St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Genesis 12, 1-4; Psalm 32; II Timothy 1, 8-10; Matthew 17, 1-9

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Kathleen Smyth (L.D.)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Albert Norman (Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Diana Scipanova (L.D.)

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Fraser Brian Ainsworth

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Denis Hickey (Birthday Remembrance)


Monday 6th March: Ferial: Daniel 9, 4-10; Psalm 78; Luke 6, 36-38

11.00 am: Crabwall Hall NH: Service for Residents and Visitors

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Victims of the Herald of Free Enterprise Disaster, 1987

1.10 pm: University Chapel: University Mass – All Welcome

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confirmation Class One for Adults


Tuesday 7th March: Ferial: Isaiah 1, 10-20; Psalm 49; Matthew 23, 1-12

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Catherine Begg


Wednesday 8th March: Ferial: Jeremiah 18, 18-20; Psalm 30; Matthew 20, 17-28

12.00 Noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Betty Park

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Confirmation Class Two for Youngsters


Thursday 9th March: Ferial: Jeremiah 17, 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16, 19-31

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: James Vickers (L.D.)


Friday 10th March: Ferial: Genesis 37, 3-28; Psalm 104; Matthew 21, 33-43

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Angela Murray

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Andrew Jones and Cristina Dominte

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Zoom Stations of the Cross – email FP for link


Saturday 11th March: Ferial: Micah 7, 14-20; Psalm 102; Luke 15, 1-32

10.30-12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

2.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Kavi Pereira and Cathy Cartwright

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Syd Jones (L.D.)



Exodus 17, 3-7; Psalm 94; Romans 5, 1-8; John 4, 5-42

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Syd Jones (L.D.)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Geraldine Pile (Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Alex Barnes

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Fin Monaghan (2nd Anniversary, Boston Mass.)


Prayer Intentions

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 Syd Jones, Betty Park and Kennedy Rowley; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Kenneth Warburton, Annie Connolly, Michael Snee, Elizabeth Tierney, John Thomson, Mary Ivory, Mary Pink, Mary Smythe, John Doolan, Margaret Rees, Margaret Everett, Mary Gough, Jean Dean, Albert Thomas, Tom Boulton, Kasimierz Dabrowski, John Burns, Leonard Whittle, Mary Evans, Maurice Murphy, Cyril McLoughlin, Reginald Sweeney, John Beatty, Cathy Taylor, Gino Vianello, Ronald Edwards, Patrick Sullivan and Tony Austin-Kaye.

May They All Rest in Peace.


Parish Information and Contacts

SVP:    Countess of Chester Chaplaincy: 01244 364543.

St Werburgh’s is part of the Diocese of Shrewsbury: Registered Charity No 234025.

Safeguarding Reps:    Liz Aiello (email:, tel: 07813743723) and

Chris Proudfoot (email:, tel; 07711495070) 


Parish events

A Message from Denise

“Words can often seem so inadequate, especially at a time like this. I have been deeply moved by the number of cards, letters and messages I received but more so, by the beautiful comments written and spoken about my Syd. From friends and neighbours, former work colleagues, not only from the St Werburgh’s family, but from the clergy and parishioners of surrounding parishes and friends from other denominations. The full church for his Requiem spoke volumes. It is comforting to know how much he was loved and respected. For this and the kindness, love and support shown to me at this sad and difficult time, from the bottom of my heart ‘Thank You.’ Denise”


Syd’s Requiem Last Monday

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a fitting celebration of Syd’s life and his amazing commitment to this parish: to the altar servers, choir, musicians, stewards, and everyone who filled our church. Thank you so much.


World Day of Prayer (Formerly Women’s WDP!)

Thanks to everyone who came along last Friday for this lovely annual ecumenical service. This year it was prepared by the women of Taiwan, and special thanks to Lal, Lyn and Marian for coming along in full Taiwanese national costume.


Christian Aid Lent Lunches: 12.00-1.30 pm

  • Monday 6th March: Caldy Valley Community Church
  • Mon 13th March: Wesley Methodists (St W’s hosting)
  • Monday 20th March: Wesley Methodists
  • Thursday 30th March: St Mary’s Handbridge


SVP High School Tea on 16th March

You are all cordially invited to the Catholic High School Tea organized by the SVP that will take place on Thursday, 16th March at 2.00 pm. Please get in touch with Fran if you wish to attend and let her know if you need a lift. We hope to see you all there!


St Werburgh's Parish FHC Group

Tuesday March 7th: Parents and Children

  • Parish Group (children and parents) meet at 6.30 pm at church. The children will need to bring their new preparation books and pencil cases. Books are available on the night for the children who missed the last class.

Monday March 13th: Parents Meeting at School

  • Parents' Meeting at 7.00 pm at St Werburgh's and St. Columba's School in Lightfoot St. This is a FHC Information Evening for all parents.

Monday 20th March: Commentary Mass

  • The Commentary Mass at 6.30 pm in church, for all the FHC children and their families. This is an important part of the children's preparation, so we expect to see all our First Holy Communion children there accompanied by a member or members of their family.

If for any reason, children or parents are unable to attend any of the meetings, it is important for parents to contact Fr Paul and Louise before the class begins.


Confirmation: 10th May 2023: Class 2 Wednesday

Do We Still Need Holy Communion Stewards?

From Sunday 26th February to Sunday 19th March, we are experimenting with having no Communion Stewards. Next week, Sunday 12th March, we want you to vote: continuing with them or ending them?  


SVP Theatre Night at Port Sunlight: 8th March

Gladstone Theatre, in Port Sunlight. The play is The Girl on the Train, a fantastic thriller based on the book by Paula Hawkins. We have 50 tickets available to purchase at £10 per ticket. They can be reserved via email contacting, and collected and paid on arrival at the theatre. All money raised will go to support the SVP Holiday Home project.


Lent Friday Evenings: 7.30 pm

  • 10th March: Zoom Stations online: email FP for link
  • 17th March: Devotions (Musical) in Church
  • 24th March: Zoom Devotions online
  • 31st March: Stations in Church


Lent Chapel Visits

Christleton and Waverton Churches Together organise a lovely series of visits to local Chapels during Lent – 2.30 pm each time:

  • Wed 8th March: Foxhill Conference Centre
  • Tuesday 21st March: University Chapel
  • Thursday 30th March: St Deiniol’s, Hawarden

Flyers at back of church with full details.


An Online Course on Vatican II

The Diocese is offering a series of short podcasts throughout Lent. Accessible on the diocesan website at They may be listened to any time. A leaflet outlining the content of the recordings is available in the parish. Enquiries to Barbara Davies on 07730-526-821.


Retired Priests Welfare Officer

Due to the upcoming retirement of our current RGN/Welfare Officer. He/she is expected to draw on their nursing skills and experience effectively to assist priests approaching retirement, those in retirement and those on sick leave. They will need to be proactive, caring and demonstrate safe and effective practice through a multidisciplinary approach. They will require a current NMC pin and understand the Catholic faith.  Application form from Pauline McCulloch  For further information: Closing date 24 March.


Catholic High School 50th Anniversary Mass

Chester Cathedral – Friday 9th June 2023 11.00 am – everyone warmly invited, space permitting. The whole school will be attending, plus VIP’s, former students and staff. Please get the date in Diaries


Photo of the Week: Zosia in LA

Outside St Martin of Tours church on Sunset Boulevard. Zosia and Ian were in LA for 3 months Academic Study Leave… (Yeah, right Ed).