St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Diary 2018-2019

 

Parish Secretary's office hours
Monday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Wednesday and Friday 9.00 am - 12.00 noon

Parish Council Election
15/16 September 2018

Parish Council
Tuesday 7.00 pm
25 September 2018
20 November 2018
15 January 2019
19 March 2019
14 May 2019
23 July 2019 (social)

Finance Committee
7.00 pm
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Wednesday 5 December 2018
Wednesday 23 January 2019
Tuesday 5 March 2019
Wednesday 1 May 2019
Tuesday 18 June 2019 (meeting and social)

Safeguarding
All Parish volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults need to be Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) cleared. Our new Parish Safeguarding Representative is Liz Aiello and she will be working with our Parish Secretary, Syd Jones, to clear all appropriate volunteers during autumn 2018 in the following order: First Holy Communion Catechists, Children’s Liturgy Catechists, SVP, Ministers of Home Communions, Confirmation Catechists


Second/Special collections
22/23 September 2018 Clergy Education and Training Fund
8/9 December 2018 SVP Elderly and Housebound Christmas Lunch
Christmastide Crib Collection for Caritas (Diocesan Children's Society)
2/3 February 2019 Retired Priests' Fund
6/7 April 2019 Easter Flowers
18/19 May 2019 SVP Elderly and Housebound Summer Lunch
20/21 July 2019 SVP Holiday Home
We are committed to only 8 second collections in any one year: 3 for SVP, 2 for seasonal flowers, 1 for church students, 1 for retired priests, and the annual misison appeal.

Annual Mission Appeal
13/14 October 2018

Father Paul's Annual Holiday 2019
19 August - 6 September inclusive

Annual Parish Social
St Werburgh's Parish Centre
Friday 8 February 2019 7.00 pm

Great War Group
Monday 2.00 pm Parish House
1 October 2018
29 October 2018
3 December 2018 (final meeting)
Great War Memorial Service of Dedication and Blessing
Tuesday 6 November 2018 7.00 pm St Werburgh's
At the 11th hour of the 11th Month in 1918 the guns finally fell silent as the Great War came to an end.
During the last four years, our Parish, led by our Great War Group, has commemorated the centenary, our fallen and those who waited at home, through a series of events and exhibitions and the publication of two volumes of work: We Shall Remember Them which documents the biographies of those St Werburgh’s Parishioners who lost their lives on active service; and Chester: A War-Torn Parish” which looks at the extraordinary history of Chester, both the place and its people during those war years. Our commemoration concludes with the dedication and blessing of our newly commissioned Great War Memorial by Bishop Mark.
All are welcome at this Service. Please join us.

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress
Friday 7 - Sunday 9 September 2018 Liverpool
Gathering of clergy, religious and laity which promotes awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the church
(the last one here was in 1908)

Brother James Kimpton FSC (1925-2017)
Memorial Mass
Saturday 27 October 2018 2.00 pm St Werburgh's
Brother James Kimpton was born and grew up in the Parish of St Werburgh’s. Through "Reaching the Unreached", the Foundation he established, he dedicated his life to challenging deprivation and poverty in Southern India and Sri Lanka. Through his vision, energy and loving actions, he brought hope and better futures to thousands of children and families over a lifetime of service to the very poorest of people.
Join us to celebrate and remember the life of this remarkable man.

