St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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.)


Monday 22nd July: St Mary Magdalene: Song of Songs 3, 1-4; Psalm 62; John 20, 1-18

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kay Whittle (L.D., Hargrave)


Tuesday 23rd July: St Bridget: Galatians 2, 1-20; Psalm 33; John 15, 1-8

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Noreen Durdey (L.D., Chester)


Wednesday 24th July: Ferial: Exodus 16, 1-15; Psalm 77; Matthew 13, 1-9

8.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Christleton Churches Together

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Raymond Clark (L.D., Neston)


Thursday 25th July: St James, Apostle: II Corinthians 4, 7-15; Psalm 125; Matthew 20, 20-28

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


Friday 26th July: SS Joachim and Anne: Exodus 20, 1-17; Psalm 18; Matthew 13, 18-23

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Jean Hewson


Saturday 27th July: Ferial: Exodus 24, 3-8; Psalm 49; Matthew 13, 24-30

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

2.00 pm: Town Hall: Commemorative Service for the Polish Airmen’s Association

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Freda Lloyd



Genesis 18, 20-32; Psalm 137; Colossians 2, 12-14; Luke 11, 1-13

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Freda Lloyd

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Patricia Cunniff

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Fr Neill Robb

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: John Crowe (L.D., Melbourne)


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, especially Helen Gornall; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Victoria Johnson, Albert Hassall, Therese Platel, Terence O’Brien, Jack Friery, Mary Banks, Patricia Cunniff, Pauline Wiggins, Alice Sproston, Joan Croft, Rosemarie Shone, Albert Tilston, Dorothy Rice, Anthony Graham, Norman Smith, Sebastian Vitelli, Kathleen Wright, Bill Wilson, Nan Butcher, Mary Kirkland-Jones and Norman Haggart. May they all Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Confirmation Launch Meetings

Total of 42 candidates enrolled for Confirmation – well done, everyone! Not too late to join: just send your name and details in.  Now we are working on the Programme, all ready for the first Class on Tuesday 10th September, here in church at 7.00 pm.


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 List

We hope you all took the green A4 flyer last weekend, telling you of progress to date. The items on which we are now moving forward are the new Altar Cloths (the free-standing Altar Candles mean there is no chance these new cloths will be ruined by wax spills and drips, as the old ones were); re-binding of the three Lectionaries; re-upholstering of the Dining Room Chairs; purchase of a Defibrillator for church; refurbishment of the sacristy and altar bells; sourcing of antique hand-rails for the front door of the Parish House; and mending of kneelers and benches in church and table in Dining Room.  How can you help? Three requests today, please: do you know of a good local upholsterer (thanks for one offer already received!); ditto for a local joiner for benches, kneelers and table; thirdly, anyone willing to go to Beeston Antique Reclamation to ask about handrails?


Sponsored Walk for Alzheimer’s Charity

Today, Saturday 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. Huge thanks to those who have already sponsored her or made donations. What a fantastic charity for us all to support in this way! Good luck, Ruth!


You never laugh at my jokes…

And then when I say something serious you are all rolling in the aisles! I was deadly serious two weeks ago: the train ride from Crewe to Chester on a sunny Summer evening is as lovely as any you will see in England. And while on this subject, have you yet taken the new Halton Curve train ride to Liverpool? It’s fantastic, a much more scenic route than Merseyrail’s stopping at every lamppost between here and Birkenhead, and a view of the Liverpool skyline from the south to die for. Eat your heart out, Michael Palin. Same price and journey-time as Merseyrail, but the tickets are not interchangeable.


Diocesan Appeal Newsletter

Do please take your copy today, detailing progress on the Our Mission Together appeal as a whole. It raised £10.6m!!


Power-Washing Front of Church

Now that the building work has been completed, does anyone have a power-washing kit that could be used for the front of church and the pavement outside? There’s still a lot of dust and dirt there, which is being brought into our tarmac driveway every time cars drive over it. Anyone able to help?


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.


Bishop Mark’s Summer ‘Ad Clerum’

The ‘Ad Clerum’ is the official Bishop’s notification to all the clergy of the diocese, issue every couple of months, and last week’s contained the summer moves. (Sorry, folks – I’m still not featuring!! Be brave – one year I will…) Five of our Diocesan Priests are retiring this summer: Frs John McManus (West Kirby), John Rafferty (Altrincham), John Gordon (Cheadle), Paul Lomas (Heald Green) and John Pascoe (Shifnal & Albrighton). We send them all our very best wishes for a long and happy retirement – and many thanks, everyone, for your support of the Diocesan Appeal, a major part which was for the care of Retired Priests and the training of Seminarians. At the other end, the excellent news in that FIVE young men have come through the Cathedral House of Discernment and are starting training for the Priesthood this autumn: two to Oscott, two to the Beda, and one to a Pastoral Year at Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port. Good luck, one and all – our prayers go with you!


Christleton Churches Together Away Day on Wed

Two Masses that day: 8.30 am and 12.15 pm.


Michael Reynolds Concert Here on Friday Evening

Friday 26th July at 7.30, “The Sounds of Stage and Screen – A Light-hearted Evening of Well-Known Music”. Tickets £10, inc refreshments, from FP at all Masses today. Programme to include: Superman theme tune; Phantom of the opera medley; Flute Solo – Smoke gets in your eyes; Themes from the James Bond films; Medley of theme tunes by John Williams; Andrew Lloyd Webber medley; Dr Who theme tune. And many more! This should be a super, fun evening, so do come along!


Music Group

Playing at Mass Today, 21st July


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: River Dee in Full Spate

19th March this year – the full spate fighting the incoming tide. Is there a name for this?