St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




I Kings 19, 9-13; Psalm 84; Romans 9, 1-5; Matthew 14, 22-33

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Marcelle Niemira (L.D., France)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John Roddy (Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Mrs Kodicek

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptisms of Ayda and Shay Flynn

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mick Fields (Birthday Remembrance)


Monday 14th August: St Maximilian Kolbe: Deuteronomy 10, 12-22; Psalm 147; Matthew 17, 22-27

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Hannah Hill (8th Anniversary)



Apocalypse 11,19 - 12,10; Psalm 44; I Corinthians 15, 20-26; Luke 1, 39-56

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Janer and David Kluth: Wedding Anniversary Thanksgiving

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention


Wednesday 16th August: Ferial: Deuteronomy 34, 1-12; Psalm 65; Matthew 18, 15-20

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Jimmy McCahy (Woking)


Thursday 17th August: Ferial: Joshua 3, 7-17; Psalm 113; Matthew 18,21 – 19,1

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mae Kay

2.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Callum McEnniff and Stephanie Byrne


Friday 18th August: Ferial: Joshua 24, 1-13; Psalm 135; Matthew 19, 3-12

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mike Griffiths (Birthday Remembrance)


Saturday 19th August: Ferial: Joshua 24, 14-29; Psalm 15; Matthew 19, 13-15

10.30 am – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Kathie Howick



Isaiah 56, 1-7; Psalm 66; Romans 11, 13-32; Matthew 15, 21-28

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Kathie Howick

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Peter Meredith – 100th Birthday Thanksgiving

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: The Whitehead Family

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Pauline Gorman (L.D., Belfast)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Jimmy McCahy, 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 Barbara Caley; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Anne Lynch, Hannah Hill, Doris Kavanagh, Margaret Smith, Pauline Williams, Paddy Power, Chris Galley, Robert Fergus, Canon Vincent Turnbull, Alice Beatty, John Gannon, Elizabeth Sholl, Jean Foster, Bridget Jones, Joe Przeworski and Les Owens.

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

FP Away on Hols: Friday 18th Aug – Friday 1st Sept

At last! That moment you’ve all been waiting for, when the auld eejit finally gives you a fortnight of peace and rest. My heavens, you’ve deserved it. While I am away, Denise is in charge, carrying on the wonderful “minding the shop” work that Syd and Denise did for so many years, and did so brilliantly. So, just a few reminders:

  • Fr Neill will say the Saturday and Sunday Evening Masses each weekend, and Fr Colin the two Sunday Morning ones.
  • 12.15 pm Mass, Monday to Friday, which Fr Neill will be saying – many thanks!
  • Confessions as normal Sat Morning, 10.30-12.00. 
  • The House and Church Alarm will be on each weekday, 6.00 pm – 9.00 am. The notice will clearly be on the House Door.
  • If you need access to the house or church at any time, PLEASE check with Denise first. She needs to know who’s in, why and for how long.

Enjoy the break without me. Sorry it can’t be longer.


Live Streaming – Team Now in Place!

Amazing what a bit of nagging and whining achieves… Three of you have now come forward to volunteer to go through the on-line tutorial with me and read all the pages of Instructions. I’m not going to try to set this up before I go away on hols, so let’s aim for the first week in September. Then, once we’ve all mastered the instructions and guidelines, we can go live to our adoring and eagerly awaiting public [Shome mishtake shurely? Ed] next month. They’re waiting with baited breath…


Parish Renewal: Summer Hols

Team now enjoying a very well-earned break, in France, Handbridge and Forest Court, recharging their batteries ready for September’s big push on YOUTH. Meanwhile, the work goes on:

  • New ‘Welcomers Rota’ starts during August, with the full Rota swinging into action in September – thanks, everyone!
  • Parish Library, in the back corner on the organ side, is going to re-open one Monday Morning a month from Mid-September, with some Library Activities to show off what we have on offer.
  • We are working on the Welcome Pack for New Parishioners and for Wizziters and hope to have both out during September.
  • Focus for September is Youth. Watch this space!


House for Rent

A parishioner has a fully refurbished two-bedroom house for rent opposite the Caldy Valley Nature Park. £980 per month. The property will be available late September and ideal for a couple or a family with one child. Help available with the garden if an elderly couple were keen. See FP if interested.   


House Masses

Our very successful monthly Tattenhall House Masses go from strength to strength. Last Thursday we enjoyed a shared table lunch afterwards in one of our Tattie’s beautiful back garden, almost too warm to sit out. So, let’s push the boat out and see if there’s interest in a monthly House Mass in other parts of our parish. Next week, there’ll be a list at the back of church, different times each month, so sign up if you’d be interested in hosting.


Tekkie Team on Hols

Tekkies Three and Four back from hols, Tekkie Two a martyr to the lab, leaving just Tekkie One and Bury Convent all packed and ready for their trip Down Under. Sorry to hear that Covid has struck, and they need to postpone departure for a couple of days, but great to have this snap – POTW? - showing how one of them at least is getting ready for the trip…


Sacred Heart Messengers and Days by Days

July, August and September copies on the Newsstand, £1 each. Past copies are on the Free Table if you’d like to take one to see if they might be for you.


Synod Document: Open Parish Meeting on 31st July

Twenty of you turned out last Monday for an excellent open discussion on the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the International Synod taking place in Rome in October. It’s still on our website (home page) if you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet. Many thanks to Anne and Zosia for kick-starting the session with their five-minute presentations, and to everyone who contributed to such a lively and positive sharing of ideas. That process – listening to others and sharing our own thoughts with them – is at the heart of Synodality.


One of our Students writes…

“I will be moving out of my current accommodation on the 2nd of September and will not be moving into my new accommodation until the 9th of September. This means that I will have a week without any accommodation. I would require somewhere to stay for that week and if possible, some help with finding somewhere to store my belongings. Any help that can be provided will be immensely appreciated”. Thanks so much for the parishioner who volunteered to help out. In the event, the new landlord was able to stretch a point and allow the student to move in a week early. Huge thanks to that werbie wolunteer: you never let us down with these appeals!


Eucharistic Ministers September Review Meetings

  • Tuesday 12th at 11.00 am; Wed 13th at 2.00 pm;
  • Tuesday 19th at 7.00 pm; Thursday 21st at 10.00 am.


Next Year’s First Sacraments Programme

If you have a child who will be in Year 3 or above in September who does not attend our Catholic Primary School, please contact Fr Paul preferably by email. The classes begin in November with First Forgiveness in January and First Holy Communions in May. The closing date for enrolment is Sunday 3rd September.


Photo of the Week: Lourdes in the Snow

Fabulous photo from our Lourdes Werbie, Paul Woodbury. February this year, the Basilica and terraces covered in crisp white snow. Not a view most of us see on our Summer Pilgrimages there?