St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

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I Kings 19, 9-13; Psalm 84; Romans 9, 1-5; Matthew 14, 22-33

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Terry Collier (L.D.)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh's: Jane and David Kluth 58th Wedding Anniversary

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh's: Hannah Hill (2nd Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh's: Bryan McCabe (Anniversary)


Monday 14th August: St Maximilian Kolbe: Deuteronomy 10, 12-22; Psalm 147; Matthew 17, 22-27

12.15 pm: St Werburgh's: Eucharistic Service

Intention in Rome: Hannah Hill (2nd Anniversary) 


Apocalypse 1,19 - 12,10; Psalm 44; I Corinthians 15, 20-26; Luke 1, 39-56

10.00 am: St Werburgh's: Requiem Mass for Peggy O'Dea, late of Faulkner Street, Hoole (Fr Isidore)

12.15 pm: St Werburgh's: Intentions of Maura Davies-Patrick (Fr Colin)

Intention in Rome: David and Jane Kluth 58th Wedding Anniversary


Wednesday 16th August: Ferial: Deuteronomy 34, 1-12; Psalm 65; Matthew 18, 15-20

12.15 pm: St Werburgh's: Eucharistic Service 

Intention in Rome: Pat and Gerry Cummins


Thursday 17th August: Ferial: Joshua 3, 7-17; Psalm 113; Matthew 18,2 - 19,1

12.15 pm: St Werburgh's: Eucharistic Service

Intention in Rome: Terry and Ann Collier


Friday 18th August: Ferial: Joshua 24, 1-13; Psalm 135; Matthew 19, 3-12

12.15 pm: St Werburgh's: Eucharistic Service

Intention in Rome: For All Those Seeking Employment


Saturday 19th August: Ferial: Joshua 24, 14-29; Psalm 15; Matthew 19, 13-15

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Intentions of Philip and Sara

Intention in Rome: Intentions of MP 



Isaiah 56, 1-7; Psalm 66; Romans 11, 13-32; Matthew 15, 21-28

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Intentions of Philip and Sara

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh's: Intentions of Patricia Hannah

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh's: Jean Foster

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh's: Rachael Andrews

Intention in Rome: Gillian and Mike Rogers 40th Wedding Anniversary Thanksgiving

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Iris Philp, James Donovan, Garth Stocking, Ann McGowan-Scanlan, Mary Lyons, Kevin Maguire, Christine Davies, Michael Morton; and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Bernie Booth, Janice Cartwright, Norman Haggart, Helen Cole, Peggy O'Dea; and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Anne Lynch, Doris Kavanagh, Margaret Smith, Paddy Power, Robert Fergus, Canon Vincent Turnbull, Alice Beatty, John Gannon, Elizabeth Sholl, Jean Foster and Bridget Jones. Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Don't Pretend You're Going to Miss Me…

Away Monday early and back on Friday 1st Sept. Delighted to welcome our dear friend Fr Colin Wilson for the Weekend Masses for the next fortnight, and many thanks to our Ministers for leading Eucharistic Services on the Weekdays.  

Syd Jones, Our Parish Secretary

In charge while I am away, more than ably assisted by Denise. Office Hours are Mon, Wed and Friday 9.00-12.00. They can be contacted then, or a message left on the answerphone. They will also pick up emails. Please don't ring them at home unless it is an absolute emergency.

House and Church Alarm

While I am away, this will be set at 6.00 pm each evening and switched off at 9.00 am. (8.00 Sun).

