St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




II Maccabees 7, 1-14; Psalm 16; II Thessalonians 2,16 – 3,5; Luke 20, 27-38

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Deceased Members of the Fazey and Boulton Families
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Elizabeth Rivas (Anniversary 1981)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Peter and Katie Curtis
Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Charlie McLennan
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Holy Souls

Monday 11th November: St Martin de Tours: Wisdom 1, 1-7; Psalm 138; Luke 17, 1-6
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers (3rd Anniversary) and CWL Deceased Members
1.05 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome

Tuesday 12th November: St Josaphat: Wisdom 2,23 – 3,9; Psalm 33; Luke 17, 7-10
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Deceased Members of Cummins and Noone Families
7.00 pm: St Clare’s: Rehearsal for all Confirmation Candidates and Sponsors

Wednesday 13th November: Ferial: Wisdom 6, 1-11; Psalm 81; Luke 17, 11-19
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Mass in Korean for Tourist Party
11.00 am: Grosvenor Gardens NH (Crawford’s Walk): Remembrance Day Service – All Welcome!
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (JA)

Thursday 14th November: Ferial: Wisdom 7,22 – 8,1; Psalm 118; Luke 17, 20-25
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Michael Hayward (Anniversary 2000)

Friday 15th November: Ferial: Wisdom 13, 1-9; Psalm 18; Luke 17, 26-37
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kathy Lee
2.00 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Susan Williams

Saturday 16th November: Wisdom 18,14 – 19,9; Psalm 104; John 18, 1-8
10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptisms of Oliver and Reuben Garland
1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Rowan Sims Williams
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Patricia Thomas (1st Anniversary)

Malachi 3, 19-20; Psalm 97; II Thessalonians 3, 7-12; Luke 21, 5-19

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Patricia Thomas (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Gordon Sands
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Mae Kay
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Sophia Jane McGrath
Sunday 2.00 – 4.00 pm: Blacon: Blessings of Graves
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Bill and Elsie Wilson

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Tina Johnson, Laura Chadwick, Brian Lee, Elisabeth, Stuart Clark, Keith Hayes, Sheila Winder, 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, Stella Farrell, Susan Williams and Bill Dennan; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Walter Saville, Margaret Dolan, Dympna Fields, Roland Waite, Andrey Romanski, Peter Wilkes, Delia Balkin, Frederick Bath, Peter Gorman, Mary Foley, Kaye Clarke, Gary Vickers, Frederick Moran, Andrew Otto, Sheila Tatler, Mary Sheehan, Kathleen Williams, Thomas Harper, John Greensword, Ian Bowdler, Tony Mayers and Kathleen Herbert. May They All Rest in Peace.


Parish events


Plans For Re-Modelling Front of Church

We have a new architect working on this now, Robert Harrington, and he has produced three possible designs for us to look at – on the noticeboard at the back of church. Plus, two new Wedding Photos from the 1950’s, which clearly show what it looked like before the changes to Grosvenor Park Road altered everything. As you will see, in the old days we came out of church onto a large flat paved area, and that’s what we’re seeking to recreate, as well as re-model our Disabled Entrance and tidy everything up generally.

First Meeting Parish 1st Holy Communion Group

For all Parents from both Parishes takes place at St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Primary School, Lightfoot St, Hoole, on Monday 11th November at 7.00 pm. See you all there!

October Mass Count 2019

Werbies Numbers holding up well, alleluia! These are the totals for all four Sunday Masses.

  • 2011: 589
  • 2012: 594
  • 2013: 624
  • 2014: 636 
  • 2015: 617
  • 2016: 601
  • 2017: 642
  • 2018: 636
  • 2019: 614

New Oven in Kitchen

When I arrived here in 2006 – Black Saturday – the Kitchen Oven was on its last legs. Now it’s eventually given up the ghost, and we’ve a super new one in its place. It will be formally opened on Monday 11th November. At 2.00 am.

Caritas Shrewsbury Vacancy

An Office Administrator (closing date: 22nd November) based at their Head Office on the Wirral. For further details and an Application Pack: (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 /

Catholic Women’s League: Chester Section

Monday 11th November at 12.15 in St Werburgh’s Church. Mass for deceased members followed by a light lunch in the house. Any members of the Parish are very welcome to join us.

Next Meeting of the Readers' Group

Monday November 18th at 7-00 pm in the Presbytery for about an hour, to look at the readings for the next 4 Sundays. All are very welcome whether readers or not. It' s a completely open meeting. Do come along!

“Love and Mercy: Faustina”

Monday 18th November at 8.30 pm, this new film will be shown at the Odeon Wrexham. The film is being shown at a number of Odeon cinemas throughout the UK but not including Chester.

Music Group Playing Next Sunday

Playing at the 10.45 am First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass, Sunday 24th November. Practice in Church Monday 11th November at 7.00 pm.

NW University Catholic Chaplains Meeting

Here at St Werburgh’s, Thursday, 10.30-3.00 pm

Gift Aid & Loose Plate Grant 2018/9

We have received £16,929 from the Government, a welcome addition to our funds. This is mainly gift aid on your offertory and other donations, but we also claim a contribution based on donations on the loose plate. Thank you all for your support of the Gift Scheme. Interested in joining the scheme? Speak to Fr Paul or our Gift Aid Organiser, Denise Jones

Bill Dennan RIP

We were all saddened last weekend to hear news of the death of one of our great Parishioners. Bill was always at 9.00 Sunday Mass until he was no longer able to make it very recently. His Requiem Mass is on Friday 22nd November, here, at 11.45 am.

Lyn Williams

Lyn responded to the recent request for more Eucharistic Ministers to work in the Hospital. Thank you, Lyn! She has been trained there, but we are delighted to commission her here, in her Parish, where she will also assist – at 9.00 am, next Sunday, 17th November.

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

Confirmation This Week: Rehearsal Night!

Tuesday 12th November, down at St Clare’s, ready for Tuesday 19th November, the big night! 7.00 pm.

November Holy Souls Book

Edition Two out today, Sunday 10th. Any more names for inclusion? Asap, please. Many thanks, everyone.

Bishop Brian Noble R.I.P.

A beautiful and moving Requiem Mass last Wednesday 6th, at St Michael and All Angels, Woodchurch, Birkenhead. May He Rest in Peace. We are having our own Ellesmere Port & Chester Deanery Commemoration Mass on Tuesday 27th November at St Theresa’s, 7.00 pm, and it would be good to see as many of you as possible there.

November Month of the Holy Souls

  • 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.

Free Sunday Morning Parking in City Road

Charges in City Road will begin at 2.00 pm on Sundays to accommodate those attending morning services. We’re very grateful to our Council for this concession, which will help many local Churches.

SVP Nursing Care Home Remembrance Day Service

Wednesday 13th November at 11.00 am in Grosvenor Gardens Care Home (the old Crawford’s Walk).

Calling all Catholic Students for Sunday Evenings!

This Sunday evening an informal Drop-In Cake and Catch-Up Session for anyone who’s around.

Photo of the Week: Earl of Denbigh, Pantasaph

The 8th Earl (1823-92), became a Catholic in 1850. He built Pantasaph for the Franciscans and was interred at his death in the 3rd Order Habit.