St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

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Ecclesiasticus 3, 19-31; Psalm 67; Hebrews 12, 18-24; Luke 14, 7-14

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Anna Marshall (5th Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Paul Lawton

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Gladys Delap (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: For all on holiday


Monday 2nd September: Ferial: I Thessalonians 4, 13-18; Psalm 95; Luke 4, 16-30

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Brian Shaw (Birthday Remembrance)


Tuesday 3rd September: St Gregory the Great: I Thessalonians 2, 2-8; Psalm 95; Matthew 16, 13-19

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Godfrey and Margaret Sproston Golden Wedding Remembrance


Wednesday 4th September: Ferial: Colossians 1, 1-8; Psalm 51; Luke 4, 38-44

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


Thursday 5th September: Ferial: Colossians 1, 9-14; Psalm 97; Luke 5, 1-11

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: For all those starting school this month


Friday 6th September: Ferial: Colossians 1, 15-20; Psalm 99; Luke 5, 33-39

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving


Saturday 7th September: Ferial: Colossians 1, 21-23; Psalm 53; Luke 6, 1-5

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mario and Gerardina Vitelli


Wisdom 9, 13-18; Psalm 89; Philemon 9-17; Luke 14, 25-33

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mario and Gerardina Vitelli

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (JA)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Jim and Margaret Catterson 56th Wedding Anniversary

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Whittle (6th Anniversary)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: 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 Jean Hewson, Nora Reddy and David Robert Battersby; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Thomas Horrocks, Brenda Voysey, Florence McCleary, Bill Costello, Fred Hatton, Gordon Hughes, Douglas Dean, Dennis Doherty, Dorothy Jones, Mary Dickson, Margaret Whittle, Peggy Lewis, Caterina Tibbles, James McLoughlin, Peter Murphy, Maureen Manning, Talivaldis Broks and Les Moss. May they all Rest in Peace.


Parish events

Confirmation – 19th November 2019

Class One is Tuesday week, 10th Sept, 7.00 pm in Church. Not too late to join us, so get any final names into FP as soon as possible. We’ll be at the Ceremony itself, down in St Clare’s, on 19th November before we know where we are!


Parish Diary Now Arrived!

An enormous labour, collecting together all the dates and events in the Parish and area for the next twelve months. Please don’t say you didn’t know when anything was happening!! Huge thanks to Syd and Denise for this. 


Arrangements While I’m Away

Syd, our ever-efficient Parish Secretary, is in charge while I’m away, and all Parish Bizz to him, please, via the Parish Office. Only contact him out of hours in an emergency. The House Alarm will be on every day except Sundays from about 5.00 pm till 9.00 am the following morning. Please don’t try to enter the house or church between those hours. If you are a key-holder and need access at any time, please make sure you have cleared it with Syd first. Fr Neill will very kindly say the weekday Masses and share the weekend ones with Fr Colin, to whom we extend our usual very warm welcome.

I shall be back late on Thursday, ready to face the tsunami of emails, letters, phone calls, messages. Not really worth going away, is it?


Old Photos of Front of Church?

Originally, we came out of church onto a flat paved area, as far as the existing railing. Then steps down. That’s what we’re trying to recreate. The architect would love to see any photos of this era that show what that flat paved area looked like, e.g. Wedding Photos. Eileen Mapp has kindly sent in hers, from 1934, 1933, 1929 but we’d love to see many more.


First Holy Communions for 2019-20

For children in Year Three or above in September. Preparation Classes for children attending Non-Catholic Primary Schools: please contact Fr Paul by phone or email before 5th  September, if you would like your child to prepare for their First Holy Communion. Our Classes and Preparation Books are normally geared to children in Year Three, so if you have an older child, please contact us to discuss. 


Next First Friday Recital – Urszula the Cellist

Friday 6th September, 7.30 pm.


Trying to Trace…

Catherine Hardy and her sister, Eileen McCullagh. If anyone knows them, or their whereabouts, please let FP know. Many thanks.


October Bible Month – 2020 Bible Year

The Bishops of England and Wales have designated 2020 as “The Year of the Bible”. As part of this, a brand-new poster display in church this Sunday, the first of many.


Day Out Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways

It’s happening! All 40 miles of it, with Mass and some time in Porthmadog, and lunch at Ffestiniog Railway Harbour Station. Flyer with full details now available. Leave Chester at 07.50, arrive Caernarfon at 09.40; 10.00 departure on the Welsh Highland Train to Porthmadog, arriving 12.15 pm. Mass in the local Catholic Church at 13.00, lunch at 14.00, and depart on the train to Blaenau Ffestiniog at 15.50, arriving there at 17.00. Coach back to Chester, aiming to be here for 19.00. An unbelievable day out on this famous narrow-gauge railway, and huge thanks to David for setting it all up. Total cost for everything – coach, train and lunch – is only £50, and that really has meant cutting a deal on all three. Date – a Thursday in late September or early October, tbc. At this stage we need your EXPRESSION OF INTEREST. This isn’t a booking, and doesn’t commit you, but we do need to know if we have enough people interested to go ahead and make firm bookings ourselves. Please return to Parish Office by Sunday 8th September at the latest.


Major Project: Remodelling Front of Church

  1. Removing the unsightly railings, gates and flags & replacing them with something more sympathetic;
  2. Creating a level patio area as you leave church, as far as the existing railings, and then steps down;
  3. Remodelling the Disabled Entrance so that it is impossible for parked cars to block the way in;
  4. Repairing the bulging retaining wall under the existing railings, which could give way at any time;
  5. Installing floodlights for the front of church.
  6. Proper rack for bicycles.


So, what’s the Auld Eejit been up to in Milan?

A combination of exploring this fantastic city and the area and sitting in beautiful squares reading the Great Man. Milan is the capital of Lombardy, always the centre of the Italian economy and finance industry. Italy is the third largest economy in the eurozone, for example. Milan always considers itself the true capital of Italy. It’s the second largest city in Italy, and the centre of an amazing region. Only 40 km or so up north to the Lakes and the Swiss Border, and 80 km south to Genoa and the Med. It’s considered one of the four ‘Fashion Capitals’ of the world (the other three?) and was one of the leading cities of the Renaissance, the home of the powerful Sforza family. (Great Man? MC, DS, BH.)


Heritage Open Days – September

As usual St Werburgh’s opens its doors to visitors 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September.  We’ll need two Welcomers/Stewards available for each hour that the church is open. Sign-up sheet at the back of church.


Photo of the Week Edward’s Edinburgh Graduation

One of all parents’ proudest days, and, for Charles and Sarah, a special pride, as you’ll all understand. Ed now starts the Law Conversion Course at Christleton, on his way to becoming a filthy rich solicitor, He tells me there may be Mates’ Rates for Werbies in the years ahead, but he’s not promising…