Holy Days of Obligation
Thursday 1 November 2018 All Saints
(Mass Times 7.30 am, 12.15 pm, 7.30 pm)
Tuesday 25 December 2018 The Birth of Our Lord
Sunday 6 January 2019 Epiphany
Thursday 30 May 2019 Ascension (Mass times 7.30 am, 12.17 pm, 7.30 pm)
Sunday 23 June 2019 Corpus Christi
Sunday 30 June 2019 SS Peter and Paul
Thursday 15 August 2019 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Mass Times 7.30 am, 12.15 pm, 7.30 pm)
Other Feast Days
Friday 2 November 2018 All Souls
(Mass times: 7.30 am, 12.15 pm)
Wednesday 6 March 2019 Ash Wednesday
(Mass times: 7.30 am, 12.15 pm, 7.30 pm)
Sunday 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday
Sunday 9 June 2019 Pentecost

November - Month of the Holy Souls
Tuesday 13 November 2018 7.30 pm Mass for the Recently Bereaved
Blessing of Graves
Sunday 18 November 2018 2.00 - 4.00 pm Blacon
Sunday 25 November 2018 2.00 - 3.00 pm Overleigh (old side)
    3.00 - 4.00 pm Overleigh (new side)
Friday 30 November 2018 7.30 pm Mass of the Holy Souls (for all those whose names have been inscribed in our Holy Souls Book)


Lent Devotions
Friday 7.00-8.00 pm (Church will remain open until 9.00 pm)
8 March 2019
15 March 2019
22 March 2019
29 March 2019
5 April 2019
12 April 2019

Marian Devotions
Sunday 3.00-4.00 pm
21 October 2018
31 March 2019
19 May 2019
20 October 2019
8 December 2019

Wave of Light Service
Monday 15 October 2018 Time 6.45 pm St Werburgh's Church
For those who have lost babies by miscarriage, still birth or infant death


Ecumenical Meetings and Events
St James, Christleton
Thursday 13 September 2018 7.30 pm Induction of new Rector
St Thomas of Canterbury
Wednesday 19 September 2018 2.15 pm Talk by Fr Paul
Cheshire Church Leaders
Tuesday 20 September 2018 12.00 noon St Werburgh's
Christleton Churches Together
Thursday 4 October 2018 2.00 pm Christleton Methodists
Thursday 22 November 2018 2.00 pm Christleton Methodists
Heswall Methodist Church
Monday 29 October 2018 2.00 pm Talk by Fr Paul
Cheshire Churches Together
Sunday 20 January 2019 afternoon St Helen's C of E, Tarporley
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 - 25 January 2019
Christleton and Waverton Churches Together
Monday 21 - Saturday 26 January 2019
visits to each other's churches
Women's World Day of Prayer
Friday 1 March 2019 10.30 am St Werburgh's

Cheshire & Ellemere Port Deanery Conference
Thursday 5 October 2015 10.30 am St Werburgh's Church

National Diocesan Schools Commissioners' Mass
Wednesday 10 October 2018
6.00 pm St Werburgh's

Primary School Masses and other events
Primary School (except where indicated)
Wednesday 12 September 2018 3.30 pm Mass Planning Meeting
Friday 28 September 2018 10.00 am Mass
Tuesday 9 October 2018 10.00 am Harvest Mass
Tuesday 18 December 2018 Carol Service St Columba's Church
Friday 21 December 2018 10.00 am Advent Mass
Friday 25 January 2019 St Werburgh's All Day Retreat
Tuesday 5 February 2019 10.00 am St Werburgh's Feast Day Mass
Tuesday 26 March 2019 10.00 am Lent Reconciliation Service
Friday 5 July 2019 10.00 am Infant School Mass
Wednesday 24 July 2019 10.00 am End of year Mass

Catholic High School Masses
Thursday 13 September 2018
9.45 am, 11.00 am, 12.00 noon:
Start of year Masses

HMP Berwyn Masses
Saturday 10.00 am
22 September 2018
6 October 2018
10 November 2018
8 December 2018
Note: No confessions at St Werburgh's on th edays of these Masses

