St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Daniel 12, 1-3; Psalm 15; Hebrews 10, 11-18; Mark 13, 24-32

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Intentions of Craig McDonnell
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes (Birthday Remembrance)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers (2nd Anniversary)
Sunday 2.00–4.00 pm: Blacon: Blessing of Graves at Blacon Cemetery – All Welcome
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields

Monday 19th November: Ferial: Apocalypse 1,1 – 2,5; Psalm 1; Luke 18, 35-43
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Renée Brandon (L.D. Funeral this morning at St Agnes, West Kirby)
11.00 am: Crabwall Hall NH, Mollington: Service for Residents and Families
12.30 pm: University Chapel: University Mass for Students and Staff – All Welcome!
2.00 pm: Wrexham Crem., Pentrebychan: Funeral Service for Brian Roberts, late of Belfast

Tuesday 20th November: Ferial: Apocalypse 3, 1-22; Psalm 14; Luke 19, 1-10
8.00 am: Poor Clares Hawarden: Special Intention
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John McHugh

Wednesday 21st November: Presentation of the BVM: Zech 2, 14-17; Ps Luke 1; Matt 12, 46-50
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne (Anniversary)

Thursday 22nd November: St Cecilia: Apocalypse 5, 1-10; Psalm 149; Luke 19, 41-44
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Edward

Friday 23rd November: Ferial: Apocalypse 10, 8-11; Psalm 118; Luke 19, 45-48
11.00 am: Blacon: Burial of Ashes for Mo Johnson
11.00 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Betty and Michael McDonnell

Saturday 24th November: St Andrew Dung-Lac & Comps: Apoc 11, 4-12; Ps 143; Luke 20, 27-40
10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: SVP Reconciliation Service for the Elderly and Housebound
10.45 am – 12.00 Noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Meara Rose O’Sullivan
4.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Service for the Renewal of Vows of Dawn and Andrew Hewson
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Adrian Crossley (L.D.)

Daniel 7, 13-14; Psalm 92; Apocalypse 1, 5-8; John 18, 33-37

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Adrian Crossley (L.D.)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Anne Dudley (6th Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: FHC Enrolment Mass: Intentions of our FHC Children
Sunday 2.00 – 4.00 pm: Blacon: Blessing of Graves at Overleigh Cemetery – All Welcome
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rachael Andrews

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Lorraine McKeown, James Catterson, Ruth O’Kane, 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 Brian Roberts; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Thomas Burrows, Sally Stanton, Roy Galland, Amelia Callaghan, Michael Hayward, Veronica Evans, Eric Tasker, John Owens, Mary Anderson, Dorothy Colley, Roger Doidge, Gary O’Reilly, Peter Croft, Baby Ella Louise Axon, Tony Fields, Leigh Johnson and Mary Hatton. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Memorial Blessing Booklets

A few Booklets left over from 6th November if anyone would like one as a souvenir.

John Manifold Legacy

We were very touched and grateful to be remembered in the Will of John Manifold, a Parishioner for many years. His last address here was Steven Court, behind the Crossed Foxes, where Pauline faithfully brought him Holy Communion for so long. His Bequest will just about cover the cost of the Great War Memorial, very appropriate as so many of those men came from the Steven Street area. Thank you, John, and God reward you in the Life Eternal.

Plaque, Lectern and Leather-Bound Book

Do give them a good look, in the War Memorial Chapel, and both produced by local Craftsmen.

Christmas Coffee Morning Friday 30th Nov

At Festival Church, Queen Street, 10.30-2.00 pm, to raise funds for the Hospice. Anne Collier is organising this, and she’d be very grateful for offers of help (313409).

University Mass on Monday

Slightly earlier time, 12.30 pm, owing to 2.00 pm Funeral at Pentrebychan.

Waste Bin in Church

Under the Newspaper Table, for any non-renewable waste, eg used paper handkerchiefs…

Music Group – Christ the King

Playing Sunday 25th, for the First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass, 10.45 pm.

