St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




II Kings 5, 14-17; Psalm 97; II Timothy 2, 8-13; Luke 17, 11-19

Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Sarah Collins
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Marjorie Vickers (1st Anniversary)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Terry Vernon (L.D.)
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Anne and Martin Evans – Golden Wedding Thanksgiving

Monday 10th October: Ferial: Galatians 4,22 – 5,1; Psalm 112; Luke 11, 29-32
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Helen Pile
1.10 pm: University Chapel - University Mass. All welcome.

Tuesday 11th October: Ferial: Galatians 5, 1-6; Psalm 118; Luke 11, 37-41
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (GS)

Wednesday 12th October: Ferial: Galatians 5, 18-25; Psalm 1; Luke 11, 42-46
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Lorna Harris

Thursday 13th October: Ferial: Ephesians 1, 1-10; Psalm 97; Luke 11, 47-54
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Pat Cutmore (L.D.)

Friday 14th October: Ferial: Ephesians 1, 11-14; Psalm 32; Luke 12, 1-7
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Michelle Mayers (L.D.)
12.00 noon: Vale Royal Crematorium: Funeral Service for Patricia Ilott, late of Northwich

Saturday 15th October: St Teresa of Avila: Ephesians 1, 15-23; Psalm 8; Luke 12, 8-12
10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Ann Haigh (L.D., Bebington)

Exodus 17, 8-13; Psalm 120; II Timothy 3,14 – 4,2; Luke 18, 1-8
Saturday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Ann Haigh (L.D., Bebington)
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Lisa Marie
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Jean Barnes (L.D.)
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Harry Enright
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kath Mayers (Anniversary and 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 Peter Walker, Jean Barnes, Peter Morgan, Marie Proe, Patricia Ilott and Barbara Fry; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Patricia Gardner, Grace Wingrove, Babs Thompson, Annie Jones, Winifred Pinnington, William Dancy, Paraskivoulla Sarandis, Kathleen Vickers, William Pegna, Norman Reynolds, Maureen Michael, Betty Madden, Donagh O’Loughlin and Michelle Jennings.

May They All Rest in Peace


Parish events


New Look Newsletter

Slight change to the first page of the Newsletter, with a “Parish Contacts” Box at the bottom of the page. The principal reason is to give you details of our two Safeguarding Reps, Liz and Chris. These are Diocesan appointments, the people to go to if at any time you have worries about the safety of children or vulnerable adults in the Parish. They work independently of the PP, and information you share with them is shared with the Diocese, not the PP.

St Werburgh’s “The New Normal” we’d like to see...

Children’s Liturgy at 10.45; Music Group at 10.45 am; music generally at 10.45 (Choir not just at 9.00 am?); Welcomers at all Sunday Masses; two Sunday Readers at each Sunday Mass; new-look Liturgy Group, to plan liturgies together; a possible Bereavement Group; Traidcraft stall; Parish CAFOD group; training days for Catechists, possibly Deanery-wide; using the Day Chapel as a great resource; having the church open for longer each day; more Open Parish Meetings, perhaps one meeting for one issue; Bible Studies; greater range of Prayer Groups; Live Streaming of Masses; a Young Families Group / Mothers and Toddlers; A Divorced and Separated Group; hymns at Holy Communion; parishioners writing and reading Sunday Bidding Prayers; a Green Eco-Friendly Parish Group; a Parish Face Book page; more engagement with Social Media generally; special Sacristans for Weddings and Funerals; keep Communion Stewards, but review their role. So many super ideas here.

Last Tuesday, we set ourselves two targets: to incorporate all these excellent ideas into an overall “Parish Vision”, and to start thinking of practical ways of taking them forward. Do please come along next Tuesday, 7.30 pm, to join the discussion. And please, everyone, send us in your written ideas. I promise you every single one will be carefully read.

“I’d like to get more involved…”

As part of the Autumn Renewal Programme, there was a sheet inside every Newsletter last week inviting you to sign up for any of the 80 or so activities we’ve listed, and a space at the end for any we’ve missed. So, sign up and get the form back to us.

Rowton Masses Re-Starting on Saturday Evenings

Thanks for those who’ve wolunteered to help run the show – anyone else like to get on board? Saturday 5th November sound sensible? Mass and then a Bonfire…

November Holy Souls Book

Please send your names in, preferably by email. A new book is compiled every year, remember: names are not carried forward from one year to the next. First edition of the book will be on All Saints, Tuesday 1st November, at all three Masses.

Putting Up Posters in Church

Always pleased to advertise your events but do please show the poster to FP first. Not control-freakery: just a way of making sure every poster is suitable. (We’ve had some corkers in the past!)

Free Catenian Rosaries

The Catenians have very kindly re-stocked their box of Free Rosaries at the back of church: please take one, but only if you don’t have one already!

Repository: Christmas Goods

Our brand-new stock of extremely good value best religious Christmas Cards, will be on sale from today, Sunday 9th October, including Advent Calendars, Candles and some unusual Nativity gifts. In addition, we have our regular stock of beautiful Sympathy and Thinking of You cards, and don't forget our parish Notelets (10 in pack) are still available at the special price of £2.00 for those last minute gifts!

November Day-by-Day and Sacred Heart Messenger

Now on the News-stand, £1 each.

Parish Employment Vacancy

A neighbouring parish is looking to employ a new parish Secretary/Book-keeper This is a permanent part-time position, between 10/15 hours per week. The role provides administrative and clerical support to the Parish. Applicants should have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, plus the ability to use accounting software. Duties will include Parish financial matters (using OPAS accounting software); creation and distribution of the weekly Parish Bulletin in both electronic and hard copy formats when resumed; and liaising with and supporting all parish groups and committees. A full job description can be obtained from the Parish and Diocesan websites or the Parish Priest. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the practices of the Catholic Church; however, applicants are welcomed from all denominations.
Interested? See FP for contact details.

Catholic Women’s League

October meeting Monday 10th October at 2.00 pm in the Newman Room at St Columba’s church. Speaker Gerry Tighe. All welcome, members and non-members

Tattenhall Monthly House Mass last Thursday

Out in the fields, in Sheila and David’s stunning converted Methodist Chapel. Next gathering will be Thursday 3rd November, 10.30 am. If you’d like to join us, please email FP for venue. Everyone welcome!

Best Wishes to Fr Neill and Marlene

As many of you will know, Marlene had a nasty fall over a week ago and fractured her hip. The whole Parish sends them both our love and prayers for a speedy recovery. Fr Neill has been helping out in the Ellesmere Port Parishes for the last three weeks, Hurry back to the Werbies, both of you!

Calling All Students! Come and Join CathSoc!

Are you a student at the University of Chester? Are you a student elsewhere, but living in Chester? Either way, we’d love to hear from you and invite you to be part of our Catholic Student Community. Our main meeting night is Sunday, and this week flyers are available telling you all about us. There are sheets at the back of church for you to give us your details – and we’d love to hear from you!

  • Sunday 9th October: Meet the Wrinklies
  • Sunday 16th October: CathSoc Treasure Hunt
  • Sunday 23rd October: Charades Night
  • Sunday 24th October: Shared Table Supper

Photo of the Week: The Relics of St Bernadette

A lovely reminder of 14th September. Bishop Mark leading the Reliquary out of church at the end of the Day, with Deacon Tony Nuttall behind.