St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Isaiah 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’ President’s Mass

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Audrey Spencer (L.D. Forest Court)


Monday 4th July: Ferial: Hosea 2, 16-22; Psalm 144; Matthew 9, 18-26

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Jacqueline Holmes (LD, Caernarfon, and Birthday Remembrance)


Tuesday 5th July: Ferial: Hosea 8, 4-13; Psalm 113; Matthew 9, 32-38

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for John McCann, late of St Clare’s and Catholic High


Wednesday 6th July: Ferial: Hosea 10, 1-12; Psalm 103; Matthew 10, 1-7

11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Marcelle Niemira (96th Birthday Intentions, 5/7/22)


Thursday 7th July: Ferial: Hosea 11, 1-9; Psalm 79; Matthew 10, 7-15

10.30 am: Tattenhall House Mass (email FP for venue)

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne


Friday 8th July: Ferial: Hosea 14, 2-10; Psalm 50; Matthew 10, 16-23

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of AB (Test Results)

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s Birkenhead: Requiem Mass for Susan Horton, late of Egerton Park


Saturday 9th July: Ferial: Isaiah 6, 1-8; Psalm 92; Matthew 10, 24-33

10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptisms of Milo and Romy McLelland

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Helen Gornall



Deuteronomy 30, 10-14; Psalm 68; Colossians 1, 15-20; Luke 10, 25-37

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Helen Gornall

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Geraldine Pile (Birthday Remembrance)

10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Lawley

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Clara Grace Liley

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Geoffrey Jones (L.D.)



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 John McCann, Garth Stocking, Alexander Huber and Susan Horton; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Carroll, Denis Hickey, Cecilia Parker, Peter Jezek, Marjorie Harvey, Frank Hughes, Brian McElmeel, Annie Egan, Pauline Kelly, Corinne Mashiter, Vincent Mapp, Brenda Thomas, Frank Miciah, Rebecca Halsall, Mary McCleary, John Atkinson, Patricia Smith, Liz Allison, Pearl Corken, Susan Cross, Dorothy McCormick, Eileen Peover, George Tabberner and Lana Preston-Heyes. Rest in Peace.


Parish events

 John McCann, RIP

We were all saddened to hear news of the death of John McCann. John devoted over thirty years of his life to teaching at the Catholic High School and was a loyal Deputy to more than one Head. He was also a proud family man, husband to Kath and father to Alex, Philippa and Stephanie. He was also a great parishioner down at St Clare’s and supporter of their Primary School. We celebrate John’s life and faith here on Tuesday at 12.30 pm. May he Rest in Peace.


Getting Back to Normal and Autumn Parish Renewal

July now, and the summer speeding on. Just a reminder that when September comes, we will have a major Parish Renewal exercise, which will involve looking at all our activities together and asking what we’ve learnt over the last two and a half years: what do we need to start up again, what do we need to change, and what do we need to drop? As so many people have remarked, “getting back to normal” means “getting back to the NEW normal”. At the same time, it’s a great opportunity to refresh all our teams: have you been doing this particular job in the parish for quite long enough, and time now to move on to something new? To have a rest altogether? And are you one of those parishioners who’d love to get more involved but aren’t quite sure how?  September is going to be an exciting time, so hold your horses till then, everyone!


Events for Ukrainian Refugees & their Host Families

Our friends at Upton URC have asked us to publicise some “Meet and Chat Drop-ins” which they have organised on Tuesday mornings.  Please see details on the Notice Boards.


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!”

Get any more to FP as soon as possible, everyone!


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, Dunfloggin Guest House, South Shore, Blackpool.)


Ordination to the Diaconate of Tony Nuttall

On Saturday 16th July, Tony Nuttall from the Ellesmere Port Group of Parishes will be ordained a Deacon in our Cathedral by Bishop Mark. Coaches will be going from the Port with Fr Edmund, but I thought as this is our Deanery, it would be good to support Tony and his family by joining them by train – which for Shrewsbury is honestly quicker than driving! 09.30 train down, 15.30 train back. Fancy coming? Sign up on the list if you do! Everyone warmly welcome.


Upcoming Music Concerts in Chester

Defibrillator Training: Thursday 14th July 7.30 pm

As you know, you asked us to purchase a Defibrillator for here in church, and this we have done – and it’s been the gift of one extremely generous Parishioner, Laurie from Larshay. We are delighted that Dr Rose Penson is going to give us all a Training Session, with Dr Pete Penson as Dummy. Everyone welcome, but could all Parish Groups make sure at least one of their members attends?


“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 Next Saturday

The Nave Choir are performing a concert on 9th July at 7.30 pm in the Cathedral. 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

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?


Clearing Day Chapel Corridor: Wednesday 13th July

As the Day Chapel comes back into use for a whole variety of activities, it’s important that the corridor leading to the outside door (by the organ) is now cleared. If any of you have anything there you don’t want tipping, please remove well before then!!


Chester Catenians

Many congratulations to Fr Neill, this year’s Catenian President. This 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!


Nice Full Set of Dickens: Sealed Bids Invited

A good set of Dickens has been donated to the church and is on the table at the back of church. It’s complete and would grace any bookshelf! Sealed bids to FP, please, with your name, phone number and amount you would be prepared to pay. Proceeds to Caritas.


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 Kings!

After the Likely Lads last week, meet the Three Likely Kings! This is one of my favourite pics, King Gethyn, King Carwyn and King William in all their finery, ready for a pop down to St Werburgh’s to grace our Christmas Eve Children’s Mass. Welcome, Your Majesties!