St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Wisdom 18, 6-9; Psalm 32; Hebrews 11, 1-19; Luke 12, 32-48

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Bob Flewitt, LD: former Head, EP Catholic High School
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Jean Hewson (Anniversary)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: John McCann (L.D.)
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Everly Wren MacGabhann
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Marcelle Niemira

Monday 8th August: St Dominic: Ezekiel 1, 2-28; Psalm 148; Matthew 17, 22-27
1.00 pm: Nuptial Mass for Jimmy Kenna and Vicki Taylor

Tuesday 9th August: St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: Hosea 2, 16-22; Ps 44; Matthew 25, 1-13
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Margaret Saunders
1.00 pm: Overleigh Cemetery: Interment of Ashes for the late John McCann

Wednesday 10th August: St Lawrence: II Corinthians 9, 6-10; Psalm 111; John 21, 24-26
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John Roddy (Anniversary)

Thursday 11th August: St Clare: Ezekiel 12, 1-12; Psalm 77; Matthew 18,21 – 19,1
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne

Friday 12th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 16, 1-63; Psalm Isaiah 12; Matthew 19, 3-12
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Steve Miller Snr, Michigan – 90th Birthday Thanksgiving

Saturday 13th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 18, 1-32; Psalm 50; Matthew 19, 15-24
10.00 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Staff and Visitors
10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Liam Michael Collins
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Nicholas McKenna

Apocalypse 11,19 – 12,10; Psalm 44; I Corinthians 15, 20-26; Luke 1, 39-56
Saturday 6.00 pm: Nicholas McKenna
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Mary Kilcoyne (L.D.)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Hannah Hill (7th Anniversary)
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Roman Mario Vitelli
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields (Birthday Remembrance)

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 Br Adrian Marsh OFMCap, Michelle Mayers, Pat Miller, Bob Flewitt and Ann Parker; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Rose Sutherland, William McDermott, Anthony Smith, Michael Roberts, Gerard Walsh, Ethel Ellis, Leslie Barlow, Mary Kelly, Hugh Connolly, Denis Twohig, Ted Lugg, Peter Ratchford, Chris Meys, Norah O’Connell, Elaine Wood, Peggy O’Dea, Paul Cubitt, Bert Paddock, Peter Shaw, Joseph Higgins, Jean O’Boyle, Clyda Jones, Elizabeth Morrissey, Bernard Carter, Bridget Friend, Stanislaus Sulek, John Brierley, Rita Bowyer, Jean Hewson and Colin Watson.

May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events


Br Adrian Marsh OFMCap: 29/3/24 – 31/7/22

Br Adrian died peacefully in Hospital on Sunday morning, at the amazing age of 98. He was an outstanding Capuchin, a lovely Priest, the warmest of men and a dear personal friend of mine. However much the body was slowing up and the hearing failing, his mind remained sharp to the end. All of us at St Werburgh’s send our deepest condolences to the Franciscan Community at St Francis. Adrian was an excellent friend to us, and would always support our Penitential Services, for example, when required. His Requiem Mass is on Tuesday 16th August at 12.00 noon, and as a mark of respect, we will not have a Mass here at that time, to enable all of us to go to St Francis to thank God for Adrian’s amazing life and ministry.

Arrangements for 14th September – St Bernadette

The Booking System is live! Go to the Home Page on our website and click the button “St Bernadette Relics – 14th September”. Eight lines down you’ll find the link to the National Website. Click that and you’ll find a wealth of information. For Booking purposes, click “Registration” on the menu bar at the top of the page. Find the Map Pin for Shrewsbury Diocese (hiding behind Liverpool – cheek!) and that will bring up the two venues, our Cathedral and St Werburgh’s. At the moment, only the afternoon visits are bookable. The morning is exclusively for our schools. We hope to be able to clarify whether or not we need to book for Mass when the Diocesan Team gets back from Lourdes this weekend. Watch this space, everyone!

FP’s Holiday Dates

I’m flying from Manchester to Bologna on Wednesday 17th August, and back (via Amsterdam!) on Thursday 1st. While I am away, Syd Jones will be in charge as Parish Administrator, a role he has fulfilled excellently in previous pre-Covid years. He’s the Boss!

