St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter





Isaiah 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


Monday 25th September: Ferial: Ezra 1, 1-6; Psalm 125; Luke 8, 16-18

11.00 am: Crabwall Manor NH: Service for Residents and Visitors

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Kathleen Melia

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


Tuesday 26th September: Ferial: Ezra 6, 7-20; Psalm 121; Luke 8, 19-21

9.30 am: Overleigh: Blessing of Headstone for Kevin Mossop

10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Victor Piggott

12.00 noon: House Mass at 12, Victoria Crescent, Queens Park : please sign up on list


Wednesday 27th September: St Vincent de Paul: Ezra 9, 5-9; Psalm Tobit 13; Luke 9, 1-6

9.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Spiritan House, Hoole


Thursday 28th September: Ferial; Haggai 1, 1-8; Psalm 149; Luke 9, 7-9

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Lorraine Swason


Friday 29th September: SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Daniel 7, 9-14; Ps 137; John 1, 47-51

11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Bridget Huber, late of Melverley Drive

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Mass


Saturday 30th September: St Jerome: Zechariah 2, 5-15; Psalm Jeremiah 31; Luke 9, 43-45

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

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

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptisms of Joseph John and Joshua Andrew Hamlett

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: May and Ted Griffiths (Birthday Remembrances)




Ezekiel 18, 25-28; Psalm 24; Philippians 2, 1-11; Matthew 21, 28-32

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: May and Ted Griffiths (Birthday Remembrances)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Syd Jones

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Family and Friends of Pat Ashcroft

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peter John Morgan (1st Anniversary)


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 Terry Carroll, and Bridget Huber; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Margaret Ball, Jack Dodd, Dennis Green, William Meredith, Fr John Lennon, Eileen Doyle, Peggy Power, Mary Pritchard, Maureen Johnson, Eily Power, Ellen Holding, Alice Bath, William Kearns, Helen Cornes, Francis Horton, David Serdiville, Andrzet Zopoph, Giuseppina Sarandis, George Taylor, John Caley, Charles Snow and John Vernon. 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


Out Today: Parish Diaries 2023-24

Please take your copy of our new Parish Diary today, the first since 2019. It’s an amazing work, aiming to achieve three goals: to showcase many of our Parish activities for the benefit of parishioners new and old who might like to join one of these groups. Secondly, to give everyone as many dates for the year ahead as possible so that no-one can say they didn’t know when something was taking place! Thirdly, it plots all dates and activities on an enormous spreadsheet, to make sure that two activities are not taking place at the same time, which is so dispiriting for anyone organising anything in the Parish. Huge thanks to Denise Jones, who has worked so hard on this Diary all Summer. It’s a fitting tribute to all her work!


Parish Renewal Update

Excellent meeting on our Youth Initiative last Wednesday. Thanks to our Youth and volunteer helpers. Watch this space for updates as this initiative takes shape. We need our " Youth" to complete the survey , available at the back of church and we are collecting art entries in Church Sunday 1st and 8th of October.


Church Library Re-launch

Please come and join the Library Team on Monday 2nd October for the Church Library re-launch and every first Monday of the month thereafter, from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Browse, sit and read, borrow and return.  No need to sign books out or in. Many categories to choose from. Free access before and after each Mass too.

Each month will have its own theme, starting with Biographies in October, Saints in November and Advent/Christmas/Mark’s Gospel in December.

From works of fiction to theology books, inspirational stories to prayer books, there is something for everyone. Do come along and see.


Head of RE at St Paul’s Catholic High School

In Wythenshawe, an expanding 11-16 Voluntary Academy. Closing date for applications – Monday 2nd October 2023 at 12 noon. Application packs are available from the Trust’s website: Completed CES Teacher application form should be returned by email to


The Catholic High School Open Mornings

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th September. A chance to see the school in action. There will be two tours per day one at 9.00 am and the other at 10.00 am. These need to be booked by emailing or by phoning the office on 01244 952788.


First Holy Communion Class 2023-24:

Launch Date: Tuesday October 3rd, 6.30 pm.


On the Free Table – Files and Folders

Ideal for students. Just help yourself, and if you put a small donation in the pot, many thanks!


CathSoc Programme Starts This Sunday 24th  Sept

Welcome to all our Students, new and old! CathSoc starts up again this 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.


St Werburgh’s Parish History Group

Meeting for anyone interested in joining/helping the group will be held on Monday 25th September 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  


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.


Day Chapel Refurbishment:

Wednesday 11th October, 7.00 pm

A meeting for Day Chapel refurbishment for everyone interested. 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 – Friday 6th Oct 9.30 am.


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

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.


Photo of the Week: A Splash of Colour

Daffodils and hellebore in the front garden, March this year. Thanks, Geoff, who also took the stunning Parish Diary cover photo. Clever little chap!