University of Chester
Meetings, Events and Services
Freshers' Arrival Day Sunday 23 September 2018
University Welcome Service Wednesday 26 September 2018 5.30 pm University Chapel
University Societies' Freshers' Fair Thursday 27 September 2018 12.00 noon - 3.00 pm
Outside Organisations' Freshers' Fair Friday 28 September 2018 12.00 noon - 3.00 pm
Walk around City Walls for new students Wednesday 10 October 2018 3.00 pm Chaplaincy House
University Dedication Service - all welcome Wednesday 10 October 2018 5.30 pm University Chapel
Catholic University Chaplains NW Group Thursday 8 November 2018 10.30 am - 3.00 pm
University of Liverpool Chaplaincy
Carol Service - all welcome Wednesday 12 December 2018 7.00 pm
St Thomas of Canterbury
National Catholic Chaplains' Conference Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 June 2019 Leeds
University Chapel Services - Term Time
Mondays 1.05 pm: Mass - all welcome
Wednesdays 5.30 pm: Ecumenical Service

University of Chester Catholic Society - CathSoc
Sundays after 6.00 pm Mass - Parish House: All students welcome
30 September 2018 Walk the Walls and pub supper
7 October 2018 Prayer and Praise
14 October 2018 Debate Night
21 October 2018 Liverpool and Chinese Supper
28 October 2018 Three Bridges Walk
4 November 2018 Cake and catch up
11 November 2018 Remembrance Sunday
18 November 2018 Shared Table SUpper
25 November 2018 Advent Prayer and Praise
2 December 2018 Christmas Quiz Night
9 December 2018 End of Term Christmas Meal
13 January 2019 "Meet the Wrinklies"
20 January 2019 Prayer and Praise
27 January 2019 Ghost Walk
3 February 2019 Debate Night
10 February 2019 Shared Table Supper
17 February 2019 Cake and Catch-Up
24 February 2019 Cake and Catch-Up
3 March 2019 Trip to Manchester
10 March 2019 Lenten Prayer and Praise
17 March 2019 Film Night
28 April 2019 Meadows Walk and Supper
5 May 2019 Shared Table Supper
12 May 2019 Walk up the canal
19 May 2019 Prayer and Praise
26 May 2019 Walk down the canal
2 June 2019 End of Year Chinese Meal

Residential Nursing Home services
Commencing September 2018
Regular visits to each nursing home every 4-6 weeks

Eucharistic Ministers Review Sessions
Next programme May 2020

Readers Review Sessions
Next programme May 2019
Dates and times to be confirmed
There will be several sessions and varying times
Every Eucharistic Minister must attend one of the sessions

Holy Week Readers and Welcomers Meeting
Wednesday 10 April 2019 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm Parish House
All Holy Week readers and welcomers, including those from Rowton, must attend

Readers Group
Usually 3rd Monday of the month
7.00 - 8.00 pm Parish House
Note: No meetings in August or December
See Parish Newsletter for any other changes

Holy Week Readers and Welcomers Meeting
Wednesday 10 April 2019 7.00 - 8.00 pm Parish House
All Holy Week readers and welcomers,
including those from Rowton, must attend

Altar Servers
Contact Gerry Tighe for information
Tel: 01244 319353 or Email: g.tighe@btinternet.com
Wednesday 26 December 2018 10.00 am: St Stephen's Day Mass
Enrolment of new Altar Servers into the Guild of St Stephen
Thursday 27 December 2018 7.00 pm
Christmas Treat - Rock'n'Roll Panto Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Liturgy Group (all welcome)
Tuesday 7.00 pm (except where indicated)
18 September 2018
23 October 2018
21 November 2018 (Wednesday)
11 December 2018
29 January 2019
26 March 2019
21 May 2019 (shared table)

Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC)
Third Wednesday of every other month 7.30 pm
St Francis Church Hall
Commencing September 2018

Catholic Women's League
(Shrewsbury Diocesan Branch)
St Francis Church Hall - 2nd Monday of the month
January - March after Midday Mass
April - December 7.30 pm
New members always welcome
contact Marian Curtis on 01244 341307

St Vincent de Paul Society
Parish Meetings
Parish House
Twice monthly: Usually 2nd Monday at 1.30 pm
and last Wednesday at 6.30 pm
Note: There will be notification of any changes in dates/venue
 
