St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Ecclesiasticus 27, 4-7; Psalm 91; I Corinthians 15, 54-58; Luke 6, 39-45

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mary Boulton (37th Anniversary)

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Albert Norman (Anniversary 2000)

10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Derek Taylor (14th Anniversary)

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Neil Longridge; Anne Woodhouse (2nd Anniversary)


Monday 28th February: Ferial: I Peter 1, 3-9; Psalm 110; Mark 10, 17-27

11.00 am: Crabwall Manor Nursing Home: Service for Residents

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Brian McNicholas (L.D.)

1.10 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome.

2.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Service for Dympna Malone, late of Allington Place


Tuesday 1st March: St David of Wales: Philippians 3, 8-14; Psalm 1; Matthew 5, 13-16

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Carol Barry, late of St Anne Street


Wednesday 2nd March: ASH WEDNESDAY

Joel 2, 12-18; Psalm 50; II Corinthians 5,20 – 6,2; Matthew 6, 1-6

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (GS)

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Philip Mason (L.D., Vicar’s Cross URC): Celebrant – Bishop Mark

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wilma Ann Roscoe (1st Anniversary)


Thursday 3rd March: Thursday after Ash Wednesday: Deuteronomy 30, 15-20; Ps 1; Luke 9, 22-25

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Simon Leach (L.D., Runcorn)


Friday 4th March: Friday after Ash Wednesday: Isaiah 58, 1-9; Psalm 50; Matthew 9, 14-15

10.30 am: St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Parkgate Road: Women’s World Day of Prayer Service

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Leo Fay (L.D.)

7.00 pm: Zoom Stations of the Cross (from St Werburgh’s)


Saturday 5th March: Saturday after Ash Wednesday: Isaiah 58, 9-14; Psalm 85; Luke 5, 27-32

10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Arthur Andrew Holleley-Jimenez

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Fred and Mavis Fazey (Birthday Remembrances)



Deuteronomy 26, 4-10; Psalm 90; Romans 10, 8-13; Luke 4, 1-13

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Fred and Mavis Fazey (Birthday Remembrances)

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Geraldine Pile (Anniversary)

10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Herald of Free Enterprise (Anniversary, 6th March 1987)

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Austin Tighe (Birthday Remembrance)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Brian Boardman Jnr, 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  John McMahon, Ann Leach, Carol Barry and Dympna Malone; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: William Simmons, Teresa Patterson, Brian Burns, Sally Byrne, Palmino Apollonio, Maureen McCleary, Edward Davies, Mary Margaret Boulton, Denise Williams, May Littler, Elizabeth Byrne, Rose Meehan, Monica Higgins, Annie Dodd, Cyril Baxter, Albert Norman, Delia Roberts, Monica Badrock, Pat Cleaver, Margaret Thornton, Edward Crowther, Annie Furnival, Winifred Bird, Mary Shepherd, James Garner, Brian Shaw, Anthony Le Mottee, Edward Cain, Margaret John, Margaret McCluskey, Joan Crossley, Ann Roberts, Rose Rosney and Iris Pritchard.;.ughes, Douglas Dean, Dennis Doherty, Dorothy Jonjes, Mary Dickson, Margaret Whittle, Marage RIP.


Parish events

Synod Consultation: Week Four: 21st Feb

 Excellent final session, ably led by Lyn Williams, wrapped up the Public Consultation phase of our Synod Submission. Huge thanks to the fifty Parishioners who turned out for one or all of these Monday Evenings. The written submissions continued to come in, the final one received at 23.27 on Wednesday evening, 33 minutes before the deadline! Since then, the Planning Group – Anne Proctor, Zosia Archibald, Lyn Williams, Syd Jones – have been working flat out to turn all this remarkable feedback into a single document, to be sent to Bishop Mark by his deadline of 1st March.  This is an extremely tight timetable, but we are confident of meeting it. We met Friday morning to look at a first draft and will continue to edit and refine it over the weekend. Copies will be available for you, both print and online, next weekend. This document will reflect a variety of views rather than a single opinion, but we aim to capture fully and honestly both the range and strength of views that you shared with us.


