St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




II Maccabees 7, 1-14; Psalm 16; II Thessalonians 2,16 – 3,5; Luke 20, 27-38

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Thanksgiving for Return to Rowton
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Annie Lancaster (2nd Anniversary)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Elizabeth Rivas (Anniversary 1981)
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peter Morgan (L.D.)

Monday 7th November: Ferial: Titus 1, 1-9; Psalm 23; Luke 17, 1-6
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne
1.10 pm: University Chapel - University Mass.

Tuesday 8th November: Titus 2, 1-14; Psalm 36; Luke 17, 7-10
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: James Regan

Wednesday 9th November: The Lateran Basilica: Ezek 47, 1-12; Ps 45; I Cor 3, 9-17; John 2, 13-22
10.00 am: Southern Cemetery, Manchester: Burial of Ashes for Mary Edgington
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Lorna Harris

Thursday 10th November: St Leo the Great: Philemon 7-20; Psalm 145; Luke 17, 20-25
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for John Park, late of Arkle Court

Friday 11th November: St Martin of Tours: II John 4-9; Psalm 118; Luke 17, 27-37
10.30 & 11.30 am: Grosvenor Villas (Crawford’s Walk) NH: Remembrance Day Services
1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Sheila Burrell, late of Oak Grange NH, Mollington

Saturday 12th November: St Josaphat: III John 5-8; Psalm 111; Luke 18, 1-8
10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Liverpool Universities Catholic Chaplaincy Mass (Fr Neil Ritchie)
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Holy Souls

Malachi 3, 19-20; Psalm 97; II Thessalonians 3, 7-12; Luke 21, 5-19
Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Holy Souls
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Anne Dudley (Anniversary, 2012)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: For all who lost their lives in War
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: The Deponeo Family


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: 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 John Park, Teresa Ward, Winifred Murphy, Conor McMullan. Sheila Burrell, Evelyn Parry and Patricia Comerford; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Audrey Donnelly, John Clyne, Annie Jones, Freddie Price, Claire Challoner, Bill Dennan, William Bath, Anne Bath, Elizabeth Rivas, Alice Artell, Williams Sanders, May Willis, Veronica Mulchrone, Helen Murtagh, Tony Nardini, Danny Ratchford and Laura Preston.

May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events


Parish Renewal: The Roll-Out Starts

Last Sunday was the deadline for sending in forms and written submissions. Here are the stats:

  • 52 “Like to be More Involved” Volunteer Forms
  • 27 Written Submissions
  • 28 Green “Four Questions” Forms

Now the processing begins! The Steering Group will read all the written submissions and green forms and produce a “report to Parish” on 4th December, summarising your views. So, I’d like a little sub-group to help me with the Volunteer Recruitment forms, putting the volunteers in touch with the groups they’d like to join. Any takers?

Meanwhile, the Re-Start Roll-out continues apace: today, Choir, Children’s Liturgy and Day Chapel Groups have launch meetings announced, so please come along if you’ve any interest in any of these three activities.

Choir and Musicians Recruitment Drive

We are looking to grow the number of singers at Masses and feast days, including support from instrumentalists. Choir Members will be around before and after all the Masses on 13th & 20th November to tell you more about the choir and answer your questions.
Interested? Come along for a chat or contact Tom Rozario at or speak to any member of the choir after 9.00 am.

Re-Starting Children’s Liturgy

The Team – Claire, Raluca, Shabna, Ruth, Jo, Katie and Chloe - are hoping to start up again at the 10.45 Mass as soon as possible, but a fair bit has to be done first, as you’ll appreciate. Initially, we are starting with a single Age Group, 4-8, with the possibility of going to an older group later on. Would you like to be involved? Open meeting for anyone interested in joining the team on Saturday 19th November in the House 3.30 pm. Come along and find out what it’s all about, and if it’s for you, how to come on board.

Day Chapel Refurbishment Group

The Diocesan Head Honchos are coming here on Thursday 24th November to cast their beady – and very professional – eyes over our ideas. Huge thanks to Judith and Anne from the Parish Council for invaluable spadework here. Open Meeting for anyone who wants to be involved on Wednesday next, 9th November, initially in the House then in the Day Chapel, at 3.00 pm. Everyone welcome who’d like to be part of this exciting innovation.

Live-Streaming from St Werburgh’s

The company has been contacted, and all the surveys have been sent off. On the Notice Board today you’ll see the results of those Surveys. Next week, Zoom Calls with the company to tie down the few outstanding tekkie questions.

Rowton Masses Re-Starting on Saturday Evenings

Saturday 5th November. 1.8 miles on the A41 from Sainsbury’s Roundabout, Esso Garage on your left, turn next left (Moor Close), the Chapel is fifty yards on your left. Simples! Please park AFTER Chapel Close, please.

Notice Board Updated

The eagle-eyed among you will notice we’ve updated all the Sunday Mass times for the Chester Parishes on our Noticeboard on the wall of church. Particular thanks to Fr Neill for helping steer this project.

Sale of Red and Blue Parish History Books: ₤10

It’s that time of year again, when these books are able to fill the unexpected gap in the Christmas present situation. Make sure to buy one after Mass on Sundays, between now and Christmas – Blue books in fairly short supply. Excellent value at £10 each and a fascinating read for any parishioner/ lover of history.

November Holy Souls Book

One page is read out at every Mass during the month. New editions come out every Sunday morning, proof-reading and printing on the Saturday morning beforehand. Names that reach us by Friday should be in the Book. Final Edition: Sunday 20th November.

Christleton Methodist Teas

2.30-4.30 first Sunday afternoons of the month, November to May (except January), in the Methodist Church Hall, with all donations gong to charity.

Re-Starting Monthly Hospital Masses

Countess of Chester Chapel (first floor), First Thursdays at 12.15 pm. Everyone warmly welcome.

New Day-by-Day and Sacred Heart Messenger Mags

On the News-stand, ₤1 each.

First Sacraments Parish Group

For children not attending the Parish School and their Parents. Our opening meeting takes place on Tuesday 8th November at 6:30 in Church. Please could the children bring the following: a folder for their preparation book; a pencil case with coloured pencils and a handwriting pencil; reply slips if children are happy to have their photographs displayed in church, or to have a Prayer Sponsor.
See you all there!

November: Month of the Holy Souls

  • Wed 16th: Mass for the Recently Bereaved: 7.00 pm
  • Sunday 20th: Blessing of Blacon Graves: 2.00-4.00 pm
  • Sunday 27th: Blessing Overleigh Graves: 2.00-4.00 pm
  • Wednesday 30th: Mass of the Holy Souls: 7.00 pm

Calling All Students! Come and Join CathSoc!

We’d love to hear from you and invite you to be part of our Catholic Student Community. Our main meeting night is Sunday. Flyers available telling you all about us

  • Sunday 6th November: Mastermind
  • Sunday 13th November: Cake and Catch-Up
  • Sunday 20th November: Advent Candles
  • Sunday 27th November: Film Night
  • Sunday 4th December: Christmas Quiz
  • Sunday 11th December: Christmas Meal Out

On the Free Table: Last of the A3 Blank Paper

Coming up: result of the Dickens’ sets, a beautiful Album of Vatican Stamps (lovely Christmas Present) and an Apple Mac Computer.

Photo of the Week: Christmas is coming…

So, mums and dads, start thinking about those Children’s Nativity cozzies. All animal species warmly welcome: last year, we had a particularly ferocious cheetah. Actually, Princess Baggs looks incredibly docile, and would probably only nuzzle you to death… Shepherds? Don’t leave it too late, as the week before Christmas there isn’t a tea-towel to be bought in Chester for love or money…