St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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.)

Monday 11th October: Ferial: Romans 1, 1-7; Psalm 97; Luke 11, 29-32
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Jack Borrows – 91st Birthday Intentions

Tuesday 12th October: Ferial: Romans 1, 16-25; Psalm 18; Luke 11, 37-41
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Cath Blucher

Wednesday 13th October: Ferial: Romans 2, 1-11; Psalm 61; Luke 11, 42-46
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Valerie German (L.D.)

Thursday 14th October: Ferial: Romans 3, 31-30; Psalm 129; Luke 11, 47-54
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Francesco Anthony Collins

Friday 15th October: St Teresa of Avila: Romans 4, 1-8; Psalm 31; Luke 12, 1-7
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Jim Catterson
7.00 pm: St Teresa’s Wilmslow: Celebration Mass for Parish’s 150th Anniversary

Saturday 16th October: Ferial: Romans 4, 13-18; Psalm 104; Luke 12, 9-12
9.00 – 10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Liam Teague
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention (G&A)

Isaiah 53, 10-11; Psalm 32; Hebrews 4, 14-16; Mark 10, 35-45

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Matt Corcoran (1st Anniversary)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Cath Blucher
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s Evening Mass: Deponeo Family Intentions

Prayer intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Marjorie Vickers, Cath Haslam, Brian Boardman Jnr,John McMahon, James Convey, 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 Pauline Hackett, Celia Murphy, Peter Thornton, Giuseppe Labella and Neil Longridge; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Catherine Reade, Beatrice Barlow, Michael Mee, Richard Wright, Joseph Poole, Agnes Hutchinson, Valerie Cummings, Anne Stevenson, William Michael, Barry Champion, Angela Collins, Sheila Gapper, Felix McCarroll, Mary Spence, Charles Gaughran, Ted Lloyd, Thomas McCann, Michael Keeley, Carol Jones, Michael Homfray-Davis, Ellen Daly, Peter Curtis, Norman Blackwell, Paul Healy, Colin Reddy, Mary Abley, David Barratt, Betty Pendlebury, Michael Bretherton, Matt Corcoran and June Lea. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Year Seven Welcome Mass at the High School

Great to see so many parishioners, parents and former pupils of our Primary School on Friday Morning and sincere thanks to Mrs McKeagney and team for inviting us.

CathSoc Starts Up Again Sunday Night!!

Sunday evenings, straight after 6.00 pm Mass:

  • 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.

Caritas Donations

Using the traditional collection boxes has proved difficult, even impossible, during lockdowns - but the work of the Charity and the need for its support has increased. It’s the Catholic Church’s Social Work arm, and as a Parish we’ve always supported it splendidly. So, a poster at the back of church gives the QR code for online donations. Or you can send a cheque to Caritas, Wheatland Lane, Wallasey, CH44 7ED. Please keep using your collection boxes, as we hope it won’t be too long before we organise a round-up of them. Standing Order and Gift Aid forms from Dominique on or 07757-518-312.

Relaunching the Choir: Open Meeting on 7th Oct

Excellent Launch Meeting on Thursday, and an extraordinary 22 of you turned up, some new faces, some old ones, some ancient ones. Tom Rozario outlined his ideas and you contributed yours, and an exciting new chapter in the life of the Choir is about to begin. Congratulations, everyone!

Repository Re-Opens Sunday 17th October
Bernice and Paula back from Blackpool!

Starting with some Stock Clearance - out with the old, in with the new! - to make room for newly ordered Christmas Goods. Christmas Cards due shortly. Meanwhile, come and grab a bargain!

Pauline Hackett RIP

We were all deeply saddened to hear news last weekend that Pauline had reached Journey’s End on this earth but rejoicing that she’s reached her Heavenly Homeland on the other side. An amazing servant of this Parish and its SVP for the best part of forty years. Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Her Requiem Mass is here in St Werburgh’s on Friday 22nd October at 12.30 pm.

Saturday Evening Mass - 6.00 pm

The Saturday Evening Mass will be here in the main church, and not up at Rowton for the time being.

SVP Holiday Home Sponsored Walk Sun 3rd October

Huge thanks to Craig for organising this. A great time was had by all, as well as raising funds for the SVP Holiday Home. You’re a good’un, Craig!

Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality Meeting

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

Fancy Being a Wrinklie?

Fantastic Turn-out last Sunday, eighteen Stoodies and Wrinklies in total. Plus, one eternally youthful Chaplain. Jane, David, Geoff, Jill and Eileen were joined by Lal, Paul and Natasha. The latter two were a Liverpool CathSoc romance and marriage. 2½ soon to be 3! The ½ will then be our youngest wrinklie by about 82 years...

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: Box at Back of Church

They need the following: UHT Juice, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Rice Pudding, Instant Mash, Instant Noodles, Tinned Tomatoes, Chocolate Bars and Sweets, Rice, Instant Custard, Coffee. Please keep’em coming!

University Masses Re-Starting after Half-Term

Delighted we are able to resume our Masses in the University Chapel. Beginning Monday 1st November at 1.10 pm. Everyone warmly welcome to join us.

November Holy Souls Book

Delighted to be able to resume this vital part of our life together as well. Please send in your names by email or letter. If writing them by hand, please PRINT them to avoid misspellings. Thank you.

Photo of the Week: Children’s Xmas Eve Mass

A reminder of pre-Covid and pre-Fire Inspection days! It will have to be different from now on...