St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Acts 9, 26-31; Psalm 21; I John 3, 18-24; John 15, 1-8

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mary Fazey (Birthday Remembrance)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: James Maher (L.D., Brighton)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Eileen Corcoran (Anniversary)
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Gerry Cummins (4th Anniversary)

Monday 30th April: Ferial: Acts 14, 5-18; Psalm 113; John 14, 21-26
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Haslam (22nd Anniversary)
1.05 pm: University Chapel – University Mass. All Welcome!
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Vigil Service for the late Emiliana Manfredi Lewis

Tuesday 1st May: St Joseph the Worker: Acts 14, 18-28; Psalm 144; John 14, 27-31
8.00 am: Poor Clares Hawarden: Thanksgiving
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Emanuel Catania (1st Anniversary)

Wednesday 2nd May: Saint Athanasius: Acts 15, 1-6; Psalm 121; John 15, 1-8
1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Emiliana Manfredi Lewis, late of Westminster Rd, Hoole
6.30 pm: Catholic High School: Leavers Mass for Year 11

Thursday 3rd May: Saints Philip and James: I Corinthians 15, 1-8; Psalm 18; John 14, 6-14
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Ray O’Brien (8th Anniversary)

Friday 4th May: The English Martyrs: Acts 7, 55-60; Psalm 30; Matthew 120, 17-20
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eucharistic Service
12.45 pm: Ampleforth Abbey Conventual Mass: Pat Maguire (24th Anniversary)

Saturday 5th May: Ferial: Acts 16, 1-10; Psalm 99; John 15, 18-21
11.30 am: Ampleforth Abbey: Solemn Profession of Br Benedict Donleavy OSB
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Rawsthorne (L.D.)

Acts 10, 25-48; Psalm 97; I John 4, 7-10; John 15, 9-17
Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Rawsthorne (L.D.)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Dennis Walsh (Birthday Remembrance and Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Bob Delap (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Alan Kilfoyle (4th Anniversary)

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Henri Diacono, Wendy O’Brien, Ruth O’Kane,
Iris Philp, James Donovan, Garth Stocking, Mary Lyons, Kevin Maguire, Christine Davies, Michael Morton; and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Ann McGowan Scanlon, Catherine Bottomley, Kathy Reynolds and Emiliana Manfredi Lewis; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Bridget O’Hara, Apollonia Marano, Sally Dunne, Margaret Holland, John McShane, Margaret Haslam, Richard Spencer, Tom Clisham, Janina Ratomski, Alan Kilfoyle, John Martinez, Terry Walshe, John Moore, Dorothy Arcari, Daisy Moran, Catherine Watkins, Christina Maguire, Bernard Gallagher, Kathleen Pickersgill, Thomas Kidd, Margaret Price, John Spencer, Thomas Raftery, Angela Lloyd, Humphrey Broad-Davies, Henry Joyce, Cora McHugh, Bernard Dodd, Bishop Joseph Gray and Denis Duckers. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

St Werburgh’s Parish Safeguarding

We have a new team in place now and will be reviewing the DBS Clearance of all our volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults. Those who haven’t been cleared or whose clearance is out of date will be our top priority over the coming weeks in the following five areas: SVP, Home Holy Communion EM’s, Children’s Liturgy, FHC Catechists and Confirmation Catechists. Please watch this space for more details and information.

Bulbs for the Front Garden: Thank You!

Wonderful response, so many kind gifts received. (They haven’t taken me long to dig in…) Please keep them coming: it’ll make for an even more colourful front garden this time next year.

Children’s Liturgy Re-Starts 22nd April 10.45 am

Many thanks to the Team, and we do hope they’ve had a break (oops!) over the Easter Hols. Two requests: for more parents to join us, and for only children aged four and over to join us, as it’s a Class, not a Creche!!

Trip to St Giles Cheadle on Monday 21st May

The coach is full, and all arrangements have now been finalised. We shall leave the lay-by outside St John’s Church (next to the amphitheatre) at 8.45 am prompt. Thank you for Menu Choice Forms and remittances received.

Newsletter Sick List

I’m bothered that some names have been on an awfully long time – many years in some cases – and we just don’t know if they need to be on or not. So, if there is a name there that you have asked to be put on, could you please identify yourself to me, so that we know who to contact for an update. If any name is not “owned” after six weeks, we will take it off.

“War-Torn Parish” – Copyright Libraries

The same request that we received for our first WWI Book, We Shall Remember Them: the five Legal Deposit Libraries require copies, as they do of every book published in the UK. Quiz Question: can you name them??

Free Table – Last Chance Today

Back of Church – Please Help Yourselves.

May Mags Now on News-Stand: £1 each

Day by Day and Sacred Heart Messenger

Annual Financial Return – Headline Figures

  • Income: £124,809. Expenditure: £108,750.
  • Operating Surplus: £16,059
  • Many thanks everyone, for another good year. Full Annual Return published next week.

Photographer’s Tripod for the Highest Bidder?

Delighted that it’s going to Samanta and Kris!

First Friday Recitals at 7.30 pm

Starting next Friday, 4th May with Toby Stanford, currently on a gap year before starting Uni, reading Music, and a superb pianist. Please take your Post Card with full details of the whole great “First Friday” Programme for 2018. It will be a lovely hour or so of music and refreshments!

Repository Sale: 2nd hand goods: Sun 29th April

Photo of the Week: Poor Clares, Hawarden


Fr Grumpy (Contd.)

Perennial request: when leaving mobile phone numbers on the answerphone, please…
“Leave Them Slowly and Leave Them Twice”.
We’ve had some beauties last week, still completely indecipherable after ten replays!

Meetings & Events This Week

Monday 7.00 pm: Great War Plaque Liturgy Group
Thursday at 7.30 pm: Choir
Friday at 7.30 pm: First Friday Recital

Ascension Holyday - Thursday 10th May

It’s back to the (proper!) Thursday this year!

Catholic Enquiry Course

I’ve always run this myself (martyr, martyr!) but the number of enquirers is steadily increasing, so time to ask: would anyone like to join me?

Evergreen Shrub by Disabled Entrance

Gardeners want to remove it: any objections? Placed there in memory of Great Uncle Obadiah in 1906? Do tell us before we get rid of it!

Adoremus Meeting Sunday 13th May at 3.00 pm

If you would like to attend the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool 7th – 9th September this year, please come to a meeting on Sun 13th May.
Full publicity next week.

First Holy Communions Begin Next Sunday

Compulsory Readers’ Review Meetings – May

Will ALL readers please sign up for one Meeting?

  • Tuesday 8th May 2.00-3.00 pm
  • Wednesday 9th May 10.00-11.00 am
  • Tuesday 15th May 10.00-11.00 am
  • Wednesday 30th May 7.00-8.00 pm
  • Thursday 31st May 7.00-8.00 pm

Great War Memorial Plaque: First Draft

Keep comments coming: you can’t be too picky!

CathSoc Sunday Evenings This Term at 7.00 pm

  • Sunday 29th April – Visit to Poor Clares
  • Sunday 6th May – Curry Evening
  • Sunday 13th May – Canal Walk to Christleton
  • Sunday 20th May – Debate Evening
  • Sunday 27th May – Geoff’s Canal Tour and Supper
  • Sunday 3rd June – End of Year Chinese Meal