St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




II Samuel 5, 1-3; Psalm 121; Colossians 1, 12-20; Luke 23, 35-43

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Deceased Boulton and Fazey Family
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes (Birthday Remembrance)
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Tatler
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Harry Enright
2.00 – 4.00 pm: Blessing of Graves at Blacon Cemetery
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers (Anniversary)

Monday 21st November: Presentation of the BVM: Zech 2, 14-17; Ps Luke 1; Matthew 12, 46-50
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Fr Bernard Forshaw
1.10 pm: University Chapel - University Mass
2.15 pm: Iddenshall Care Home: Service for Residents and Visitors

Tuesday 22nd November: St Cecilia: Apocalypse 14, 14-19; Psalm 95; Luke 21, 5-11
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention

Wednesday 23rd November: Ferial: Apocalypse 15, 1-4; Psalm 97; Luke 21, 12-19
10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Fr John Gildea (L.D., St Peter and Michael’s, Woolston)

Thursday 24th November: St Andrew & Companions: Apoc 18,1 – 19,9; Psalm 99; Luke 21, 20-28
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Garth Stocking

Friday 25th November: Ferial: Apocalypse 20,1 – 21,2; Psalm 83; Luke 21, 29-33
11.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Birthday Intention
1.00 pm: Northop Crematorium: Funeral Service for Angela Evans

Saturday 26th November: Ferial: Apocalypse 22, 1-7; Psalm 94; Luke 21, 34-36
10.00 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Visitors and Staff
10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
3.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Nuptial Mass (Ordinariate) for Victoria and Byron (Fr Andrew Starkie)
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mary O’Neil (L.D., Belfast)

Isaiah 2, 1-5; Psalm 121; Romans 13, 11-14; Matthew 24, 37-44
Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mary O’Neil (L.D., Belfast)
9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sylvia Pritchard
10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Catherine Petterson (2nd Anniversary)
2.00 – 4.00 pm: Blessing of Graves at Overleigh Cemetery – 2.00 pm Old Side, 3.00 pm – New Side
6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Sheila Fields (3rd Anniversary)

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 Evelyn Parry and Patricia Comerford; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Walter Saville, Margaret Dolan, Dympna Fields, Roland Waite, Andrey Romanski, Peter Wilkes, Delia Balkin, Frederick Bath, Peter Gorman, Mary Foley, Kaye Clarke, Gary Vickers, Frederick Moran, Andrew Otto, Sheila Tatler, Mary Sheehan, Kathleen Williams, Thomas Harper, John Greensword, Ian Bowdler, Tony Mayers, Kathleen Herbert, Pat Green, Eric Green, Seamus Reavey, Philip Roberts, Christine McEnery and Vera Melia. Rest in Peace.


Parish events

Parish Renewal: Processing the Recruitment Forms

All processed now – many thanks to Rita from Rosslyn for doing that – so now we will be contacting Group Leaders (where they exist) and asking them to get in touch with their new wolunteers. This won’t happen overnight, folks, and will take a couple of weeks, so do please be patient with us meanwhile.

“Ministry of Welcome” Recruitment Drive

Day Chapel, Live Streaming, Choir, Children’s Liturgy – those four plates are now up and spinning. Next one to join them is the Ministry of Welcomers, the good folk who stand at the back of church, give out Music Sheets and Newsletters, and generally make everyone feel welcome, especially first-timers and wizziters. Again, I’d hope you’d be on duty about once a month, unless you’re Mr Reebok and have to be there every Sunday Evening… Essential we have you in place for Christmas, so email coming round this weekend to see the best time we can all get together, old hands and new.

Children’s Liturgy Open Meeting

Sat 19th November 3.30 this afternoon, folks, as I write. I hope we get a good response, and I’ll let you know next weekend how it all went, and when we officially re-start.

