St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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 12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Melissa Anderson

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Alan Kilfoyle (4th Anniversary)


Monday 7th May: Ferial: Acts 16, 11-15; Psalm 149; John 15,26 – 16,4

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Judith Edwards (L.D. Denbigh)

[No University Mass - Bank Holiday]


Tuesday 8th May: Ferial: Acts 16, 22-34; Psalm 137; John 16, 5-11

8.00 am: Poor Clares Hawarden: For Guidance

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marcus McCann (Birthday Remembrance)


Wednesday 9th May: Ferial: Acts 17,15 – 18,1; Psalm 148; John 16, 12-15

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Motley (L.D.)



Acts 1, 1-11; Psalm 46; Ephesians 4, 1-13; Mark 16, 15-20

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Tom Longridge (L.D.)

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Joan Baxter

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Philip McCabe (L.D.)


Friday 11th May: Ferial: Acts 18, 9-18; Psalm 46; John 16, 20-23

11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Anne Grimes


Saturday 12th May: Ferial: Acts 18, 23-28; Psalm 46; John 16, 23-28

10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Abigail Catherine Fletcher

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Saunders (L.D. Durham)



Acts 1, 15-26; Psalm 102; I John 4, 11-16; John 17, 11-19

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Saunders (L.D. Durham)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving for 10th Anniversary of Reception into Church

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Richard Spencer (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Joshua Michael Ward

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marcus McCann (Birthday Remembrance)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Freda Lloyd, Henri Diacono, Wendy O’Brien, Ruth O’Kane, Iris Philp, James Donovan, Garth Stocking, Kevin Maguire, Christine Davies, Michael Morton; and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Emiliana Manfredi Lewis, Anne Grimes and Maureen Moran; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: John Clarke, Connie Parry, Eileen Donavan, Helen Moran, Albert Austin, Thomas Conboy, George Parry, Julia King, Patrick Smith, Anne Mulheirn, David Spence, Mary Hayes, John Hannon, David Gardner, James McGowan Scanlon, Thomas Dolan, Bill Borthwick, Anthony Costello and Benny Brookfield. 

May They All Rest in Peace.


Parish events


St Werburgh’s Parish Safeguarding

New team in place now and we will be reviewing the DBS Clearance of all our volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults. Top priority: SVP, Home Holy Communion EM’s, Children’s Liturgy, FHC Catechists and Confirmation Catechists. We’ll inform you if you need Clearance and arrange a good time for it.

Bulbs for the Front Garden: Thank You!

Last chance if you’d like to donate any this week.

King’s School Concert This Afternoon – 2.30 pm

The choir have 12 anthems to sing - Music by Byrd, Stanford, Duruflé, Fauré, Haydn, Bullock, Ireland, Farrant and Gjeilo. All warmly welcome!

Message from the Catholic High School

“We are hoping to start a praise and worship music group in the local area of Chester and Ellesmere Port and are currently seeking a pianist and drummer. We will be performing on a fairly regular basis and wish to play similar music to Tim Hughes, Michael W Smith and Matt Redman.  If you are/know of any competent pianists or drummers above the age of 18 please contact Ant Hunt on 07714 160 268.”

SVP Theatre Night – ‘Dial M for Murder’ 

7.30 pm Wednesday 6th June Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight – always a great night out. Tickets at £9 will be available for sale after Masses this weekend and next weekend, 12th/13th May.

SVP Second Collection to support their summer outing for the Elderly and Housebound will take place at all Masses on 19th/20th May.

Great War Study Group

Next meeting is Wednesday 9th May at 2.00 pm in the Parish House.

Trip to St Giles Cheadle on Monday 21st May

We leave the lay-by outside St John’s Church (next to the amphitheatre) at 8.45 am prompt.

Newsletter Sick List

Excellent response. Seven of the ten names have been “owned” with the request they stay on. One was owned and asked to be taken off. Three awaiting ownership: Iris Philp, Christine Davies and Michael Morton. Any information, please?

Annual Financial Return – Headline Figures

  • Income: £124,809. Expenditure: £108,750.
  • Operating Surplus: £16,059. Full Annual Return now on the Notice Board at back of church.

First Friday Recitals at 7.30 pm

Super recital from Toby Stanford on Friday – what a talented pianist! Good luck, Toby, with starting Uni this autumn. Best wishes from the Werbies!

Repository 2nd Hand Sale Continuing Today

Photo of the Week: Fr Gerry Courell

A very popular Curate here Baptising Huw in 1960. He went on to be PP in Neston.

Meetings & Events This Week

Tuesday 2.00 pm: Eucharistic Ministers’ Review

Wednesday 10.00: Eucharistic Ministers’ Review

Thursday 8.00 pm: Choir

Ascension Holyday - Thursday 10th May

Usual 3 Masses: 7.30 am, 12.15 pm & 7.30 pm.

Catholic Enquiry Course

Thank you for all the offers of help that have come in – anyone else like to be involved?

Evergreen Shrub by Disabled Entrance

Going, going… (Yew’ll miss me when I’m gone?)

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.

First Holy Communions Begin This Sunday

At 9.00 am we welcome Matthew Cartmilll; and at 10.45 Ellie Anderson, Lilu Hughes, Joshua Jones, Matilda Kehoe, Amber Lacey, Nino Mansutti, Megan Meenan, Harry Newman, Oisin O’Malley, Mateusz Salamon, Harry Smith and Fletcher Witley. Please keep them all, and their families, in your prayers on this very special day.

Eucharistic Ministers’ Review Meetings – May

Will ALL EM’s please sign up for one Meeting?

Remember, please, these are compulsory.

  • 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

Last chance for comments this week, please.

CathSoc Sunday Evenings This Term at 7.00 pm

  • 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

And finally…

Always good to congratulate Parishioners when they receive awards and honours. Delighted for them. Jealous? Me? No, not in the least. Why would I be? Not that a measly little DBE or Knighthood would exactly hurt them. So, truly honoured in the week to get one medal at last – for my 100th Blood Donation! On the Altar for you all to admire. But do you find the idea of 100 people out there walking around with a pint of Papa P’s finest in their veins as scary as I do?