St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





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


Monday 4th October: St Francis of Assisi: Jonah 1, 1-11; Psalm Jonah 2; Luke 10, 25-37

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Cath Blucher – 70th Birthday Remembrance


Tuesday 5th October: St Maria Faustina: Ephesians 3, 14-19; Psalm 103; Matthew 11, 25-30

10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Peter Thornton, late of Boughton Hall


Wednesday 6th October: Ferial: Jonah 4, 1-11; Psalm 85; Luke 11, 1-4

10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Giuseppe Labella, late of Broughton


Thursday 7th October: Our Lady of the Rosary: Acts 1, 12-14; Psalm Luke 1; Luke 1, 26-38

12.00 noon: Our Lady’s Birkenhead: Requiem Mass for Tom Farrell, late of Bidston Avenue

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Adriana Wheatley (L.D.)


Friday 8th October: Ferial: Joel 1,13 – 2,2; Psalm 9; Luke 11, 15-26

9.15 am: High School: Welcome Mass for Year Seven Students and Families – All welcome!

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Danny Lunt


Saturday 9th October: St John Henry Newman: I Corinthians 2, 10-16; Ps 145; Matthew 13, 47-52

9.00 – 10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

10.30 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Staff and Visitors

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Rory Michael Flannagan

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Thomas Paul Collins

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention (G&A)



Wisdom 7, 7-11; Psalm 89; Hebrews 4, 12-13; Mark 10, 17-30

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving for Safe Arrival of Lando and Zachary

10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Kathleen Mayers (50th Anniversary)

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Nico Alexander Carr

1.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Olivia Grace Ward

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s Evening Mass: Megan Creevy (L.D.)


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 and Neil Longridge; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Pauline Collins, Eric Peckham, Gilda Mansutti, Jean Gill, Gertrude Whorrall, Owen Scanlan, Mark Long, Ann Williams, Andrew Emmett, Edmund Dowling, Margaret Reddy, Joseph Adams, Olwen Turner, James Barlow, Annie Jones, Patricia Maddock, Monica Concannon, Francis McFarlane, Jack Woods, Eric Fenton and George Ward. May they all Rest in Peace.

Parish events



Year Seven Welcome Mass at the High School

Mrs McKeagney, the Head, extends a very warm welcome to all Werbies to join the new pupils and their families and teachers for their Welcome Mass on Friday at 9.15 am, in the High School. To make things easy, she’s laying on the two school minibuses to take everyone from St Werburgh’s to the School, and bring you back again afterwards. Please sign up on the sheets at the back of church if you’d like to come. Everyone warmly welcome, especially if you haven’t been in our High School for some time.  Come and see how it’s changed!


CathSoc Starts Up Again Sunday Night!!

Sunday evenings, straight after 6.00 pm Mass.

  • 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

Great response, and huge thanks to all of you for turning up and subsequently wolunteering. The duties are light but essential, and it looks as if you will only need to be on the rota every four or five weeks. Thanks, everyone!


Relaunching the Choir: Open Meeting on 7th Oct

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.


Saturday Evening Mass – 6.00 pm

Until Insurance issues have been sorted out by the Diocese, the Saturday Evening Mass will be here in the main church, and not up at Rowton.


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


New Governors Wanted for our Diocesan Schools

Practising Catholics, appointed to be governors by the Bishop. Contact Sue Blackwell on

or telephone 0151-652-9855.


Fancy Being a Wrinklie?

The Wrinklies are our CathSoc senior members, parishioners who like students and would like to support them in their time here in Chester. They come to some of our Sunday Evening activities and are very welcome at our Monday Lunchtime Masses in the University, restarting soon. We have five Wrinklies at present – David, Jane, Eileen and Geoff (average age: 96). So, if you’d like to join them, do come along this evening to the House at 7.00 pm for “Meet the Wrinklies!”


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.


Catholic High School ‘Children in Need’ Ramble

Sunday 10th October, High School Coach Park, 10.00 am, walking along Duke’s Drive, across the Meadows and back to school via the Groves. Everyone warmly welcome. Great fun and raising funds for a very worthwhile charity. Contact Amy if you would like further information or would like to make a donation:


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).


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:


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 & Sweets, Rice, Instant Custard and Coffee. Please keep the donations coming. Box at the back of church if you can help out.


Happy Feast Day on Monday, St Francis!

We wish all our friends at the Friary a very happy Feast Day. There won’t be a sober breath…


Photo of the Week: Back by Popular Demand…

Either that or we haven’t nudged the next one in the queue!! The fascinating photo of the building of the Organ in 2004. The huge Bottom C on the pedals is being winched carefully into place.