St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Acts 5, 12-16; Psalm 117; Apocalypse 1, 9-19; John 20, 19-31

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Gerry Cummins (8th Anniversary)
Saturday 7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: 40 Days Remembrance for Catherine Stephen
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Michael Gaccon (L.D., Cardiff)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Kenneth Lawley and Kathleen Hargreave
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Monika Isabelle Lewis
1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Luciana Serra-Hughes
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Neil Leicester (L.D., Coningham, Essex)

Monday 25th April: St Mark, Evangelist: I Peter 5, 5-14; Psalm 88; Mark 16, 15-20
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wendy Jones (81st Birthday Remembrance)
1.10 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome

Tuesday 26th April: St George of England: Apocalypse 12, 10-12; Psalm 125; John 15, 18-21
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Richard Spencer (14th Anniversary)
3.00 pm: Chester Cathedral: Graduation Ceremony - Chloe Blencowe, CathSoc Madame Ex-Prezzie

Wednesday 27th April: Ferial: Acts 5, 17-26; Psalm 33; John 3, 16-21
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Pauline Ivory, late of Marlborough Court, Vicars Cross

Thursday 28th April: Ferial: Acts 5, 27-33; Psalm 33; John 3, 31-36
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Pat Maguire (28th Anniversary)

Friday 29th April: St Catherine of Siena: I John 1,5 – 2,2; Psalm 102; Matthew 11, 25-30
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (GS)

Saturday 30th April: Ferial: Acts 6, 1-7; Psalm 32; John 6, 16-21
10.00 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Staff and SVP Visitors
10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kathleen Cooper (40th Anniversary)


Acts 5, 27-41; Psalm 29; Apocalypse 5, 11-14; John 21, 1-19
Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kathleen Cooper (40th Anniversary)
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Paul Kempton (L.D., Portsmouth)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Bob Delap (5th Anniversary)
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Aria Niamh Henderson
2.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: SVP District President’s Mass: Veronica Rogers (L.D.)
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Ray O’Brien (12th Anniversary)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Brian Boardman Jnr, James Convey, Bill Hackett, Laura Chadwick, 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 Dolan, Veronica Rogers, Pauline Ivory and Anna Brennan; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Janie Turner, Helen Bird, Terry King, Kathy Reynolds, Mary Byrne, Cecilia Gresty, Pat Griffiths, Kathleen Hughes, James Thornton, Arthur Tolley, John Claxton, Jerry Walsh, John Connolly, Catherine O’Mahony, Matthew Harper, Marie Foley, Mary Reddy, Ann Grimes, William Edge, Joseph Jones, Cara Messer, Mavis Fazey, Eileen Johnson, Norah Atherton, Esther Wilbraham, Barbara Cooke, Gerry Cummins, Annie Langford, Noreen Cubitt and Conchita Sedwell.

May They All Rest in Peace.


Parish events


Financial Statement: April 2022

Many thanks to all those who have been working so hard on our Annual Financial Return to the Diocese, listing all our income and expenditure for the past twelve months. Headline figures next weekend.

Choir over Holy Week and Easter

So many of you have commented on the wonderful music over the Triduum, and how beautifully the Choir led us. Huge thanks to Tom for his superb leadership here, to Fiona for her great support as Conductor, and to all the Choir Members, especially on those occasions when they stayed back for both Sunday Morning Masses. Bravo, one and all!

SVP Elderly Housebound Mass: 8th May at 2.30 pm

The SVP would like to invite you to this Celebration Mass at our Catholic Primary School. There will be refreshments afterwards and transport can be provided. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Fran Waldie (07990-524-780 if you require a lift and Teresa on for any other information. See you all there!

Lourdes by Jumbulance: July 2022

Chester Across Group will leave for Lourdes Thursday 14th and return on Saturday 23rd July. We travel overland by a Jumbulance – literally a Jumbo Ambulance. It has seven beds, spacious/reclining seats, an accessible toilet and a kitchen, so we can care for several sick and disabled people. We stay in the four-star Mediterranne Hotel, which has adapted bedrooms, hospital beds and accessible showers.

