St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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)


Monday 29th July: St Martha: Exodus 32, 15-34; Psalm 105; John 11, 19-27

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

2.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Services for Fred Colley, late of Auckland Road, Blacon


Tuesday 30th July: Ferial: Exodus 33,7 – 34,28; Psalm 102; Matthew 13, 36-43

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Margaret Catterson


Wednesday 31st July: St Ignatius Loyola: Exodus 34, 29-35; Psalm 98; Matthew 13, 44-46

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tommy McGowan (L.D.)

2.00 pm: Blacon: Burial of Ashes for the late Fred Colley


Thursday 1st August: St Alphonsus Liguori: Exodus 40, 16-38; Psalm 83; Matthew 13, 47-53

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Holy Souls


Friday 2nd August: Ferial: Leviticus 23, 1-37; Psalm 80; Matthew 13, 54-58

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

11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (JA)

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Adam Stansfield and Emily Sheerin


Saturday 3rd August: St Oswald: Leviticus 25, 1-17; Psalm 66; Matthew 14, 1-12

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

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Benjamin James Francis Parker

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Christopher Jay Adams

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists:  Anthony Harrison (20th Anniversary)



Ecclesiastes 1, 2-23; Psalm 89; Colossians 3, 1-11; Luke 12, 13-21

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Anthony Harrison (20th Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Janice Cartwright (2nd Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Denis Twohig (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Daniela Maskrey Rosales

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kathleen Wiley (L.D., Cardiff)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Jean Hewson, Stuart Clark, Keith Hayes, Sheila Winder, Heather Lannin, James Catterson, Joe and 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 Fred Colley; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Rose Sutherland, William McDermott, Anthony Smith, Michael Roberts, Gerard Walsh, Ethel Ellis, Leslie Barlow, Mary Kelly, Hugh Connolly, Denis Twohig, Ted Lugg, Peter Ratchford, Chris Meys, Norah O’Connell, Elaine Wood, Peggy O’Dea, Paul Cubitt, Bert Paddock, Peter Shaw, Joseph Higgins, Jean O’Boyle, Clyda Jones, Elizabeth Morrissey, Bernard Carter, Bridget Friend, Stanislaus Sulek, John Brierley and Rita Bowyer. May they all Rest in Peace.


Parish events

Confirmation 2019 – 19th November

All launches completed, 42 candidates so far, and ready to go for Class One – Tuesday 10th September, here in Church 7,00 pm. Have a good summer, everyone!


2020 Mass Diary Now Open for Bookings

Many thanks to everyone for sending in their 2020 Dates – the new Mass Diary is looking pretty full already! Please keep sending them in if you have special dates you want commemorated and Masses said.


Our Mission Together Appeal Minor Works List

Excellent progress to report this week:

  1. The weaving looms at Stanbrook are going into overdrive on our new white Altar Cloth;
  2. We’ve found an excellent upholsterer to start work on the Dining Room Chairs.
  3. A first-rate Carpenter/Joiner is going to have a look at the benches in church and table in the Dining Room;
  4. Altar Bell and Sacristy Bell both taken for mending and refurbishment;
  5. Proper holder for the Sanctuary Lamp found;
  6. Defibrillator advice obtained;
  7. Antiques Reclamation Site visited – no joy there, but local ironworker found to make us bespoke Handrails for Front Door of House. Wow! All in one week! This really is “Parishioner Power” in action. A thousand thanks, everyone!


Alzheimer's Charity Marathon Hike

Last Saturday, Ruth, Clare and Madeleine Tierney successfully completed the 26-mile hike around Ullswater in the Lake District, organised by the Alzheimer's Society. They would like to thank everyone in St Werburgh's for their incredibly generous support. The parish have already donated a total of £750. Ruth will be available at Masses on Sunday 4th August to collect any further sponsorships or donations.


Train Rides to Crewe, Liverpool, Leeds…

Clearly several rail buffs out there! How about a Werbies Railway Club? Anyone fancy the Halton Curve ride to Liverpool on Tuesday evening 13th August, drink in the tiled pub, Dr Duncan’s (thirsty work, train spotting), perhaps Chinese Supper at Tso’s next door and the train back? List at back of church if you’d like to!


Diocesan Voice and Appeal Newsletter

Do please take your copies today, detailing progress on the Our Mission Together appeal as a whole. It raised £10.6m!! And the Diocesan Voice has a number of interesting articles.


Power-Washing Front of Church

Many thanks, John for doing an excellent job. And for getting that blob of cement (courtesy of the building works next door) off the side window of the Yellow Peril. These old Chemical Engineers have their uses, don’t they?


Altar Servers Update

  1. We are delighted that a good group of our Servers and Parents will be attending the National Altar Servers Mass in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 21st September, first time it’s been held outside of London.
  2. In September we will be bidding farewell to Nicholas and Pranika from the 9.00 am team as they hopefully begin their University courses.
  3. As always it is great to welcome back Kris and Tom to the 10.45 team from their University studies in London and Edinburgh.


SVP Second Collection 20th/21st July

Not too late to make your contribution if you missed last week. Gift Aid envelopes available.


October Bible Month – 2020 Bible Year

Lots more details coming next Sunday!


Michael Reynolds Concert Here Last Friday

Thanks, Michael, for a highly enjoyable and entertaining concert, organ, piano and cow bell (don’t ask), featuring music from films, plays, television and musicals. Young Joe playing “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” on the flute was a real tear-jerker (geddit??) and the sight of so many pensioners running up and down the aisles with both arms out as the Dambuster March filled the church is not one I am going to forget in a hurry…


Next ‘First Friday’ Recital – Paul Carr, Organist

We’re delighted to welcome back our great friend Paul for another classical Organ Recital next Friday. As ever, it’s a fascinating programme:

Eugène Gigout (1844–1925) ‘Grand Choeur Dialogué’; J.S. Bach (1685-1750) ‘Gigue’ Fugue in G BWV 577; Louis Nicholas Choveaux (1904-1995)
Three Pieces; Gaston Litaize (1909-1991) Scherzo;

Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911) Sonata no. 1 in D minor. It’s very similar to a recital Paul played at St Patrick’s Cathedral New York last Sunday, which was broadcast live on the web can be watched on:


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’??)


Photo of the Week: Chapel at Oscott

A beautiful reminder of our Parish Day out at Oscott on 27th March. Last week, the POTW was the River Dee earlier this year – the full spate fighting the incoming tide. I made the mistake of asking if there was a name for this phenomenon and was duly told it was “The Dee Bore”. That certainly set you off, didn’t it? One lady leaving church remarked, “Dee bore? I didn’t know you’d met my husband”, and so many commented that that was no way to talk about the Parish Priest of St Werburgh’s. Very funny, very amusing.