St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Acts 1, 12-14; Psalm 26; I Peter 4, 13-16; John 17, 1-11

Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today (Morning): David Woodbury (2nd Anniversary)
Evening: Katie Curtis (1st Anniversary)

Monday 25th May: Our Lady Help of Christians: Principal Patron of the Diocese of Shrewsbury
Ecclesiasticus 4, 11-18; Psalm 112; I Corinthians 1, 18-25; John 19, 19-27
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Bob and Pat Billsborrow

Tuesday 26th May: St Philip Neri: Acts 20, 17-27; Psalm 67; John 17, 1-11
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Loreto and Margarita Rea

Wednesday 27th May: St Augustine of Canterbury: I Thess 2, 2-8; Psalm 116; Luke 10, 1-9
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Arcari Family

Thursday 28th May: Ferial: Acts 22,30 - 23,11; Psalm 15; John 17, 20-26
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Paddy Scanlan - Funeral Today
11.20 am: Blacon: Funeral Service for Paddy Scanlan, late of Saughall

Friday 29th May: Ferial: Acts 25, 13-21; Psalm 102; John 21, 15-19
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Moore Family

Saturday 30th May: Ferial: Acts 28, 16-31; Psalm 10; John 21, 20-25
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Rachael Andrews

Acts 2, 1-11; Psalm 103; I Corinthians 12, 3-13; John 20, 19-23
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today (Morning):
Fr Neill Robb – 1st Anniversary of Ordination Thanksgiving
Evening: Terry Collier (3rd Anniversary)

Prayer intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Pauline Hackett, Kerry Woodbury, 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 George Shepherd, Tina Johnson, Patrick Scanlan, Noreen Cubitt, Laura Ruddock, Conchita Sedwell, Jane Gregory, John Roberts and Gladwen Nicholson; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Fred Sargent, Sheila Austin, Gladys Read, Trudy Axon, Mary Abbate, Christine Farr, Denis Hughes, Terry Collier, Doreen Feely, John Keegan, Simon Reynard, Stan Hughes, Peter Caswell, Denis Mannion, Baby Joseph Anderson, Joan Clarke, Winifred Sexton, Eileen Dinwoodie, Joan Bell, Vincent Lennon, Richard Brown and Sylvia Jones. May They All Rest in the Peace and Light of the Risen Lord Jesus.

Parish events


Our internet connection went down Wednesday afternoon. As I write, Friday evening, we’re still waiting for it to be fixed, hopefully tomorrow, Saturday. Apologies for loss of emails.
Update Saturday morning: connectivity now restored.

Sunday Mornings 10.00 - 11.00 am

It’s been a pleasure in recent weeks to be outside church for an 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...

Bishops’ Conference Statement Last Week

Monday, 11th May, the Government issued their lengthy statement on how they see Lockdown being gradually lifted. There was only one rather disappointing reference to churches in the 48 pages, classing us with Hairdressing Salons, Pubs and Cinemas as part of the "Leisure Industry”. Gee, thanks, Gov! Here is the Archbishops’ official response:

The timing and the manner of the opening of churches touches profound sensitivities and spiritual needs. The Government’s document and statements fail to recognise this. The Government’s position, established today, includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with ‘stakeholders’ in ensuring that premises are COVID-19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship. In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer. The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.”


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.

"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.)

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.

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!
Closing Date for Donations: Sunday 31st May!

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. One option we’re looking at is September.

Caritas Boxes Spring Collection

The 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.