St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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


Monday 15th April: Monday of Holy Week: Isaiah 42, 1-7; Psalm 26; John 12, 1-11

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Betty Thomson, late of Cambrian Avenue

7.00 pm – 10.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confessions


Tuesday 16th April: Tuesday of Holy Week: Isaiah 49, 1-6; Psalm 70; John 13, 21-38

10.00 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s:  Gerry Cummins (Birthday Remembrance)


Wednesday 17th April: Wednesday of Holy Week: Isaiah 50, 4-9; Psalm 68; Matthew 26, 14-25

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving for Job Gained (BG)

2.00 pm: Blacon: Burial of Ashes for the late Betty Thomson

7.00 pm – 10.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confessions


Thursday 18th April: Maundy Thursday

10.40 am: Blacon: Funeral Service for David Ollerhead, late of Ethelda Drive

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Chrism Mass: Patricia Cunniff

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Gillian Adams

8.30 pm – Midnight: Watching at the Altar of Repose

Midnight: Compline of Maundy Thursday


Friday 19th April: Good Friday

10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Children’s Stations of the Cross

3.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Liturgy of the Passion


Saturday 20th April: Holy Saturday

8.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Easter Vigil and Vigil Mass of Easter: Judith Edwards (Anniversary)

12.00 Midnight: Midnight Mass of Easter:  Matthew Robinson



Acts 10, 34-43; Psalm 117; Colossians 5, 6-8; John 20, 1-9

 Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Norman (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Christopher Bromwich (L.D.)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Mina Boles


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: Janie Turner, Helen Bird, Terry King, Kathy Reynolds, Mary Byrne, Cecilia Gresty, Pat Griffiths, Kathleen Hughes, James Thornton, Arthur Tolley, John Claxton, Jerry Walsh, John Connolly, Catherine O’Mahony, Matthew Harper, Marie Foley, Mary Reddy, Ann Grimes, William Edge, Joseph Jones, Cara Messer, Mavis Fazey, Eileen Johnson, Norah Atherton, Esther Wilbraham, Barbara Cooke and Gerry Cummins. May they all Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Rev Neill Robb… Fr Neill Robb… Wow!

Since their Reception into the Catholic Church at Curzon Park Convent in December 2014, Neill and Marlene have been excellent parishioners here in St Werburgh’s. As most of you know, Neill is one of our wonderful group of “Convert Clergymen” who have enriched our church so much in the last two centuries.  His last parish as an Anglican was Vicar of Neston on the Wirral. Since coming into the Catholic Church, Neill has been pursuing with Bishop Mark the question of Ordination as a Catholic Priest, and we were all delighted this week to hear that the necessary permissions have just come through from Rome for Neill to be ordained. Bishop Mark would like to ordain him here in St Werburgh’s on Friday 31st May at 7.00 pm. A wonderful gift for Neill, for our Parish and for the Church. Please keep him and Marlene very much in your prayers in these coming weeks.


Trip to Liverpool Synagogue – Wednesday 8th May

Booking opens next week, Easter Sunday, for our next Parish Outing, this time over the water to Liverpool. We are visiting the magnificent Princes Road Grade I Listed Synagogue for a guided tour, finishing the day with supper in a nearby Italian Restaurant. (Well, why not? Lent’s over by then!) Leaving Chester by coach at 11.30 am, returning at

8.00 pm. Please take a flyer with full details.


Shrewsbury Cathedral Development Events Officer

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and enhance the role and presence of the Cathedral in the life of the Diocese, the town of Shrewsbury and the county of Shropshire.   For more information and an application form please visit Closing date Friday 10 May 2019.


Second Collection Last Week for Easter Flowers

Thank you for your very generous response: £594.


Forthcoming Funerals in April

Sadly, a number of Funerals coming up this month:

  • Monday 15th, 12.00, St Werburgh’s: Betty Thomson
  • Thursday 18th, 10.40, Blacon: David Ollerhead
  • Wednesday 24th, 12.00, Blacon: Bill Dobbins


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 five weeks to go to Completion Date, 17th May. Someone has suggested we should have a Party for the builders when it’s all over…


Easter Chicks, £1 each, On Sale for CAFOD Today

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


Lenten Refreshments After Mass on Wednesday

Thanks to everyone who came along. My Bluebell and Parsel Soup was voted a decided hit. A pleasure!


Friday Evenings in Lent: 7.00 pm

Many thanks to everyone who led Stations or Devotions for our Lenten Friday Evenings.


Diocesan Deputy Director of Schools

For more information and an  application form Closing date Friday 10 May 2019.


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

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported this Lenten Programme: some very memorable visits over the last five weeks.


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!


Catholic High School Parents’ Association

Swing Band Dance Night. An evening of fun and musical entertainment at the annual PA Dance Night Friday 26th April, 7.30 pm until late, in the School Hall. Free entrance. Donations welcome. The bar will be open.  Many thanks for your support.


Opportunities for Confessions Next Week

  • Monday 15th, 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm
  • Tuesday 16th, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Wednesday 17th, 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm


St Werburgh’s “First Fridays Recitals” 2019

James has put together another super series of Concert Recitals for 2019, always First Fridays, May to December, always here at 7.00 pm.

  • Friday 3rd May: Felix & Tom, Organ, Piano & Vocal
  • Friday 7th June: John Hosking Organ Recital
  • Friday 5th July: The Smiths: Flute, Piano, Organ
  • Friday 2nd August: Paul Carr Organ Recital
  • Friday 6th September: Urszula Cello Recital
  • Friday 4th October: Philip Chidell’s Violin Concert
  • Friday 8th November: Cathedral Nave Choir
  • Friday 6th December: Abbey Gate College

Glitzy colour flyer available next week with full details of this very enjoyable musical series.


Photo of the Week: Abbey at Monserrat, Spain

A large Benedictine Abbey of 70 monks, an hour’s drive from Barcelona. Thanks, James M’ Mum!