St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

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Isaiah 45, 1-6; Psalm 95; I Thessalonians 1, 1-5; Matthew 22, 15-21

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Mildred Hand (L.D., Great Harwood)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John Sebastian Brierley (100th Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Patrick O’Connell (Anniversary)

Sunday 1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Grace Norah Collins

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Jessica Baker (L.D.)


Monday 23rd October: Ferial: Romans 4, 20-25; Psalm Luke 1; Luke 12, 13-21

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mirielle Briscourt de Barneville (L.D., France)

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


Tuesday 24th October: Ferial: Romans 5, 12-21; Psalm 39; Luke 12, 35-38

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: For Peace in the Middle East

1.20 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Pauline Maria Martin


Wednesday 25th October: Ferial: Romans 6, 12-18; Psalm 123; Luke 12, 39-48

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: For all Students


Thursday 26th October: SS Chad and Cedd: Romans 6, 19-23; Psalm 1; Luke 12, 49-53

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: For the Deanery


Friday 27th October: Ferial: Romans 7, 18-25; Psalm 118; Luke 12, 54-59

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Celia Murphy Birthday Remembrance

12.30 pm: St Theresa’s Blacon: Requiem Mass for Jessica Baker


Saturday 28th October: SS Simon and Jude: Ephesians 2, 19-22; Psalm 18; Luke 6, 12-19

10.0 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Staff and Visitors

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

12.30 pm: Wedding Service for Joshua Kirsten and Charlotte Gee

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Marie Connolly (L.D.)



Exodus 22, 20-26; Psalm 17; I Thessalonians 1, 5-10; Matthew 22, 34-40

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Marie Connolly (L.D.)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Syd Jones

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Rex Snowling (7th Anniversary)

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


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 Tom Foster and Paul Woodward; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Barry, Mario Vitelli, Eddie Downey, John Dryhurst, Catherine Aygun, Aileen Greenan, Winifred Ankers, Krystina Evans, Gordon Smith, Jack Nuttall, Barbara Wilson, Michael Doyle, Gertrude Hague, Alan Owen, Michael Murphy, Mark Simpson,Sara White, John Parry, Iain Sutherland and Jean Farrell, Susan Williams.

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


Returning to the Chalice: Your Views Received

41% voted (a): yes, we should restore the Chalice and I personally would receive from it. 33% voted (b): yes, we should restore the Chalice, but I personally would not receive from it. 26% voted (c): we should not restore the Chalice. So, three-quarters of you believe we should return to the Chalice at Sunday Mass. Bishop Mark has mandated each Parish to make their own decisions here, so the Chalice will be restored at Sunday Masses from the First Sunday of Advent. Thanks, everyone, for your views.


November: Month of the Holy Souls

  • Wednesday 8th November, 7.30 pm: Mass for the Recently Bereaved – All Welcome.
  • Sunday 19th November, 2.00–4.00 pm: Blessing of Graves at Blacon
  • Sunday 26th November, 2.00-4.00 pm: Blessing of Graves at Overleigh
  • Tuesday 28th November, 7.30 pm: Mass of the Holy Souls – All Welcome


2023 Yearbooks and Ordos: Now £3 each

A few of this year’s copies left, before the new ones arrive at the start on Advent. So, reduced price, from £5 to £3. What a bargain!


Live Streaming: Preparing to Go Live

Almost there! One protocol we have to put in place first is the GDPR Consent Form for anyone exercising a Ministry on the Altar, principally Altar Servers, Readers and Eucharistic  Ministers. Forms out today, so, please complete and return. Thank you.


Next Library Open Morning: Monday 30th October

9.30-11.30 am. Theme for the Month of November: “Saints”. Many autobiographies, biographies, accounts and CTS books to choose from.

Browse, borrow or sit and read in church for a while.


Healing Mass: Sunday 15th October, 2.30 pm

Thanks to all who turned up and helped organise.


Deanery Conference Here on Thursday

For all the Priests and Deacons of Chester and Ellesmere Port. 10.30 then Lunch…


“Assemble at Chester Cathedral”

‘Can we “Just Stop Oil”?’ Join us for the first meeting of our new series tackling the BIG topics in our society with speakers from across the country. Hear debates, ask questions, engage with different points of view. Thursday 26th October, 6.45 pm (Refreshments available from 6.15 pm). Book your free tickets to Assemble at


Holy Souls Book

1st public reading will be 7.30 am Mass on All Saints. So, get those names in asap! Emails preferred.


CathSoc Tonight: Cards Evening

Great British Bake-Off was a huge success last week, the Wrinklies coming along to judge. The unanimous feeling was that my Lemon Drizzle Cake was the winner, for the 12th Year running. I’m here to serve…


Liturgy Group Meeting on Thursday

After Choir Practice, starting 7.00 pm. Planning for November and, Advent and Christmas, so do feel very welcome to join us.


2nd Collection Church Students: £771-65

Many thanks, everyone, for your help in training the Priests of tomorrow.


House Mass on Tuesday 24th October

7.00 pm – Many thanks to Liz and Mike for hosting, out at Clotton. Do sign up if you’d like to join us!


Final Readers’ Review Meeting

Monday 23rd October at 7.00 pm

New Readers also very warmly welcome!


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 music.


Catholic Enquiry Course 2023-24

Next meeting: Wednesday 25th Oct, 7.00 pm.


Parish Renewal: Launch of Welcome Wednesdays!

Come and join us in the old Day Chapel on Wednesday Mornings, for coffee, chat, company, 10.00–12.00 noon. Side door (along the passageway) will be open. Everyone is truly welcome to come and join us, for as little or as long as you want.

  • Youth Art: Do come along and see for yourself. In the Day Chapel: either go through the Sacristy or via the passageway by the organ.
  • Gardening Wolunteers: Sign up for an hour or so on a Thursday 4.00 pm or just turn up.
  • Day Chapel: We open the Day Chapel for our first Welcome Wednesday coffee morning this week.


Expanding our Hymns Play-List

We sing from a selection of over a hundred different hymns at the moment, but we’re conscious there are many good hymns not in our Play List. So, four sessions coming up, led by Tom, Denise and FP, to see which ones we’d like to add. All Thursday evenings, for an hour, straight after Choir Practice, November 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. 7.00-8.00 pm. Everyone welcome! If you can’t come to the meetings, do feel free to send in your suggestions.


SVP Notices

  • Furniture request: we are hoping to find a single bed with mattress, an occasional table and a working TV for a local family in need. If you can help, please call Stephen on 07775781204 or email Thanks!
  • The SVP would like to invite you all to the Remembrance Services that will take place at Grosvenor Villas (previously Crawford’s Walk) at 10.30 on Thursday 9th November, calling first at Lavender Villa and then on to Rose Villa at 11.00.


All Saints and All Souls

All Saints is a Holyday of Obligation, not All Souls: but you do love to come to Mass on both days, to launch the Month of the Holy Souls on the perfect note. So, three Masses each day: 7.30 am, 12.15 pm and 7.30 pm; You must of course, come to all six…


Photo of the Week: St Francis Church in Vienna

Also known as the Emperor’s Jubilee Church. Built 1898-1910 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Josef. Situated on the banks of the Danube, it is now home to the city’s English-Speaking community. Thanks, Cath and Ray!