St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Acts 13, 14-52; Psalm 99; Apocalypse 7, 9-17; John 10, 27-30

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Maria and Francis Traczyk
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Richard Spencer (Birthday Remembrance)
Sunday 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Sophia Louise Baker
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Stephen Francis Brennan
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: John Burns (L.D.)

Monday 13th May: Ferial: Acts 11, 1-18; Psalm 41; John 10, 1-10
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Patrick O’Hora
12.00 noon: Holy Name, Birkenhead: Requiem Mass for Eileen Briton, late of St John Plessington HS
[No University Mass today – next one next Monday, 20th May]

Tuesday 14th May: St Mathias, Apostle: Acts 1, 15-26; Psalm 112; John 15, 9-17
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Harry Teague (5th Anniversary)

Wednesday 15th May: Ferial: Acts 12,24 – 13,5; Psalm 66; John 12, 44-50
11.00 am: Grosvenor Gardens NH (Orchid Villa): Service for Residents
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Brian Boardman

Thursday 16th May: Ferial: Acts 13, 13-25; Psalm 88; John 13, 16-20
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Joan Cook (L.D., Handbridge)
6.00 pm: High School: Year 13 Leavers’ Mass

Friday 17th May: Ferial: Acts 13, 26-33; Psalm 2; John 14, 1-6
11.00 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Emiliana Manfredi-Lewis

Saturday 18th May: Ferial: Acts 13, 44-52; Psalm 97; John 14, 7-14
9.30 am – 10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
10.30 am – 4.30 pm: Marriage Preparation Day
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Pat Laverty (L.D., Shrewsbury)


Acts 14, 21-27; Psalm 144; Apocalypse 21, 1-5; John 13, 31-35
Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Pat Laverty (L.D., Shrewsbury)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: May and John Brierley
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Magda Cumberford (L.D.)
Sunday 3.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marian Holy Hour
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields (5th Anniversary)

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Mandy Pritchard, Keith Hayes, Sheila Winder, Heather Lannin, 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 Eileen Briton and Lorraine McKeown; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Peter Walsh, Harry Teague, Brian Boardman, Connie Clarkson, Angelo Castrichino, James Turrell,Tommy Brady, Paul Pollard, Anne Delamere, Joseph Thomas, Ben O’Brien, Tommy Phillips, Christopher Donnelly, Mary Reid, Nora Reilly and Ursula Ratchford. May they all Rest in Peace.



Parish events


Trip to Liverpool Synagogue – Wednesday 8th May

Many thanks to everyone for a super day on Wednesday. The weather didn’t hold us back as we ate our sandwiches in the coach over to Liverpool. Lovely stroll up through Abercromby Square and the University to the Synagogue, along Catharine Street. Dennis, our Synagogue Guide, we could have listened to for hours, so informative and lively. John and Pat at the Victoria Building, the heart of the original University, couldn’t have made us more welcome – if you haven’t seen the Eleanor Rathbone exhibition, don’t miss it. Then over to the stunning Cathedral for Evening Prayer, and somehow we managed to force down our Italian Supper. Bernice, the size of that pizza! Sorry I couldn’t help you out…

SVP Second Collection 18th/19th May 2019

To provide a Summer Lunch for the elderly and housebound to be held at the Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham on Wednesday 3rd July 2019. For further details, contact Stephen Perry on 07775-781-204.

Refreshments After Mass Next Wednesday

Everyone warmly welcome to join us!

Our Last Ordination in St Werburgh’s?

John C has continued his fantastic digging, and there’ll be a Notice-Board Display coming soon!

Parish Council on Tuesday

Annual Financial Return and Diocesan Appeal Minor Works List top of the Agenda – but do please send in your own Items if you’d like them discussed.

CathSoc Summer Term Dates

  • Sunday 12th May – Canal Walk to Christleton
  • Sunday 19th May – Shared Table Supper
  • Sunday 26th May – Geoff’s Canal Tour & Supper
  • Sunday 2nd June – End of Year Chinese Supper

All Students warmly invited!

