St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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)


Monday 20th May: Ferial: Acts 14, 5-18; Psalm 114; John 14, 21-26

11.00 am: Crabwall Manor NH: Service for Residents – All Welcome

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Paul Connor (L.D., Bromborough)

1.05 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome


Tuesday 21st May: Dedication of the Cathedral: Ezekiel 47, 1-12; Psalm 1 Chron; John 2, 13-22

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention (PF)


Wednesday 22nd May: Ferial: Acts 15, 1-6; Psalm 121; John 15, 1-8

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Daphne Taylor (2nd Anniversary)


Thursday 23rd May: Ferial: Acts 15, 7-21; Psalm 95; John 15, 9-11

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mary Kiernan (L.D.)


Friday 24th May: Our Lady Help of Christians: Principal Patron of Shrewsbury Diocese

Proverbs 31, 10-31; Psalm Judith 13; James 3, 13-18; Luke 1, 39-56

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (J&S)

2.15 pm: Requiem Mass for Bernadette O’Loughlin, late of Waverton

4.00 pm: Service of Blessing for Andrew and Joy O’Reilly


Saturday 25th May: St Bede the Venerable: Acts 16, 1-10; Psalm 99; John 15, 18-21

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

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Tamarauomomoemi Jayden Benni

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Olivia Kathleen Green

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists:  Mary O’Shea (Anniversary and Birthday Remembrance)



Acts 15, 1-29; Psalm 66; Apocalypse 21, 10-23; John 14, 23-29

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mary O’Shea (Anniversary and Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Brian Boardman

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: MER Birthday Intentions

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Zach Michael Payne

Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Ruairi Oisin Brian Patrick Bowe

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Gillian Ince (Birthday Remembrance)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Stuart Clark, 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 Mandy Pritchard, Bernadette O’Loughlin and Lorraine McKeown; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Teresa Holt, Paddy White, Daisy Chesworth, Rodney Carrigan, Christopher Rose, Martha Pattison, Elsie Wilson, Dianne Roberts, Samuel Wingrove, John Carter, Charles Donachie, Carmela Calouri and Mick Fields. May they all Rest in Peace.



Parish events

Building Work Next Door: Almost There!

Friday 17th May was the official completion date for the external work, and you’ll see that they’re almost there. We’re going to miss that red cherry-picker when it goes, aren’t we? Syd and I had a meeting with the Site Manager on Wednesday morning, to go over our driveway and agree all the remedial work that needs to be done. This will be completed in the next fortnight. Meanwhile, do please, everyone, take care with the uneven flags and paving stones.


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 Last Wednesday

Thanks, Denise and team, for a super spread!


 Parish Council Last Tuesday

Annual Financial Return and Diocesan Appeal Minor Works List topped the Agenda – full Minutes on the Board soon. The Financial Return is already posted there, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you have them. We allocated £20,000 from our Parish Share of the OMT Diocesan Appeal to our “Minor Works” List. £8,500 of that has already been spent – new Chasubles, Lectern, Altar Candle Sticks and Wood Frame for the Great War Memorial. Now Judith and Anne from the PC are spear-heading a review of the List and matching it with the remaining £11,500. Your views will be wanted!


CathSoc Summer Term Dates

  • 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. Do come along!


Music Group Playing at 10.45 am Mass Today.


Marian Holy Hour This 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.


St Werburgh’s SVP Annual Report

Now available and will be distributed at each Mass. This report itemises how the donations we have received throughout the year have been spent, providing vital support for the work undertaken by the SVP in our parish. Without these donations, our ability to help those in need would be restricted. Thank you for your continued amazing generosity.


Missio “Red Boxes” Summer Mass

Celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies and Fr Tony Chantry MHM with talks by Mill Hill Missionaries and Missio’s APF.  Sat 29th June at 12 Noon. Open to all and especially Red Box volunteers and supporters.  Church of St Michael & All Angels, Woodchurch, CH49 5LE.  An opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and refresh fundraising activities plus refreshments in the adjacent primary school.


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


Canal Heritage Evening Walk – Tuesday 18th June


First Holy Communions Continue Today

Today, Sunday 12th May at 10.45 am, we welcome Klara Davies, Etienne Delap, William Jackson, Ciaran Johns, Rachel Prior, Aleksander Wach and Ugne Zvirblinskaite. 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


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. Last week, another one – First Holy Communion in St Werburgh’s from three years later, 1954. Ten of the faces identified so far: we’ll leave it up for one more week to see if we can trace the others.