St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Jeremiah 20, 10-13; Psalm 68; Romans 5, 12-15; Matthew 10, 26-33

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Anne Scragg (L.D., Toronto)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Syd and Denise Jones – Wedding Anniversary Remembrance
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Charlie Lancaster (8th Anniversary)
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Steven Michael (L.D.)

Monday 26th June: Ferial: Genesis 12, 1-9; Psalm 32; Matthew 7, 1-5
11.00 am: Crabwall Hall NH: Service for Residents and Visitors
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Gracita Alorro
1.10 pm: University Chapel: Weekly University Mass – all welcome. (Final Mass till September)

Tuesday 27th June: Ferial: Genesis 13, 2-28; Psalm 14; Matthew 7, 12-14
8.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Denis Hickey (16th Anniversary)

Wednesday 28th June: St Irenaeus: Genesis 15, 1-18; Psalm 104; Matthew 7, 15-20
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne
6.30 pm: Catholic High School: Mass for all FHC Pupils

Thursday 29th June: SS Peter and Paul – Holyday of Obligation
Acts 12, 1-11; Psalm 33; II Timothy 4, 6-18; Matthew 16, 13-19
7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Denis Hickey (16th Anniversary)
7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Charles Frederick Woodbury (Birthday Remembrance)

Friday 30th June: Ferial: Genesis 17, 1-20; Psalm 127; Matthew 8, 1-4
12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mae Stringer (L.D., America)

Saturday 1st July: Ferial: Genesis 18, 1-15; Psalm Luke 1; Matthew 8, 5-17
10.30 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions
12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Cameron Thomas Walker
6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Wedding Day Intentions – Lucy and Jack (Haydon Bridge)

II Kings 4, 8-16; Psalm 88; Romans 6, 3-11; Matthew 10, 37-42
Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Wedding Day Intentions – Lucy and Jack (Haydon Bridge)
Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Austin Tighe (3rd Anniversary)
Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Sproston (5th Anniversary and Birthday Remembrance)
Sunday 2nd July: 1.30 pm: Wedding Service for Abin Varghese and Shani De Soysa
Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eileen Peover (3rd Anniversary and Birthday Remembrance)

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 Andrew Hunt and Dorothy Moran; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Carroll, Denis Hickey, Cecilia Parker, Peter Jezek, Marjorie Harvey, Frank Hughes, Brian McElmeel, Annie Egan, Pauline Kelly, Corinne Mashiter, Vincent Mapp, Brenda Thomas, Frank Miciah, Rebecca Halsall, Mary McCleary, John Atkinson, Patricia Smith, Liz Allison, Pearl Corken, Susan Cross, Dorothy McCormick, Eileen Peover, George Tabberner and Lana Preston-Heyes. RIP


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 Group First Open Meeting

Excellent first “Open Launch Meeting” on Wednesday, getting all the House, Church and Garden groups off the launch pad. Huge thanks again to our Steering Group – Lyn, Bernice, Pat and Marian – for running the meeting, and all of you for turning up. Nine groups have formed and worked out when, how often, where and how they are going to meet: Church Banners (Stella and Bernie); Church Cleaning (Helen and half the Parish!); Church and House Linen (Anne and gang); Parish Library (Dominique and helpers); Church Flowers (Marie and Consilia); Church Notice Boards (Pat and associates); Silver and Brass (Babs, Paula and friends); Trips to the Skip & Charity Shops (Paula and Simon); and Gardening (Cristina, David, Ann, Matt, John and Alan Titchmarsh- thanks, Al!) Today, the Roadmap is in all Newsletters, showing how this Renewal Programme will roll out over the next twelve months, with one focus every month. July’s is Welcome Ministry; August is Summer Hols (geddit?); and September’s is Youth. Fasten your seatbelts, everyone! And do have a good look at those fabulous posters the Steering Group have created, at the back of church.

North Wales Railways – Thursday 20th July

Full House now!! Wow! So, today there is a sheet for every participant to give us details of where they want to board the coach, any dietary requitements, whether they prefer Gordon’s or Bombay Sapphire, that sort of thing. Please take YOUR copy and return it asap. Then fasten your seatbelts!
[You’ve done that one already, Ed].

Repository Summer Closing

After 10.45 Mass on Sunday 2nd July, reopening Sunday 3rd September. If you need Paula or Bernice while they’re away, email is best:

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. Free entry. Retiring collection.

Churches Together in Cheshire AGM on Tuesday

At Northwich, 10.00 am. Reviewing our work of the past year and planning for the next. This is the annual meeting that all the Church Leaders attend.

SVP Summer Lunch: Wednesday 5th July

At Rossett Hall Hotel. If you know of anyone who’d benefit from this social event, please contact Fran on 07990-524-780 or Anne on 07960-496-386

National Gallery Exhibition – St Francis: 11th July

List now closed. I’m working out prices and will hope to get them to you early next week so we can firm up the list. Then Big Smoke here we come!

CHS Music Night to Support SVP Holiday Home

Friday 14th July, 7.30 pm, with the High School City Jazz Band. Tickets are £10, from Marco [I am NOT making that address up. Ed] All the money raised goes to the SVP Holiday Home at Talacre. Steve Perry writes: “Thanks for your fantastic support, especially in enabling us to receive a significant ‘match-funding’ donation from the Council. It enabled us to purchase the new Holiday Home at a cost of about £45,000. The new home will feature on a Photo of the Week very soon and has been in use every week this year since the start of April, giving a holiday to those who otherwise would not have one. But the fund-raising has to go on, as these static caravans have a life of about ten years. We are trying to set aside £5,000 every year, so that in ten years’ time, the funds are there, and we are not starting from scratch. Do join us at the High School on 14th July as we start raising this year’s five grand! Many thanks, everyone.”

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. All welcome.

Shrewsbury Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality Group

Next meeting: Tuesday 27th June, 7.30 pm, via zoom. Link from
or text/call 07541-249-267.

Primary School Raffle Tickets

On sale after Morning Masses this weekend, Sunday 25th June. £1 each. First prize is £100, with lots of other prizes, and all money raised going to our Primary School. Thanks for your support, everyone!

Last University Mass for this Academic Year

Monday, 26th June, 1.10 in the Uni Chapel. We break for two months, resuming on Monday 4th September. Thanks to everyone for their support this year.

SS Peter and Paul: Holyday of Obligation

Thursday 29th June: Masses at the usual times, 7.30 am, 12.15 pm and 7.30 pm, and you must of course…

Parish Diary for 2023-4

We’ve started! A thousand thanks to the SVP, Louise (First Holy Communions) and the High School for getting their dates for next year to us. And a million thanks to Denise, who does the back-breaking work of plotting all these dates on an enormous spreadsheet to make sure there are no clashes, and then co-ordinating everything with my Diary. Now we would like all the other parish groups and organisations to get their dates in, by mid-July please. We’ve already identified a few clashes and resolved them. Thanks, everyone, for getting these dates to us. Any more gratefully received.

Photo of the Week: St Benedict at Monte Cassino

Standing outside the new Monastery, built from the rubble of the old one, destroyed in the last war. Thanks to Violet from Vicarage Road for sending it in. She’s off gadding and gallivanting again tomorrow. Honestly, she’s almost as bad as Freda from Frodsham! Thanks, Vi and Freed!