St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Acts 2, 1-11; Psalm 103; I Corinthians 12, 3-13; John 20, 19-23

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Terry Collier (6th Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Brian Boardman

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Katie Curtis (4th Anniversary)

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Iris Jayne Theresa Fennell

Sunday 5.00 pm: The Cross, outside St Peter’s: Ecumenical Pentecost Service

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Celia Hickey (Anniversary)


Monday 29th May: Mary, Mother of the Church: Genesis 3, 9-20; Psalm 86; John 19, 25-27

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Donald and family


Tuesday 30th May: Ferial: Ecclesiasticus 35, 1-12; Psalm 49; Mark 10, 28-31

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne


Wednesday 31st May: The Visitation of the BVM: Zephaniah 3, 14-18; Ps Isaiah 12; Luke 1, 39-56

8.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention


Thursday 1st June: Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest

Jeremiah 31, 31-34; Psalm 10; Mark 14, 22-25

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Collins (L.D.)


Friday 2nd June: Ferial: Ecclesiasticus 44, 1-13; Psalm 149; Mark 11, 11-26

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Gladwen Rowena Nicholson (Anniversary)


Saturday 3rd June: St Charles Lwanga & Companions: Eccles 51, 12-20; Psalm 18; Mark 11, 27-33

10.30 am – 12 Noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Wayne Griesau and Theresa Boateng

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Syd Jones



Exodus 34, 4-9; Psalm Daniel 3; II Corinthians 13, 11-13; John 3, 16-18

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Syd Jones

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Stan Hughes (25th Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Katie Proudfoot-Jones (L.D.)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields (9th Anniversary)


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 Claire Graham, Margaret Collins and Ann Gemmell; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Fred Sargent, Sheila Austin, Gladys Read, Trudy Axon, Mary Abbate, Christine Farr, Denis Hughes, Terry Collier, Doreen Feely, John Keegan, Simon Reynard, Stan Hughes, Peter Caswell, Denis Mannion, Baby Joseph Anderson, Joan Clarke, Winifred Sexton, Eileen Dinwoodie, Joan Bell, Vincent Lennon, Richard Brown, Sylvia Jones and Michael Tougher. 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

Parish Renewal Report to Parish

With every Newsletter today is a copy of the Renewal Steering Group’s “Report to Parish”. This is picking up on all the excellent work done last Autumn on the back of coming out of Covid. Looking at what we wanted to re-start post-Covid and what to change, we soon realised this prompted a much more root-and-branch review of ourselves as a Parish. We had four Open Evenings, and you all contributed your ideas amazingly. We also asked you as individuals where you’d like to be more involved in the life of your parish. Today’s Report summarises all that work and shows a roadmap for the way forward. Huge thanks to the parishioners who volunteered to be on this Renewal Steering Group (RSG): Pat Floate, Marian McCarthy, Bernice Meredith and Lyn Williams. They have worked incredibly hard over the last three weeks to produce this update, and now to start driving it forward. Many thanks, one and all!

View the report here:

North Wales Railways – Thursday 20th July

Third time lucky! Our first projected trip was scuppered by Covid; the second by the Queen’s Funeral. Now we try again! Thursday 20th July. A full itinerary will be out for next weekend, but there’s a sheet for you all to sign up on at the back of church for what will be a superb day out together.


Front and Back Gardens

Many thanks to everyone who came along last Wednesday to tame the jungle. Now we need a regular Gardening Club to meet every week or fortnight and keep the jungle at bay! The RSG are working on this, as well as the long-awaited Rota for Cleaning the Church.


Helen Pile: Fundraising for Parkinson’s

Walking the Sandstone Trail, all 34 miles of it, in one day to raise money for Cure Parkinson’s


Friday 30th June: 'Music for a Summer's Evening'

Chester Cathedral Nave Choir will be singing a concert of evening music at St Werburgh's, 30th June at 7.45 pm. Featuring music from the Office of Compline as well as British part-songs from the 19th & 20th centuries. Free entry; retiring collection.


Chester’s Active Travel Festival – Father’s Day Sunday 18th June 11.00-16.00

Why not leave the car at home on this Sunday, and walk or cycle into Mass? You and your family can then enjoy the fun, entertainment and information at Chester’s first ever Active Travel Festival to be held in the Lower Castle Car Park CH1 2DN. We hope to encourage more people to see walking and cycling as a practical alternative for those short journeys into school, work, the shops or to church! See for much more detail.


40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port: 26th – 28th May

Starting with 12.15 pm Mass on Friday 26th May and concluding 11.00 am Mass on Sunday 28th May.


Wanted: House to Rent in Chester

A family of two Ukrainian ladies are seeking a two-bedroom rental property within a two-mile radius of Chester city centre, up to £1,000 pcm. They are responsible owners of a well-behaved dog.  A garden or courtyard is desirable but not essential. If you can help, please contact FP.


National Gallery Exhibition – St Francis of Assisi

On until 30th July, it’s already attracting a lot of interest. How about a parish trip down by train, mid-morning (when the prices come down), stroll down to Trafalgar Square, see the exhibition, meal somewhere and back early evening? Any takers? Sign up if interested and we’ll see what’s what.


Pentecost Sunday at the Cross: 5.00 pm

City Centre Churches Together are holding a short service at the Cross, outside St Peter’s Church, on Pentecost Sunday at 5.00 pm. We want to re-enact the Pentecost Miracles of Languages by having the Our Father said in as many different languages as possible. Can you offer one? If so, let FP know. 


Chester Heritage Festival June 17th–28th

Ann Marie Curtis will give a power point presentation at 2.30 pm on Sunday 25th June, at St Werburgh’s, about Chester Lead Shot Tower, its owners and the people who worked there. She may also lead a walk around the Boughton area on the following morning, of Monday 26th June. Anyone interested in helping, please contact


What does Chester Cathedral mean to you?   

 Exhibition on Imperial Legacies, Sacred Space. Open in the South Transept from Thursday 18th – Tuesday 30th May. Telling the hidden narratives of colonialism, slavery, and empire at Chester Cathedral. Click to to find out more about the exhibition.


Caritas Collection – Thank You!

Thank you very much to all who contributed to the recent Caritas Collection, which raised £681.38. Your generosity will help Caritas support families who are struggling financially, physically or emotionally, for which they are most grateful.


Christ and Creation: Four Talks & Discussions

Two super talks from Claire here at St Werburgh’s: the next two are in the Cloister Room at the Cathedral, on Wednesdays 14th and 21st June, both at 7.30 pm. Strongly recommended!


The Catholic High School 50th Anniversary Mass

You are warmly invited to join the CHS celebration Mass on Friday 9th of June, 11.00 am at Chester Cathedral. Please contact Mrs. Mallon by email at


Photo of the Week: Freda Gallivanting Again!

Freda from Frodsham’s been gadding and gallivanting again – is she ever at home?? – and this time to Rhodes, one of the most fascinating of the Greek Islands. Her photo today shows the enchanting little Church of Our Lady of Victory. Thanks, Freed! And do keep these lovely photos coming, folks: everyone seems to enjoy them.