St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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)

Sunday 2.30 pm: Primary School: SVP Welcome Mass

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


Monday 18th September: Ferial: I Timothy 2, 1-8; Psalm 27; Luke 7, 1-10

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of our Catholic Students

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


Tuesday 19th September: Ferial: I Timohty 3, 1-13; Psalm 100; Luke 7, 11-17

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Agnes Curtiss (L.D., Nuneaton)


Wednesday 20th September: St Andrew Kim Taegon and Companions, The Martyrs of Korea

I Timothy 3, 14-16; Psalm 110; Luke 7, 31-35

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: David Scully (L.D.)


Thursday 21st September: St Matthew, Evangelist; Ephesians 4, 1-13; Psalm 18; Matthew 9, 9-13

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mair Jones (L.D., Brymbo)


Friday 22nd September: Ferial: I Timothy 6, 2-12; Psalm 48; Luke 8, 1-3

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Patrick

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Mass


Saturday 23rd September: St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

I Timothy 6, 13-16; Psalm 99; Luke 8, 4-15

9.30 am – 10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

10.30 – 4.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Marriage Prep Day

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Richard Turner (14th Anniversary)




Isiah 55, 6-9; Psalm 144; Philippians 1, 20-27; Matthew 20, 1-16

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Richard Turner (14th Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Brian Boardman (87th Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Patrick and James Regan

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Grace Loughran

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Gladwen Rowena Nicholson


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 Patricia Huber; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Jean Sullivan, Edward Hill, Janet Douglas, Kay Lockhart, Marjory Davies, Thomas Blythin, Geoffrey Hall, James Cotgrave, Clare Williams, Ron Roberts, Francis White, Canon Francis Murphy, Lilian Appleton, John Campbell, Alex Barnes, Richard Turner, Kathleen Burgess, John Winfield, Carol Walker and John Sutcliffe.  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:  Launch Date: Tuesday October 3rd, 6.30 pm.

Details have now been emailed out to everyone on our list: parents, please confirm receipt of email when it reaches you. Thank you.

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 Gabriel 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.  


Highlight from the High: Open Evening on Thursday

The Catholic High School, Chester, Open Evening. Thursday 21st September 6.00 -8.00 pm. Everyone welcome! No need to book an appointment, just come along, we would love to see you there.


Marriage Prep and Confessions Next Saturday

23rd September, 10.30 to 4.30 pm. So, earlier Confessions on that day, 9.30 – 10.30 am.


CathSoc Programme Starts Next Sunday 24th  Sept

Welcome to all our Students, new and old! CathSoc starts up again next Sunday with a Quiz Evening, so do come and join us, after Sunday Evening Mass, 7.00 pm onwards. And if you’re new to Chester, do make sure you leave us your contact details today.


Upcoming Concerts in St Werburgh’s and Around


Chester Male Voice Choir Autumn Concert

30th September 2023; 7.30 pm. Chester Town Hall

Concert by the Advent Singers at St Werburgh’s with Organ and Vocal Solos – “A Musical Journey Round  the World” – Conductor Stewart Smith, Organist Henry Smith – Friday 13th October 7.30 pm.


Friday 10th November 7.45 pm at St Werburgh’s  'Music for a Remembrance and Reflection'

Chester Cathedral Nave Choir will be singing a concert of Remembrance-themed and reflective music. Featuring music by Thomas Weelkes and William Byrd (in the 400th anniversary year of their deaths), and others.


Parish Renewal  September Focus on Youth

We ask all our young people of school age to take home a flyer as you leave church.

You are invited to take part in an art competition and also to complete a questionnaire. We want to hear from you! Launch Meeting for Youth Volunteers is Wednesday 20th September at 7.00 pm.


St Werburgh’s Parish History Group

Meeting for anyone interested in joining/helping the group will be held on Monday 25th  Sep at 6.00 pm at St. Werburgh’s. This includes those who have already stated that they would like to join and those who have not yet done so. If you would like to join/help us, but cannot make this meeting, please contact


SVP Sponsored Walk: Sunday 8th October

To raise funds for our Holiday Home. We start from the Catholic High School at 1.00 pm (parking available) and have a choice of a short 2.3 miles or a longer 3.7 miles. For more information, contact Marco on  


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


Christleton Summer Teas

Churches Together in Christleton organise Summer Teas in the Methodist Chapel from June to September. The last one this year is Sunday 24th September  and is being hosted by St Werburgh’s. If anyone is able to help on the day or make a cake beforehand, please give Anne a ring on 313409.


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


Day Chapel Refurbishment

A meeting for Day Chapel refurbishment  will happen shortly. In the meantime ,we would like to do a mini makeover and make it into a welcoming space. Volunteers to help with a one off clean please sign up at the back of Church .


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 or 07451 249267.


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.


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


House Mass on Tues 26th: Lego has offered!

 Tuesday 26th Sept at 12.00 noon, 12 Victoria Crescent Queen’s Park. Max 15, so please sign up on list at back of church asap! Thanks Tulip!


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. 


Eucharistic Ministers September Review Meetings

  • Tuesday 19th at 7.00 pm
  • Thursday 21st at 10.00 am.


Photo of the Week is Back! Chester Cathedral

Preparing for the Mystery Plays this summer, the Nave beautifully decorated to make the performance space. Thanks, Rosemary!