St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Ecclesiasticus 3, 17-29; Psalm 67; Hebrews 12, 18-24; Luke 14, 7-14

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Francis Wiles (1st Anniversary)

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Pat and Tony Baxter Golden Wedding Anniversary

10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of the Missions

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Fields Birthday Remembrance


Monday 29th August: Beheading of St John the Baptist: Jeremiah 1, 17-19; Ps 70; Mark 16, 17-29

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Judith Driver (L.D., Australia)


Tuesday 30th August: Saints Margaret Clitherow, Margaret Ward and Anne Line, Martyrs

I Corinthians 2, 10-16; Psalm 144; Luke 4, 31-37

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


Wednesday 31st August: Ferial: I Corinthians 3, 1-9; Psalm 32; Luke 4, 38-44

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Gladys Delap (4th Anniversary)


Thursday 1st September: Ferial: I Corinthians 3, 18-23; Psalm 23; Luke 5, 1-11

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention


Friday 2nd September: Ferial: I Corinthians 4, 1-5; Psalm 36; Luke 6, 1-5

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Irene Noone (40th Anniversary)


Saturday 3rd September: St Gregory the Great: I Thess 2, 2-8; Psalm 95; Matthew 16, 13-19

10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Liam Michael Collins

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving



Wisdom 9, 13-18; Psalm 89; Philemon 9-17; Luke 25-33

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes

10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Mary Kilcoyne (L.D.)

6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (GS)


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: Rosaleen Jones, Mary Fay, Michael Reddy, Celia Ross, Louis Doyle, Patrick Brady, Madge Price, Hilda Jones, Agnes Beatty, Mary Hanna, Tony Shaw, Emily Devine, Stanislaw Koziol, Winifred Wright, Edith Sandbach, William Almond, Joseph Higgins, Cecelia Brierley, Jessie Swindley, Gill Edwards, Kay Cawthorn, Eileen Feeney, Winifred Hopewell and Mary Carrier.

May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events

 Message from Caritas, Shrewsbury Diocese

“Thank you to all who have contributed to this year's Caritas donations totalling £992.17, either via the collection boxes or by supporting Fr Paul's cutlery sale. Caritas is truly grateful for this incredibly generous amount. An impact report will be available in the next couple of months to show how your donations make a difference to those in need. Thank you once again.”


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

Hopefully by the time you’re reading this, I’m well settled in my little city-centre apartment in Bologna. Huge thanks to the team who mind the shop while I’m away. This weekend, we welcome Fr William Hattie from the Xaverian Missionaries, to preach the Annual Mission Appeal. I know you’ll be as generous to the Missions as you always are. Gift Aid envelopes available, and we hold the Appeal open for two or three weeks to allow those of you who are away to make your contribution if you would wish to do so.


Arrangements for 14th September – St Bernadette

Have you booked yet for the afternoon visits? The slots are filling up well now, so don’t leave it too late.

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. We’ll do our best to admit those who haven’t booked, but obviously will need to give priority to those who have.


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, with many members of her extended family able to attend, and 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’ll make him very welcome.

  • 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!


Bequest from Mr James Robert Hodson

We were very touched and grateful to learn in the week that we have been left a small Bequest in the will of the late James Robert Hodson. I don’t believe I was lucky enough personally to meet Mr Hodson, living in London for a number of years, but I do know he has nieces in this area. If they’d like to make contact, I’d be delighted to thank them personally.


Getting Back to Normal and Autumn Parish Renewal

What does the “New Normal” look like for us as a Parish as the Covid Pandemic starts to recede?

  1. 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. We looked at the Universal Church in January: now let’s put our own Parish under the microscope!


“First Thursday” Tattenhall House Masses

Thursday 8th September is our next Tattenhall get-together. Delighted these monthly Masses are so well supported, with up to twenty folk attending. If you’d like the venue for the next one, please email FP.


Monday Lunchtime University Masses Re-starting

After our two-month Summer Break, we resume Uni Masses on Monday, at 1.10 pm in the University Chapel. If you’re not sure where that is, it’s the church going down Parkgate Road immediately opposite St Thomas of Canterbury, the two churches either side of Cheyney Road. Everyone welcome!


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. Sophia Harris
  19. Julia Budavari
  20. Cara Spiteri

We believe we’ve tracked down the “Field” name but would still like confirmation. 4th September the absolute cut-off date, everyone!


Photo of the Week: Saint-Omer Cathedral

Mike and Liz have been gadding and gallivanting again, this time around Artois, the area of Northern France south of Calais and Dunkirk. Mike and Liz went to the medieval town of Saint-Omer and its beautiful cathedral built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It’s an excellent example of the original Gothic style of architecture. Remind you of anything? Yes, our own St Werburgh’s, built by Edmund Kirby in the English Gothic style. Thanks, Liz and Mike!