St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Mark 11, 1-10; Isaiah 50, 4-7; Psalm 21; Philippians 2, 6-11; Mark 14,1 - 15,47

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sylvia Pritchard (6th Anniversary)
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Dilys Ball (9th Anniversary)
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Mena Bonnewitz (L.D., Orlando, Florida)
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Denis Hickey (Birthday Remembrance)

Monday 29th March: Monday of Holy Week: Isaiah 42, 1-7; Psalm 26; John 12, 1-11
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Bruce Crayton-Carr
12.30 am: St Werburgh’s Birkenhead: Requiem Mass for Maureen Farrell

Tuesday 30th March: Tuesday of Holy Week: Isaiah 49, 1-6; Psalm 70; John 13, 21-38
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Intentions of Patrick Keenan

Wednesday 31st March: Wednesday of Holy Week: Isaiah 50, 4-9; Psalm 68; Matthew 26, 14-25
7.00 pm: Zoom Stations of the Cross from St Werburgh’s - All Welcome to Join Us
Fr Paul’s Private Mass Intention today: Intentions of Nadine Keenan


Thursday 1st April: Maundy Thursday: Perry and Niemira Families
Exodus 12, 1-14; Psalm 115; I Corinthians 11, 23-26; John 13, 1-15
7.00 pm: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Friday 2nd April: Good Friday
Isaiah 52,13 – 53,12; Psalm 30; Hebrews 4,14 - 5,9; John 18,1 – 19,42
3.00 pm: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Saturday 3rd April: Holy Saturday: Mario Vitelli (62nd Birthday Remembrance)
Exodus 14,15 – 15,1; Isaiah 54, 5-14; Ezekiel 36, 16-28; Romans 6, 3-11; Mark 16, 1-7
7.00 pm: Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Acts 10, 34-43; Psalm 117; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Holland (L.D., Chester)
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Phil Holleran (L.D., Altrincham)
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: William Fitzsimons (L.D., Liverpool)
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Amy Hindley (L.D.)


Prayer intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: John McMahon, James Convey, Pauline and Bill 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 Geraldine Pile, Jean Versey, Maureen Farrell, Patricia Waite and Jack Lebitter; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Mary Stockton, Julia Zao, Mary Jordan, Johanna Ryan, May Brierley, Joan Hughes, Joanna Yeardsley, James Roberts, Audrey Steele, Sally Booth, Annie Houghton, Florence Taylor, Frances Shepherd, Peter Hoban, Colin Brown, Bill Collins, Frederick Hutchinson, Edward O’Brien, Margaret O’Connor, Alec Edwards, Ester Dunning, Lily Weatherley, William Walsh, Tony Petranca, Betty Williams, Hilda Kinsey, Ann McGowan-Scanlon, Betty Thomson, Berni Edge and Vicky Ballard. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Palm Sunday Today

Please collect your Palms on the way into church. Initially, please, a maximum of two per person. Please hold it up at the right moment for blessing, and then stow somewhere safe as you come up to Holy Communion at the end of Mass.

Zoom Stations of the Cross Wednesdays at 7.00 pm

Final Zoom Stations this coming Wednesday, 31st March, featuring the extraordinary water-colour paintings that Thomas Burke executed in his Prison-of-War camp. He has paintings exhibited in the Walker Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, but these Stations are not generally on public display. Many thanks to Hattie from Hamilton Street for making them available to us, and to everyone who’s joined us for Zoom Stations on Wednesday evenings at 7.00 pm. This completes the series for this year. The three we’ve had so far have been the Cloisonné Enamel Stations you see here in St Werburgh’s Church today; secondly, the woodcuts made to illustrate the new Stations written by St John Paul II; and thirdly the remarkable artwork of the German Priest and Artist, Fr Sieger Köder, led by Trudy from Truman’s. Everyone very warmly welcome to join us for this fourth and final Stations: if you don’t have the link and would like it, just email me and I will send it over.

The Covid-19 Restrictions Are Still in Place!

Please, everyone - don’t start relaxing too soon!

  • 1. The wearing of face coverings in church by the faithful (unless the person has a valid exemption from this regulation).
  • 2. Social distancing of people within the church building.
  • 3. Stewarding of the church premises to assist the faithful whilst in church.
  • 4. Frequent hand cleansing, either with sanitiser or washing.
  • 5. Suitable one-way systems in the building to prevent excessive interaction between people from different households or bubbles.
  • 6. Good ventilation of the church building to refresh the air quality within.
  • 7. Cleaning of the church building after each act of public worship.
  • 8. The timely dispersing of the faithful after the acts of worship avoiding congregating in car parks or on the streets outside the church.

Holy Week and Easter 2021: You Need to Book!

Online Booking now closed for all Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services. Thank you for your phenomenal response. As we plot your requests on the seating plans, a few extra seats have become available. There is one last chance to phone us, Monday 29th March between 10.00 and 11.00 am. Then we need to contact everyone to tell them where they are sitting, which is a huge operation in itself. Good Friday is completely full, so please do not turn up without a booking. For all the others, if you turn up without a booking, we might be able to accommodate you, but absolutely cannot guarantee to do so. It will totally depend on whether the Stewards can find a place for you: and given what they have to do in fifteen minutes, getting one congregation out and the next one in, they probably can’t! I’m sure you will understand this.

Gift Aid: Two Important Notices

Tax Status - IMPORTANT

If you no longer pay income tax, please let Fr Paul or Denise Jones know by 5th April, otherwise it will be assumed that you have paid sufficient income tax for the Parish to claim Gift Aid on your donations for the tax year 2020/21. Thank you.

Joining the Gift Aid Scheme

If you pay income tax, joining the Gift Aid scheme increases the value of your donations to the Parish by 25% at no extra cost to you. If you are interested in joining the scheme, please contact Fr Paul or Denise Jones.


Delivery of Offertory Envelopes

Thank you to all those who kindly volunteered to deliver offertory envelopes to home addresses. This was a tremendous help and greatly appreciated.
Fr Paul and Denise

Please Remember if you are part of a Bubble...

Please wait outside until the whole bubble is present and then come in together. Half a bubble now and half ten minutes later really doesn’t work!!

Palm Sunday Holy Week and Easter Stewards

Training Session: Tuesday 23rd March, 6.30 pm. Huge thanks to our 30+ Stewards who turned up for this Briefing Session. They really are worth their weight in gold. Not that they’re going to get their weight in gold, you understand...

Photo of the Week: Christleton 1970/1

Corpus Christi Procession at the old Salvatorian College in Christleton, now the University of Law. This was a seminary training Salvatorian Priests and Brothers from 1934, when the order purchased the Hall from the Hemelryk family, until 1972, when it was bought by the Law Society. Throughout that period, Catholics in the south-east part of Chester attended Mass in the College Chapel. When it closed in 1972, the Maguire family provided accommodation for a Mass Centre, and then eventually we started using the Methodist Chapel in Moor Lane. To which we all devoutly hope we can return one day soon!