St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Isaiah 50, 5-9; Psalm 114; James 2, 14-18; Mark 8, 27-35

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mae Kay
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Dilys Ball (74th Birthday Remembrance)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Golden Wedding Thanksgiving - Ann and Sean Murphy
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Everley Grace Alexander
Sunday 2.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Memorial Service for Pauline Williams, late of Hooton
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Sproston (L.D.)

Monday 17th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 11, 17-33; Psalm 39; Luke 7, 1-10
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Mick and Val
1.05 pm: University Chapel: University Mass - All Welcome!

Tuesday 18th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 12, 12-31; Psalm 99; Luke 7, 11-17
8.00 am: Poor Clares Hawarden: Thanksgiving
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kay Byrne (L.D., Dublin)

Wednesday 19th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 12,31 - 13,13; Psalm 32; Luke 6, 20-26
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Molly Sinclair, née Bath (L.D., Nottingham)

Thursday 20th September: St Andrew Kim and Companions: I Cor 15, 1-11; Psalm 137; Luke 7, 36-50
11.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention

Friday 21st September: St Matthew: Ephesians 4, 1-13; Psalm 18; Matthew 9, 9-13
11.00 am - 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Hilda Jones (22nd Anniversary)
2.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Service for David Gray, late of Christleton

Saturday 22nd September: Ferial: I Corinthians 15, 35-37; Psalm 55; Luke 8, 4-15
10.30 am - 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Matilda Grace Monica Rigby
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Jane Huxley (L.D., Rossett)

Wisdom 2, 12-20; Psalm 53; James 3,16 – 4,3; Mark 9, 30-37

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Jane Huxley (L.D., Rossett)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Brian Boardman
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Richard Turner (9th Anniversary)
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Ava Dakers
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Isabelle Niamh Jones
Sunday 2.30 pm: Primary School: SVP Autumn Mass for the Elderly and Housebound - all welcome
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mary Devine (L.D., Chester)

Prayer intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Baby Arthur Horsdal, Patrick McKeown, Matt Corcoran, Henri Diacono, James Donovan, Garth Stocking and Kevin Maguire; and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially David Gray, Gladys Delap, Annemarie Jones, Mo Johnson and Frederick Hatton; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Jean Sullivan, Edward Hill, Janet Douglas, Kay Lockhart, Marjory Davies, Thomas Blythin, Geoffrey Hall, James Cotgrave, Clare Williams, Ron Roberts, Francis White, Canon Francis Murphy, Lilian Appleton, Alex Barnes, Richard Turner, Kathleen Burgess and John Winfield. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Music Group at 10.45 Today

Playing at 10.45 am Mass Sunday 16th September.

Forthcoming Funerals

Sadly, a number of funerals to report over coming weeks, for which advance notice:

  • David Gray: Friday 21st September at 2.00 pm
  • Gladys Delap: Monday 24th September at 2.30 pm
  • Annemarie Jones: Wed 26th Sept at 10.00 am
  • Mo Johnson: Friday 28th September at 12.00 noon
  • Frederick Hatton: Monday 1st October at 2.00 pm

Parish Council Elections This Weekend

Who’d you like to see replace John and Tobi, and do you wish the other members to continue on the Council? Your chance to vote TODAY!

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day

Senior Emergency Manager Robert Cruickshank will be speaking about CAFOD’s work in the drought-ridden areas of East Africa and Ethiopia in particular. All welcome to these free events: Monday 17th Sept at Holy Family Church, Sale M33 2HT, from 2-4 pm, and St Joseph’s Church, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2BB, from 7-9pm.

Family Fast Day Envelopes Available Today.

Next Readers Group Monday September 17th

7.00 pm in the presbytery for about an hour, to look at the readings for the next four weeks. As ever, all are very welcome, whether readers or not - do come along.

Catholic High School Parents’ Association

Year 7 and 8 Cheese and Wine Evening - All Year 7 and 8 parents and their children are invited to a Cheese and Wine Evening with a Family Quiz on Friday 21st September at 7.30 pm in the School Hall. An evening to meet and socialise with other parents. The event is free.

St Werburgh’s Guild of Altar Servers

We are delighted to welcome Matthew Cartmill as a trainee. He has joined Stephanie Pilliner and we hope that they will both be enrolled into the Guild of St Stephen on the 26th December. We shall then be awarding Silver Medals to two more of our Servers who will have completed ten years of service. Well done, one and all!

Children’s Liturgy Started Again Last Week

Thank you for the three wolunteers to join the Team. We’d still like a couple more, so that each member of the Team is only on once a month. Please see FP or Caroline if interested.

FHC Names

These are the names we believe have been submitted so far - but many apologies if you have sent in a name and it is not here. If so, please let us know as soon as possible. Stephen Anderson, Joseph Benson, Emma Burns, Gianluca Ditrolio, Gabriel and Bibi Green, May Haydock, William Jackson, Joshua Johnson, Alasdair McArdle, Ellie O’Farrell, Katya, Kolya and Deborah Pleszak, Rachel Prior, James Rowson, Lily Willett and Ugne Zvirblinskaite

‘Cycling and Walking Strategy’ for Chester

The Council are particularly interested in people who are not affiliated to a cycling club, but occasionally use a cycle, or do not cycle and would like to. If you have not already taken part in the survey please could you do so at The survey takes about 4 minutes to complete.

Red Box Missions

Bernie will be at the 9.00 am, 10.45 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Sunday 23rd Sept to collect any red boxes ready for emptying. Anyone who wants to bring it to the Saturday Mass at Rowton can give their box to Kath and Brian Haslam.

St Werburgh’s Parish Diaries for 2018-2019

This weekend we will be distributing the Parish Diaries for the whole of the twelve months ahead. It’s a Herculean Labour every year, but so worthwhile, meeting so many needs in the Parish, as we’ll explain today.

Refreshments After Mass on Wednesday

Next Wednesday, 19th September, we pick up again our very enjoyable Monthly Refreshments After Mass. If you’ve never joined us, I can assure you of a very warm welcome.

Shrewsbury Lourdes’ Hospitality AGM

2.00 pm Sunday 23rd September at St Chad’s, Stockport Road, Cheadle, SK8 2AF.

Annual Diocesan Mass for Grandparents

12 noon on Saturday 13th October at St Hugh’s, West Timperley, Altrincham WA14 5NB. Please bring your family to celebrate and give thanks for the part you play in the lives of your grandchildren. Afterwards there will be refreshments. Car park behind the church.

New Catholic Enquiry Course in September

First Class is Wednesday 19th September at 7.30 pm. All non-Catholics warmly welcome!

Next First Friday Recital - 5th October

We welcome back our old friends, Chester Male Voice Choir. They have a lovely selection of music for us, featuring two young soloists as well as the Choir. And a special echo this time of a hundred years ago, the end of the Great War.

Photo of the Week: Our New Great War Memorial

Taking shape beautifully, ready for Tuesday 6th November when Bishop Mark comes for its Solemn Blessing and Dedication. Get that date in your Diary today, 7.00 pm!!

Dickens Update - Final Instalment!

The novels, the journalism, the letters: what else did he write? Two travel books (430pp); two books for children (530); Christmas Books and Stories (1,160); Speeches (450); and all the Working Notes and Diaries (500). Grand total? 23,500 pages. An absolutely compulsive writer! And a very compulsive read as well. Next week: where do we go from here?