St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Amos 8, 4-7; Psalm 112; I Timothy 2, 1-8; Luke 16, 1-13

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Nora Reddy (L.D.)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Brian Boardman

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Bernie Booth (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Lena Szatowska

Sunday 2.30 pm: Primary School: Autumn SVP Mass for Elderly and Housebound - All Welcome!

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eileen Finnegan (1st Anniversary)


Monday 23rd September: St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio): Ezra 1, 1-6; Psalm 125; Luke 8, 16-18

11.00 am: Crabwall Hall NH: Service for Residents

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of NH

1.05 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome!


Tuesday 24th September: Our Lady of Walsingham: Galatians 4, 4-7; Psalm Luke 1; John 19, 25-27

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: 95th Birthday Intentions – Mary Salford

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confirmation Class Three


Wednesday 25th September: Ferial: Ezra 9, 5-9; Psalm Tobit 13, 2-8; Luke 9, 1-6

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Primary School Mass in Church

11.00 am: Grosvenor Manor NH (Heath Lane): Service for Residents – all welcome.

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rosemary Hughes (L.D., Mold)


Thursday 26th September: Ferial: Haggai 1, 1-8; Psalm 149; Luke 9, 7-9

11.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Peggy Power (4th Anniversary)

1.00 pm: Queensferry: Requiem Mass for Tony, late of Hawarden


Friday 27th September: St Vincent de Paul: Haggai 1,15 – 2,9; Psalm 42; Luke 9, 7-9

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Matthew Bannaghan, late of Marford Hill


Saturday 28th September: St Matthew: Ephesians 4, 1-13; Psalm 18; Matthew 9, 9-13

9.30 am – 10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

10.30 am – 5.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marriage Preparation Day

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists:  Richard Turner (10th Anniversary)



Amos 8, 4-7; Psalm 112; I Timothy 2, 1-8; Luke 16, 1-13

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Richard Turner (10th Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Jean Hewson

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Carol Walker (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Joe T and all starting University


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 Matthew Bannaghan, Sarah Whiles and Alan Harrison; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Margaret Ball, Jack Dodd, Dennis Green, William Meredith, Fr John Lennon, Eileen Doyle, Peggy Power, Mary Pritchard, Maureen Johnson, Eily Power, Ellen Holding, Alice Bath, William Kearns, Helen Cornes, Francis Horton, David Serdiville, Andrzet Zopoph, Giuseppina Sarandis and George Taylor. May They All Rest in Peace. 

Parish events

Parish Computer - Emails Playing Up

We’re having massive problems with our emails: as soon as we switch on in the morning, the inbox empties out to zero, and then refills incredibly slowly. Our computer chap has never come across this before, and so, after a number of visits, can’t fix it. Anything recognise this problem and know what to do?


Confirmation – 19th November 2019 7.00 pm

This Tuesday: Class 3 – The Seven Sacraments


Catholic High School PTA and Friends

Year 7 and 8 Cheese and Wine Evening – All Year 7 and 8 parents and their children are invited to a Cheese and Wine Evening with a Family Quiz on Friday 27th September at 7.30 pm.


Mass Cards: Top Two Drawers in the Sacristy

Did you know that in addition to Mass cards expressing sympathy or for general intentions, we also have a selection of cards for a whole selection of special intentions?


CAFOD Harvest Fast Day: October 2019

Please take an envelope from the back of church and return it on the Collection Plate before the end of October. Thanks, everyone!


Second Collection for Church Students

Five new students began their training for the Priesthood in Shrewsbury Diocese this autumn, so any help you can give with the cost of the training is highly appreciated. Weekend 28/29 September. Gift Aid Envelopes available.


Liturgy Group Meeting – Wednesday

Very valuable meeting: minutes on board soon.


Philip Chidell “First Friday” Recital

Friday 4th October, 7.30 pm sees the return of our old friend Philip Chidell and his violin. A flyer advertising his concert is out today.


Calling All Elderly and Housebound!

If you know of anyone that you feel would like to join our many events for the elderly and housebound, please email or call Stephen Perry , 07775781204 for more information. If you know of anyone stuck at home, who doesn’t get out much and would like to, let us know!!!


Refreshments After Mass Last Wednesday

Thanks, Denise and team, for a super spread!


Wanted: Another Weekday Sacristan!

Anyone willing? We have a team of four, so you’d be required only once or twice each week. Full training given. See FP if interested.


Matthew Bannaghan RIP

Matthew was a fine young man, a former pupil at our Catholic High School, who very sadly lost his four-year battle against Cancer last Sunday, at the very young age of 22. Our love and sympathy go out to his family and friends. His Requiem Mass is here next Friday at 12.00 noon.


Update on Parish Safeguarding

Liz Aiello, our Safeguarding Rep, has done a fantastic job in clearing over 60 Parish Volunteers who work with our children and vulnerable adults. Next weekend, I’ll give a full Report to Parish on where we’re up to on this essential work.


University Freshers’ Fair on Wednesday 25th

Anyone willing to help in one of the one-hour slots between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm? Please sign up on list if you could give us an hour on Wednesday.


First Holy Communions for 2019-20

The list is now finalised at 16 names: Launch Meeting is Thursday 3rd October, 6.30 pm, Parish House.


APF Red Box Mission Collection

Sunday 6th October to collect any red boxes ready for emptying. Thanks very much!


Forthcoming Music Events: Anyone Interested?

  1. G&S “Ruddigore” at St Mary’s (by the Castle), Thurs– Sat 3rd – 5th October. 7.30 pm. Tickets £12.50. I’m going on Sat 5th if anyone would like to join me?
  2. Brass Band Concert at Saltney Tavern, Sat 12th Oct, 7.30. Tickets £5. Again, anyone like to join me?
  3. Bob Owens, our excellent friend, is giving an Organ Recital on Monday 21st October at St Giles Church, Wrexham on Monday 21st October at 12.30 pm, in memory of his beloved late wife, Linda.


SVP: Mass for the Elderly and Housebound

Sunday 22nd September, 2.30 pm in the Primary School. Transport provided. For further info, contact Stephen Perry on 07775 851 204.


Got a spare £100k for a worthy cause?

Auction Sale at Sotheby’s next week of the Lawrence Drizen Collection, described by them as “one of the most valuable and most important collections of Dickens remaining in private hands. Highly comprehensive in its scope it includes over 25 presentation copies inscribed by the great Victorian author to close friends, unique ‘reading copies’ used by Dickens in his tours and performances, and first editions unsurpassed for condition and provenance.” (Thanks, Harper, for the heads up).


October Bible Month in Chester

New supply of brochures arrived, so do please take one – plus, a flyer for the three talks on Bible Translation here in St Werburgh’s, Wednesday evenings 2nd, 9th and 16th of October. We’ll be setting up our own Bible Exhibition here in church on Monday Morning, 30th September at 10.00 am, if you’d like to join us – and if you have any Bibles you’d be willing to include in our Display.


Refreshments Teams – Anyone Like to Join Us?

As a Parish, we try to offer refreshments after events here, especially in the evening. Anyone like to join the Team? We find two is the ideal number, it isn’t onerous – just serving the teas and coffees – and full training will be given. See FP if interested.


Photo of the Week: Cappella del Barolo

Extraordinary little chapel, built in 1914, in the heart of the Barolo wine region, up in the north of Italy, between Genoa and Turin. Thanks Fran!