Readers’ Review Meetings

Every other year, at this time, we hold Review Meetings for our Readers – in the intervening years, it’s for Eucharistic Ministers. (Does that make these meetings biannual or biennial??) Six sessions arranged for Readers, one hour in length, so please sign up for ONE of them. Failure to do so will mean you no longer wish to be part of the Readers’ Rota.

  • Tuesday 28th May: 10.00 am
  • Thursday 30th May: 2.00 pm
  • Tuesday 4th June: 7.00 pm
  • Wednesday 5th June: 10.00 am
  • Wednesday 19th June: 7.00 pm
  • Friday 21st June: 2.00 pm

SVP Theatre Night 7.30 12th June - Outside Edge

Richard Harris’s cricketing comedy at the Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight. Tickets at £9 will be on sale after Masses on w/e 18/19th and 25/26th May, or by contacting
Proceeds to SVP District Holiday Home in Talacre.

Next meeting of the Readers' Group

Monday 20th May, 7.00 pm in the Presbytery for about an hour to discuss the Sunday readings for the next 4 Sundays. A totally open group for all, whether readers or not. It makes a big difference to have considered the readings beforehand. Do come along.

Music Group

Playing at 10.45 am Mass Sunday 19th May 2019. Usual practice in Church, Monday 13th May 7.00 pm.

Marian Holy Hour Next Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 19th May at 3.00 pm, for the Month of May.

Caritas Boxes Spring Collection

It’s time for the Caritas boxes spring collection. Dominique and Nathalie will be at all Masses on 18th/19th May and between the two morning Masses on 26th May to receive the contents of your boxes. Please empty contents into a strong plastic bag or envelope, clearly marked with your name. Thank you. Gift Aid and Standing Order forms available.

Friday 17th May 7.30 pm: The Vale Royal Singers “The Glory of Spring”

Excerpts from Vivaldi’s Gloria, And music by John Rutter, Barber, Finzi and Sting. Free entry, with a retiring collection.

Catherine Green: Climate Change

Following her journey to the UN Climate Conference with CAFOD, Catherine will give a talk on Climate Change, Caring for Our Common Home, 7.30 Monday 20th May in St Columba’s. Following this will be a Celebration of Creation at St Columba’s Vigil Mass at 6.30 on Saturday 1st June, followed by a shared table in the church hall with an opportunity to talk about how we can respond to the climate crisis. More information from Catherine 01244 383866 or

Marriage Prep Day Next Saturday

Seven couples from St Werburgh’s and surrounding Parishes: so, earlier Confessions, 9.30 – 10.30 am.

First Holy Communions Continue Today

Today, Sunday 12th May at 10.45 am, we welcome Emma Burns, May Haydock and Emmeline Evan Wheeler. Please keep them and their families in your prayers at this wonderful time.

Confirmation: Tuesday 19th November 2019

  • Launch Meeting: Tuesday 9th July: 7.00 pm
  • Class One: Tuesday 10th September: 7.00 pm
  • Class Two: Tuesday 17th September: 7.00 pm
  • Class Three: Tuesday 24th September: 7.00 pm
  • Class Four: Tuesday 1st October: 7.00 pm
  • Class Five: Tuesday 8th October: 7.00 pm
  • Class Six: Tuesday 15th October: 7.00 pm
  • Class Seven: Tuesday 22nd October: 7.00 pm
  • Penitential Service: Tuesday 5th November: 7.00 pm
  • Rehearsal: St Clare’s: Tuesday 12th November
  • Confirmation: St Clare’s: Tuesday 19th November
  • Post-Confirmation Pizza: Tuesday 21st January, 2020

Mental Health Group Meeting Last Tuesday

Very moving meeting reading each other’s poetry.

Annual Financial Statement 2018-9

Full Report, all ten pages, now on Notice Board.

Photo of the Week: First Holy Communion 1954

You turned up trumps with the 1951 Dee Convent Sixth Form Photo, all individuals on it identified. Now here’s another one – First Holy Communion in St Werburgh’s from three years later, 1954.
Good grief, I wasn’t even born!