St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Acts 2, 1-11; Psalm 103; Galatians 5, 16-25; John 15, 27-27

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mike Knox (L.D. Ellesmere Port) & Ursula Ratchford (Anniv)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Ursula Ratchford (Anniversary) & Mike Knox (L.D. Ellesmere Port)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Ottavio Stentella Lopes (3rd Anniversary)
Sunday 3.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marian Hour for Pentecost and the Month of May
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Barbara Noblet (L.D.)

Monday 21st May: The Dedication of the Cathedral: Ezekiel 47, 1-12; Psalm 45; John 2, 13-22
8.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Service for Maureen Moran, late of Alder Grove, Hoole
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: St Giles Cheadle: Mass for Parish Day Out to Staffordshire
Mass Intention: Golden Wedding Thanksgiving for John and Rita Crasta (Bangalore)
[No University Mass today or next Monday: Next Mass Monday 4th June at 1.05 pm]

Tuesday 22nd May: Ferial: James 4, 1-10; Psalm 54; Mark 9, 30-37
8.00 am: Poor Clares Hawarden: Private Intention
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Bill Borthwick

Wednesday 23rd May: Ferial: James 4, 13-17; Psalm 48; Mark 9, 38-40
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Frank Fecitt (L.D., Warrington)

Thursday 24th May: Our Lady Help of Christians: Prov 31, 10-31; Ps Jud 13; James 3, 13-18; Lk 1, 39-56
11.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Pat and Don Dowling and family
1.00 pm: Catholic High School: Weekly Voluntary Mass

Friday 25th May: St Bede the Venerable: James 5, 9-12; Psalm 102; Mark 10, 1-12
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Brian Boardman

Saturday 26th May: St Philip Neri: James 5, 13-20; Psalm 140; Mark 10, 13-16
9.00 - 10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Tom Swinburne and Ruth Heaton
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Karl Southern and Shelleen Davies
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Terry Collier (1st Anniversary)

Deuteronomy 4, 32-40; Psalm 32; Romans 8, 14-17; Matthew 28, 16-20

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Terry Collier (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: May Brierley (Birthday Remembrance and 7th Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Lucas Joseph Francis Pimblett
Sunday 1.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Jonathan Charles
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields (4th Anniversary)

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Matt Corcoran, 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 Maureen Moran and Eileen Doran; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Teresa Holt, Daisy Chesworth, Rodney Carrigan, Martha Pattison, Elsie Wilson, Dianne Roberts, John Carter, Charles Donachie, Carmela Calouri and Mick Fields. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Marian Holy Hour This Pentecost Afternoon

On Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit descended on Our Lady and the Apostles, gathered together in the Upper Room. This afternoon at 3.00 pm, let’s spend an hour pondering that Mystery.

Eileen Doran Funeral Thursday 31st May

Everyone knew Eileen and Jean, always at 9.00 Mass together and sharing a house for so many years. You might have thought they were sisters! Sadly, they have not been in the best of health recently, and Eileen went Home to the Lord last week. She hardly has a family member in the world – we were her family. I’m sure many of us would want to be there for her Requiem Mass on 31st May. Time tbc. May she rest in peace.

Congratulations to our Primary School!

Their Year 6 football team, 7 aside, won the National League Trust Under 11’s Cup at Wembley Stadium last Saturday. They had progressed through local and regional competitions, winning the semi-final in Bradford, and going on to represent the North against a primary from Dartford at Wembley. Coached by Year 6 teacher Matt Coaker with support from Chester City FC. Well done, team!

Next ‘First Friday’ Recital: Friday 1st June

Slight change of programme: Catherine is coming later in the series, and for June we welcome our good friend Andrew Wyatt from the Cathedral for what will be a sparkling Organ Recital.

Joseph Barnes

Carrying on his month’s Work Experience with us, and now expressing interest in joining the Buddhists… Any spare Saffron Robes, anyone?

SVP Second Collection Today

To support their summer outing for the Elderly and Housebound: at all Masses 19th/20th May.

Newsletter Sick List

Three not identified: Iris Philp, Christine Davies and Michael Morton. Any information, please? They will stay on till the end of June.

CathSoc Debate Night Tonight at 7.00 pm

“The House believes there should be no limits to free speech on university campuses”. All parishioners welcome!

And the walls came a-tumbling down…

Quote of the week when I asked the foreman if it had proved difficult: “No, not really – more sort of fell down…” Passageway back in use soon!

Parish Safeguarding Update

Wednesday morning, we are setting up the Computer Programmes – it’s all largely on-line these days – and then we swing into action.

Refreshments after Mass THIS Wednesday

Our very popular monthly get-together after Mass is Wednesday 23rd May. All warmly welcome. – and apologies for confusion over dates.

Photo of the Week: Christleton Salvatorians

A lovely relaxed group, 1968: any names?

Meetings & Events This Week

  • Tuesday 7.00 pm: Great War Plaque Group
  • Wednesday 12.45 pm: Refreshments after Mass
  • Wednesday 7.00 pm: Parish Council

Liturgy Group Shared Table Supper

Tuesday 29th May. Preparations start 2.00 am…

First Holy Communions Continue This Sunday

At 10.45 we welcome Thomas Anderson, Dominic and Philippa Egan, Diego Galan, Enya Gough, Annabelle Hughes, Abigail Maher, Freddie Newbrook, Martha Peggs, Malachy Peoples and Martha Stott. Please keep them and their families in your prayers on this very special day.

Eucharistic Ministers’ Review Meetings

EM’s, you must please sign up for one meeting:

  • Wednesday 30th May 7.00-8.00 pm
  • Thursday 31st May 7.00-8.00 pm

Great War Memorial

The tenders have come in, so Tuesday evening we start examining them all. Huge thanks to Kate and Pete for their amazing work here.

Music Group Playing at 10.45 am Mass Today

Monday’s Day Pilgrimage to Cheadle

Our coach departs from the lay-by outside St. John’s Church, next to the Amphitheatre, at 8.45 prompt. We hope to be back by 5.00 pm.

Chester Heritage Festival 22nd–30th June

  • Sunday 24th June 3.00 pm: A Talk on Chester 1918 and the Story of the remarkable Joseph Chambers (Rector of St. Werburgh’s 1903-1924).
  • Wednesday 27th June 2.00 pm: A Talk on Cosmopolitan Chester 1914-1918. All welcome.

Next Meeting of the Monthly Readers' Group

No Meeting in May but see you all on June 18th!

June Day by Day and SH Messenger Now on Sale

Diocesan Support Worker Needed…

…to assist the Diocesan Welfare Officer, visiting sick and retired priests. For further information please visit our website

Data Protection - GDPR

I’m at a Diocesan Training Day on Friday 25th May, so can update you all after that. In essence: why are we keeping this data and is it safe?