St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Genesis 15, 5-18; Psalm 26; Philippians 3,17 – 4,1; Luke 9, 28-36

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mabel Newbrook, Pam Reece and Joan Fox
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Ken Jones (Birthday Remembrance)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Peggy Ronayne (L.D.)
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Harriet Helen Steed
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Shields

Monday 18th March: Ferial: Daniel 9, 4-10; Psalm 78; Luke 6, 36-38
11.00 am: Grosvenor Manor NH, Heath Lane: Service for Residents
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’: Special Intention
1.05 pm: University Chapel - University Mass. All welcome.

Tuesday 19th March: St Joseph: II Samuel 7, 4-16; Psalm 88; Romans 4, 13-22; Matthew 1, 16-24
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Michael Jones (L.D., Limerick)
10.30 am: St Joseph’s High School, Wrexham: Mass for St Joseph’s Feast Day
2.30 pm: Christleton Churches Together Visit to Chapel at Catholic High School
5.30 pm: HMP Berwyn: Service of Commissioning for Lead Catholic Chaplain, Wally Vella

Wednesday 20th March: Ferial: Jeremiah 18, 18-20; Psalm 30; Matthew 20, 17-28
10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Anne Roberts, late of Crabwall Hall. Burial in Crewe.
2.15 pm: St Thomas’ Parkgate Road: Talk to St Thomas’ MU

Thursday 21st March: Ferial: Jeremiah 17, 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16, 19-31
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Helen Gornall

Friday 22nd March: Ferial: Genesis 37, 3-28; Psalm 104; Matthew 21, 33-46
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rebecca Coriam (22nd March 2011)
7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Stations of the Cross, followed by Exposition till 9.00 pm

Saturday 23rd March: Ferial: Micah 7, 14-20; Psalm 102; Luke 15, 1-32
9.30 am – 10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
10.30 am – 4.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marriage Preparation Day for Ten Couples
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Leo Carroll (L.D.)

Exodus 3, 1-15; Psalm 102; I Corinthians 10, 1-12; Luke 13, 1-9

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Leo Carroll (L.D.)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sylvia Pritchard
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Matthew & Christine Lawton Wedding Anniversary Thanksgiving
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Archie Richard King
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Jack Paul Mannion
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kevin and Dolores Coriam (Anniversaries)

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Betty Thomson, 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 Anne Roberts, Peggy Ronayne, Joan Crossley, Michael Jones and Cathy Taylor; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Barbara McClean, Annie Owens, Essie Lawrie, Daniel Hogan, Frederick Mercer, Linda Wynne, Oscar Dubussy-Durgan, Dolly Huxley, Rita Williams, Patrick Walsh, Thomas Smith, Maria Bannister, Donald Tilston, William Paton, Karen Ash, Arthur Hedges, Mary Partington, Arthur Wright, Ted Finney, James Moore, Sarah Chamberlain and Peter Heaney. RIP.

Parish events

Sunday Evening Mass 10th March

Super visit over to Manchester University Chaplaincy last Sunday, and the Jesuits could not have made us more welcome. We’re adopting Fr Thomas SJ!

Building Work Next Door and Passageway

It’s going to be chaos for the last eight weeks, so many thanks for your continued patience.
Completion Date for the whole project: 17th May!!

Next Meeting of the Readers Group

Monday March 18th 7.00 pm in the Parish House, for about an hour, to explore Lent’s readings for the next four Sundays. Open to everyone - whether readers or not, so do come along.

Christleton Churches Together Lent Programme

This Lent, we are visiting five of the Chapels of Chester that serve people of any faith and none. Last Tuesday we were at the Hospice, and this Tuesday we visit the Catholic High School. Tuesday 26th we’re at the Countess, Tuesday 2nd at St Peter’s at the Cross, and lastly Thursday 11th April at the University Chapel. 2.30 start time – all welcome.

First Holy Communion Parish Group Meetings

The next Parents' Meeting is in our Primary School on Monday 18th March at 7.00 pm. This is an important meeting for all FHC parents. At the meeting you will be asked for the return slip indicating your child's choice of First Holy Communion date and Mass time.

Easter Ministries Volunteer Rota

Now at back of church – please sign up!

Music Group

Playing at 10.45 am Mass today.

Gift Aid & Envelopes: Three Important Notices

(a) Tax Status: If you no longer pay income tax, please let Fr Paul or Denise Jones know by 5th April, otherwise it will be assumed that you have paid sufficient income tax for the Parish to claim Gift Aid on your donations for the tax year 2018/19. Thanks.
(b) Offertory Envelopes: If you have not yet collected your box, please collect asap. Thanks.
(c) Joining the Gift Aid Scheme: If you pay income tax, joining the Gift Aid scheme increases the value of your donations to the Parish at no extra cost to you. If you are interested in joining the scheme, please contact Fr Paul or Denise Jones.

SVP Afternoon Tea for Elderly & Housebound

Hosted by students at the Catholic High School on Wednesday 20th March at 2.30 pm. Transport will be provided. For further information contact Fran Waldie on email:

Visit to Oscott: Wednesday 27th March

Coach departs from the lay-by outside St John’s Church (by the Amphitheatre) at 8.45 am. PROMPT. As you know we cannot wait for any latecomers! Back in Chester by 5.30 pm.

Caritas at Rowton – Saturday 16th March

Our friends from Caritas were not able to come to Rowton on their recent visit, so we are pleased to welcome them this Saturday evening. Anyone else want to become a Caritas Box Holder??

Catholic Women’s League Chester Section

CWL Shrewsbury Diocesan Branch Annual Review Saturday 23rd March. St Columba’s Church Hall. Mass at 12 noon followed by lunch and Meeting.

Friday Evenings in Lent: 7.00 pm

  • Friday 22nd March: Stations
  • Friday 29th March: Devotions (Lectio Divina)
  • Friday 5th April: Devotions
  • Friday 12th April: Stations

Followed by Exposition until 9.00 pm.

Tesco Supporting Val’s Fencing Club

Val Scipanovs has been running the club for over 12 years now and as part of their school programme they deliver fencing sessions in Chester and Cheshire schools involving over 200 pupils per term. His Club has been selected for Tesco Bags of Help scheme, for customer vote March - April 30th in all of Chester’s Tesco main and Convenience stores. If you shop there, please give Val’s Club your support! Liels paldies!

CathSoc Bake Sale: £330.51 for CAFOD

Well done, students, and many thanks, Parish!

Parish Health and Safety Group Meeting

Room for another two or three volunteers on this Group if anyone would like to join us. Next Meeting: Wed 20th March at 7.00 pm.

Catholic Enquiry Course 2018-19

We finished the twelfth and final Session last Wednesday, and now we split into smaller groups and one-to-ones, looking at the question of whether our enquirers do want to join the Catholic Church or not. For those who do – and it won’t be everyone – the great day will be Pentecost Sunday, 9th June.

Commissioning of Berwyn’s Catholic Chaplain

5.30 pm Tuesday, our new Lead Catholic Chaplain, Wally Vella, will be officially Commissioned. Wally’s been in Social Work all his life, and the Vellas are one of the great families from both St Joseph’s High School in Wrexham and then (because they don’t have a Sixth Form), our own Catholic High Sixth Form in Chester.

Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday, 7.30 pm

Lots to discuss: because of Wally’s Commissioning, could we please start at 7.30 pm not 7.00 pm? Unless I get locked in, of course…

Photo of the Week: Film Noir meets Art Deco!

A beautifully atmospheric shot from the Blessing of the Memorial, Canon Chamber’s cope caught in the haze of incense…