Events for the Elderly and Housebound
Autumn Mass
Sunday 23 September 2018 2.30 pm Primary School
Afternoon Tea at Catholic High School
Wednesday 12 December 2018 2.30 pm
Nursing Home Remembrance Day Service
Thursday 15 November 2018 11.00 am Grosvenor Gardens (formerly Crawford's Walk)
Advent Reconciliation Service
Saturday 24 November 2018 10.30 am St Werburgh's Church
Nursing Home Carols
Thursday 13 December 2018 Grosvenor Gardens am/Oaklands pm
Christmas Lunch
Saturday 12 January 2019 12.30 pm Primary School
Lent Reconciliation Service
Saturday 6 April 2019 10.30 am St Werburgh's Church
Spring Mass
Sunday 28 April 2019 2.30 pm Primary School
Summer Lunch
Wednesday 3 July 2019 12.00 noon
 
Regional Fund Raisers
Sunday 30 September 2018 1.30 pm
Sponsored walk from Parkgate
Saturday 9 February 2019 St Columba's
Holiday home music night
Wednesday 5 June 2019 7.30 pm Gladstone Theatre
Holiday home Theatre Night

Mental Health Support Group
Monday 7.00 pm Parish House (except where indicated)
1 October 2018
5 November 2018
3 December 2018
28 January 2019
4 March 2019
1 April 2019
7 May 2019
3 June 2019
29 July 2019


Refreshments after mid-day Mass
3rd Wednesday of each month (except where indicated)
19 September 2018
24 October 2018 (4th Wednesday)
14 November 2018 (2nd Wednesday)
16 January 2019
27 February 2019 (4th Wednesday)
20 March 2019 (Lenten Lunch)
10 April 2019 (2nd Wednesday Lenten Lunch)
15 May 2019
19 June 2019
17 July 2019


Heritage Open Days 2018
Thursday 6 September - Sunday 9 September 2018
10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Parish Heritage Walks
Wednesday 7 November 2018 evening University and Garden Quarter
Wednesday 8 May 2019 1.30 pm Liverpool Synagogue
Wednesday 19 June 2019 6.00 pm Canal Basin

Music Group Practice
Monday 7.00 pm
10 September 2018
8 October 2018
12 November 2018 (First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass 25 November)
10 December 2018
14 January 2019
11 February 2019
11 March 2019
8 April 2019 (Palm Sunday 14 April)
13 May 2019
10 June 2019 (First Holy Communion Celebration Mass 23 June)
15 July 2019

Choir
Thursday 7.30-8.30 pm
September - Christmas 2018
Practices
20 and 27 September; 4, 11 and 18 October; 15, 22 and 29 November; 6, 13 and 20 December
Special pieces planned for:
Thursday 1 November 7.30 pm All Saints
Sunday 2 December 1st Sunday of Advent
Monday 24 December 11.30 pm Carols and Midnight Mass
January - Easter 2019
Practices
17, 24 and 31 January; 7, 14 and 18 February; 14, 21 and 28 March; 4 and 11 April
Special pieces planned for:
Sunday 3 February St Werburgh's Day
Wednesday 6 March 7.30 pm Ash Wednesday
Sunday 24 March 3rd Sunday of Lent
Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 April Easter Triduum
May - June 2019
Practices
9, 16 and 23 May; 6, 13, 20 and 27 June
Special pieces planned for:
Thursday 30 May 7.30 pm Ascension
Sunday 9 June Pentecost
Sunday 16 June Trinity Sunday
Sunday 23 June Corpus Christi
Sunday 30 June SS Peter and Paul

