St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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

Monday 15th July: St Bonaventure: Exodus 1, 8-22; Psalm 123; Matthew 10,34 – 11,1
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Matthew Robinson (10th Anniversary)

Tuesday 16th July: Ferial: Exodus 2, 1-15; Psalm 68; Matthew 11, 20-24
12.00 noon: Requiem Mass for Helen Gornall, followed by Burial in Aldford Churchyard

Wednesday 17th July: Ferial: Exodus 3, 1-12; Psalm 102; Matthew 11, 25-27
11.00 am: Grosvenor Garden NH (Crawford’s Walk): Service for Residents – Orchid Villa
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Horace and Minnie Taylor (Birthday Remembrance)
7.00 pm: Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel, Hull: Fr William Massie Silver Jubilee

Thursday 18th July: Ferial: Exodus 3, 13-20; Psalm 104; Matthew 11, 28-30
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Hunter (L.D., Liverpool)

Friday 19th July: St John Plessington: Exodus 11, 10-14; Psalm 115; Matthew 12, 1-8
9.45 am: Catholic High School: End of Year Mass
11.00 am: Catholic High School: End of Year Mass
11.00 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John Horne (L.D., Surrey)

Saturday 20th July: Ferial: Exodus 12, 37-42; Psalm 135; Matthew 12, 14-21
10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Saoirse Arwen Kelleher
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Helen Gornall (L.D., Aldford)


Genesis 18, 1-10; Psalm 14; Colossians 1, 24-28; Luke 10, 38-42
Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Helen Gornall (L.D., Aldford)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Ann and Sean Murphy Golden Wedding Thanksgiving
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Jovan Devotta
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tommy McGowan (L.D.)


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, especially Helen Gornall; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time:Bob Kelly, Bridie Mackie, Mary Murphy, Doris Moran, Ina Williams, Alfred Jones, Freda Hughes, Ted Baker, Kathleen Woolley, Bernie Booth, Mary Guiney, Frank Casey, Tom McGuire, Brenda Quine and Freda Lloyd. May they all Rest in Peace.


Parish events

Confirmation Launch Meetings

Excellent response last Tuesday, with 27 candidates signed up. Second Launch Meeting is this coming Tuesday, 16th July, 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.

2020 Mass Diary Now Open for Bookings

We now have the Diary for next year’s Mass Intentions. Always a joy and a privilege to say Mass for you, so do please get those special dates in as soon as possible. We operate a strict ‘first come, first served policy’!

Our Mission Together Appeal Minor Works

Today, we are publishing an A4 Flyer bringing everyone up to date with our Minor Works List: what we have done so far, what is now in the pipeline, and what we’d like your views on. Do please take one, and don’t hesitate to let us know your opinion: items we’d love to have, but which would stretch our normal Budget.

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 TODAY, 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.

You never laugh at my jokes…

And then when I say something serious you are all rolling in the aisles! I was deadly serious last week: the train ride from Crewe to Chester on a sunny Summer evening is as lovely as any you will see in England. I sometimes think I’m totally wasted on you lot…

Isabel and Tobi’s Wedding in Spain 6th July

A very joyful wedding indeed last Saturday in the ferocious heat of a Spanish July. It was a gloriously trilingual affair (Spanish, German and English), but it’s my proudest boast that I can murder any language you choose to name. The taxi was revving up outside the church as the wedding finished, to whisk me back to the airport, so that I could be ready, fresh and lovely for Sunday Morning. Well, ready anyway.

Next Year’s Parish Diary Taking Shape…

Any last dates? Get them in asap, please!

SVP Second Collection 20th/21st July

For the SVP Holiday Home, allowing families to have a holiday who otherwise would be unable to do so, and providing others with family days out during the long summer break. For further info, contact Stephen Perry on 07775-781-204.

Catenians’ President’s Mass Last Sunday

Our own Jim Strain is President this year, and we were delighted to be hosting his President’s Mass last Sunday, 7th July, at 12.15 pm, with a beautiful lunch afterwards in the University Queen’s Park Campus, the former GHQ of Western Command. Congratulations to Jim and all the Circle.

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 on TUESDAY

Tuesday 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!

Lunch After 12.00 noon Mass on Wednesday

Slightly earlier Mass time on Wednesday as I want to be on a Train at 2.00 pm to pop over to Hull for my great friend Fr William’s Silver Jubilee. (He’s the Chaplain at Hull University). It’s Refreshments after Mass that day, so everyone warmly invited to join us in the Dining Room after Mass. That lunchtime, we are also welcoming the Cheshire Church Leaders for their regular bi-monthly Meeting which they often hold here.

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.

Music Group Playing at Mass Next Sunday, 21st

Practice in the Church Monday 14th, 7.00 pm.

Diocesan ‘Voice’ Magazines Available Today

Please take your free copy from back of church.

Syd’s and FP’s Holiday Dates This Summer

Syd, our first-rate and ever-faithful Parish Secretary, will be on Holiday Monday 29th July to Sunday 11th August. Muggins will be away Tuesday 20th August to Thursday 5th September. Milan - I can’t wait! (What do you mean, ‘nor can we’??)

Just a reminder, folks: Syd’s Office Hours are Mon, Wed and Friday mornings. Please only contact him on Parish business outside those hours if it’s an emergency and you can’t get hold of FP.

Photo of the Week: Virgin of Monserrat

Another lovely photo from Frances Mathias, the Candle Shrine from this extraordinary church near Barcelona. (In Spain, dear Love Island girls, not Italy. Nor Rome. Give me strength...)