St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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

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

Monday 18th October: St Luke: II Timothy 4, 10-17; Psalm 144; Luke 10, 1-9
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Retirement Intentions – Canon Paschal Byrne
7.00 pm: St Luke’s Bebington: Reception to mark the retirement of Canon Paschal Byrne as PP

Tuesday 19th October: St Peter of Alcantara: Isaiah 52, 7-10; Psalm 95; Matthew 13, 47-52
9.45: St Mary’s Black Brook Road, St Helens: Funeral of Georgina, Joan Turner’s sister
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Margaret Turnbull

Wednesday 20th October: Ferial: Romans 6, 12-18; Psalm 123; Luke 12, 39-48
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne

Thursday 21st October: Ferial: Romans 6, 19-23; Psalm 1; Luke 12, 49-53
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention

Friday 22nd October: Ferial: Romans 7, 18-25; Psalm 118; Luke 12, 54-59
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Pauline Hackett

Saturday 23rd October: Ferial: Romans 8, 1-11; Psalm 23; Luke 13, 1-9
9.00 – 10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
10.30 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Staff and Visitors
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Lister’s 40th Birthday Intentions

Jeremiah 31, 7-9; Psalm 125; Hebrews 5, 1-6; Mark 10, 46-52
6.00 pm Saturday: St Werburgh’s: Lister’s 40th Birthday Intentions
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Cecilia Dorairaj (L.D., Malaysia)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Stella Farrell (2nd Anniversary)
1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Ava Rose Ellis-Brown
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s Evening Mass: Pauline Hackett (L.D.)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: 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 Marjorie Vickers, Pauline Hackett and Celia Murphy; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Barry, Mario Vitelli, Eddie Downey, John Dryhurst, Catherine Aygun, Aileen Greenan, Winifred Ankers, Krystina Evans, Gordon Smith, Jack Nuttall, Barbara Wilson, Michael Doyle, Gertrude Hague, Alan Owen, Michael Murphy, Mark Simpson, Sara White, John Parry, Iain Sutherland and Jean Farrell.

May they all Rest in Peace.

Parish events

Choir Practices have Re-Started!

Thursdays, 6.00 pm, in church. The Choir will normally sing at the 9.00 am Mass – but if you’re not a 9.00 o’clocker but would still like to join in for the big Feasts, please make yourself known. There will be extra practices as Christmas approaches. If you’d like to join us, just come along any Thursday at 6.00 pm. There are no auditions, and you don’t have to read music. Covid measures will still be in place for the time being.

CathSoc Starts Up Again Sunday Night!!

Sunday evenings, straight after 6.00 pm Mass:

  • 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.

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.

Large Print Sunday Mass Readings & Prayers

Excellent suggestion from Joe O’Kane that there should be some Large Print Mass Texts available at the back of church for those who find the print on the Newsletter a little too small. They are now on the table by the Newsletters, so do please pick one up if it would help. Thanks, Joe!

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, Bernice, 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… Tonight is our ever-popular Shared Table Supper. Another 2.00 am start for my Cheese and Potato Bake…

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.

Deanery Conference: Here on Thursday

All the Priests and Deacons of the Deanery will gather here on Thursday for the first in-person Deanery Conference for two years. We’ll be looking at how we are all coping with the lifting of many of the Covid restrictions, at the Hospital Rota, at the 2023 Synod in Rome, and at all the ways we can work together as a Deanery in Chester & Ellesmere Port. Please don’t try to park here that day!

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. 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).

Congratulations St Teresa’s Wilmslow – and to Canon Paschal Byrne and St Luke’s Bebington

Good to be over in Wilmslow (real WAGland!) on Friday for their 150th Anniversary, the Parish founded in 1871. On Monday, I’m looking forward to being up in my last Parish to congratulate Canon Paschal on his Retirement, well into his eighties!

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 & 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: Rebuilding Notre Dame

Photo taken by Mystic Meg of Malpas (aka WWW) on a recent visit to Paris. The rebuilding will take years after the disastrous fire in April 2019, but so good to see the work starting.