St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

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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)

Monday 5th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 5, 1-8; Psalm 5; Luke 6, 6-11
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Nicholas McKenna
1.10 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome!

Tuesday 6th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 6, 1-11; Psalm 149; Luke 6, 12-19
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention

Wednesday 7th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 7, 25-31; Psalm 44; Luke 6, 20-26
11.00 am: Blacon: Interment of Ashes for the late Jim Catterson
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Living & Deceased Members of the Chester Ursuline Convent Community

Thursday 8th September: Nativity of the BVM: Micah 5, 1-4; Psalm 12; Matthew 1, 1-16
10.30 am: Tattenhall House Mass – Please contact FP for venue
1.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Mary Edgington, late of Boughton Hall

Friday 9th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 9, 16-27; Psalm 83; Luke 6, 39-42
2.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Michelle Mayers, late of Ethelda Drive, Upton

Saturday 10th September: Ferial: I Corinthians 10, 14-22; Psalm 115; Luke 6, 43-49
10.00 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Staff and Visitors
10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Memorial Mass for Carmel Kimpton – Al Welcome!
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peter Thornton (1st Anniversary)

Exodus 32, 7-14; Psalm 50; I Timothy 1, 12-17; Luke 15, 1-32
Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peter Thornton (1st Anniversary)
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Mary Kilcoyne (L.D.)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Michael and Madeleine Morrin Golden Wedding Thanksgiving
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Lin Strong (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), Mary Edgington, Dot Smith and Ken Chadwick; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Brenda Meys, Anna Marshall, Anthony Holmes, Angela Ward, Eamonn Wallace, Kathleen Martin, Gladys Delap, Catherine Owens, Dorothy Davies, Phoebe Morrisroe, Bryan McCabe, Paul Madden, Joseph Owens, Joan Sanson, Susanna Packwood, Wilfred Swarbrick, Joan Parry, David Gray, Anne-Marie Jones, Mo Johnson, Alan Harrison, Sarah Whiles, Janet Banks, Thomas Horrocks, Brenda Voysey, Florence McCleary, Bill Costello, Fred Hatton, Gordon Hughes, Douglas Dean, Dennis Doherty, Dorothy Jones, Mary Dickson, Margaret Whittle, Peggy Lewis, Caterina Tibbles, James McLoughlin, Peter Murphy, Maureen Manning, Talivaldis Broks, Les Moss, Baby Oscar and Jean Reynolds. Rest in Peace.

Parish events

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

Good to be back Thursday evening after a wonderful two weeks in Bologna, exploring that magical city and its surrounding areas. Huge thanks to Syd and team for minding the shop so expertly while I was away, to Fr Neill and Fr Colin for helping out with all the Masses, and to everyone who works so hard to keep the show on the road. I am immensely grateful to you all.

Arrangements for 14th September – St Bernadette

No need to book for the Mass at 12.15 pm with Bishop Mark, but do please turn up in plenty of time as the church may well be full. 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. 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 - Memorial Mass next Saturday

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 was with us for all the Masses and preaching the Annual Mission Appeal last weekend. Thank you for your generous response. There are still Mission Appeal envelopes at the back of church if you haven’t made your contribution and would like to do so.

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 recently that we have been left a small Bequest in the will of the late James Robert Hodson. I am most grateful to Geoff Hewson, as always a wonderful source of knowledge about Werbies young and old, past and present. While on that subject, sincere condolences to Geoff and his sister Lucy on the death of their sister Dot while I was away. Her Funeral will be on Tuesday 20th September, time to be confirmed.

September’s Here: So, 2023 Mass Diary Open!

It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to say Mass for your intentions. As ever, the Diary for the year ahead opens in September every year, so I’d be pleased to receive your intentions for 2023 as soon as convenient to you. Many like to write out their list for the whole year, which I can then enter straightaway into the new Diary. Remember, first come, first served!

Getting Back to Normal and Autumn Parish Renewal

  1. What does the “New Normal” look like for us as a Parish as the Covid Pandemic starts to recede?
  2. What do we need to pick up again?
  3. What do we pick up again but with changes?
  4. What do we need now to drop?
  5. 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! As with January, I’d be delighted if there was a small group of Parishioners who’s like to help me organise this next stage of Parish Renewal Consultation.

Christleton Summer teas Hosted by St Werburgh’s

This afternoon, Sunday 4th September, it’s our turn to organise this popular local event, in the Methodist School Room at the heart of the village, 2.30-4.30 pm. It’ll mean a 2.00 am start for me, of course, but then my Lemon Drizzle Cake is such a must…

Wine and Cheese Evening for Meningitis Now

An evening with entertainment, a raffle and an auction will be held at 7 30 pm on Saturday 8th October at St Columba's Church Hall to remember Helen Cadden and Richard Murphy and raise funds for Meningitis Now. Tickets, price £10 including a glass of wine, are available from You are welcome to bring your own drinks. Donations, if you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation remembering Richard and Helen, can be made at

“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!

2022-23 First Sacraments Programme

4th Sept was the deadline, so here’s the Final List:

  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
  21. Edie Bithell
  22. Tom Hughes

Photo of the Week: Orla, Ciara and the Scompsies!

Another lovely reminder of our Children’s Christmas Eve Mass last year, with Brenda’s two gorgeous angels, and Fr Christmas and Mary (aka the Two Scompsies!). Start getting those cozzies ready for this year, Mums!