St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





We have literally a handful of places at one or two Masses. So, it will not be possible to accommodate anyone who does not have a prior booking. Please do not just turn up, as very sadly we will not be able to find you a seat.

II Samuel 7, 1-16; Psalm 88; Romans 16, 25-27; Luke 1, 26-38

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Molly Massey (11th Anniversary)
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Eileen O’Connor (L.D.)
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sally Coates (L.D.)
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Finn Abberton (3rd Anniversary)

Monday 21st December: Ferial: Song of Songs 2, 8-14; Psalm 32; Luke 1, 39-45
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Greta Morgan (Anniversary)

Tuesday 22nd December: Ferial: I Samuel 1, 24-28; Psalm 1 Samuel 2; Luke 1, 46-56
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Hilda Jones and Pat Maguire (Birthday Remembrances)

Wednesday 23rd December: Ferial: Malachi 3, 1-24; Psalm 24; Luke 1, 57-66
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Joseph Carey (Anniversary)

Thursday 24th December: Ferial: II Samuel 7, 1-16; Psalm 88; Luke 1, 67-79
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today, Day Mass of Christmas Eve: Intentions of Graham

Christmas Masses
Christmas Eve: 4.30 pm: Catherine Coia (Sr Margaret Goretti), L.D.
Christmas Eve: 6.00 pm: Intentions of Jo, Tom and Hannah
Christmas Eve: 8.00 pm: Jones and Garbett Family
Christmas Eve: 9.00 pm: Michelle Jennings (L.D.)
Christmas Eve: Midnight: Matthew Robinson
Christmas Day: 9.00 am: Brian Boardman
Christmas Day: 10.00 am: Alex Barnes
Christmas Day: 11.00 am: Sinead McNally (L.D.)
Christmas Day: 12 noon: John Haslam (L.D.)

Saturday 26th December: Saint Stephen: Acts 6, 8-10; Psalm 30; Matthew 10, 17-22
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: The Intentions of all our Altar Servers

Genesis 15, 1-6; Psalm 104; Hebrews 11, 8-19; Luke 2, 22-40
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Donal and Mary O’Shea (Anniversaries)
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John Flack (L.D.)
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Peter Nugent (L.D., Ireland)
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: June Lea (L.D.)

Prayer intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Jennifer Murphy, John McMahon, Pauline Hackett, Laura Chadwick, Elisabeth, Stuart Clark, Keith Hayes, Sheila Winder, Joe and Ruth O’Kane, Garth Stocking and Kevin Maguire; and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Mike Griffiths, Sheila Fields, Edward Clarkson and Jean Lynch; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Johnnie Jones, Edward Davies, Patricia Smith, Joan Barlow, Krystyna Pepper, Patricia Wood, Charlie Esser, Pat Crayton, Doris Vickers, Tony Shepherd, Terry Pealing, Luzia McDonough, Lexy Wilkinson, Winifred Challinor, Mary Hoban, Rita Duckers, John Haresnape. Joseph Doran, John O’Leary, Winifred Shaw, Arthur Biscaine, Brian Clegg, Barbara McKeown, Sheelagh Potter, John Oliphant, Charles Green, James McCleary, Pat Walsh, Vera Howard, Michael Davies and Bridget Jennings. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Booking for Christmas Masses

Just a handful of places left at some of the Masses, now that we were able last week to increase capacity by ten (thanks to the number of bubbles booking). If you want one of these last places, either email us or phone. First come, first served! Sadly, it will not be possible to accommodate anyone who does not have a booking. Please help us to get that message out there far and wide: you can ring to see if there are any places up to Wednesday lunchtime. Then we’ll need to print off all the lists and seating plans. So, if you haven’t booked by then, please do not just turn up, as we will not be able to admit you.

Reminders for ALL Christmas Masses

  • Please only come to one of the nine Masses
  • Face coverings are compulsory unless you have Health Exemption.
  • Please arrive 15/20 mins before the start time.
  • No parking available at church, we’re afraid - the alleyway is for Stewards only.
  • Once seated, don’t move around the church.
  • The toilets at church are unfortunately not open.
  • If you have any special mobility/wheelchair needs, please let us know.
  • If you are bringing a baby who will sit on a knee throughout the Mass, you do not need to book a separate seat for them.
  • If you need to cancel, let us know asap.

SVP Christmas Appeal: Last Chance!

They do a superb job supporting families and housebound every Christmas, and this year it’s more necessary than ever. The two lockdowns and those who’ve lost their jobs means this could be a bleak Christmas for many. If you want to support this Appeal, please send me your contributions via post, letterbox or Sunday Basket. Many thanks for all those envelopes that have come in so far! Closing date for contributions - Christmas Day!

November/December Holy Souls Mass Intentions

  • Mon 28th Dec: Jan Howatt’s Family
  • Wed 30th Dec: Wendy O’Brien’s Family
  • Thurs 31st Dec: Celia Murphy’s Family
  • Tues 5th Jan: Les and Eileen Owens’ Family

Photo of the Week Last Week

That extraordinary archive photo of the Papal Legate en route to the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, June 1932. The whole party is snapped on Chester Station! Our excellent friend John Wilbraham has found the telegram of thanks sent afterwards, and you can see it on the Blog for last Thursday.

Seminarians Training Fund Second Collection

This annual Collection is for the training and formation of Priests. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation, please make your donation Online.

This Week’s Photo of the Week: FHC 1954

Another treasure from the archives, the school First Holy Communion Class from 1954. Come on, Sage of Ingham! Put that bottle of Single Malt down (we all saw you on the Zoom Chat last night, don’t think we didn’t!) and get spotting. If any of you recognise any of the faces, do please let us know.

Mass Intentions

With Lockdown Two, going from four Masses on a Sunday back to one, the timetable for Mass Intentions was disrupted, as it was by the decision to have individual Holy Souls Mass Intentions rather than our usual Book. Now that we’re back to Public Masses and the Holy Souls lists have been worked through, we are gradually getting back to normal. If your intention has not appeared yet (and you didn’t ask for a specific date), don’t worry: it will surface very soon now. And if you have not yet let me have your 2021 Lists, get them in asap, as the 2021 Mass Diary is already filling up quickly.

Christmas Mass Bookings

If you have booked successfully, you will have received both an acknowledgement and a subsequent notification of where you are sitting. If you think you’ve booked and received neither, then the chances are you haven’t! Please phone us Monday-Wednesday, 10.00-11.00, to check. Olive from Orford will be standing ready to take your call... (Actually, she sits. She says it’s easier to balance phone, pen and whisky glass that way. Bless.)

Masses After Christmas

Sadly, no Boxing Day Altar Servers Mass, as we just couldn’t do it as we normally do with the needs of social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions. Normal Masses on Sunday 27th December - 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00 noon. Then a New Year’s Day Mass on Friday 1st January at 10.00 am, and an Epiphany Mass on Wednesday 6th January, also at 10.00 am. Like Sunday Masses, please queue safely apart, and be ready to give us your Track and Trace details. Just to repeat: Mass Obligation has been suspended during this pandemic, for Christmas, Epiphany, Sundays, the lot. So, no-one need feel that you have to come to Mass. But, if you would like to join us, we would love to see you! Simples! Totes amazeballs!