There are vacancies for a Doctor, nurses, helpers and sick and disabled people. There may be some COVID risks to take into account but please do enquire. The cost is £950. Nurses and younger helpers pay half. However, we have fund raised to provide financial help where necessary. For further information, please contact Tony Murphy on 07881-656-974 or email See and search for Bev’s story.

Catholic High School, Chester: Caretaker Vacancies

CHSC are looking for two Caretakers to start as soon as possible and to be part of an exciting team to support us to be the best we can be. Deadline for applications will be 12.00 pm on 26th April 2022.
Salary: Grade 3. Full Time: 37 hours per week. If you would like more information about the job and the school, please contact Mrs Mallon, Head’s PA on

Blue and White Silk Flowers

Does anyone know anything about the four vases of blue and white artificial flowers that were left outside church last weekend?

Monthly Tattenhall House Masses

Tattenhall and Farndon became part of our Parish when their Mass Centres were closed, some eight years ago. Initially, we celebrated a number of House Masses to keep the communities together. Delighted that some of the Tattenhall folk would like to restart these on a regular monthly basis, and that Bishop Mark has kindly given permission for them to go ahead. Watch this space for details in the next few weeks, everyone!

Helping Out in Ellesmere Port and Hooton

For the next two weekend, Fr Neill and myself will be helping out with weekend Masses while Fr Humphrey has a break back home in Ireland.

Christleton Churches Together: Water Aid

Many thanks to all those who put their loose change in jam jars over Lent to support this appeal. Any more out there? Bring them in asap, and we’ll get a decent sized cheque sent off to them.

SVP Holiday Home Availability

The SVP Holiday Home in Talacre, North Wales is available for two one-week slots on the weeks commencing on the 21st May and 24th September.
The Holiday Home can accommodate up to six people and is free of charge to any family/couple that would otherwise not be able to have a holiday this year. If you are interested or know anyone that might benefit from this opportunity, please contact

Next Year’s First Sacraments Programme

The programme runs from September to June each year. So, if you have a child in Year 3 or above who does not attend our Catholic Primary School, please contact Fr Paul, preferably by email. The classes begin in October, with First Forgiveness in January and First Holy Communions in May. The closing date for enrolment is Sunday 4th September 2022.

FHC Parish Group: Upcoming Meetings Reminder

Parish Group Two: The final meeting for parents and children is on Tuesday 26th April at 6:30 pm.

Forthcoming Funerals: Promoted to Glory

Sadly, we have lost a number of wonderful Werbies over the last week or so, whose lives and faith we will be celebrating at Requiem Masses here in church:

  • Wednesday 27th April: 12.30 pm: Pauline Ivory
  • Tuesday 3rd May: 12.00 noon: Veronica Rogers

May they all Rest in Peace.

SVP Gardening / DIY Gloves Sale

Members of the SVP will be selling a range of Gardening and DIY Gloves after Masses on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. They’re new gloves, and offered at very competitive prices, all the proceeds going to the SVP Holiday Home, which is due for complete replacement in 2024. Don’t miss this bargain opportunity, especially as the gardening season is now upon us!

Parishioner’s Pilgrimage to Fatima

One of our Parishioners is going on Pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal at the start of May and has very kindly offered to take any Petitions. Please pass them to FP in sealed envelopes if you’d wish to do so.

Summer Term: Welcome Back, CathSoc Students!

After three weeks of leaving their bags in the hall, coming in all hours, emptying the milk in the fridge, parents are devastated they’ve come back to Uni. Full Summer Term CathSoc programme out next weekend!

Photo of the Week: Angel’s Eye View of the Church

An extraordinary aerial view of our Church from both ends, taken by Steve Miller, standing on Diane’s shoulders. Well done, both! Don’t forget: any interesting scenes, snap’em, and send’em in!