St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: David Graves 70th Birthday Intentions
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Anne Dudley (7th Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers and Kathleen Mayers (Anniversaries)
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Sophia Jane McGrath
Sunday 2.00 – 4.00 pm: Blacon: Blessings of Graves at Blacon
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Tatler (1st Anniversary)

Monday 18th November: Ferial: I Maccabees 1, 10-64; Psalm 118; Luke 18, 35-43
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers (3rd Anniversary)
1.05 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome

Tuesday 19th November: Ferial: II Maccabees 6, 18-31; Psalm 3; Luke 19, 1-10
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Deceased Members of Cummins and Noone Families
7.00 pm: St Clare’s: Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Mark

Wednesday 20th November: Ferial: II Maccabees 7, 20-31; Psalm 16; Luke 19, 11-28
11.00 am: Grosvenor Manor NH (Heath Lane): Service for Residents and Visitors
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (JA)
3.00 pm: Blacon: Interment of Ashes for the late Nora Reddy

Thursday 21st November: Presentation of the BVM: I Maccabees 2, 15-29; Psalm 49; Luke 19, 41-44
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kathy Lee

Friday 22nd November: St Cecilia: I Maccabees 4, 3-59; Psalm I Chronicles 29; Luke 19, 45-48
11.45 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Bill Dennan, late of Somerset Road, Newton

Saturday 23rd November: Ferial: I Maccabees 6, 1-13; Psalm 9; Luke 20, 27-40
9.30 am – 10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
10.30 am – 4.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marriage Preparation Day
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Patricia Thomas (1st Anniversary)

II Samuel 5, 1-3; Psalm 121; Colossians 1, 12-20; Luke 23, 35-43

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: FHC Enrolment Mass: Mae Kay
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Lily Rose Theresa Boekweit
Sunday 2.00 – 4.00 pm: Overleigh: Blessings of Graves – Old Side at 2.00 pm, New Side at 3.00 pm
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 Susan Williams and Bill Dennan; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Nevil Gooch, Thomas Burrows, Sally Stanton, Cherry Pateman, Roy Galland, Amelia Callaghan, Michael Hayward, Fred Best, Veronica Evans, Eric Tasker, John Owens, Mary Anderson, Dorothy Colley, John Doidge, Gary O’Reilly, Peter Croft, Baby Ella Louise, Tony Fields, Leigh Johnson and Mary Hatton. 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.

Marriage Prep Day Next Saturday

We welcome seven couples to St Werburgh’s. So, Confessions will be 9.30-10.30 that morning.

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

Health and Safety Group Meeting on Thursday

We’ve slimmed down now to a core committee of six very committed parishioners, for which I’m extremely grateful. Top two priorities have been Working at Height / Ladder Safety, and Fire & Evacuation Safety. Watch this space for more details over the coming weeks leading up to Christmas and jam-packed churches.

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 /

Refreshments After Mass Next Wednesday

We also welcome to Cheshire Church Leaders for lunch and meeting on that day, so it really will be a 2.00 am start!

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!

NW University Catholic Chaplains Meeting

Great to welcome our guests from Manchester University, Manchester Met, Salford, Liverpool University, Liverpool John Moores and Liverpool Hope, and our National Co-Ordinator. Thanks, Bernice and Gillian, for a super lunch, which everyone hugely enjoyed, not the least being the chance to sit over coffee afterwards and just spend time together. Real Table Fellowship.

Gift Aid & Loose Plate Grant 2018/9

We have received £16,929 from the Government, a welcome addition to our funds. Interested in joining the scheme? Speak to Fr Paul or our Gift Aid Organiser, Denise Jones.

Finances This Year

Excellent Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday. The main item was Parish Finances so far this year. We looked at the seven-month figures (April-October) and the pressures are unmistakeable. We know this is true for every family too, so don’t be surprised if there’s some belt-tightening coming, folks!

Lyn Williams Commissioned Today

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 today.

SVP Elderly / Housebound Reconciliation Service

in St Werburgh's, Saturday, 30th November at 10.30 am, with the opportunity for Confession and will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome. For information contact Stephen Perry on 07775 851 204.

Caritas Boxes Collection – Mille Grazie!!

The Caritas Autumn Collection raised a superb £860.09, over £110 more than the Spring Collection. A big thank you for your generosity.

Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of The Hospice

Friday 29th November, 10.30 am – 2.00 pm
Festival Church, Queen St, Chester CH1 3LG
Tickets £3 including coffee and mince pie

Candle Safety in Church

One of the Penny Candles ended up on the floor last Sunday morning and started a small fire, fortunately quickly extinguished. Candle Safety is high on the list of our excellent new Health and Safety Committee’s Agenda, so we will be asking for your views on this in the weeks ahead.

Confirmation Night on Tuesday!

Tuesday 19th November, 7.00 pm, down at St Clare’s. Please keep all our candidates – youngsters and adults - in your prayers.

November Holy Souls Book

Edition Three out today, Sunday 17th. Last Edition will be next Sunday, so deadline for submitting names is Wednesday evening this week.

Bishop Brian Noble R.I.P.

We are having our own Ellesmere Port & Chester Deanery Commemoration Mass on Wednesday 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.

CAFOD Christmas Catalogues Our Today!

If there’s anyone who’d like a goat for Christmas…

“What Time’s Midnight Mass?”

Usual Mass Times this Christmas: Children’s Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm, Main Vigil Mass at 8.30 pm, Carols and Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm, and the two Day Masses at 9.00 am and 10.45 am. See you all there!

Photo of the Week: Rosary Basilica at Lourdes

Taken by Paul on a recent visit there – thanks, Paul!