St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Amos 6, 1-7; Psalm 145; I Timothy 6, 11-16; Luke 16, 19-31

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


Monday 30th September: St Jerome: Zechariah 8, 1-8; Psalm 101; Luke 9, 46-50

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Catherine McHugh

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

7.30 pm: St Mary’s Without-the-Walls, Overleigh: Induction of Rev Richard Whaite as Rector


Tuesday 1st October: St Therese of Lisieux: Zechariah 8, 20-23; Psalm 86; Luke 9, 51-56

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of John Murrin (Donegal)

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confirmation Class Four


Wednesday 2nd October: Guardian Angels: Exodus 23, 20-23; Psalm 90; Matthew 18, 1-10

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: James Murphy (30th Anniversary)

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Bible Talk 1: “Catholic Bible Translation: From Opposition to Enthusiasm”


Thursday 3rd October: Ferial: Nehemiah 8, 1-12; Psalm 18; Luke 10, 1-12

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Danny Lunt (Birthday Remembrance)

7.00 pm: St Francis, Chester: Evening Prayer for the Transitus of St Francis – all welcome


Friday 4th October: St Francis of Assisi: Baruch 1, 15-22; Psalm 78; Luke 10, 13-16

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

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for John Sutcliffe, late of Bickerton


Saturday 5th October: St Thomas of Hereford: Baruch 4, 5-29; Psalm 68; Luke 10, 17-24

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

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Madison Rose Flood

3.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for James Passmore and Antonia Daniel

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John and Sarah Collins


Habakkuk 1,2 – 2,4; Psalm 94; II Timothy 1, 6-14; Luke 17, 5-10

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John and Sarah Collins

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes (22nd Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Nadia and Willy Pegna

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Felix Michael Firkins

Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Harry Samuel James Knights

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Sheila Ehlen



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 and John Sutcliffe; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Patricia Gardner, Grace Wingrove, Babs Thompson, Annie Jones, Winifred Pinnington, William Dancy, Paraskivoulla Sarandis, Kathleen Vickers, William Pegna, Norman Reynolds, Maureen Michael, Betty Madden and Donagh O’Loughlin. Rest in Peace.

Parish events


October Mass Count Starts Next Sunday


Confirmation – 19th November 2019 7.00 pm

This Tuesday: Class 4 – Daring to be Catholic!


October Bible Month

Starts on Tuesday! We’re setting up our own Bible Exhibition on Monday Morning at 10.00 am if you’d like to join us. If you have any Bibles you’d like displayed (not valuable ones, please), do bring them along. Then the first of our three talks on Bible Translation is here on Wednesday at 7.30 pm: why the Catholic Church was initially so hostile to the concept of translating the Bible, and why it then became so enthusiastic. All warmly welcome! If you haven’t taken a brochure listing all the events for Bible Month in Chester, please do so today.

Our church will be open every morning in October 10.00 am to after Morning Mass: could you be a Steward any morning, 10.00-11.30 am?


Feast of St Francis on Friday 4th October

St Francis Parish invites us to join them for the Thursday Evening: 7:00 pm – Service of Evening Prayer commemorating the Transitus of St Francis of Assisi. Afterwards light refreshments in the parish hall. Then on Friday 4th: 11:00 am to 9 pm Eucharistic Adoration and Sacrament of Reconciliation during this period "outside" of the Masses; 12:00 pm Solemn Mass in English
3:00 pm – Divine Mercy Prayer followed by the Holy Rosary; 7:00 pm Solemn Mass in Polish.


Christleton Churches Together Summer Teas

Finish this weekend, with the Werbies doing the honours – Sunday afternoon, in the Methodists. Let’s give them a rousing send-off!


CAFOD Harvest Fast Day: October 2019

Take an envelope from the back of church and return it on the Collection Plate.


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.


Philip Chidell “First Friday” Recital

Friday 4th October, 7.30 pm sees the return of our old friend Philip Chidell. Items this time include Ave Maria, I Dreamed a Dream, Air on the G String, You Raise Me Up, Music of the Night, The Merry Widow, Some Enchanted Evening, and many more.  See you all there!


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.


Mental Health Group

Due to meet Monday 30th September: can we postpone until the following Monday, 7th October, please, so that I can attend the new Rector at St Mary’s Handbridge being induced?


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

Sincere thanks to everyone who came last Friday for Matthew’s Requiem, to support his parents, family and friends.  


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. This weekend, I’ll give a full Report to Parish on where we’re up to on this essential work.


University Freshers’ Fairs Last Week

Thanks to everyone who helped!


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. This is for parents only, please, not children.


APF Red Box Mission Collection: Sunday 6th Oct


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 at 12.30 pm, in memory of his beloved late wife, Linda.

Signing up list for the three events at back of church.


SVP: Mass for the Elderly and Housebound

Thanks, everyone, for a super afternoon last Sunday: a beautiful Mass together, and a lovely tea to follow. Know of anyone else who’d like to join us?


Calling all Catholic Students!

CathSoc 2019-2020 launches this Sunday Evening, 29th September, with a walk around the walls and simple supper. Purple sheets for ALL our students to leave us their details at back of church. Every student, at Chester or elsewhere, Catholic or not, very warmly welcome to join us for these Sunday Evenings of fun and fellowship. Flyers out today for distributing far and wide.


Cake and Wine Left at Back of Church

A bag was left at the back last Sunday containing a very large cream cake and two bottles of wine. Anyone know anything about this? Sadly, we have had to throw the cake away, but we still have the two bottles of wine. But not for ever, of course…


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: Craithie Kirk, Scotland

Lovely photo of the little church where the Queen attends when at Balmoral. The sender didn’t tell us whether they were invited for tea afterwards…