Shrewsbury Diocesan Lourdes AGM

2.00 pm on Sunday 17th September at St Wilfrid's Parish Centre, Wilton Street, Northwich, CW9 5NP.  Please spread the word to members of the Hospitality not residing within the Diocese.  Any queries, please contact Kath Emsley, Secretary to the Hospitality, at

St Werburgh's Mental Health Support Group

Two meetings so far, but unmistakeably we have tapped into something very real. Some clear areas have emerged: Living with Depression; The Challenges of Eating Disorders; Bi-Polar Conditions; Alcoholic Addictions; Life after Suicide; and Coping with Dementia. I'm sure others will emerge as we go on. Question: keep the Group general or "sub-groups" along the lines above? Question: keep it as essentially a Support Group, or invite specialist input from people working in these areas? Answers will emerge as we go on. But an extraordinary and powerful mixture of "carers" and "experiencers", and that's working well. Next meetings: Tuesday 19th September; Tuesday 17th October; Friday 24th November. All 7.00 pm in the Parish House. Everyone warmly welcome.

Great War Memorial Planning Group

If you spot a MODERN plaque anywhere near Chester you like the look of, please let us know!

Tuesday August 15th Holyday of the Assumption

12.15 pm Mass, kindly said by Fr Colin. 

Photo of the Week: St Werburgh's Dublin!

A church of this name has been on the site close to Dublin Castle since 1178. The current church was built in 1719 at a cost of £8,000. It had a large spire. Following the uprising in 1798 concerns were raised over the spire as a security risk as it overlooked Dublin Castle. The spire was removed in 1810. Thanks, John, for sending it in!

 St Werburgh's Dublin 1

Confirmation Catechists

Meeting please Monday 4th Sept, 7.00 pm 

First Holy Communions Classes 2017-18

For children at Non-Catholic Primary Schools: please contact FP by phone or email before 5th Sept, if you would like your child to prepare for their First Holy Communion. Only another few weeks to get those names in, folks!

Mass Intentions for Rome

  • Monday 14th Aug: Hannah Hill (2nd Anniversary)
  • Tuesday 15th Aug: Jane & David Kluth Wedd. Ann. 
  • Wednesday 16th Aug: Pat and Gerry Cummins
  • Thursday 17th Aug: Terry and Ann Collier
  • Friday 18th Aug: For All Seeking Employment
  • Saturday 19th Aug: Intentions of MP
  • Sunday 20th Aug: Gillian & Mike Rogers 40th Anniv
  • Monday 21st Aug: Dilys Ball & Emilio Pidutti
  • Tuesday 22nd Aug: James Shyne (10th Anniv)
  • Wednesday 23rd Aug: Ted & Alethea Griffin
  • Thursday 24th Aug: Hilda Jones (21st Anniv)
  • Friday 25th Aug: Ints of Syd & Denise Jones
  • Saturday 26th Aug: Ints of Carol Lorraine Miller
  • Sunday 27th Aug: John Farrell
  • Monday 28th Aug: Ints of the Lawton Family
  • Tuesday 29th Aug: Mario Vitelli
  • Wednesday 30th Aug: Intentions of Frank Burrell
  • Thursday 31st Aug: Colin & Nora Reddy
  • Friday 1st Sept: Intentions of the Pope Family 

Coming Up at the Poor Clares, Hawarden

  • Friday 1st September - Learn a Craft!
  • Tuesday 5th September - Craft Chat!

APF Red Box Missions Annual Collection

Bernie will be at all the Masses on 2nd/3rd Sept if you could bring in your box clearly labelled & give to Bernie.  Number for queries: 340768.

Holiday Reading - Dickens

Some things are so predictable, aren't they? For the last twelve months, I have been stuck into the Letters, all 14,000 of them, magnificently edited over a period of 35 years by Professor Kathleen Tillotson and her team. In 12 volumes! I'm finishing Vol 6, and hoping to read Vols 7 and 8 in Rome. Should keep me out of mischief!

Minor Works Projects in September

We have some work to do on the Church Roof and Guttering/Drain Pipes, which the Diocese have surveyed and put out to tender. Hopefully done in September. About £30,000 - and most of that is the scaffolding! Also in September, we want to move forward on our "Minor Works" List. 

Reformation Talks in October: 1517-2017

Friday 13th - Chester's Two Martyrs; Friday 20th - Why was John Fisher the only Bishop who refused to Sign? Friday 27th - How Catholic Was Shakespeare? All here in Church, 7.30 pm.