St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Genesis 14, 18-20; Psalm 109; I Corinthians 11, 23-26; Luke 9, 11-17

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Intentions of Ben Campbell (L.A.)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Charlie Lancaster (4th Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: FHC Thanksgiving Mass: Intentions of our FHC Children
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Gabriella Molly Cain
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Harrison Vincent Briggs
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rachael Andrews

Monday 24th June: Birthday of St John the Baptist: Is 49, 1-6; Ps 138; Acts 13, 22-26; Luke 1, 57-80
11.00 am: Crabwall Manor NH: Service for Residents and Visitors
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Fr Michael Hollings
1.15 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome [Last Mass of this Academic Year]

Tuesday 25th June: Ferial: Genesis 13, 2-18; Psalm 14; Matthew 7, 6-14
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention (PS)

Wednesday 26th June: Ferial: Genesis 15, 1-18; Psalm 104; Matthew 7, 15-20
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Fr Zbigniew Swoboda

Thursday 27th June: Ferial: Genesis 16, 1-16; Psalm 105; Matthew 7, 21-29
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne

Friday 28th June: Sacred Heart of Jesus: Ezekiel 34, 11-16; Ps 22; Romans 5, 5-11; Luke 7, 21-29
12.00 noon: St Columba’s: Deanery Mass for the Celebration of Priesthood

Saturday 29th June: Immaculate Heart of Mary: Isaiah 61, 9-11; Ps I Sam 2; Luke 2, 41-51
10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Wright and Maxwell Family Intentions



Acts 12, 1-11; Psalm 33; II Timothy 4, 6-18; Matthew 16, 13-19

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Wright and Maxwell Family Intentions
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Liz Allison (10th Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Denis Hickey (12th Anniversary)
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Mark Cadwallader and Lucy Tudor
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Diaconate Ordination Intentions – Rev Karen Andrews


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 Sylvia Jones; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Carroll, Denis Hickey, Cecilia Parker, Peter Jezek, Marjorie Harvey, Frank Hughes, Brian McElmeel, Annie Egan, Pauline Kelly, Corinne Mashiter, Vincent Mapp, Brenda Thomas, Frank Miciah, Rebecca Halsall, Mary McCleary, John Atkinson, Patricia Smith, Liz Allison, Pearl Corken and Susan Cross. May they all Rest in Peace.


Parish events


Canal Walk and Supper on Tuesday

Many thanks to Geoff for leading us on a super Heritage Walk along the Canal last Tuesday. A good time was had by all, and the Psalm Singing afterwards in Telford’s Warehouse was as spirited and lively as you would expect. Any suggestions for our next Heritage Walk together?

Monday: Last Uni Mass for this Academic Year

Next one – Monday 9th September.
Talk about wishing the summer away!

Our Mission Together Appeal Minor Works

You will remember that we supported the Diocesan Appeal magnificently, and that a third of what we raised was for our own Parish use. The Major Project is the remodelling of the outside front of the church, and we are ready now to pick up on that scheme. We also had a list of “Minor Works”, items we would like to have but which would stretch our annual Budget. Some of these we have purchased already, others we’re ready to consult you, the parishioners, about. Full details next week!

Sponsored Walk for Alzheimer’s Charity

On 20th July Ruth Tierney and her daughters, Clare and Madeleine, are taking part in a 26-mile hike in the Lake District organised by the Alzheimer's Society. They are doing the hike in memory of Ruth's mother, Gill. Ruth will be at the back of church after each Mass on Sunday 14th July if you would like to sponsor them. Anyone interested in hiking themselves, either the full 26 miles or the 13-mile option? Deadline for enrolling is 5th July. More information on or Ruth, 07790-133-837.

Nurse Needed

Lourdes Jumbulance Pilgrimage Chester Across Group require another nurse (or Doctor) to travel overland to Lourdes. The Jumbulance is a Jumbo-Ambulance with seven beds on board, an accessible toilet and kitchen. We take ten sick and disabled people and recruit a team of helpers. We stay in a four-star Hotel. Dates Thu 29th August to Sat 7th September. Cost £475 but help available. For further information, Tony Murphy on 07881656974. and Facebook Liverpool & Chester Across

Alexander Hutchison R.I.P.

Friends have asked that we let our Parishioners know of his recent death in Orchard Manor NH. Alex was 91, and the funeral is to be up in Perth, Scotland.

Music Group at the FHC Celebration Mass

Sunday 23rd June at 10.45 am.

Refreshments After Mass

Sorry we weren’t able to host last Wednesday: the final bash of the Diary Year is Wednesday 17th July, so hope to see you all there…

Talking of Diary Years…

Time now to start getting those dates in for next Diary Year, September 2019 to July 2020!

Complete List of all Catholic Uni Chaplains

On the Notice Board at back of Church.

July’s “First Friday” Recital

Stewart Smith’s ‘Concert of Classical Favourites’: Oliver Smith (Flute & Voice), Henry Smith (Tuba, Piano & Organ), Colin Waker (Violin), Sam Tomlins (Piano) & Stewart Smith (Organ). 7th July at 7.30.

Food Bank

Everything needed except baked beans and pasta, please, folks!

Message to Everyone from Marian Curtis

“On behalf of all the Curtis family I wish to thank everyone at St. Werburgh’s for the prayers, support and love shown to us during Katie’s illness and passing. Sincere thanks to Fr Neill, Denise and Syd for attending the Funeral. She knew all about you and appreciated all that you did. Please continue to pray for us as we will for you.”

Parish First Holy Communion Celebration Mass

Today, Sunday 23rd June at 10.45. At the end of the Mass, children will receive their First Holy Communion Certificates.

Confirmation Launch Meeting x 2!

We’ll have TWO Launch Meetings, Tuesday 9th and Tuesday 16th, 7.00 pm, so that parents and candidates can come to one of them.

CAFOD Strawberry Tea – Sunday 23rd June

Tickets costing just £3.50 are now on sale. 2.30- 4.30 pm, at 49 St Chad's Road, Chester CH1 5LF.

Chester Heritage Festival 21st - 29th June

  • Wednesday 26th June, 12.15 pm Anne Marie Curtis will speak and answer questions in the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall on the role of Belgians, Australians, and Americans in Chester during the First World War.
  • Thursday 27th June, 12.15 pm, Gerry Tighe will speak and answer questions in the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall about the social and economic face of Chester 100 years ago.
  • Friday 28th June the Church will be open from 2.00 -3.30 pm to receive a group of people who are visiting St Paul’s, St Werburgh’s and St John’s Churches. Gerry and Anne Marie will greet them and give our visitors some idea of life in our Parish and an introduction to our beautiful Church.

Michael Reynolds Concert

Our very good friend Michael is putting on a concert here on Friday 26th July at 7.30, “The Sounds of Stage and Screen – A Light-hearted Evening of Well-Known Music”. Tickets £10, including refreshments, from the Parish Office.

National Mass for Priesthood Friday 28th June

At Westminster Cathedral. Our Deanery Priests are gathering at St Columba’s on that day at that time, so everyone here invited to join them.

Fr Neill’s Personal Homilies

This weekend and last, Fr Neill will use the Homily to tell us all a little more about himself, and his Faith Journey to the happy day of his Ordination. Morning Masses last weekend, evening Masses this. Copies at back of church.

Photo of the Week: May 2018

North Side of our church before the building began!