CONSULTATION PROCESS FOR THE AMALGAMATION OF OUR THREE PARISHES
The 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 include 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.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
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Community Sponsorship Group
Help Raise Money to Help Our Syrian Refugee Family
Dates for Your Diary
and Forthcoming Events
Prayer Group for Vocations To The Priesthood
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 will 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
Are holding a 'Family & Parishioners' Curry Night at the Usha Restaurant on Rossendale Road in Burnley on Wednesday 29th May commencing at 7.30pm.
St Mary's 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
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
To mark the 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.
St John's Ivy Street every third Sunday.
Parish Day Trip Out to Buxton,
25th April 2019
Sign Outside Local Cafe:
Luckily we brought no children with us!