St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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 Nicholson


Monday 30th October: Ferial: Romans 8, 12-17; Psalm 67; Luke 13, 10-17

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention (NP)

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


Tuesday 31st October: Ferial: Romans 8, 18-25; Psalm 125; Luke 13, 18-21

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Christine Curtis (née Kilfoyle) - Anniversary



Apocalypse 7, 2-15; Psalm 23; I John 3, 1-3; Matthew 5, 1-12

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

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

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Sebastian R de A (London)



Job 19, 1-27; Psalm 26; Apocalypse 21, 1-7; John 6, 37-40

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Holy Souls

10.30 am: Tattenhall House Mass: Please contact for venue.

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Syd Jones

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


Friday 3rd November: St Winefride: Song of Songs 8, 6-7; Psalm 44; Matthew 25, 1-13

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Mass


Saturday 4th November: St Charles Borromeo: Romans 11, 1-29; Psalm 93; Luke 14, 1-11

9.30 am – 11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

11.15 am: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Harrison Cracknell

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Catenian Mass for Deceased Members and Family – All Welcome

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Bel Russell (L.D., Liverpool)



Malachi 1,14 – 2,10; Psalm 130; I Thessalonians 2, 7-13; Matthew 23, 1-12

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Bel Russell (L.D., Liverpool)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Annie Lancaster (3rd Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Elizabeth Rivas (Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rachael Andrews (Birthday Remembrance)


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 Audrey McElmeer and Pauline Martin; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Audrey Donnelly, John Clyne, Annie Jones, Freddie Price, Claire Challoner, Bill Dennan, William Bath, Anne Bath, Elizabeth Rivas, Alice Artell, William Sanders, May Willis, Veronica Mulchrone, Helen Murtagh, Tony Nardini, Danny Ratchford and Laura Preston. 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

The Chalice will be restored at Sunday Masses from the First Sunday of Advent. Thanks, everyone, for giving us 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


Countess of Chester Hospital Monthly Mass

Thursday 2nd November, 12.15 pm, in the Hospital Chapel. This month Fr Desmond is joining us.

This Mass is for all the staff, patients, patient families, volunteers and parishioners of our area.

If you are able to attend, we would love to welcome you to Holy Mass once a month in the COCH chapel.


Chester City of Sanctuary: Banner on Display

Please take a moment to look at the City of Sanctuary banner in the porch. All the pieces on the banner were made by many different people and distributed round the city of Chester in 2022 to celebrate Refugee Week. They try to tell the truth about Sanctuary Seekers, why they come, what they want and need, and how they contribute to our community. Chester City of Sanctuary, part of a National organization, tries to spread this message across the community. In Chester there are several Schools of Sanctuary and a Cathedral of Sanctuary. The local Council, the University, a local church and more schools are preparing submissions.


First Sacraments Parish Group Opening Meeting

For children not attending the Parish School and their parents. Tuesday 7th November at 6:30 pm in church. Please could the children bring the following: a folder for their preparation book; a pencil case with coloured pencils and a handwriting pencil; any outstanding  Prayer Sponsor slips; a photograph, not too large of your child if you would like it to form part of a display in church. We look forward to seeing you all there.


Posada: An Advent Journey

During Advent, we share the journey of the Holy Family to Bethlehem. They will be represented by an 8-inch statue of Mary, Joseph and their donkey. Each volunteer home will host the Family for one day and one night. These host families can choose a date which is suitable for them and indicate this on the rota, which will be available at the back of church each Sunday in November. Host families will arrange the transfer of Mary and Joseph between themselves. For more information, please take a flyer from the back of church.



Parish Renewal: Where Are We Up To?

  • A lovely morning last Wednesday enjoyed by all who joined us for Welcome Wednesday coffee morning. Good company, lots of chatter and scrumptious cake!  Why not drop in on Wednesday and  see  for yourself? All welcome.
  • We need a few more volunteers as Welcomers at Sunday Mass, especially at 6.00 pm.
  • Gardeners , come along for an hour or so on a Thursday afternoon 4.00 pm.
  • Possible new tables and chairs for the Day Chapel, stackable, unlike the existing tables. Please let us know what you think!


Live Streaming: Preparing to Go Live

GDPR Consent Forms for anyone exercising a Ministry on the Altar, principally Altar Servers, Readers and Eucharistic  Ministers, 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.


Holy Souls Book

1st public reading will be 7.30 am Mass on All Saints.


CathSoc Tonight: Murder Mystery Evening

And who’s the corpse going to be? Go on, just guess…


House Mass on Tuesday 24th October

7.00 pm – Many thanks to Liz and Mike for hosting, out at Clotton. A wonderful evening, 20 joining us. Wow! Do sign up if you’d like to host a Mass.


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.


Expanding our Hymns Play-List

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

We are hoping to find a single bed with mattress, and occasional table for a local family in need. Please call Stephen on 07775781204 or email

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.


Photo of the Week: High School 50th Anniversary

Celebration Mass in the Cathedral, 9th June this year. A joyous occasion, and a real thanksgiving for the last fifty years. Thanks, High School!