St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Numbers 11, 25-29; Psalm 18; James 5, 1-6; Mark 9, 38-48

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Peggy Power (Anniversary)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Richard Turner (11th Anniversary)
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Emily Ffion Corney
1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Halle May Cryer
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s Evening Mass: Intentions of the Valeny Family

Monday 27th September: St Vincent de Paul: Zechariah 8, 1-8; Psalm 101; Luke 9, 46-50
11.00 am: Crabwall Manor NH: Service for Residents and Staff
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Winder (L.D.)

Tuesday 28th September: Ferial: Zechariah 8, 20-23; Psalm 86; Luke 9, 51-56
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention (MP)

Wednesday 29th September: SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, The Archangels: Daniel 7, 9-14; Psalm 137; John 1, 47-51
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention (GS)

Thursday 30th September: St Jerome: Nehemiah 8, 1-12; Psalm 18; Luke 10, 1-12
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Peter B and family

Friday 1st October: St Theresa of the Child Jesus (St Therese of Lisieux): Baruch 1, 15-22; Psalm 78; Luke 10, 13-16
11.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Neil Longridge, late of Saltney

Saturday 2nd October: The Guardian Angels: Exodus 23, 20-23; Psalm 90; Matthew 18, 1-10
9.00 - 10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Heidi Clemo
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Glyn Roberts (L.D.)

Genesis 2, 18-24; Psalm 127; Hebrews 2, 9-11; Mark 10, 2-16
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Neil Longridge (L.D.)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Shaun Hingston - Received into the Church Today
1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Arielle Catherine Barclay
1.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Maxwell Benjamin Smith
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s Evening Mass: Mick and Sheila Fields

Prayer intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Cath Haslam, Brian Boardman Jnr, John McMahon, James Convey, Pauline and Bill Hackett, Laura Chadwick, Elisabeth, Stuart Clark, Keith Hayes, Ruth O’Kane, Garth Stocking and Kevin Maguire; and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Celia Murphy, Peter Thornton, Giuseppe Labella, Neil Longridge, Eliseo La Terra Pirre and Elizabeth McLinden; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Patricia Gardner, Grace Wingrove, Babs Thompson, Annie Jones, Winifred Pinnington, William Dancy, Paraskivoulla Sarandis, Kathleen Vickers, William Pegna, Norman Reynolds, Maureen Michael, Betty Madden, Donagh O’Loughlin and Michelle Jennings. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Return of the Rowton Mass: Paused

On advice from Bishop Mark and the Diocese, we will pause the return to Rowton while some complex Insurance issues are sorted out. These apply to all the Mass Centres of the Diocese, where we use a church or chapel of another denomination for our Masses. I’m very sorry we can’t be back there this weekend, but Insurance is not the sort of issue where you can take any chances. Watch this space for a new re-start date! Meanwhile, we will have a Saturday Evening Mass at 6.00 pm in the main church. All welcome!

CathSoc Starts Up Again Sunday Night!!

Sunday evenings, straight after 6.00 pm Mass.

  • 26th September: Walk Around the Walls
  • 3rd October: Meet the Wrinklies
  • 10th October: Prayer and Praise
  • 17th October: Shared Table Supper
  • 24th October: Debate Night
  • 31st October: Halloween in Church
  • 7th November: Advent Candle - Hope
  • 14th November: Advent Candle - Faith
  • 21st November: Advent Candle - Joy
  • 28th November: Advent Candle - Peace
  • 5th December: Christmas Quiz
  • 12th December: Christmas Supper Together

If you’re a student and here at Mass, please make yourself known to Fr Paul afterwards, and he will bite your arm off. That’s a promise.

New Mass Stewards: Meeting on Tuesday

All you have to do is shepherd the folk out to Communion and be ready to act as Fire Marshall in the unlikely event of the church needing to be evacuated. A doddle! If you think you might be able to help out - and it would only be one week in four or five - please come to an information/training session Tuesday 28th September in church 7.00 pm.

Relaunching the Choir: Open Meeting on 7th October

Tom is taking over as Choir Leader and bringing a wealth of experience and talent to the post. So, let’s get everyone together to share ideas on how we’d all like to move forward. A great chance for new members to join. Thursday, 7th October, in the House, 7.00 pm. Everyone warmly welcome.

SVP Autumn Celebration Mass Last Sunday

Many thanks to everyone who made this event such an enjoyable success. Well done, all!

SVP Holiday Home Sponsored Walk Sun 3rd Oct

A fun fundraiser, there are two options, a 2.5 and a 3.5 mile walk, both starting from Westminster Park carpark at 1.30 pm. A great opportunity to meet new faces, socialise and raise valuable funds. For more information and the justgiving link, email Craig on

Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality Meeting

Sunday 10th October, 2.00 pm, at St Columba’s. Details and zoom link (if preferred) from

Catholic High School Open Evening

Thursday 23rd September. Many thanks to everyone who turned up - the place was packed out! - and to everyone who organised it.

Sacristans Old and New

As most of you are aware, we’ve lost a number of Sacristans for one reason or another over the last eighteen months. At the same time, we are still being very cautious about only the Priest touching the Sacred Vessels. Sacristans perform a vital Ministry, so please watch this space, old and new, for a relaunch coming soon.

The Blog Goes Weekly!

Started on 17th March 2020, we’ve only missed one day since then. But with the pace of life appreciably quickening, time now to go Weekly. From the end of this month. A thousand thanks to everyone who’s sent in contributions, serious, whacky, amusing, thoughtful. All immensely appreciated. And please keep them coming!! Grazie tanti, tutti! (As they say in German).

Sunday 26th September: Pope Francis’ World Migrant and Refugee Day

The Pope has chosen the theme, "Towards an ever widening We", wishing to indicate a clear horizon for our common journey in this world. This is even more relevant as our own council, CWAC, offers places for newly displaced Afghan families.

Catholic High School Library "Donate a Book"

As I said on the Blog, the library has been beautifully revamped, and is now a much more welcoming space for the students to go at lunchtime and read. If you’d like to donate a book, the School has compiled a wish-list of books they’d value: please contact Ana, the School Chaplain, to find out more:

New Governors Wanted for our Diocesan Schools

Foundation Governors for our Schools are practising Catholics, appointed to be governors by the Bishop. If you’re interested or would like more information, contact Sue Blackwell on or telephone 0151-652-9855.

Foodbank Appeal for Donations - 89.1 kg

You responded magnificently to the appeal - almost 90 kg of food donated and now taken up to the depot in Ellesmere Port. They need the following: UHT Juice, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Rice Pudding, Instant Mash, Instant Noodles, Tinned Tomatoes, Chocolate Bars and Sweets, Rice, Instant Custard and Coffee. Please keep the donations coming. Box at the back of church if you can help out.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

Begins this month with in-person classes on Thursday mornings at St Columba’s. There is also an on-line learning option with in-person seminars at Birkenhead and Wythenshawe. The CCRS is an excellent course for anyone who’d like to learn more about the faith, or who finds themselves in a leadership role in school or parish. For further info and registration:

Photo of the Week: Bottom C!!

Fascinating photo of building the organ back in 2004. In case you’re wondering what that big black box is, it’s the Bottom C organ pipe, the one that makes the whole building shake!