St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Isaiah 43, 16-21; Psalm 125; Philippians 3, 8-14; John 8, 1-11

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mary Frances Cary (Anniv) and Mario Vitelli (B Rem)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Ryoichi Iwasaki (Japan)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Patricia Twohig (L.D.)

Sunday 12.30pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Ida Jean Waters

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Angela McKay (L.D.)


Monday 8th April: Ferial: Daniel 13, 1-62; Psalm 22; John 8, 12-20

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Cathy Taylor, late of Holyrood Way, Vicars Cross

1.05 pm: University Chapel - University Mass. All welcome.


Tuesday 9th April: Ferial: Numbers 21, 4-9; Psalm 101; John 8, 21-30

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Christine Scanlan (L.D.)

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Deanery Penitential Service – All Welcome.


Wednesday 10th April: Ferial: Daniel 3, 14-28; Psalm Daniel 3; John 8, 31-42

10.40 am: Blacon: Funeral Service for Angela Mackay

11.30 am: Overleigh: Burial of Ashes for the late Joan Crossley

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving (MLA)


Thursday 11th April: Ferial: Genesis 17, 3-9; Psalm 104; John 8, 51-59

12.45 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Wendy Moore, late of Oaklands NH

2.30 pm: Christleton Churches Together Visit to the University Chapel


Friday 12th April: Ferial: Jeremiah 20, 10-13; Psalm 17; John 10, 31-42

11.00 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Franco Petruso (L.D.)

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Stations of the Cross, followed by Exposition till 9.00 pm


Saturday 13th April: Ferial: Ezekiel 37, 21-28; Psalm Jeremiah 31; John 11, 45-56

10.00 am: HMP Berwyn, Wrexham: Mass for Prisoners and Staff

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Igor Maciej Lelonek

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Indie Lyla Skye Williams

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists:  Mario Vitelli (Birthday Remembrance)



Procession – Luke 19, 28-40; Isaiah 50, 4-7; Psalm 21; Philippians 2, 6-11; Luke 22, 14-56

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mario Vitelli (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sylvia Pritchard

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Peggy Ronayne (L.D.)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rachael Andrews


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Keith Hayes, Sheila Winder, 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 Betty Thomson, Magda Cumberford, Cathy Taylor, Angela McKay, Wendy Moore, Bill Dobbins and David Ollerhead; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Winifred Boucke, Eddie Ronayne, John Henry Allman, Honora Short, Herbert Kerrison, Jean Hogan, Peter Hoban, Beryl Whittaker, James Daley, Kenneth Lawley, Peter Bullen, Winifred Tonks, George Bolland, Leo Maguire,Bernard Carr and Emiliana Manfredi-Lewis. May they all Rest in Peace.


Parish events

Penitential Service Here on Tuesday – 7.00 pm

Tuesday 9th April: short service, and then three or priests will be available to hear individual Confessions. Everyone welcome!


Vacancies on the Easter Volunteer Rota

  • Palm Sunday - 10.45 am - One Reader, One EM
  • Palm Sunday – 6.00 pm – 2 Readers, 2 EM’s
  • Easter Saturday Vigil – 8.30 pm – 2 EM’s
  • Easter Sunday Evening – 6.00 pm – 2 EM’s


Holy Week Readers Meeting: Wednesday 10th April

Very important, half-hour meeting at 7.00 pm (inc Rowton), to go through arrangements. These Readings are so special and only come once a year!


Flower Second Collection This Weekend

To help decorate the church for Easter. Thank you!


