St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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 & Housebound – all welcome
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mary Devine (L.D., Chester)

Monday 24th September: Our Lady of Walsingham: Galatians 4, 4-7; Ps Luke 1; John 19, 25-27
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes (Anniversary)
1.05 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome!
2.30 pm: Helsby Methodists: Funeral Service for Gladys Delap

Tuesday 25th September: Ferial: Proverbs 21, 1-13; Psalm 118; Luke 8, 19-21
8.00 am: Poor Clares Hawarden: Special Intention
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Edward (Edinburgh)
4.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Reception into Church of Annemarie Jones

Wednesday 26th September: Ferial: Proverbs 30, 5-9; Psalm 118; Luke 9, 1-6
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Annemarie Jones, late of Haygarth Heights
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peggy Power (3rd Anniversary)

Thursday 27th September: St Vincent de Paul: Ecclesiasticus 1, 2-11; Psalm 89; Luke 9, 7-9
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne

Friday 28th September: Ferial: Ecclesiasticus 3, 1-11; Psalm 143; Luke 9, 18-22
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Primary School Mass in Church
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Maureen (Mo) Johnson, late of Huntington

Saturday 29th September: The Archangels: Daniel 7, 9-14; Psalm 137; John 1, 47-51
9.30 – 10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John and Sarah Collins

Numbers 11, 25-29; Psalm 18; James 5, 1-6; Mark 9, 38-48

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John and Sarah Collins
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Owen Gresty Diaconate Ordination Thanksgiving
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Eustachy (Stan) Nowakowski (L.D.)
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Poppy Ann Ward
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Isabelle Walter George Riddell
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Sheila Fields

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 Gillian Yeoman, David Gray, Gladys Delap, Annemarie Jones, Mo Johnson and Frederick Hatton; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Margaret Ball, Jack Dodd, Dennis Green, William Meredith, Fr John Lennon, Eileen Doyle, Peggy Power, Eileen Power, Mary Pritchard, Ellen Holding, Alice Bath, William Kearns, Helen Cornes, Francis Horton, David Serdiville, Andrzet Zopoph, Giuseppina Sarandis and George Taylor. May They All Rest in Peace.


Parish events

Bag Snatch in Church Last Wednesday

Very unpleasant incident in church last Wednesday during the 12.15 pm Mass: a man wandered in half way through, stood at the back and then, as people were coming up to Communion, snatched someone’s handbag and ran off. Thanks to quick witted parishioners he was immediately spotted, and some gave chase. He ran into the park, he was confronted, and the bag snatched back again. Deo Gratias! Huge thanks to Dr Tricia for being the hero of the hour. Everyone, please take great care of bags and possessions during Mass, and definitely take them with you when you coming to Communion.

Gillian Yeoman R.I.P.

Very sadly, Ruth Tierney’s mother Gill collapsed on her way into Church last Sunday Morning, as Ruth was getting ready for Children’s Liturgy. Despite the best efforts of paramedics and doctors, she could not be revived. But sincere thanks to our three parishioners who went to attend, Dr Anthony, Fr Anna and Dr Holly.

Forthcoming Funerals

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

  • 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
  • Gillian Yeoman: Friday 5th October at 11.00 am

Parish Council Elections Last Weekend.

Thanks everyone for participating. 178 voting papers returned, and 58 different parishioners received votes. Now we are contacting the two who received the most votes to invite them to serve. 154 supported the re-election of the current members of the Parish Council and 24 expressed no preference. No one voted no!

Parish Christmas Panto Outing: 27th December

Once again we are having an outing to the Rock n’ Roll Pantomime at Theatr Clwyd. This year it is “Dick Whittington and His Amazing Cat”. The show is bound to be a riot of fun and a wonderful evening will be had by all. BOOKING OPENS NEXT SUNDAY (30th SEPTEMBER) Adult tickets are £25.00 with under 16’s £15.00. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Great War Memorial

Starting to be erected, behind the sheet! Please resist the temptation to take a quick peek, as the sheet will easily fall down if too many tweak it. Just wait for Tuesday 6th November and Bishop Mark – you won’t be disappointed!

University Freshers’ Fair on Friday Next

Can anyone can give a hand on Friday, between 11.00 and 3.00 pm? List at the back of church.

Aid to the Church in Need in our Diocese

  • Saturday 6th October: Mass for Persecuted Christians, the Cathedral (12 noon)
  • Sunday 7th Oct: Talk on the Suffering Church in Iraq & Pakistan, St Columba’s Chester (3.00 pm)

Second Collection for Church Students Today

We now have eight seminarians at Saint Mary’s Oscott with a ninth man joining the course for former Anglican clergy. The House of Discernment at the Cathedral welcomed five new men on 31st August to begin a time of prayer, community, study and apostolic work while sharing in the life of our Cathedral Parish. Please pray for all our seminarians and discerners. Your help with the costs of training the next generation of Priests is hugely appreciated – Gift Aid envelopes available.

Mass for Diocesan Schools’ Commissioners

We are honoured to be asked to host this Mass on Wednesday 10th October at 6.00 pm, for the Education Leaders of all 22 Catholic Dioceses, in Conference here in Chester. Bishop Mark will preside, and we hope to welcome Archbishop Malcolm from Liverpool as well.

Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 25th

Any item to any Council Member, please.

SVP Autumn Mass for Elderly & Housebound

This afternoon, Sunday 23rd, 2.30 pm at the Primary School. All warmly welcome.

FHC Names Received: List Now Closed

Launch Meeting for Parents: Tues 2nd Oct, 6.30.

Marriage Prep Day Next Saturday, 29th

So, please note the earlier time for Confessions.

National Fitness Day is coming!

Join us for 2 free classes. Wednesday 26th September, St Anne's Park 10.15-10.45 am OR Brio Chester (Northgate Arena) 12.45-1.15 pm.
Bring a friend along - it's FREE.

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

Copies available if you missed out last week.

Refreshments After Mass Last Wednesday

Thanks, Denise and Team, for a lovely spread last Wednesday lunchtime – and the leftovers were happily consumed by the Cheshire Church Leaders on Thursday lunchtime!

Annual Diocesan Mass for Grandparents

12 noon on Saturday 13th October at St Hugh’s, West Timperley, Altrincham WA14 5NB.

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:

Re-Dedication of Church By Bishop Brian, in 2002.