St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Exodus 17, 8-13; Psalm 120; II Timothy 3,14 – 4,2; Luke 18, 1-8

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mario Vitelli (Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Jean Hewson

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Michael Barry (7th Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of CathSoc


Monday 21st October: Ferial: Romans 4, 20-25; Psalm Luke 1; Luke 12, 13-21

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peter Curtis (14th Anniversary)


Tuesday 22nd October: Ferial: Romans 5, 12-21; Psalm 39; Luke 12, 35-38

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (J, S & H)

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confirmation Class Seven: Summing up & Preparing for Confession


Wednesday 23rd October: Ferial: Romans 6, 12-18; Psalm 123; Luke 12, 39-48

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: For National Unity


Thursday 24th October: Ferial: Romans 6, 19-23; Psalm 1; Luke 12, 49-53

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kelli Fernando (1st Anniversary)


Friday 25th October: Ferial: Romans 7, 18-25; Psalm 118; Luke 12, 54-59

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kevin McSharry

1.30 pm: St Edmund’s Ware, Herts: Wedding Service for Bradley Hudson and Eleanor Gribben


Saturday 26th October: SS Chad and Cedd: Romans 8, 1-11; Psalm 23; Luke 13, 1-9

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Colin Reddy (4th Anniversary)



Ecclesiasticus 35, 12-18; Psalm 33; II Timothy 4, 6-18; Luke 18, 9-14

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Colin Reddy (4th Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Mae Kay

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Rex Snowling (3rd Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rachael Andrews


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Brian Lee, Elisabeth, 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 John Campbell and Baby Oscar; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Barry, Mario Vitelli, Eddie Downey, John Dryhurst, Catherine Aygun, Aileen Greenan, Winifred Ankers, Krystina Evans, Gordon Smith, Jack Nuttall, Barbara Wilson, Michael Doyle, Gertrude Hague, Alan Owen, Michael Murphy, Mark Simpson, Sara White, John Parry, Iain Sutherland. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events


Away Next Week

Saturday afternoon (18th), I’m off for the fourth and final Study Week on the Great Man: and then on to St Edmund’s Ware for a Wedding on the Friday (25th) before driving back here on Saturday morning. St Edmund’s Ware used to be the main Seminary for the Diocese of Westminster (now at Allen Hall): today, St Edmund’s is a very successful co-educational Catholic Boarding School. Many thanks to Frs Colin and Neill for looking after Masses while I am away, and to Syd for minding the shop.


Church Heating

Both pumps have now been replaced – not cheap, at a total cost of about £2,500 – and we have heat in church. Alleluia! But now the rest of the system has to be inspected to see what else needs replacing…


October Bible Exhibition

Our church is to be open every morning from 10.00 am till Sacristans arrive at 11.30: could you help by being a Steward any morning? List at back! Any more Bibles you’d like displayed?


Parish Safeguarding Information

Now displayed on the Notice Board in the Porch. It will soon also be on the Sunday Newsletter. Plus, the link to Diocesan Website: do have a look to see what we as a Diocese are doing to make our churches as safe as possible, and how you can contact if you need to:


Tesco November Foodbank Collection

Both Frodsham Street and Sealand Road stores; Thurs-Sat 22st to 23rd Nov. If you are interested in helping out, please ring 0151-355-7730 or email 


Choir Practices for Confirmation

Just a reminder, Choir, that we’re down at St Clare’s for Confirmation Choir Practices on Thursday 7th November and Thursday 14th November, in preparation for the great day on Tuesday 19th November. Choir Practices at 7.30 pm, Confirmation itself at 7.00 pm.


After Mass Refreshments last Wednesday

Many thanks, Denise & Co, for a super spread!


November’s “First Friday” Recital

Cathedral Nave Choir on Friday 8th November, 7.30 pm. (Not 1st Nov, as that’s All Saints!)


Confirmation Class Seven on Tuesday

Review of the whole Course, “Getting Ready for Confession” and final Instructions!


The Bells, the Bells!

Huge thanks to John for fixing the newly-refurbished Sacristy Bell to the wall by the Blessed Sacrament Chapel – six inch brass screws used, no less! – and to John and James (actually his father, David) for working on the new Sanctuary Lamp Holder, to be fixed on the wall near the High Altar. Thousand thanks, both!


Repository: Get ready for Christmas!

Our premium Christmas cards and gifts are now in stock.  Unique for this year are Christmas Cards made by contemplative Nuns from the Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk.  The cards are the result of the talent and hard work of many of the Sisters, and the sales generated are the monastery's primary source of income. Please come and browse.


November Holy Souls Book

Time now to start getting those names in – email is preferred, but if you write them out by hand, please use Capital Letters to avoid misspellings!


Chester CAFOD Group Mass of Thanksgiving

Tuesday 22nd October, 7.00 pm at St Clare’s: to give thanks for 30 years of support and work for Overseas Aid. Refreshments. All welcome!


Next Meeting of the Readers' Group

Monday October 21st, 7.00 pm in the Presbytery for about an hour. We will discuss the Sunday readings for the next month. All are very welcome.


Caritas Boxes Collection

Dominique and Nathalie will be available at all Masses on 26th / 27th October to collect the contents of your Caritas boxes. Please bring monies in a strong plastic bag or envelope, clearly marked with your name. Opportunity to sign up if you wish to join.


Course on Parenting at the Catholic High School

Another of the popular free courses for parents is about to start at the High School on Wednesday 16th at 7.00 pm. It will help you to help your children to develop strong emotional wellbeing and resilience.  See a little more about the course.  Like all our courses it's free to parents.  The course will run over 5 weeks with a break for half term in the middle and is suitable for parents of children aged 8-18 yrs. Please get in touch if you're interested in taking part by contacting Claire on 07743-704-383. 


Requesting a lift from Great Barrow

“Sunday mornings, to come here to Mass. Willing to share expenses. I am able to get a lift back.” See FP if able to help with this parishioner’s request.


Annual Diocesan Mass for Grandparents

12 noon, Saturday 2nd November at St Alban’s, Mill Lane, Liscard, CH44 5UD.  Please bring your family to celebrate and give thanks for the part you play in the lives of your grandchildren. Refreshments afterwards. Nearest car park: shopping precinct opposite the Parish Hall in St Alban’s Road.


Music Group

Playing at the 10.45 am Mass today, Sunday 20th Oct.


Calling all Catholic Students for Sunday Evenings!

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.


Photo of the Week

That magnificent shot of the Church taken in brilliant early morning sunshine by Geoff and used for the cover this year of our Parish Diary.