St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Apocalypse 11,19 – 12,10; Psalm 44; I Corinthians 15, 20-26; Luke 1, 39-56

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: 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)


Monday 15th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 24, 15-24; Psalm Deuteronomy 32; Matthew 19, 16-22

11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: 63rd Wedding Anniversary Thanksgiving – Jane and David Kluth

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Service for Ann Parker, late of Watling Crescent


Tuesday 16th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 28, 1-10; Psalm Deuteronomy 32; Matthew 19, 23-30

12.00 noon: St Francis, Chester: Requiem Mass for Br Adrian Marsh OFMCap


Wednesday 17th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 34, 1-11; Psalm 22; Matthew 20, 1-16

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Garth Stocking (L.D.)


Thursday 18th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 36, 23-28; Psalm 50; Matthew 22, 1-14

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: For all those receiving A Level Results today


Friday 19th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 37, 1-4; Psalm 106; Matthew 22, 34-40

12.15 pm: Mike Griffiths – Birthday Remembrance


Saturday 20th August: Ferial: Ezekiel 43, 1-7; Psalm 84; Matthew 23, 1-12

10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tom and Ali Wedding Day Intentions



Isiah 66, 18-21; Psalm 116; Hebrews 12, 5-13; Luke 13, 22-30

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tom and Ali Wedding Day Intentions

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Michelle Mayers (née Byrne) (L.D.)

10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Mrs Kodieck

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Celia Murphy (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 Br Adrian Marsh OFMCap, Michelle Mayers (née Byrne), Pat Miller, Bob Flewitt and Ann Parker; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Cathryn Gornall, Baby Joseph Wilcock, Samuel Marshall, Phyllis Webb, Joseph Mealor, Vera Delaney, John Mayers, John Rogers, Bernard Manfredi-Lewis, Howard Godfrey, Janice Cartwright, Frederick Whelan, James Bruder, Kathleen Harker, David Battersby, Nora Reddy and Michael Paziuk.

May They All Rest in Peace

Parish events



FP on Hols: Wednesday 17th – Thursday 1st Sept

Please don’t try to pretend you’re going to miss me, as I know you can’t wait for me to go. While I am away, Syd as Parish Secretary is in charge. If anyone wants to come into the church or house in that period, please clear it with him first. The Alarm will be on at teatime each day, Monday to Friday, and off again about 9.00 am the following morning. I’m most grateful to Fr Neill for looking after the weekday Masses and helping out at the weekend. This weekend, we are delighted to welcome back our old friend Fr Colin Wilson, who will share the weekend Masses with Fr Neill. Behave yourselves, everyone!


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

Br Adrian died peacefully in Hospital on Sunday morning, a fortnight ago, 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 down 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. 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 Br Adrian’s amazing life and ministry. May he rest in peace.


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.


Carmel Kimpton RIP

As you all know, Carmel went Home to the Lord during lockdown, and it was not possible to celebrate her amazing life and faith as we would have wished to have done. So, on Saturday 10th September, at 12.30, we are having a special Memorial Mass, to which everyone is warmly invited.


Annual Mission Appeal: 27/28 August

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 this weekend, so the Weekend Masses will be:

  • 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


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!


Getting Back to Normal and Autumn Parish Renewal

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.


Back to School Special Sale

The SVP has been donated a number of lunch boxes and water bottles that will be on sale at the end of every Mass on the 20th/21st August. The money raised will go to the maintenance of the Holiday Home in Talacre. Come along, everyone, and get your hands on a beautiful set to start the school year in style!


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)”


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
  20. Gabriella Hughes
  21. Julia Budavari

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.


Photo of the Week: Look at the Blue of That Sky!

Honestly, no touching up, filters or photo-shopping of any kind: that really is the blue of the sky in Santorini at this time of year, as snapped by Anne Rushton last week. In the foreground is the Catholic Cathedral, badly damaged in the earthquake of 1958 but lovingly restored in 1975. Thanks, Anne and Ged!