931) are £5.00 including light refreshments.


Session for all Volunteers


This Volunteerswill be held at the Vincent Farrell Centre on Saturday 25th May from 9.30am to 10.30am.

It is important that all volunteers, outside of the needs of the fuller DBS requirements, in our three parishes complete these simple forms. Please collect a form from your sacristy, complete and return to the clergy, office or come along to the above meeting.


Burnley Catenians - Catenian Curry Night

CatenianAre holding a 'Family & Parishioners' Curry Night at the Usha Restaurant on Rossendale Road in Burnley on Wednesday 29th May commencing at 7.30pm. 

The cost is £10.95 for adults and £6.95 for children 10.  If you would like to join us please contact Mick Armfield email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01282 459424 before 24th May. 


St Mary's Afternoon Tea 

Afternoon Tea

The next party will be on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 1:00pm the cost is £6.00 and the theme is Horse Racing's Cheltenham Gold Cup!! Gladrags, fascinators optional.  Look out for more details in the Newsletter.


Northern Catholic Conference 

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This event has been attended by parishioners from our parishes in recent years and is very highly acclaimed.  This year's programme looks very interesting.  Day visitors or accommodation available.  Prior booking of accommodation is important. There's more information on the notice board or go to www.northerncatholic.co.uk


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 ksc.org.uk





Pentecost Vigil

To mark tVigilhe end of the Easter season we will be having a Vigil at St John's Church and hall on the eve of the Pentecost, Saturday 8th June.  This will comprise: 


3:45 - Workshop

4:45 - 5:15 - Tea Break 

5:15 - 5:45 - Reconciliation and Exposition

5:45  - Evening Prayer and Praise 

6:30 -  Mass 

Followed by refreshments in the hall.  All are welcome. 


Refugee Family - First Anniversary Party

To celebrate the first anniversary of our lovely refugee family arriving in Burnley, we will be holding a party in June.  Date to be finalised but potentially lots going on.  If you'd like to help in any way (planning, organising, baking etc) or just want to know more contact Catya on 07776 155 229 or Mike on 07929 451 566


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.


Slovak Mass 

St John's Ivy Street every third Sunday. 


Parish Day Trip Out to Buxton,

25th April 2019


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Luckily we brought no children with us!