Day Chapel Refurbishment Group First Meeting

Anne and Judith have drawn up an excellent paper for the Diocese for their visit here on 24th November. Two constraints: what we can do given we’re a listed building, and what we can afford. I don’t anticipate either being a major obstacle, but both have to be factored in, as you will understand.

Live-Streaming from St Werburgh’s; Moving Forward

Again, thanks to Syd and Dr P for drawing up proposals to put to the Diocese. The main issue will be cabling through from the house to the church, which will have to be as discreet as possible in a Listed Building.

Slippery Garden Path: Thanks for all the offers!

I had no idea there were quite so many power washers in the Parish! Lovely offer from Terry from Tarvin Road, who said he didn’t have one himself, but he was quite sure his missus wouldn’t mind getting down on her hands and knees to do the job by hand. Thanks, Terry! Contract awarded to Gordy from Gorbals, who reckons it will take him all of Tuesday, most of Wednesday and half of Thursday. Does Caddy Cath know you’ll be away so long, Gord?

Sale of Red and Blue Parish History Books: ₤10

Excellent value at £10 each and a fascinating read for any parishioner/ lover of history. Stocks of the Blue Book in particular are limited.

November Holy Souls Book: Final Edition Today

Many thanks to everyone who sent in names, such an important part of our November Devotions.

CAFOD Christmas Catalogue

On the table at the back of church. Full of great gift ideas, especially if you wanted to give your best friend a goat this year. But not easy to wrap.

NW Universities Catholic Chaplains Meeting

On Wednesday, we host the North-West Uni Chaplains, everyone from Bangor in the west, all the Manchester and Liverpool Unis, Lancaster, Preston (UCLAN) and up to Carlisle. Welcome, everyone!

SVP Second Collection 3rd / 4th December

Used to support families in need with food and Christmas presents, to provide small gifts to prisoners’ children and to fund a Festive Party in January for those we support and befriend in our local community. Gift Aid envelopes available.

SVP Advent Reconciliation Service

Saturday 3rd December at 10.30. Everyone is very welcome to attend this service in the church, with tea and biscuits to follow. We would also like to encourage parishioners to let us know of any person who may wish to join this event and we will do our best to arrange transport. Contact or 07775 781204.

Candle Safety Here in St Werburgh’s

Following the recent fire at St Clare’s caused by a candle, our Task Force has reviewed our own procedures for candles. Please follow these simple steps to keep everyone safe when lighting a tealight candle: 1) Do not remove the tealight from its metal holder, and if it is out of a holder put it back into a holder before putting it on the stand. 2) Only place the tealights in designated metal cups on the stand and as far as possible try to fill up the cups from the back of the stand. 3) If the stand is full then use a different stand; there are several around the church. 4) Always supervise any child who wants to light a candle. Many thanks, everybody!

SVP Sponsored Walk for Holiday Home

The current holiday caravan at Talacre Beach is now in need of replacement and the SVP needs to raise £45,000 to replace it in the next 15 months. They have already raised £26,000. The SVP have been putting together a crowdfunding application that will give them the opportunity to raise the balance needed. They now need to demonstrate very clear community support for their project. They need as many people as possible to back them by pledging to give £2 towards the fund. Please can you help by supporting this project on the Spacehive crowdfunding site at

November: Month of the Holy Souls

  • 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!

  • Sunday 20th November: Advent Candles
  • Sunday 27th November: Christmas Quiz
  • Sunday 4th December: Film Night
  • Sunday 11th December: Christmas Meal Out

On the Free Table

  • Last of the A3 Blank Paper
  • Coming up: Vatican Stamps and Apple Mac Computer


Good local Joiner to make some shelves, and someone clever with Computer Graphics. If you know of either, please let FP know.

Photo of the Week: Chloe from Clotton

Gadding and gallivanting in France, she found this beautiful little church at Éguzon in central France. Just look at the names on the Great War Memorial: France lost 1.4 million in that war, double the number of Britain. And Éguzon is a small town…