St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

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Ecclesiasticus 15, 15-20; Psalm 118; I Corinthians 2, 6-10; Matthew 5, 17-37

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Doreen Nardini (L.D.)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Maria Prez (2nd Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Patricia Twohig (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Jake Freddie Parry
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields

Monday 17th February: Ferial: James 1, 1-11; Psalm 118; Mark 8, 11-13
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Alex Flack
[No University Mass today – apologies]

Tuesday 18th February: Ferial: James 1, 12-18; Psalm 93; Mark 8, 14-21
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Dom Aelred Burrows OSB (4th Anniversary)

Wednesday 19th February: Ferial: James 1, 19-27; Psalm 14; Mark 8, 22-26
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Annie (L.D., Ireland)

Thursday 20th February: Ferial: James 2, 1-9; Psalm 33; Mark 8, 27-33
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention

Friday 21st February: Ferial: James 2, 14-24; Psalm 111; Mark 8,34 – 9,1
10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Beryl Deacon, late of Lauren Court, Blacon

Saturday 22nd February: Chair of St Peter: I Peter 5, 1-4; Psalm 22; Matthew 16, 13-19
10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Helen Gornall

Leviticus 19, 1-17; Psalm 102; I Corinthians 3, 16-23; Matthew 5, 38-48

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Helen Gornall
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Philip McCabe (2nd Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Derek Taylor (11th Anniversary)
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Godfrey Mwandelmele


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Kerry Woodbury, Tina Johnson, Laura Chadwick, 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 Kathleen Jones, Kathleen O’Brien, Beryl Deacon, Jim Colley and Gioacchino Izzo; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Josephine Owens, Margaret Connolly, Bernard Flaherty, John Axon, Mary Barr, Kathleen Vickers, Winifred Swaine, Garry Nelson, Mary Lambert, Harry Keyzor, Peter Melia, Eric Muldoon, Dorothy Welch, Fred McClelland, Joe Dunne, Kathleen Ward, Bob Ward, Bernie Clark, Irene Whitehouse and Winifred Morris. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events


New Tax Year Weekly Offertory Envelopes

2020/21 envelopes are at the back of church. If you use envelopes, please collect yours as soon as possible. Thanks! If you’re not in the scheme and would like to be, let FP know!

New Candle-Stands: Three Requests

  • One: Do not take the wax out of the tin foil container, as it makes a horrible mess.
  • Two: Do not place more than one tea-light in any one brass cup.
  • Three: If you see any lit candle that looks dangerous or dodgy to you, blow it out!


Welsh Railways Trip: Wednesday 6th May 2020

Delighted that we now have a definite date for this trip. When we floated the idea last Autumn, we asked for ‘Expressions of Interest’ to see if it was viable or not – and 52 of you said it was! Those 52 have Priority Booking until Sunday 22nd March, after which it will be open to all Parishioners. Please complete the Booking Form if you would still like to go and return it with your remittance - £53.25 – to the Parish Office as soon as convenient.

Next Meeting of the Readers' Group

Monday February 17th at 7.00 pm for about an hour in the Parish House. As Lent approaches we will be looking at the Sunday readings for the first three weeks of Lent. Do come along!

Cleaning of Blessed Sacrament Altar Banner

Have you noticed the banner hanging at the back of the Blessed Sacrament Altar? It’s been taken for cleaning, and certainly come up in very fresh new colours. Thanks, Gerry! Anyone fancy joining a Banner Group in the Parish to make new ones for hanging from the pillars, to add to the beautiful ones we already have? Four names have come in so far – any more? Then we’ll call a meeting and get our bodkins out!

Stations of the Cross During Lent

We will be having Stations for each of the six Friday Evenings during Lent: five volunteers have come forward so far, so just ONE slot remaining, 3rd April. Any takers?

Ash Wednesday; 26th February

Usual, three Masses – 7.30 am, 12.15 pm and 7.30 pm – and Stations of the Cross every Friday evening during Lent at 7.00 pm, with Exposition afterwards till 9.00 pm.

Churches Together in Christleton Lent 2020

Once again, we’re visiting a series of local Houses of Prayer, Tuesday afternoons in Lent:

  • 3rd March: Foxhill Conference Centre, Frodsham
  • 10th March: Quiet Garden, Frodsham (20 max)
  • 17th March: Sisters of Jesus Way West Kirby (20)
  • 24th March: Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden
  • 31st March: Franciscans at Pantasaph.

Please note there are limited numbers at two venues. If you are definitely planning to attend please email Judith on who will compile a list.

Our Mission Together Minor Works List

With your help, we drew up a list of some twenty projects, fifteen of which have now been completed: new white Chasubles; renovation of Communion Patens; new Lecterns for Presidential Chair and War Memorial Chapel; new Lighting in Church Porch; Wooden Frame for the Great War Memorial; new Free-standing Altar Candlesticks; new Sanctuary Lamp holder; refurbishment of Sacristy and Mass Bells; Handrails for Parish House Front Door; repair of Crib Figures; repair of Kneelers and Benches in church. We are part way through renewing our Altar Cloths – new Purple one in place for last Advent – and are almost there with the re-upholstering of all the Dining Room Chairs – one to go! Total Cost: about £13,000. Now we are moving on to buying a Defibrillator for Church and re-binding the three Mass Lectionaries, which are falling apart. Next week, we want your views on the Day Chapel, and how it should best be used.

CathSoc Tonight – Reading Week aka Half Term!

You’re not allowed to call it Half Term anymore – it’s Student Development Week (as if!), but it means most are back home, leaving their bags in the hall, coming in at all hours (Contd. p 94). So, this Sunday, 16th, it’s ‘Cake and Catch-Up’ for those who are around, and Sunday 23rd, Pancakes and Catch-Up.
I shall be standing ready with my frying pan…

Music Group Playing This Sunday 16th Feb

Walsingham Pilgrimage 27th - 30th April 2020

£203.00 per person. For a booking form please contact either Carol Galvin at St Columba's (624019) or Eileen Irwin at St Theresa's (371660).

Saturday 21st March - Singing the Word!

A day offered by the Diocesan Liturgy Commission for cantors, singers, instrumentalists, clergy and congregations. Saturday 21st March 10.00 am to 3.00 pm to join the Liturgy Commission at Saint John Plessington Catholic College on the Wirral. Places are £5 payable on the day to help cover costs (6 places for £25). Our Keynote speaker for the day is Mr Martin Foster a well-known composer and Director of the National Liturgy Office. To reserve a place contact Anthony Timothy (Curial Offices) 0151 652 9855 or

Repository – Last Chance to Bag an Old Relic

The end of our Pre-Loved, Second-Hand Sale today.

Year of the Word Diocesan Spring Talks

Talk One: Fr Nick Kern on Vatican II’s Dei Verbum
Wed Feb 19th St Columba's, Chester 19:00-20:30.

It Gets Worse!

If you call a Rooster who writes Novels ‘Charles Chickens’ what was his greatest novel? “Great Eggspectations”! (You’re on fire, Etienne!) Anyone else, do feel free to join in.

Photo of the Week; Madeira

The striking and dramatic carving of the Last Supper in the Parish Church of Estreito da Calheta, Madeira. Thanks, Gordon! (Sheila, you spoil that man…)