St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Isaiah 55, 6-9; Psalm 144; Philippians 1, 20-27; Matthew 20, 1-16

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: David Lucas (L.D., Malpas)
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Ann Jones (L.D., Prestatyn)
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Kerry Woodbury (L.D.)
1.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Nikodem Oliver Kolek

Monday 21st September: St Matthew: Ephesians 4, 1-13; Psalm 18; Matthew 9, 9-13
2.40 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Pauline Laws, late of Lower Field Road, Westminster Park
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: MLA Intentions

Tuesday 22nd September: Ferial: Proverbs 21, 1-13; Psalm 118; Luke 8, 19-21
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Thanksgiving (M.P.)

Wednesday 23rd September: St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio):
Proverbs 30, 5-9; Psalm 118; Luke 9, 1-6
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Brian Boardman (Birthday Remembrance)

Thursday 24th September: Our Lady of Walsingham:
Galatians 4, 4-7; Psalm Luke 1; John 19, 25-27
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Intentions of Mike Hart’s Operation

Friday 25th September: Ferial: Ecclesiastes 3, 1-11; Psalm 143; Luke 9, 18-22
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Godfrey Mwandemele

Saturday 26th September: Ferial: Ecclesiastes 11,9 – 12,8; Psalm 89; Luke 9, 43-45
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Ordination Intentions – Bro Augustine (Belmont)

Ezekiel 18, 25-28; Psalm 24; Philippians 2, 1-11; Matthew 21, 28-32
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes (23rd Anniversary)
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Jim Catterson R.I.P.
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Peggy Power (5th Anniversary)
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Richard Turner (11th Anniversary)

Prayer intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: John McMahon, Nathalie Gresty, Pauline Hackett, 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 Anna Norbury, Janet Banks, Kerry Woodbury, Jean Reynolds and Pauline Laws; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Margaret Ball, Jack Dodd, Dennis Green, William Meredith, Fr John Lennon, Eileen Doyle, Peggy Power, Mary Pritchard, Maureen Johnson, Eily Power, Ellen Holding, Alice Bath, William Kearns, Helen Cornes, Francis Horton, David Serdiville, Andrzet Zopoph, Giuseppina Sarandis and George Taylor. May They All Rest in the Peace and Light of the Risen Lord Jesus.

Parish events

Sunday Morning Mass – Numbers Plateauing Out!

  • Week One: Sunday 19th July: 147
  • Week Two: Sunday 26th July: 198
  • Week Three: Sunday 2nd August: 201
  • Week Four: Sunday 9th August: 215
  • Week Five: Sunday 16th August: 232
  • Week Six: Sunday 23rd August: 243
  • Week Seven: Sunday 30th August: 257
  • Week Eight: Sunday 6th September: 270
  • Week Nine: Sunday 13th September: 270

This is about 67.5% of our "normal” Sunday Morning Mass congregation, so people are obviously feeling more confident about coming back to Mass reassured by all our safety measures put in place. Thanks, everyone - and thanks Taskforce, Cleaners and Stewards especially, We couldn’t do it without you!

Caritas Boxes Autumn Collection

Due to Covid-19 the Caritas Boxes collection will not be able to take place in the usual way this autumn and Caritas are due to provide suggestions in the coming weeks about getting our donations to them. As you know most charities have suffered financially as a consequence of the pandemic so it will be important to try and support Caritas as best we can within the limitations of the current situation. Please look out for an update in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued support.

Chester CAFOD - Sunday 4th October

Pope Francis has called for the period from 1st September - 4th October to be a season of prayer for Creation, and with this in mind members of the Chester CAFOD Support Group are pleased to invite you to join them at St Theresa's Church, Blacon on Sunday 4th October (The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) at 3.00 pm for a Novena of Prayer to Saint Francis to pray "for a world under threat", comprising nine brief reflections asking St Francis of Assisi to pray for us and our world, based on his beautiful Canticle of the Sun. This novena is a song of penitence and praise, guiding us to care for the earth and for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers, especially the Amazon peoples. Due to the current restrictions re social distancing etc numbers allowed in church are limited so please contact Sue Bownas on 01244 679270 if you plan to join us, we do hope that you will be able to do so, but if not prayers and images from the Novena can be found on the following link to CAFOD's website so you can make your own Novena at home.

Message from our SVP

SVP ‘Just Giving’ page - for all of the obvious reasons the Chester and Ellesmere Port District SVP, which includes the St Werburgh’s team, have had to cancel all of their annual fund raising events that would normally raise money to help maintain their Holiday Home in Talacre. As an alternative approach they have decided to set up a ‘Just Giving’ page for a limited period so that donations can be made at If anyone would like to support this initiative their contribution would be very welcome. More details of the Holiday Home that we provide to local families in need can be seen on the SVP page of the Parish website.

Chester Retreat House - October 10th

A Zoom Meeting with Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, monk, teacher and Director for the World Community for Christian Meditation. A global inclusive contemplative community. The theme is "Why Contemplation Matters”. To find out more and to book, please go to

Students Arriving in Chester This Weekend!

Welcome to Chester and welcome to St Werburgh’s! Obviously we can’t have the normal Freshers Fair and Events that we would love to have - but if you have arrived in Chester and found your way to St Werburgh’s this morning, please stop on after Mass for a brief chat and a chance to get your contact details. The Werbies and CathSoc do need you!! Although we can’t have our traditional large CathSoc get-togethers, we will be meeting in smaller groups and having as much of a programme as is consistent with the lockdown!

Car Parking Sunday Mornings: Priority for Stewards

Please DON’T try to park at church if you are coming for one of the four Sunday Morning Masses. Blue Badges: you can park on the main road, as usual.

SVP Autumn Mass for Elderly and Housebound

Sunday 4th October 2.30 pm - the SVP will be holding a special Mass in St Werburgh’s Church for anyone requiring extra assistance and reassurance in these challenging times. For many previous years similar Masses have been held at the Primary School and have been known as the ‘Housebound Mass’. This is a special event to which the SVP cordially invite anyone requiring a little extra assistance or support to come along and enjoy Mass and a cup of tea. If you or some you know would like to join this event please contact Stephen on 07775781204 or via Suggestions for a new name for this event will be gratefully received.

Looking for a Good Home

Wooden table and six chairs looking for a new home - the SVP has been offered a solid wood extending table and six chairs, in good condition. Photo can be provided if required. We also have been offered 2 sets of double bedding and quilts. If interested please contact Stephen Perry on 07775-781-204 or email

New Name for "Elderly and Housebound”?

Just picking up Steve’s point from his Newsletter Item this week: is there a better name for our Masses and Penitential Services than "Elderly and Housebound”? No, before you start shouting, we are not getting desperately PC in our old age. Just wondering if "elderly and housebound” really is our target audience, and is there a better way of phrasing it? All suggestions gratefully received! Only sensible suggestions, please...

Turning Up for Sunday Mass at Five To the Hour!

Please don’t come at the last minute if you can avoid it: with essential social distancing, hand sanitizing and Trace and Tracking, you will probably end up being late going in... Just saying.

Photo of the Week: Vietnam

Our Lady of the Rosary Church in the mountain town of Sapa in Vietnam, seen and snapped by Judith on her recent visit there with St Gareth. Thanks for ending it over, Judith - and "We are now a Grandmother!” Many congratulations from all of us in the Werbies!