Concerts, recitals and drama
"First Fridays" 7.30 pm
7 September 2018 Graham Eccles - Organ
5 October 2018 Chester Maile Voice Choir
2 November 2018 Luke Moulsher and Cat Jones
7 December 2018 Chester Cathedral Nave Choir
3 May 2019  
7 June 2019  
5 July 2019  
2 August 2019  
6 September 2019  
4 October 2019  
8 November 2019 (note 2nd Friday)  
6 December 2019  
Other events
Monday 24 September 2018 7.30 pm Chester and NE Wales Organists and Choir Masters Association organ improvisation event. An improvisation, talk and 'have a go'
Sunday 11 November 2018 3.00 pm Chester Youth Theatre: Wilfred and Susan (original drama based on the life of Wilfred Owen)
Saturday 22 December 2018 7.30 pm Chester Bach Singers Christmas Concert
Saturday 16 February 2019 7.30 pm Chester Bach Singers

Catholic Enquiry Course
Wednesday 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm Parish House
19 September 2018
3 October 2018
14 October 2018
31 October 2018
14 November 2018
28 November 2018
12 December 2018
16 January 2019
30 January 2019
13 February 2019
27 February 2019
13 March 2019

Marriage preparation days
Saturday 11.00 am - 5.00 pm Parish House
29 September 2018
17 November 2018
23 March 2019
18 May 2019
28 September 2019
23 November 2019

Confirmation
Tuesday 27 November 2018 7.00pm St Columba's
Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Mark
Autumn 2019
Organised by St Werburgh's
Watch for publicity summer 2019
Sacrament of Confirmation at St Clare's

First Sacraments Programme
The Sacrament of Forgiveness
Tuesday 2 October 2018 6.30 pm Parish House Introductory meeting just for parents whose children are not at our primary school
Thursday 8 November 2018 6.30 pm Parish House Meeting for parents and children not at our primary school
Monday 12 November 2018 7.00 pm Primary School Baptismal Service and introductory meeting for all parents
Monday 19 November 2018 7.00 pm Primary School Refresher Evening for parents (discussion and information about First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion)
Sunday 25 November 2018 10.15 am St Werburgh's Church Meeting followed by Enrolment Mass for all children and their families
Tuesday 4 December 2018 6.30 pm Parish House Meeting for parents and children not at our primary school
Monday 14 January 2019 7.00 pm Primary School  
Tuesday 22 January 2019 6.30 pm Parish House Meeting for parents and children not at our primary school
Saturday 26 January 2019 10.00 am St Werburgh's Church Children receive the Sacrament of Forgiveness
     
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Tuesday 12 February 2019 6.30 pm Parish House Meeting for parents and children not at our primary school
Tuesday 12 March 2019 6.30 pm Parish House Meeting for parents and children not at our primary school
Monday 18 March 2019 7.00 pm Primary School Parents' meeting: First Holy Communion information
Monday 25 March 2019 6.30 pm St Werburgh's Church Commentary Mass for children and their families
Tuesday 30 April 2019 6.30 pm Parish House Meeting for parents and children not at our primary school
 
Families can choose their child's First Holy Communion Date from any of the Sundays in May
 
Sunday 23 June 2019 10.45 am St Werburgh's Church Parish First Holy Communion Celebration Mass
Tuesday 25 June 2019 10.00 am Primary School Primary School First Holy Communion Celebration Mass

Father Paul study leave

The three-year teaching programme at Ampleforth came to a close this summer, August 2018. During that time I travelled up to the Monastery on a Friday every three weeks or so to lead the Novices and Juniors from Ampleforth, Stanbrook and Belmont in a Philosophy Programme.

In its place, I’m going to be exploring if any of the work I’ve been doing on Dickens over the last four years is any good or not. There is only one way to find out, and that’s to take it into the University world of Dickens Scholarship, show it to other people, and wait for their resounding raspberries. So, as a first step, I have three short periods of Study Leave over the next year, when I shall be boring folk other than the poor Parishioners of St Werburgh’s with my ideas on the Great Man.

Sunday 14 - Thursday 18 October 2018
Saturday 16 - Wednesday 20 February 2019
Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 June 2019