St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Isaiah 6, 1-8; Psalm 137; I Corinthians 15, 1-11; Luke 5, 1-11

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Gerardina Vitelli (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Emily and Andrew Cunniff
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Ray Astbury (6th Anniversary)
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Harrison Roy John Lewis
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Evelyn Poppy Christie Jones
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Nicola Beavan (L.D.)

Monday 11th February: Ferial: Genesis 1, 1-19; Psalm 103; Mark 5, 1-20
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention
1.05 pm: University Chapel – University Mass. All welcome!

Tuesday 12th February: Ferial: Genesis 1,20 – 2,4; Psalm 8; Mark 7, 1-13
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: David (Sid) Evans (L.D.)

Wednesday 13th February: Ferial: Genesis 2, 4-17; Psalm 103; Mark 7, 14-23
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers (80th Birthday Remembrance)

Thursday 14th February: SS Cyril and Methodius: Acts 13, 46-49; Psalm 116; Luke 10, 1-9
10.00 am: Primary School: Year 5/6 Class Mass
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne
1.20 pm: Catholic High School: Voluntary Mass

Friday 15th February: Ferial: Genesis 3, 1-8; Psalm 31; Mark 7, 31-37
11.00 am – 12.00 noon: Eucharistic Adoration
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mrs Kodieck

Saturday 16th February: Ferial: Genesis 3, 9-24; Psalm 89; Mark 8, 1-10
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Kevin Gillen (L.D., Belfast)

Jeremiah 17, 5-8; Psalm 1; I Corinthians 15, 12-20; Luke 6, 17-26

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Kevin Gillen (L.D., Belfast)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Maria Prez (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Derek Taylor (11th Anniversary)
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Patrick Harrison (18th Birthday Remembrance)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Heather Lannin, 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 Peggy Ronayne, Graham Jones, Jo Matheson, Margaret Harris, Mary Ridgway and Peter Chesterman; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Maurice Cashman, Patrick Foley, Eileen Glynn, Brian Barrett, Margaret Lightfoot, Teresa Brazzill, Bernard Rainville, Ellen Leyland, Raymond Langan, Norma Cambes, Margaret Dunne, Tadeusz Danczak, Judith Roberts and Joyce Higgins. May They All Rest in the Peace and Light of the Risen Lord Jesus.


Parish events

Peggy Ronayne R.I.P.

We were all very saddened to hear on Wednesday of the death of Peggy, found by her daughter sitting in her chair exactly as if she were asleep. A very beautiful passing from this life to the Life Eternal. Aged 85, Peggy had so many health worries, and yet soldiered on magnificently, here at 10.45 Mass, as ever, last Sunday. A beautiful lady, whose faith and family were inextricably important to her. We will all celebrate her life and faith in a Requiem Mass on Wednesday 27th Feb at 12.00 noon, followed by burial with her beloved Eddie in Blacon. May she rest in peace.

Building Work Next Door and Passageway

Ian, the very efficient and courteous Site Manager next door, has been to see us to say they’re ready to take down the scaffolding and start digging out the foundations for the boundary wall between us. This is essential work, of course, and it will mean the passageway being closed Monday to Friday, 8.00 am – 4.00 pm for the next fortnight. Thanks, everyone, for your co-operation!

Chester Bach Singers Concert Next Saturday

Here in St Werburgh’s at 1.15 pm, ‘Bach Comes Back to Town’. Flyers at back of church.

Away Next Weekend – Fr Colin Standing In!

Second ‘study break’ next week, from Saturday 16th to Wednesday 20th. Delighted our great friend Fr Colin is coming to say the Sunday Masses.

New Sung Mass Continues Today

A fortnight ago, we introduced the Refrain of the Gloria from Dan Schutte’s ‘Mass of Christ the Saviour’, and last week, at 9.00, the sung Verses. Today, at both Masses, we introduce the Sanctus and Great Amen. Many thanks, James and Choir!

2nd Collection: Retired Priests Fund

Not too late to make your contribution!

Fair Trade Coffee Morning

Saturday 23rd Feb Hoole URC – 10.00 am -12.00 noon.

Proceeds to Fair Trade Charities.

World Day of Prayer Service

Prepared by Christian women of Slovenia. Friday 1st March here at St Werburgh's, 10.30 am.

FHC Parish Group

The next meeting for parents and children takes place in the Parish House on Tuesday 12th Feb at 6.30 pm. The children will need their pencil cases and their folders. They will receive a First Holy Communion Preparation Book.

New Tax Year Weekly Offertory Envelopes

The 2019/20 envelopes are available at the back of church. If you use envelopes, please collect yours as soon as possible. Thank you.

Lent Stations and Devotions

We will have six Friday Evening Lenten Services, three Stations of the Cross and three Lenten Devotions. If you’d like to take one of these, please let FP know as soon as possible.

Caritas (Children’s Society) Visit Last Week

If you’d like to come on board, please see Dominique or Nathalie at 9.00 am Mass or email FP. Let’s get that figure of Caritas Box-Holders up to 100! (We have 120 Red Mission Box-Holders!)

St Werburgh's and St Columba's Primary School

We have been selected as one of Waitrose’s local charities for February Please vote for us with your green token while shopping there!

Colette Fitzgerald, RIP

Colette’s family have asked if we could publish details of her funeral: St Clare’s, Friday 15th Feb, 9.30 am, followed by Committal at Blacon.

Parish Day out to Oscott: Wednesday 27th March

We are delighted that this unique opportunity to visit the Seminary is fully booked – but please, everyone, we must have FULL NAMES and PHONE NUMBERS to secure your booking. Booking Forms and Remittances to Parish Office no later than Sunday 24th February. Light Lunch of soup and sandwiches. Any specific dietary requirements to Bernice (316977) asap. On arrival, we’ll have Mass in the stunning College Chapel, then lunch, then a tour by some of our Shrewsbury Seminarians. Floreat Salopia! (As they say in German…)

Next Meeting of the Readers Group

Mon 18th Feb at 7.00 pm in the Presbytery for about an hour. We discuss the Sunday readings for the next month. All are very welcome whether readers or not. Do come along! Word of warning to Readers: with Easter being record late, Year C Part I finishes with 6th Week, and Year C Part II starts with 8th Week! If you’re on 7th Week (24th Feb) collect a Newsletter Outsides from Sacristy.

CathSoc Programme - Sundays at 7.00 pm

  • Sunday 10th February: Ghost Walk!!
  • Sunday 17th February: Cake and Catch-Up
  • Sunday 24th February: Cake and Catch-Up
  • Sunday 3rd March: Shared Table Supper
  • Sunday 10th March: Trip to Manchester
  • Sunday 17th March: Lenten Prayer and Praise

Home & Hospital EMS – DBS

Elizabeth Hoey, Maureen McCabe, Maureen Hughes, Anne Proctor, Marie Broadhurst, Rita Flack, David Kluth and Marian Curtis: any more??

Thank you from the Foodbank!

Poster at the back of church, telling us that in 2018, St Werburgh’s donated 372.26 kg of food, and that this supported 38 people. Thanks everybody – and to Mark and Cath, our faithful carriers. Please keep the contributions coming!

Photo of the Week: CathSoc Christmas Meal

A lovely reminder of our Christmas get-together at Carluccio’s – thanks to James the Manager for looking after us so well! The couple nearest the camera are Sarah and Patrick, who’ve joined us from Liverpool Uni. I told you we weren’t proud, and that we take anyone… Tonight, Ghost Walk followed by Psalm Singing. If you’ve ever screamed your head off, kids…