Liturgy Group Meeting

Moved from Wed 21st to Mon 26th, 7.00 pm, as I have an afternoon Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday in Sheffield for one of our former High School Students. Always a joy to see them graduate, cap and gown, cheesy photos…!

Visiting Edward in Edinburgh

Just over a year since his climbing accident, and he has performed miracles, in his wheelchair, in his specially adapted car, back in Edinburgh to complete his fourth and final year of Uni. I’m going up for a visit on Thursday – he doesn’t want me to, but that’s tough. Delighted to take any cards or small gifts with me.

CAFOD Christmas Gift Catalogue

Now on the table at the back of Church, if you fancy giving Aunt Maisie a Goat this year.

Diocesan “Voice” Magazine – Free!

Also on the Table at the back of church.

Nursing Home Services – Pinetum Next

Services at Grosvenor Manor (Heath Lane) and Crabwall Hall (Mollington) really up and running now. Next plate to be set spinning: Pinetum!

Next meeting of the Readers' Group

Monday next (tomorrow) at 7-00 pm for about an hour, in the Parish House. We look at the Mass Readings for the next four weeks. Everyone very warmly welcome to join us! 

Mass for the Recently Bereaved Last Tuesday

Beautiful Mass last Tuesday for the families for whom we’ve conducted Funerals over the last three years. This seems to be really appreciated, as we write to them all personally, especially those who do not attend here regularly and may not have any other public way of marking their friend or family member’s anniversaries.

CathSoc Sunday Shared Table Supper

Tonight, 7.00 pm. Remember, “Made, not Bought!” It’ll mean another 2.00 am start for me, but aren’t our Students just so worth it?

Poor Clares Departure Date

Looks as if, at long last, they may have a departure date. It’ll be on our Newsletter, for those who’d like to wave them farewell.

November Month of the Holy Souls

  • Sunday 18th Nov: Blessings at Blacon
  • Sunday 25th Nov: Blessings at Overleigh
  • Friday 30th Nov: Mass of the Holy Souls

Refreshments after Mass Last Wednesday

2.00 am once again, but seeing those little faces wreathed in smiles as they tucked into my Chicken and Bacon sandwiches made it all so worthwhile. Lemon Drizzle Cake? To die for.

St Werburgh’s Great War Books on Sale Now

£10 sb, £20 hb. Ideal Christmas Presents.

SVP Elderly & Housebound Reconciliation Service

Sat Nov 24th at 10.30. Transport provided, all welcome. For further information contact Stephen Perry on 07775 781204.

Switching Off Radiators in Church

Whoever’s doing this, would they please stop? We can’t have a warm church with them off!

October Mass Count 2018

Another top year: average 636 over the 4 Sundays
Sat 6.00 pm Av = 59; Sun 9.00 am Av = 183;
Sun 10.45 am Av = 235; Sun 6.00 pm Av = 159.
Total Average for the Four Sundays = 636
2011 = 589; 2012 = 594; 2013 = 624; 2014 = 636; 2015 = 617; 2016 = 601; 2017 = 642; 2018 = 636.

Wilfred and Susan – Sunday 11th Nov 3.00 pm

Thanks, everyone - another super dramatic production, based on the Letters between Wilfred Owen and his mother, Susan.

Photo of the Week: Cancun, Mexico

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception – and just look at that view behind the altar! Thanks Steve, Diane, Ronan and Madam.

Results of Recent Collections and Wall Boxes

  • Clergy Education and Training: £1,073.36
  • Annual Mission Appeal – The Spiritans: £1,545.02
  • CAFOD Family Fast Day: £134.70
  • Wall boxes June – Sept:
  • CAFOD £246.26, CATH £203.73,
  • Hospice £362.14,
  • Brother Kimpton £198.20

Many thanks, everyone, for your generosity.

Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday

Any items, please, to any Council Member.