St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Isaiah 66, 10-14; Psalm 65; Galatians 6, 14-18; Luke 10, 1-20

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Intentions of Tobias and Isabel

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Molly Franks (10th Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: John Burns (L.D., Grantham)

Sunday 12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Catenians’ Annual President’s Mass

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields


Monday 8th July: Ferial: Genesis 28, 10-22; Psalm 90; Matthew 9, 18-26

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Personal Intention


Tuesday 9th July: Ferial: Genesis 32, 23-33; Psalm 16; Matthew 9, 32-37

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Vitelli Family Intentions

1.40: Catholic High School; Year 8 Assembly on Confirmation


Wednesday 10th July: Ferial: Genesis 41,55 – 42,24; Psalm 32; Matthew 10, 1-7

11.00 am: Grosvenor Garden NH (Crawford’s Walk): Service for Residents – Orchid Villa

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peter Brennan (Anniversary)


Thursday 11th July: St Benedict, Abbot: Proverbs 2, 1-9; Psalm 33; Matthew 19, 27-29

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of TT


Friday 12th July: Ferial: Genesis 46, 1-30; Psalm 36; Matthew 10, 16-23

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Nuptial Mass for Charles Philbin and Abigail Cunniffe

5.00 pm: Catholic High School: Mass for Retirement of Mr John Murray as Headteacher


Saturday 13th July: Ferial: Genesis 49,29 – 50,26; Psalm 104; Matthew 10, 24-33

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

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Timothy (Anniversary)



Deuteronomy 30, 10-14; Psalm 68; Colossians 1, 15-20; Luke 10, 25-37

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Timothy (Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Sproston (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Erminia and Gelsomino Di Trolio; Fuluccia Parmieri

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Annabelle Jai Williams

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Canon Bernard Lordan – Golden Jubilee Thanksgiving


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Jean Hewson, 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; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Mary Bailey, Sheila Lawley, David Green, Callum Taylor-Bowden, John Littler, Helen Cole, Tony Antrobus, Peter Collins, Helena Thomas, Norah Harrison, Mary Fergus, John O’Donnell, Vincent Johnston, Derek Houghton, Everett Huxley, Nuala McDonough, Chris Whittaker, Elizabeth Dixon, John Minihan, Julia Day, Molly Jones, Patrick McHale, Christina Ashley, Josephine Moore, Anne Edwards, Joan Webster, Erika Josefowicz, John Partington, Sarah Collins, Thomas Ward, John Pinnington, Janet Elkes, John Elwell, Derek Fairhurst, Irene McInery, Harry Cornes, Win Dennan and Matthew Robinson. May they all Rest in Peace. 

Parish events

Confirmation Launch Meetings

Would all candidates and, in the case of youngsters, at least ONE parent come to ONE of the two available Launch Meetings – Tuesday 9th July or Tuesday 16th July, both at 7.00 pm in the Church? The full programme will be given out, and all questions answered. If you’ve not yet sent your name in, please just come along to the Launch, and we’ll collect your details then.


Edward’s Graduation in Edinburgh on Tuesday

A splendid occasion as you can imagine, in the magnificently restored McEwan Hall. Wonderful to see all the Graduands, but I always feel those needing the warmest thanks and congratulations on these great occasions are the parents. None of this wold have been possible without them.


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. The full list of budgeted items and “Flyer to Parish” is now with Parish Council, and we hope to have them out to you, the Parishioners, next weekend.


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. 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


Isabel and Tobi’s Wedding in Spain – 6th July

Tobi was on Parish Council for three years and taken fabulous photos for us. Isabel has written the whole Confirmation Programme and helps lead it superbly. Without them, CathSoc would never have got off the ground in 2011. Honoured to go out to Spain for their wedding, leaving here Thursday lunchtime and back straight after the Ceremony on Saturday evening.


Next Year’s Parish Diary Taking Shape…

Those dates for next Diary Year, September 2019 to July 2020 are coming in well!


SVP Summer Lunch Last Wednesday

Many thanks to the SVP for a superb do!


Catenians’ President’s Mass

Our own Jim Strain is President this year, and we are delighted to be hosting his President’s Mass this Sunday, 7th July, at 12.15 pm.


SVP Holiday Home at Talacre

St Werburgh's SVP is looking for an additional member to join its very active team to provide support in the management of the Holiday Home in Talacre that they share with other local SVP Conferences in the Chester and Ellesmere Port District. Anyone interested in finding out more please call Stephen Perry on 07775 781204 or email


Next Meeting of the Readers' Group

Monday 15th July 7.00 pm for about an hour in the Presbytery. We will look at the readings for the next four Sundays and study them. All are welcome whether Readers or not; it's a very open group. No meeting in August - this is the last for this academic year. Do come along!


Repository Summer Closure

From Sunday 21st July, reopening Sunday 8th September.  If required, Paula and Bernice will be available at Sunday morning Masses. Otherwise at Mrs Peabody’s Guest House, South Shore, Blackpool, as usual. No sand in the bedrooms.


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.


Rev Karen Andrews’ Diaconate Ordination

Karen writes: “Many thanks to those who supported me last Sunday as I was ordained Deacon at Chester Cathedral. It was a wonderful service and a beautiful day. Many thanks also to the Werbies who have supported me in so many ways along this journey. How fortunate I have been to have you all behind me, praying with me and encouraging me along the way. Now I have started working as Curate of the parish of St Philip’s, Kelsall and on Sunday 7th July I will preach there for the first time and so a new chapter begins. Thank you once again and every blessing. Revd. Karen Andrews”.


Fr Neill’s Personal Homilies

Copies at back of church.


FP’s Holiday Dates This Summer

Tuesday 20th August to Thursday 5th September. Milan, here we come!


Photo of the Week: World Day of Prayer

A lovely reminder of our hosting of this annual event last March, and the presence of our Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.