St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Jeremiah 20, 7-9; Psalm 62; Romans 12, 1-2; Matthew 16, 21-27

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Irene Noone (41st Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Syd Jones

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Diana Scipanova (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eileen Peover


Monday 4th September: Ferial: I Thessalonians 4, 13-18; Psalm 95; Luke 4, 16-30

1.10 pm: University Chapel: Weekly University Mass – All Welcome

2.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Barbara Caley, late of Newton Lane


Tuesday 5th September: Ferial: I Thessalonians 5, 1-11; Psalm 26; Luke 4, 31-37

12.00 noon: St Theresa’s Blacon: Requiem Mass for Margaret Murray, late of Westbourne Road


Wednesday 6th September: Ferial: Colossians 1, 1-8; Psalm 51; Luke 4, 38-44

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mae Stringer (L.D., America)


Thursday 7th September: Ferial: Colossians 1, 9-14; Psalm 97; Luke 5, 1-11

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention

12.15 pm: Countess of Chester Hospital Chapel: Monthly Hospital Mass – All Welcome


Friday 8th September: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Micah 5, 1-4; Psalm 12; Matthew 1, 1-16

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Barbara Avis (L.D.)

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Service for Reg Read, late of Crossley Crescent


Saturday 9th September: Ferial: Colossians 1, 21-23; Psalm 53; Luke 6, 1-5

10.00 am: HMP Berwyn: Weekly Mass for Prisoners, Staff and Visitors

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

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Nuptial Mass for Craig Mullan and Mary Owen

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John and Sarah Collins (Anniversaries)




Ezekiel 33, 7-9; Psalm 94; Romans 13, 8-10; Matthew 18, 15-20

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John and Sarah Collins (Anniversaries)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Jim and Margaret Catterson – 60th Wedding Anniv Remembrance

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Bernie Booth (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peter Thornton (2nd Anniversary)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Wendy O’Brien, 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 Reg Read, Barbara Caley and Margaret Murray; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Thomas Horrocks, Brenda Voysey, Florence McCleary, Bill Costello, Fred Hatton, Gordon Hughes, Douglas Dean, Dennis Doherty, Dorothy Jones, Mary Dickson, Margaret Whittle, Peggy Lewis, Caterina Tibbles, James McLoughlin, Peter Murphy, Maureen Manning, Talivaldis Broks, Les Moss, Baby Oscar Sumerton and Jean Reynolds. 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

Good to be back on Friday after a very restful fortnight away. Don’t pretend that you missed me, because I know you didn’t. Huge thanks to Denise for minding the shop so expertly. Syd always used to tell me that, for my summer hols, he did all the work and Denise just made the tea. Now I know the truth! Grateful thanks to Fr Neill and Fr Colin for covering all the Masses and to everyone who kept an eye on the place while I was away. Ta, muchly!


Monday University Masses Re-Start This Week

1.10 pm in the University Chapel, and everyone welcome to join us. The students will start coming back to Chester next week – some coming for the first time, of course - so I know we will give them a very warm welcome to Chester, St Werburgh’s and to CathSoc. If you see anyone who looks like a student, do go up and say hello and tell them what a student- friendly parish we are. We are, aren’t we?


Mass Diary for 2024

Now open, so do please get those special dates to me as soon as possible. We operate on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you want to give me the list for the complete year, that’s fine: then at least you know that it’s done!


SVP Autumn ‘Welcome Mass’

The SVP would like to invite everyone to the Welcome Mass that will take place on Sunday 17th September at 2.30 pm at St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Primary school. We'd love to see you there! Please get in touch with Fran if you need transport.


Monthly Hospital Mass Next Thursday

Thursday 7th September at 12.15 pm in the Countess of Chester Hospital Chapel.  This month I’m the Celebrant. This Mass is for all the staff, patients, patient families, volunteers and parishioners of our area. First Thursday of each month, we would love to welcome you to this Monthly Hospital Mass.


SVP Pulpit Address Next Weekend

Delighted to welcome members of our fantastic SVP Conference to the pulpit at each of the four Masses next weekend to bring us all up to date with the amazing work they are doing, in the Parish and in the wider area. So many new initiatives, I thought you’d all welcome this a chance to be updated on what they’re doing and how we can all help.


Ministry of the Word (Readers) Review Meetings

  • Wednesday 4th October at 7.00 pm
  • Tuesday 9th October at 11.00 am
  • Monday 23rd October at 7.00 pm

Attendance at one of these review meetings is compulsory, so please make a note in your diary now. A call out for your planned attendance date will be made during September. Thanks, everyone!


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.


Chester Cathedral’s Heritage Discovery Day

Returning for its third year, Saturday 9th September,  exploring everything Tudor! Explore Chester Cathedral as never before in this free event, with lots of interactive and engaging ways to explore our Tudor heritage in the heart of Chester. Including some paid activities such as the Fantastic Byrd organ recital. Book your tickets at


Our Local Foodbank: Some July Statistics

  • 1,191 people fed, including 328 children
  • 20% increase on referrals from last July
  • 1,150 kg food received in July
  • 921 kg food given out

Tesco Collection Dates: 30th Nov – 2nd Dec

Can you help? Contact

Food needed NOW: cuppasoups, custard, jams and spreads, biscuits and small jars of coffee.


Parish Renewal: Summer Hols

Our phenomenal Renewal Steering Group (RSG) are back from Hols and rearing to go on the next stage of Parish Renewal. You have been warned!


House Masses: Anyone Like to Host on Tues 26th?

 Let’s push the boat out and see if there’s interest in a monthly House Mass in our parish. There’s a list at the back of church, different times each month, for you to sign up if interested in hosting. 26th Sept??


Catholic Enquiry Course 2023-24

Another of our very popular and successful Courses will be launched in the autumn, ten sessions, one a fortnight, from October round to Lent, with Easter the moment that those who would like to become full Catholics can do so. Launch Meeting is Monday 9th October at 7.00 pm. Do please get in touch if you’d like a chat about the course and what it entails. Please draw this notice to the attention of anyone you know who you think might be interested. 


Concert by Visiting Norwegian Choir

Saturday 16th September, here in church, at 4.00 pm, for about an hour. Admission free, so do please come along and bring your friends.


Faith Talk by Steve McCarthy – Monday 11th Sept

At 7.00 pm. Steve writes: “I will touch on topics such as who or what God is; the nature of prayer; and spirituality versus religion. But we can be confident that the Holy Spirit is still at work in the world and that we can look forward with hope. I will illustrate his talk with a number of photographs”. Sounds an interesting evening, so do please all feel welcome. 


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.

Two big issues we need to consult on and resolve in September: do we reintroduce the Chalice for the congregation at Mass, and do we reintroduce the physical sign of peace? We’ll be asking for your views on both key questions, so do please be thinking about both over the holiday period.


Photo of the Week: Flowers in Church

Remember these beautiful flowers from May? Donated by Brian Flack as a Votive Offering for his football team, who needed all the prayers they could get…