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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Click here for Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday 14th July 2019



New Sunday Mass times 


Following the recent Questionnaire Consultation, the Bishop has now agreed that we can implement the new Sunday Mass schedule for the one parish serving our three churches. Bishop John has commented; “this all seems like a good and well-prepared change”. These changes will be implemented on the weekend of the 10th/11th August.  The times agreed are as follows:-


Saturday Vigil Mass:-

6pm at St John’s 
6.30pm at St Mary’s 


Sunday Mass:-


 9:15am at Christ The King.

10:00am at St Mary's.

5:00pm at Christ The King.


Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the selection process.

Just while things settle down after the introduction of the new Mass times, for the first few weeks starting 10th/11th August, we will operate with a temporary rota for the different ministries. You will find a sheet at the back of each church against which to put your name regarding your particular ministry/role. We intend to work using more long-term rotas after September. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.





Food Collection




The organisers of the Food Bank send their thanks for your vey generous donations last weekend. Let’s keep it going now and keep pace with the consistent contributions that our St John’s friends have been making for several years.

Please bring your donations and place them in the boxes provided. The organisation has 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. Fresh food that won’t go off in days. Vegetarian and Halal foods particularly welcome.


DO NOT Donate: Bread, biscuits (donated by Warburtons and Farmhouse biscuits. Thank God for their generosity!). Frozen goods.


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? Call Tony Waters on 01282 700905.

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Kind donators from St John’s are asked to use the above latest requests from the Food Bank as well.



Dates for Your Diary
and Forthcoming Events



SVP Meeting


St John’s Parish Hall Upper Room 6pm Monday 15th July, Anyone who would like find out more about us, please do come along.



Taster trip by minibus to Ampleforth - Thursday 18th July


Bus trip

The minibus to Ampleforth will leave St Mary’s car park at 08.30am on Thursday. Please be on time. Thanks.



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 


Bereavement Mass



The Mass will be on Saturday 20th July at 12.15 in St. John's Parish Hall, (not the Church), followed by refreshments. All are welcome



The trip is filling up nicely so please book early as places are limited! It will be on Thursday 22nd August.  We will be leaving the three churches (after the morning Masses) as follows:

9.45am St John’s

9.55am St Mary’s

10.05am Christ the King. 


We will return early evening. Cost of transport is £10.00 per person.  To book please contact Mark McGeehan on 07980038627. Please note places are limited. 







Prayer Group For Vocations To The Priesthood


At St Mary’s Church this Tuesday 16th July at 7pm and 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.


Slovak Mass 

St John's Ivy Street every third Sunday. 


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Other Events/Announcements of Interest




Congratulations and Thank You


To Fr David and Fr Kevin on  your Anniversaries. Thank you for your service to us through your priesthood. Thank you too for your Mass celebration on Saturday and sharing your anniversaries in the get-together and  the refreshments that followed.  God bless you both.


A Champion in our Midst!


Fr. David showed his sporting prowess by winning this year’s Burnley Catenian’s Family Bowls competition. Partnering Mick Armfield they beat Terry and Janet Hephrun in a close-fought final. Apparently Fr D’s ‘bouncing bomb’ technique won the day!! Thanks to all those who attended and made it a really enjoyable day.



Knights of St Columba


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Find out more about the 110 Club - 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).


See Poster - click here




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...


Click here to find out more






From Our Parish Day Trip Out to Buxton,

25th April 2019 -


Sign Outside Local Cafe:



Luckily we brought no children with us!