St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





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)


Monday 11th September: Ferial: Colossians 1,24 – 2,3; Psalm 61; Luke 6, 6-11

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Thanksgiving

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


Tuesday 12th September: Ferial: Colossians 2, 6-15; Psalm 144; Luke 6, 12-19

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Primary School: Start of Year Mass

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Margaret Sproston


Wednesday 13th September: St John Chrysostom: Colossians 3, 1-11; Psalm 144; Luke 6, 20-26

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Nellie Dougan


Thursday 14th September: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Numbers 21, 4-9; Psalm 77; Philippians 2, 6-11; John 3, 13-17

10.30 am: Tattenhall House Mass – please contact FP for venue

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of J.B.


Friday 15th September: Our Lady of Sorrows: Hebrews 5, 7-9; Psalm 30; John 19, 25-27

8.45, 9.45 and 11.05 am: Catholic High School: Start of Year Masses

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of our Primary and High Schools


Saturday 16th September: SS Cornelius and Cyprian: I Timothy I, 15-17; Psalm 112; Luke 6, 43-9

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Dilys Ball (79th Birthday Remembrance)



Ecclesiasticus 27,30 – 28,7; Psalm 102; Romans 14, 7-9; Matthew 18, 21-35

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Dilys Ball (79th Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Annie Lawton (Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: David Woodbury (Birthday Remembrance)

2.30 pm: Primary School: SVP Welcome Mass

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Eileen Futter (L.D.)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Louise, 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: John Cooper, Phyllis Dean, Margaret Yardley, Hannah Connolly, Marie De Monte, Doreen Bartlem, Edgar Griffin, Thomas Hudson, Dot Carr, Sheila Tudor, Michael Power, Gillian Yeoman, Beryl Dean, Vida Barbet, Jean Molony, Tony Mara and Matty Bannaghan.

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

First Holy Communion Class 2023-24

List closed now. These are the names we have. If you believe you submitted a name that isn’t on our list, please contact us with details, as names come in every imaginable way over a period of 12 months!

Lena Ainsworth; Ben Conway; James Conway; Florence Garner; Jerry Ginns; Rose Henderson; Joanne Lisbeth Joseph; Finley Kenyon; William Kettle; Seth Latham; Charlotte Mascarenhas; Francis O’Marah; 2 Murek Children; Julian Oraeki; Serena-Gold Oraeki; Oliver Gold Perez Perez; Julian Shaw; Laurence Shaw; Magdalena Nunez-Sierraalta; Eva Turner; Gabriella Ward; Edith Willett


Request for Additional Church Cleaners

To join groups on any of these times, monthly:

  • Mondays 9.30 am
  • Wednesdays 9.30 am.
  • Wednesdays 12.45 pm.

Sign-up sheet at the back of church if interested.  


Chester City of Sanctuary, 11-16 September

During Refugee Week in 2022, members of Chester City of Sanctuary prepared a very large number of handkerchief sized banners. Each one had, as well as a colourful picture or design, words clarifying issues concerning refugees and asylum seekers. A number of these, have now been made up into two large banners which will be displayed inside Chester Cathedral from 11 to 16 September. They are certainly well worth viewing. Maybe we can also congratulate the Cathedral on achieving Cathedral of Sanctuary status.


Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The Diocesan CCRS will resume this month, with both an online course or daytime classes in Wythenshawe.  Details are at: or enquiries to


Monday Lunchtime University Masses Restarted

1.10 pm, University Chapel, all welcome.


Mass Diary for 2024: Now Open and Filling Up Fast!


Parish Renewal: Launch of Youth Initiative

September’s Renewal Focus is Young People, so…

Art Competition with theme of Welcome.

High School and Primary School pupils all invited to take part along with children from the Parish who do not attend Catholic schools. Remit: By 9th October submit a piece of art to FP with the theme of 'Welcome' The artwork will be judged with a £25.00 prize for the winners. Prizes awarded at a concert here in St Werburgh's, and then displayed here.


Youth Volunteers

Very grateful for our growing list of youth volunteers, with a request for more. RSG at the back of church after Mass if you would like to ask about volunteering. Launch Meeting: Wednesday 20th September, 7.00 pm.


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.


Shrewsbury Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality

AGM Saturday 30th September at 2.00 pm at

St Chad’s, Cheadle. Please register your attendance, send apologies or items for the agenda to or text/call 07451 249267. Agenda items should be submitted seven days before the meeting.


SVP Autumn ‘Welcome Mass’

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 Tattenhall House Mass Next Thursday

10.30 am. Please contact FP for venue. All welcome.


SVP Pulpit Address This Weekend

Delighted to welcome members of our fantastic SVP Conference to the pulpit at each of the four Masses this 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 10th October at 11.00 am
  • Monday 23rd October at 7.00 pm


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.


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. First one is Tuesday 26th Sept at 12.00 noon: any offers?


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. 


Faith Talk by Steve McCarthy – Monday 11th Sept

At 7.00 pm. Illustrated talk on the theory and practice of our faith. Everyone warmly 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