Synod Consultation Exercise: Questionnaire

Pope Francis set us ten areas where we might “walk together better”: 1. Evaluating what we’re doing and whether we’re doing it well or badly. 2. Being better at listening. 3. Being better at speaking out to the world. 4. Celebrating our Liturgy better. 5. All of us being more engaged with mission and outreach to those not in the Church. 6. Being better at promoting dialogue with others. 7. Working better together ecumenically. 8. Being better at exercising authority, deciding what our rules are and how they should be enforced. 9. Being better at decision-making at all levels. 10. Being a more learning Church. This week, our questionnaire comes out, in which everyone will be asked to tell us their three top priorities in that list. You can do it online or by filling in a sheet, but the more you all participate, the more valuable the final data will be. Many thanks to all those who have already filled it in.

Closing date will be Sunday 13th March.

CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Envelopes on Table Today


On the Free Table This Weekend…

The portable table has gone, one of the wheelers, and the polystyrene blocks – see, someone still does do that sort of modelling! The padded A4 envelopes remain, and a large quantity of good sheet music, with some of it ideal for anyone starting out on the piano or clarinet, or in the early years of learning.


New Tax Year Weekly Offertory Envelopes

The 2022/23 envelopes are available at the back of church. If you use envelopes, please collect yours as soon as possible. Thank you.


Altar Servers: Now Hiring!

We are delighted to announce that we shall be recruiting a few new Altar Servers in the Spring, immediately following the completion of the First Holy Communion Programme. This is a serious commitment and any boy or girl who has made their First Communion will be eligible to apply. Watch this space for further information.


The Repository: Five More Days for The Pre-Loved!

We’re finishing on Ash Wednesday, 2nd March. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Same for Paula and Bernice…


St Werburgh’s Parish Social

Copies of FP’s usual irritating quiz on the table at the back of church to work on during the Sermon.


High School SVP Afternoon Tea

Hosted by the Catholic High School students will be held on Wednesday 16th March at 2 pm in the school, and transport will be provided. For further information contact Fran Waldie on 07990-524-780.


Ash Wednesday: 2nd March 2022

Three Masses as usual: 7.30 am, 12.15 pm and 7.30 pm. We are honoured and delighted that Bishop Mark has asked if he can join us for the 12.15 pm Mass and stop on for a soup lunch afterwards. Another 2.00 am start for me!!


Chester Gang Show

Hearty congratulations all the Werbies who took part this year, on stage and back-stage. It was a wonderful show, as always, produced against the odds in these highly uncertain Covid time.


Women’s World Day of Prayer: Friday 4th March

St Thomas of Canterbury, Parkgate Road: 10.30 am


Christian Aid Lenten Lunches: 12 noon- 1.30 pm

  • Monday 7th March: Wesley Methodists
  • Thursday 17th March: Hoole URC, Hoole Road
  • Monday 21st March: Wesley Methodists
  • Friday 1st April: Vicars Cross URC
  • Wednesday 6th April: St Mary’s Church Handbridge

On Monday 7th March, it’s St Werburgh’s turn to make the soup, with City Road to help us. It’ll mean another 2.00 am start in the kitchen for me, but, in the cause of church unity, I’m willing to suffer.


Confirmation at St Columba’s

Congratulations to all the youngsters confirmed by Bishop Mark last week up at St Columba’s. The next Confirmation will be at the end of this year or very early 2023, organised by St Werburgh’s. Watch this space for details!


Retreat House, Chester: Thursday 31st March

Retreat House, Chester, an independent Christian Charity, have very kindly offered to come here to provide a Lenten Retreat Day. It’s to be on Thursday 31st March, 10.30-2.15 pm, based in the Day Chapel, Simple Lunch, and limited to 20 parishioners. Signing-Up List at the back of Church today.  It’s filling up fast, so don’t leave it too late to sign up!


Zoom Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings in Lent

This was so popular last year, allowing us to join the Stations from the comfort of our own homes, plus the chance of seeing different Stations from all over the world, that we’re repeating it this year. We begin Friday 4th March, 7.00 pm, with our own Stations in St Werburgh’s. Please email FP for link.


CathSoc Sunday Night 7.00 pm: Pancake Evening!

All our Wrinklies are warmly invited to join us on Sunday for Pancakes Galore! (How many more 2.00 a.m.’s in the Kitchen before the auld eejit cracks??)


Photo of the Week: St Paul’s Tokaanu, NZ

Our Resident Maori Werbie, Mrs Davies, has been snapping away again, this time an amazing little white weatherboard church, built in 1909, at Tokaanu on the shore of Lake Taupo, North Island.