St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





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


Monday 28th October: SS Simon and Jude: Ephesians 2, 19-22; Psalm 18; Luke 6, 12-16

11.00 am: Crabwall Hall NH: Service for Residents and Visitors

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: William Maher (90th Birthday Remembrance)

1.05 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome


Tuesday 29th October: Ferial: Romans 8, 18-25; Psalm 125; Luke 13, 18-21

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Christine Curtis (29th Anniversary)


Wednesday 30th October: Ferial: Romans 8, 26-30; Psalm 12; Luke 13, 22-30

11.00 am: Grosvenor Manor NH, Heath Lane: Service for Residents and Visitors

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John Clyne (Anniversary, 2007)


Thursday 31st October: Ferial: Romans 8, 31-39; Psalm 108; Luke 13, 31-35

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Thanks for Prayers Answered



Apocalypse 7, 2-14; Psalm 23; I John 3, 1-3; Matthew 5, 1-12

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving for Canonisation of St John Henry Newman

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Alan Harrison (L.D.)



Isaiah 25, 6-9; Psalm 22; Apocalypse 21, 1-7; John 14, 1-6

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Josh, Sarah and Sophia Neal

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: All Holy Souls

2.00 pm: Our Lady and St Thomas, Sheffield: Baptism of Sophia Neal

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: St Werburgh’s Confirmation Candidates


Wisdom 11,22 – 12,2; Psalm 144; II Thessalonians 1,11 – 2,2; Luke 19, 1-10

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: St Werburgh’s Confirmation Candidates

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Betty Thomson

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Ray Astbury (Anniversary)

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Alexander Jay Parry

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: The DePoneo Family


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 Peter Johnson and Kathleen Farrell; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Audrey Donnelly. John Clyne, Annie Jones, Freddie Price, Claire Challoner, William Bath, Anne Bath, Elizabeth Rivas, Alice Artell, William Sanders, May Willis, Veronica Mulchrone, Helen Murtagh and Tony Nardini. May They All Rest in Peace.


Parish events


All Saints and All Souls

Friday 1st November is All Saints, and a Holy Day of Obligation. Usual three Masses, 7.30 am, 12.15 pm and 7.30 pm, and, as you know, you are all expected… The following day, Saturday, is All Souls, and whilst not a Holy Day of Obligation, is a day on which many Catholics like to come to Mass. So, two extra Masses on that day, 7.30 am and 12.15 pm.


Away Last Week

Good four days Study Leave, Sunday to Thursday, and then the drive into the deepest Hertfordshire countryside for Friday’s Wedding. St Edmund’s, now a top Catholic co-educational Boarding School, is steeped in Catholic History, with many reminders of Oscott and our lovely visit there. When all Seminary Training was driven abroad after the Reformation in England, Cardinal Allen founded colleges in France (Douai) and Rome. The former was where the first systematic Catholic English Translation of the Bible was produced – the famous Douai-Rheims Bible, as we saw in our recent Bible Talks. When the French Revolution drove the college out of France, it came (1793) to Ware, and priests were trained there throughout the 18th and 20th century until 1975, when they moved to Allen Hall in Chelsea. The college then became a school, as it is today. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in that part of the world. Many thanks to Frs Colin and Neill for looking after Masses while I am away, and to Syd for minding the shop.


Liturgy Group Meeting on Thursday

7.00 pm, starting planning for Advent and Christmas. All warmly welcome.


October Bible Exhibition

Finishing on Thursday. We’ll have the church open this afternoon, Sunday, if anyone would like to join me welcoming wizziters.


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 21st 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.


November’s “First Friday” Recital

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


No Confirmation Class This Week

Half Term! But we meet again Tuesday 5th Nov (Penitential Service in St Werburgh’s), 12th Nov (Rehearsal in St Clare’s) and 19th Nov (the big night – Sacrament of Confirmation St Clare’s). All at 7.00 pm


Bishop Brian Noble R.I.P.

We were all saddened last week to hear news of the death of Bishop Brian, who led our Diocese from 1995 to 2010. He was 83 and had enjoyed a good retirement on the Wirral after battling so amazingly serious ill health earlier in his time with us. His Vigil Mass will be at the Cathedral in Shrewsbury on Tuesday 5th November at 7.00 pm, and his Requiem Mass the following day, Wednesday 6th, at St Michael and All Angels, Woodchurch, Birkenhead, at 12.00 noon. May He Rest in Peace.


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!


November Month of the Holy Souls

  • Wednesday 6th November, 7.30 pm: Mass for the Recently Bereaved – All welcome.
  • Sun 17th Nov, 2.00 pm: Blessing of Graves Blacon
  • Sun 24th Nov, 2.00 pm: Blessing of Graves Overleigh
  • Tuesday 26th November, 7.30 pm: Mass of the Holy Souls (every name read out) – All welcome.


Caritas Boxes Collection This Weekend

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 has started at the High School on Wednesdays 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

Many thanks to the Parishioner who’s offered!


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.


Calling all Catholic Students for Sunday Evenings!

Shared Table Supper tonight, so do leave goodies in the Kitchen before Mass. 2.00 am for me…


Photo of the Week: McGeever Family Grave

In Overleigh (old) Cemetery. One of two Priest brothers, Andrew was ordained in St Werburgh’s on 21st May 1905, and was PP over in Stockport.