Forthcoming Funerals in April

Sadly, a number of Funerals coming up this month:

  • Monday 8th, 10.00, St Werburgh’s: Cathy Taylor
  • Wednesday 10th, 10.40, Blacon: Angela MacKay
  • Thursday 11th, 12.45, St Werburgh’s: Wendy Moore
  • Monday 15th, 12.00, St Werburgh’s: Betty Thomson
  • Thursday 18th, 10.40, Blacon: David Ollerhead
  • Wednesday 24th, 12.00, Blacon: Bill Dobbins


Liverpool Synagogue Trip - Wednesday 8th May

After our very successful trip to St Mary’s Oscott last Wednesday, another date for the diary: a trip over to Liverpool to visit the stunning Princes Road Synagogue. Plus a few other treats. Full details next week but get that date in your Diaries NOW!


Holy Week and Easter Times: Flyer Out

Please take one for yourself and for anyone else who’d appreciate knowing times.


Building Work Next Door and Passageway

Exactly six weeks to go to Completion Date, 17th May. 6 weeks, 5 days, 18 hours, 43 minutes…


Easter Chicks, £1 each, On Sale for CAFOD

At Masses on Sunday 14th April, Palm Sunday. All proceeds to CAFOD Idai Appeal.


Lenten Refreshments After Mass on Wednesday

Simple Lenten Lunch next Wednesday after Mass: just Soup and Bread. Do come along and join us. I’ve been asked to repeat my very successful Daffodil and Coriander Soup that everyone enjoyed so much at the Christian Aid Lunch, plus a special Apricot and Curry one. It’s my pleasure…


Music Group Playing at Palm Sunday Mass 10.45

Usual practice in Church, Monday 8th April 7.00 pm.


Stewards for the Easter Vigil; Health and Safety

Many thanks for three who’ve volunteered – much appreciated. We could still use a fourth if anyone were available and going to be at that Mass. 


Friday Evenings in Lent: 7.00 pm

  • Friday 12th April: Stations

Followed by Exposition until 9.00 pm.


Christian Aid Lenten Lunches

Next one – April 8th at St Mary’s Handbridge.

“Many thanks to all who supported our St Werburgh’s one on 25th March. Some 46 persons came and £409 was raised for Christian Aid. Special thanks to those who worked hard to make this possible, Marian.”


CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Envelopes

Now available: do please take yours and return on the Collection Plate when convenient. Many thanks!


Christleton Churches Together Lent Programme

This Lent, we are visiting five of the Chapels of Chester that serve people of all faiths and none. Final Visit: The University Chapel on Thursday 11th at 2.30 pm – all welcome. (Please note, Thursday).


Diocesan Caritas Vacancies

Two Part-Time (21 hrs & 28 hrs term time only)

Early Help Support Workers. Wirral based.

To apply please visit our website: , contact Head Office on 0151 652 1281 or email


Food Bank Appeal

We are currently very low of UHT Milk and UHT Fruit Juice in our Warehouse, Many thanks! And thanks to all of you who support the Food Bank, week in and week out. And to Cath and Mark for ferrying duties!


Tesco Supporting Val’s Fencing Club

Whether it’s an Indicative Vote or a Meaningful one, next time you’re in Tesco, VOTE FOR VAL!


Parish Health and Safety Group Meeting

Very good meeting, getting in place safe procedures for ladder use, evacuation in an emergency, fire safety and food regulations. It will mean a few changes, but I know we can count on everyone’s co-operation in our drive to make our Parish as safe a place as possible.


Opportunities for Confessions Before Easter

  • Tuesday, 9th, 7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Deanery Penitential Service
  • Monday 15th, 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm, St Werburgh’s: Confessions
  • Tuesday 16th, 10.00 a, - 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
  • Wednesday 17th, 7.00 pm – 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confessions


Liverpool Renaissance Singers:  Sun 31st March

Many thanks to the singers and musicians who gave us such a super Concert last Sunday Evening, A real feast of Medieval and Renaissance Music!


Photo of the Week: Unique Chester Heritage

A rather grainy black and white picture from the 1970’s, taken from the Newton Flats, and showing the Gable End of the old Gaumont Cinema, now the Bingo Hall, and then the whole of the south side of the Church. Not a view we’ve seen since. Do keep these lovely photos coming in, everyone!