St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Acts 2, 14-41; Psalm 22; I Peter 2, 20-25; John 10, 1-10

Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today (Morning): Mary Taylor (Birthday Remembrance)
Evening: Ray O’Brien (10th Anniversary)

Monday 4th May: The English Martyrs: Acts 7, 55-60; Psalm 30; Matthew 10, 17-20
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Martin Cranny (L.D.)

Tuesday 5th May: Ferial: Acts 11, 19-26; Psalm 86; John 10, 22-30
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Little Pip (L.D.)

Wednesday 6th May: Ferial: Acts 12,24 - 13,5; Psalm 66; John 12, 44-50
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Carmel Kimpton (L.D.)

Thursday 7th May: Ferial: Acts 13, 13-25; Psalm 88; John 13, 16-20
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Helen Jacobs (L.D., Bristol)

Friday 8th May: Ferial: Acts 13, 26-33; Psalm 2; John 14, 1-6
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Intentions of Ben Morrin (NHS)

Saturday 9th May: Ferial: Acts 13, 44-52; Psalm 97; John 14, 7-14
12.40 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Nora Rathbone, late of The Willows NH, Blacon
1.20 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for John McMahon, late of Warwick Road, Blacon
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Lorraine McKeown (1st Anniversary)

Acts 6, 1-7; Psalm 32; I Peter 2, 4-9; John 14, 1-12
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today (Morning): Alex Barnes
Evening: Bob Delap (3rd Anniversary)

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: John Swarbrick, Pauline Hackett, Kerry Woodbury, Tina Johnson, Laura Chadwick, Elisabeth, Stuart Clark, Keith Hayes, Sheila Winder, Joe and Ruth O’Kane, Henri Diacono, Garth Stocking and Kevin Maguire; and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Tommy Bromwich, Noreen Cubitt, Laura Ruddock, Carmel Kimpton, Nora Rathbone, John McMahon, Patricia Parsonage, Annie Langford, Conchita Sedwell and Jane Gregory; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time:  John Clarke, Connie Parry, Eileen Donavan, Helen Moran, Albert Austin, Thomas Conboy, George Parry, Julia King, Patrick Smith, Anne Mulheirn, David Spencer, Mary Hayes, John Hannon, David Gardner, James McGowan-Scanlon, Thomas Dolan, Bill Borthwick, Anthony Costello, Benny Brookfield, Eileen Doran, Mandy Pritchard and Bernie O’Loughlin. May They All Rest in the Peace and Light of the Risen Lord Jesus.


Parish events

Sunday Mornings 10.00 – 11.00 am

It’s been a pleasure for the last two weeks to be outside church for that hour on Sunday Morning to say hello to anyone passing by. I have all the Catholic Newspapers, Newsletters, Mass Cards, if any of you need to pick up any of those. Otherwise, just good to see you in person – but no hugs!! Not that you would anyway…

This Week’s Message from Bishop Mark

Dear Fathers, Deacons and Sisters, I am sending the attached message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England and Wales entitled “A People who Hope in Christ.” It is a message of encouragement for all the faithful that I ask you to share and circulate at local level as you are able. “The bishops were able to meet by various means at the beginning of the week. The message prepared by the Archbishops anticipates, without yet being able to specify the various timescales, a gradual re-opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. The bishops are now planning for this time and are engaged in discussions with the statutory health authorities and government representatives. I think it is important for us to communicate that this is the course the bishops are actively seeking. We are doing this with a view to all of the appropriate safety provisions as society gradually emerges from this unprecedented state of national lockdown. It is not a simple path to walk, so it is also important to invite the prayer of the people for this intention and, as the Archbishops ask in their message to seek the intercession of Our Blessed Lady that we may be safely and surely guided in the weeks and months ahead. With remembrance in my prayer and every good wish, Yours sincerely in Christ,
+ Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

(The full message is on our Werbies website.)

Mass Intentions During Lockdown

Still honoured and delighted to say your Mass Intentions: but there is only one Mass each day except Sunday (two) and that does mean that some pre-booked Intentions may not be on the exact day you requested if it was a Sunday. I’ll try to say your Mass on the nearest available day, and hope you understand.

Catholic Newspapers and Magazines

Continuing to be delivered. So, I’ll be at the front of church on Sunday morning, 10.00 – 11.00 am, if any of you want to come by on your daily walk and pick up your copy – or any of the back copies still here. including “Day by Day” for Easter and the Sacred Heart Messenger.

“Online giving to the Parish”

An online donation page has been added to the Parish website. It’s the third box down on the Home Page. (Box One are the Official Statements, Box Two is the Blog.)

On-Line Catholic Resources at our Cathedral

The website which takes you straight through is:

Richard Curtis’s CAFOD 10k Run

Our excellent friend Richard Curtis from St Columba’s and St Theresa’s – he organises the Altar Servers for both churches - has signed up to do “The Team CAFOD Virtual Challenge” and run 10K and has pledged to help raise £250.00 for CAFOD. He writes: “My company works with charities, and with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, charities including CAFOD will have a massive shortfall in funding and donations. Without emergency funding, some of these charities will disappear. If you have a spare few pounds, please sponsor me by going to the link below, but if you can't, don't worry about it - as we all have a lot going on at the moment. Thanks, everyone, Richard.” Richard’s a great chap, Werbies – he organised the Bowling Match for our Altar Servers at Cheshire Oaks a couple of months ago, and he’s a pillar of strength in Chester Parishes Together. Let’s get behind him on this one!

Funeral Details: Please Don’t Just Turn Up!

Although I’ve put details of Funerals on the front of the Newsletter, please don’t just turn up, folks, without checking with families first, as there’s a strict “Ten Max” Attendance limit at the Crematorium. Thanks for understanding.

First Holy Communion Masses in May

Obviously, May is now out, as you all need to give families plenty of notice, and only when it’s safe for them to travel. So, rest assured, everyone, we are actively looking at options, and will get back to you when the national situation is a little clearer and we can see what’s going to be for the best. One option we are actively looking at is September.

Caritas Boxes Spring Collection

Caritas have written to say that due to Covid-19, their Spring Collection will not take place this year but the Autumn one will hopefully go ahead in September/October. So, there will only be one collection this year and the date will be published in the parish newsletter nearer the time. Please keep putting any loose change you may have in your boxes. Thank you for your support.

Keeping in Touch during this Period

Newsletters and Information Sheets will be available two ways, as usual: hard copies, in the Newsletter Box on the Front Door of the Church; and on the website, as you’ve always done. Log on to: On the home page, you will see three links: one takes you to all the official statements; the second is the painful Parish Priest’s Daily Blog; the third is online giving.

Photo of the Week: Bellissima Bologna!

You Werbies only know it for the Spag Bol, but it’s one of the most glorious cities in Italy, and the Grand Duchess of Riga sent us this photo from her visit there last year, showing the Medieval Porticoes. And where I hope to base myself this August if…