St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Numbers 6, 22-27; Psalm 66; Galatians 4, 4-7; Luke 2, 16-21

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Diane’s father, Eugene (L.D.)

Saturday 12.00 midnight: St Werburgh’s: Midnight Mass for God’s Blessings on 2023

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Dot and Pat Williams (Anniversaries)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Patrick Regan

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Garth Stocking


Monday 2nd January: SS Basil and Gregory: I John 2, 22-28; Psalm 97; John 1, 19-28

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John Park (L.D.)


Tuesday 3rd January: Ferial: I John 2,29 – 3,6; Psalm 97; John 1, 29-34

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Garth Stocking


Wednesday 4th January: Ferial: I John 3, 7-10; Psalm 97; John 1, 35-42

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Mike Aiello


Thursday 5th January: Ferial: I John 3, 11-21; Psalm 99; John 1, 43-51

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Malcolm Crowther



Isaiah 60, 1-6; Psalm 71; Ephesians 3, 2-6; Matthew 1-12

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Luke Ellis (Anniversary)

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


Saturday 7th January: Saturday after Epiphany: John 5, 14-21; Psalm 149; John 3, 22-30

10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Donal and Mary O’Shea (Anniversaries)



Isaiah 42, 1-7; Psalm 28; Acts 10, 34-38; Matthew 3, 13-17

Saturday 6.00 pm: Donal and Mary O’Shea (Anniversaries)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Helen Cadden – 22nd Anniversary

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Anne (Moth) Teague – 3rd Anniversary

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Fr Bernard Forshaw



Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Kath Stanton, 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 Sheila Wright and Mick McManus; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Johnnie Jones, Edward Davies, Patricia Smith, Joan Barlow, Krystyna Pepper, Patricia Wood, Charlie Esser, Pat Crayton, Doris Vickers, Tony Shepherd, Terry Pealing, Luzia McDonough, Lexy Wilkinson, Winifred Challinor, Mary Hoban, Rita Duckers, John Haresnape. Joseph Doran, John O’Leary, Winifred Shaw, Arthur Biscaine, Brian Clegg, Barbara McKeown, Sheelagh Potter, John Oliphant, Charles Green, James McCleary, Pat Walsh, Vera Howard, Michael Davies, John Ruane, Doreen Nardini and Bridget Jennings. Stanley Korn, Anne Weston, Kevin Ford, Tony Larkin, Theresa Sellers, Patrick Vallely, Florence Ratchford, Joan Hudson, Harry Graham, Mary Hughes, June Stoddart, Meg Ormsby-Knox, Margaret Davis, Pat Lloyd, Lilian Coathupe, Johanna Sheedy, Helen Woodworth, Brenda Blackwell, John Winder, Magda Kenworthy, Carol Pollard, Josephine Page, Margaret Doman, Agnes Cartwright, Mary Walsh, May Hogan, William Costello, Evelyn Weston, David Mooney, Michael Murphy, Ann Carruthers, Ralph Sherwin, Bernard Healey, Zygmunt Dowicz, Eileen Witter, Geoffrey Hargreaves, Helen Cadden, Robin Francis, John Moore, George Tomlins, Ronald Heveran, Peter Chesterman, Anne Teague and Edward Moloney. May They All Rest in Peace.

Parish events


Christmas Day-by-Days and December Sacred Heart Messengers

Now on News-Stand - £1. These popular little mags are both £1 each. If you’ve never tried one, why not take a back number for free and see if they might be for you?


Children’s Liturgy at 10.45

Good to meet with the team for a detailed planning meeting a week ago, all ready for those final DBS checks and then swing into action


2nd Collection for Christmas Flowers

₤500 raised – many thanks, everyone!


Rowton New Year Soirée

So good to be back at Rowton on a Saturday evening after our almost three-year absence. To celebrate, please join us for Tea, Coffee, Mince Pies, you name it, after the 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday 7th. Everyone warmly welcome!


Repository Closing: Christmas and New Year

Closing after morning Masses on Sunday 18th December, reopening on Sunday 29th January with our popular sale of donated and previously loved items.  Please check with FP before leaving further donated items on the Repository table. We thank you for your valued support during the year and send our very Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year.  Paula and Bernice (c/o Home for the Bewildered, South Shore, Blackpool).


Boxing Day Altar Servers Celebration: 10.00 am

Nila Heartin, Philippa Egan, Joseph Penson, Rory Johns and Matthew Egan were enrolled into the Guild and Emily Neal received a Silver Medal for Ten Years of Service. Well done, everybody!


SVP Holiday Home Fundraising – They’re There!

Thanks to everyone’s support over recent years and your extra donations through the recent Crowdfunding scheme, we have now been awarded £21,776 from CWAC funds to add to our existing savings. This means we have now reached out total! This will enable us to replace our Holiday Home in 2023. Thank you all so very much.


SVP Festive Tea for the Elderly and Housebound

Join us on Saturday 7th January at 2.30 pm at the Catholic Primary School to finish the Christmas period together with a festive tea! There'll be nice food, music and a raffle. If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please get in touch with

Transport will be provided, please contact if you require a lift.


Diocesan Our Mission Together Appeal Report

Please take a copy from the back of church. Headline Figure: £11.2 million raised, for training of seminarians, support of retired clergy, on the Diocesan Youth Mission Teams and Caritas social outreach projects and refugee support. Do please take a copy for full details, and huge thanks to all who supported this Diocesan Appeal so generously.


Photo of the Week: What a Cheek!

Spotted by Karen Elliot, Christmas at the Delicatessen in Broadway, Cotswolds. They didn’t even ask if they could borrow my car. I shall sue.