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BISHOP JOHN ARNOLD’S VISIT TO CENTRAL AMERICA will be the subject of a talk he will give at St John’s Parish Hall, Ivy Street, Burnley, BB10 1TB on Saturday 21st January 2017 at 2.00p.m.  Light refreshments will be available.  For more information please see the notice in the church porch and/or contact Anne Marie Coppock ( 01282 721701.  


CATECHISTS ARE REQUIRED in keeping with Bishop John Arnold’s recent Pastoral Letter, to implement his Policy Document for Baptism and Confirmation.  The policy came into force on the First Sunday of Advent 2016.  Such volunteers will be given adequate training for the task which is to help parents who bring their children for Baptism, to understand fully the implications of doing so.  Bishop John writes in the Document, “It should be the priority of every parish to identify catechists to be trained to help in the preparation of parents for the Baptism of their child. The Department for Formation will offer resources for any necessary training.”  If you would like to volunteer, or learn more about what is required, please contact me as soon as possible.  Thank you.  


BEGINNING IN THE NEW YEAR the 12.15p.m. Masses on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be cancelled.  This means that normally, (i.e. Requiem Masses notwithstanding), all weekday Masses will be at 8.30a.m.  The 12.15p.m. Mass on Saturdays will remain. This will represent the first change of Mass times in at least the last 8 years. There will be many more changes to come once Ss Aidan & Oswald’s, Royton has to share a priest with St Joseph’s, Shaw!  


IF YOU OR A RELATIVE OR FRIEND has the misfortune of being admitted to hospital, please make sure the admitting nurse knows that you are a Roman Catholic and whether you would like the Roman Catholic chaplain to visit you.  Furthermore, let it be known, both to the nurse and your family, that you require a priest to administer the Sacrament of the Sick should you require an operation or become dangerously ill.  Due to the Data Protection Act this information is no longer available to chaplains directly so they will not even know you are in hospital unless you or someone else, on your behalf, informs them!