St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




I Kings 19, 16-21; Psalm 15; Galatians 5, 1-18; Luke 9, 51-62

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mae Kay
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Charlie Lancaster (7th Anniversary)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Sproston (4th Anniversary)
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Rowan George Burke
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Veronica Rogers

Monday 27th June: Ferial: Amos 2, 6-16; Psalm 49; Matthew 8, 18-22
11.00 am: Crabwall Hall NH: Service for Residents and Visitors
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Denis Hickey (Anniversary)
1.10 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – all welcome – Final Mass of Academic Year

Tuesday 28th June: St Irenaeus: Amos 3, 1-12; Psalm 5; Matthew 8, 23-27
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Roger (L.D.)
7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Vigil Mass of SS Peter and Paul:

Wednesday 29th June: Saints Peter and Paul: Holyday of Obligation:

Acts 12, 1-11; Psalm 33; II Timothy 4, 6-18; Matthew 16, 13-19
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention
10.00 am: Primary School: Holyday Mass for SS Peter and Paul
11.00 am: Grosvenor Manor NH: Service for Residents and Visitors
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marie Pearson (L.D., Wakefield)
7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Lena McMahon (Belfast)

Thursday 30th June: Ferial: Amos 7, 10-17; Psalm 18; Matthew 9, 1-8
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Chris Booley

Friday 1st July: Ferial: Amos 8, 4-12; Psalm 118; Matthew 9, 9-13
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Garth Stocking (L.D.)
11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Service for Alexander Huber, late of Melverly Drive
1.05 pm: High School: Voluntary Weekly Mass
3.20 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Garth Stocking, late of Sark House, Hoole

Saturday 2nd July: Ferial: Amos 9, 11-15; Psalm 84; Matthew 9, 14-17
10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Helen Gornall (Anniversary)

Isiah 66, 10-14; Psalm 65; Galatians 6, 14-18; Luke 10, 1-12
Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Helen Gornall (Anniversary)
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Sproston (Birthday Remembrance)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Chester Circle Catenians’ Presidents Mass
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Audrey Spencer (L.D. Forest Court)

Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: John Park, Brian Boardman Jnr, James Convey, Bill Hackett, Laura Chadwick, Stuart Clark, Keith Hayes, Ruth O’Kane, and Kevin Maguire and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Garth Stocking, Alexander Huber, Mary Lee and Madeleine Horton; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Ernest Earlam, Frederick Hutfield, Liz McGovern, Jim Kinsella, Michael Garvey, Ethel Burridge, Francine Howat, John Maguire, Elizabeth Bastow, Joan Feeney, Bill Wilson, Charlie Lancaster, Arnold Foy, Mary Massey, Peter Newbrook, Margaret Sproston, Elizabeth Jones, John Haslam, Maureen Byrne and Sheila Evans. Rest in Peace.


Parish events


Caritas Boxes Collection: Message from Dominique

“Thank you for your generous donations over the last two weekends. Which totalled £549.59. This is in addition to the £246-53 already collected this year. All of us connected with Caritas are extremely grateful!

Covid Precautions: Message from Bishop Mark

“At the recent Bishops’ Meeting, it was agreed to end any requirement to use face masks during the distribution of Holy Communion. I am conscious there might still be situations where prudence will determine the wearing of a face covering, however, in normal practice Holy Communion can now we be given without this precaution. However, for the immediate future Holy Communion should not be given under both kinds by offering the chalice. Concerns continue regarding the passing of infections by the sharing the chalice and the necessary purification of the sacred vessel. The bishops were told we would be advised when the medical advice changed on this question. This is the one area where a precautionary restriction remains in place for us. I am sure the practical reasons for not sharing the Chalice are well understood by parishioners. I have noticed how the sign of peace has now returned in many parishes by clergy and people making a gentle, liturgical bow to the person beside you. On my visits to parishes, I have noticed that anxiety and caution have significantly lessened each passing month. However, at a time when rates of Covid infection are rising in many places we need to remain conscious of people’s vulnerabilities and sensitivities even as precautionary measures have now been largely removed.”

Repository Summer Closure

Please note we will be closing after Masses on Sunday 3rd July, reopening Sunday 4th September. Thank you very much for your valued support, Paula & Bernice. (Address for the next two months: c/o Mrs Peabody, Dunpreechin Guest House, South Shore, Blackpool.)


Chester Heritage Festival: 17th – 27th June

Many thanks to Ann Marie and Gerry for their contributions to a superb Heritage Afternoon last Sunday. Their theme was “Edmund Kirby and John Douglas: two Chester Architects”, and both the Guided Walk and Talk here in church were very well received.

Upcoming Music Concerts in Chester

Sunday 10th July: Chester Festival Chorus, here in St Werburgh’s at 7.30 pm. The link for booking is, or on the door.
Saturday 16th July: 80th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Chester Male Voice Choir, Cathedral 7.30 pm.

On the Free Table today: A3 sheets of Paper

Newsletter blanks from the lockdown period – printed on one side but blank on the other. Anyone want?
Plus: the old Cutlery from the House. Donations for these will be passed on to Caritas.

“First Thursday” Tattenhall House Masses

Thursday 7th July the next one, 10.30 am. Please email or contact FP if you would like details of the venue.

SVP Summer Lunch: Wednesday 6th July

SVP Summer Lunch for the elderly will be held on 6th July at the Forest Hills Hotel in Frodsham, with transport provided. Numbers are limited but if you know of anyone who would benefit from this social event, please contact Fran on 07990-524-780.

Cathedral Nave Choir Concert

The Nave Choir are performing a concert on 9th July at 7.30 pm in the Cathedral, their first concert in the Cathedral since 2019. The concert is called Silence and Music and includes mainly music by Ralph Vaughan Williams to celebrate his 150th anniversary.

Christleton Summer Teas: Sundays 2.30-4.30 pm

Starting up again today, Sunday 19th June, and running through to Sunday 25th September. Organised by Churches Together in Christleton, it’s a way of welcoming wizziters to the village and raising funds for Water Aid at the same time. In the Methodist School Room. Why not pop out and say hello?

Work Placements for Catholic High School Students

One is for the Life Sciences: we’re hopeful the Hospital may be able to come up with something, but if they can’t, can anyone else offer anything? The other is for Finance and Accountancy. Two excellent young people, I can promise you. Thank you for the contacts that have come in so far: if there are any more, do please let me know, as not all contacts materialise.

Chester Catenians

Many congratulations to Fr Neill, this year’s Catenian President. Next Sunday, 3rd July, at 10.45 is his President’s Mass, here in St Werburgh’s. The Catenians will also be marking the Feast Day of St John Plessington, Tuesday 19th July. If any of the men of the Parish would like more information about the Catenians, do please have a word with Fr Neill.

Visit of the Relic of St Bernadette to our Church

Wednesday 14th September: Put it in your Diary!

“Chester and the Crown” Exhibition at the Cathedral

Until Thursday 30th June: 10.00 am-6.00 pm.

Next Year’s First Sacraments Programme

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. Closing date for enrolment is Sunday 4th September ‘22.

Photo of the Week: The Likely Lads!

Great bunch of Catholic High School former pupils at Tom Strain’s wedding. Matty Chandler on the far left, next to Sam Williams. Jack Shallcross on the right. Excuse me, it’s Dr Williams and Dr Shallcross!! And very soon to be Dr Strain, his PhD almost nailed. Well done!