St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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)

Monday 18th February: Ferial: Genesis 4, 1-25; Psalm 49; Mark 8, 11-13
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eucharistic Service
No University Mass today: next one, Monday 25th February; 1.05 pm.

Tuesday 19th February: Ferial: Genesis 6,5 – 7,10; Psalm 28; Mark 8, 14-21
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eucharistic Service

Wednesday 20th February: Ferial: Genesis 8, 6-22; Psalm 115; Mark 8, 22-26
12.16 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eucharistic Service

Thursday 21st February: Ferial: Genesis 9, 1-13; Psalm 101; Mark 8, 27-33
8.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Edith Murphy (Anniversary 1976)

Friday 22nd February: The Chair of St Peter: I Peter 5, 1-4; Psalm 22; Matthew 16, 13-19
11.00 am - 12.00 noon: Eucharistic Adoration
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Peter Michael Chesterman, late of New Malden
2.00 pm: Overleigh: Burial of Ashes for Margaret Harris

Saturday 23rd February: St Polycarp: Hebrews 11, 1-7; Psalm 144; Mark 9, 2-13
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mary Cecilia Timothy (Anniversary)

I Samuel 26, 2-23; Psalm 102; I Corinthians 15, 45-49; Luke 6, 27-38

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mary Cecilia Timothy (Anniversary)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Philip David McCabe (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Emiliana Manfredi Lewis
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Christina Dickenson (Downpatrick)

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, Margaret Harris, Mary Ridgway, Peter Chesterman and Leo Carroll; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Josephine Owens, Margaret Connolly, Bernard Flaherty, John Axon, Mary Barr, Kathleen Vickers, Winifred Swaine, Garry Nelson, Mary Lambert, Harry Keyzor, Peter Melia, Eric Muldoon, Dorothy Welch, Fred McClelland, Joe Dunne, Kathleen Ward, Bob Ward, Bernie Clark, Irene Whitehouse and Winifred Morris. May They All Rest in the Peace and Light of the Risen Lord Jesus.

Parish events

Peggy Ronayne R.I.P.

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

The scaffolding is now down - thank you - and they are ready to 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 this week. Thanks, everyone, for your co-operation!

Music Group Playing at 10.45 Today

Please don’t give me money...!!!

And you’ve never heard that before from a Catholic Priest! I lurve money, but not loose money put into my hand at the end of Mass. Last Sunday was chaotic: I ended up with a fistful, some of it for Oscott, some for Masses, some for Retired Priests Fund, some for SVP. I get back into the Sacristy and I haven’t a flaming clue what’s what! So, a repeat plea: if you give me money, PLEASE put it in an envelope with your name on and a note of what the money’s for. No more loose cash, please!! Plenty of envelopes on the Sacristy Window-Ledge, folks!

Away This Weekend - Fr Colin Standing In!

I’m away from Saturday 16th to Wednesday 20th. Delighted our great friend Fr Colin is coming to say the Sunday Masses.

Fair Trade Coffee Morning - Saturday 23rd Feb Hoole URC - 10.00 am-12.00 noon.

Proceeds to Fair Trade Charities.

(Women’s) World Day of Prayer Service

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

New Tax Year Weekly Offertory Envelopes

The 2019/20 envelopes are available at the back of church. Please collect yours as soon as poss!

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.

Come for a Swim at Chester City Baths!

It is a 1901 Victorian building offering a variety of sessions that may be perfect for you and your family. We have adult leisure, both daytime and evening, an over 60’s swim with a fully qualified coach (just £3 per swim), a new family swim on Saturdays 12-1 and many more. This is a fantastic facility right in the heart of Chester and we would love to see you here or your help in spreading the word. For more information, please pop in and see us on Union Street CH1 1QP or call 01244 320898.

New Dan Schutte Mass Continues Today

Today at both Masses we sing the Gloria, Refrain and Verses, and the Sanctus and Great Amen.

Government Statement on Campus Free Speech

If any of you are interested in this burning topic at Uni’s, here is the statement:

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!

Parish Day out to Oscott: 27th March

We are delighted that this unique opportunity to visit the Seminary is fully booked. 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 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, Marian Curtis and Jean Hewson. This is now the final list, yes?

Parish Health and Safety Group

Many thanks to those of you who volunteered: the names I have so far are Denise Jones, Andrew Barber, Geoff Taylor, John Curtis, Peter Lunt, James Andrews and Tony Baxter. Apologies if I’ve missed you off: do please let me know, as we’re ready now to swing into action. First meeting: Thursday 28th February at 10.00 am.

2nd Collection: Retired Priests Fund

Last chance to make your contribution today!

Photo of the Week: Bowling Green Inn, 1911

An extraordinary archive photo sent in by Geoff Taylor (he was four at the time). Can anyone help orientate this photo in terms of the existing Bowling Green Hotel, now the Parish Club?