Annual Mission Appeal: 27/28 August

For one of the two weekends that I shall be away, Fr William Hattie from the Xaverian Fathers will be with us for all the Masses and preaching the Annual Mission Appeal. I know you will make him very welcome. Our old friend Fr Colin will also be helping us out, so the Weekend Masses will look like this:

  • Saturday 20th August 6.00 pm: Fr Neill
  • Sunday 21st August 9.00 am: Fr Colin
  • Sunday 21st August 10.45 am: Fr Colin
  • Sunday 21st August: 6.00 pm: Fr Neill
  • Saturday 27th 6.00 pm: Fr William
  • Sunday 28th 9.00 am: Fr Neill (Fr William Preaching)
  • Sunday 28th 10.45 am: Fr William
  • Sunday 28th 6.00 pm: Fr William

Getting Back to Normal and Autumn Parish Renewal

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. Our Four Questions will follow on from the Synod Consultation Exercise we did in January:

  1. Post-Covid, what do we need to pick up again?
  2. What do we pick up again but with changes?
  3. What do we need now to drop?
  4. What do we start that we’ve never done before?

As with the Synod Consultation in January, we’ll be having four Open Parish Meetings to discuss these questions: Tuesdays 27th Sept, 4th, 11th and 18th Oct.

Gardening Club

We have a wonderful little group of parishioners who look after the front and back gardens. For one reason or another, some of them are off air at present: anyone like to help out, at a time to suit you? We have one Wolunteer now for the back garden: anyone like to join her? At a time to suit you both.

Tony Murphy, Leader Chester Across Group, writes…

“I am back recently from an excellent pilgrimage to Lourdes by Jumbulance. Our sick and disabled pilgrims received great care from a team of nurses and helpers. My next Across Group leaves Chester Thursday 8th September and returns Saturday 17th but, sadly, it will be cancelled unless I attract three new helpers (a nurse or Doctor would be a bonus!) Are there any individuals who might consider it? Must have a GB Passport and be COVID Vaccinated. A contribution to the cost would be appreciated but financial help may be available for those who cannot afford the cost. Thanks in anticipation, Tony Murphy (07881-656-974)”

Spring Cleaning (Autumn Cleaning?) the Church

A long time since the church has had a jolly good clean, so Friday morning, 9th September, all welcome at 9.00 am with mops, buckets and hoovers. All ladies, please have your hair up in headscarves à la Hilda Ogden. Elevenses provided half-way through!

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. A full list of “Names Submitted So Far” is given here, just in case you have sent a name in, and we’ve missed it.

  1. Harriet Keogh
  2. Thomas Burns
  3. Alice Connolly
  4. Lucia McDaid
  5. Timothy Kusiak
  6. Casper Kusiak
  7. Eric Kusiak
  8. Isabella Ward
  9. Abigail Garner
  10. Edith Willett
  11. Rose Polanczyk
  12. Benedict Penson
  13. Grace Naylor
  14. Alice Allwood
  15. Giulia Armenio
  16. Francesco Armenio
  17. Dougie Marks
  18. Field
  19. Sophia Harris

Many apologies, but I only have “Field” down as one of the bookings, with no first name or contact details. If anyone can recognise this one and get in touch, we’d be most grateful. Sorry for being doo-lally on this one!

“Day by Day” and Sacred Heart Messengers

Our very popular Monthly Mags are on the News Stand at the back of church - £1 each.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Welcome Back!

We welcome back Bishop Mark and all our Diocesan Pilgrims, the first such to Lourdes since 2019. Any appetite for our Parish joining them one year?

Photo of the Week: Bro Adrian

A lovely collage of recent pictures of Br Adrian, sparkling to the end. It’s also printed off and on our Notice Board at the back of church for those of you who don’t have access to a computer. If ever the wonderful Salvation Army phrase “Promoted to Glory” was fitting for anyone, it was for Adrian. May he rest in the Peace and Light of the Risen Lord Jesus.