St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Wisdom 6, 12-16; Psalm 62; I Thessalonians 4, 13-18; Matthew 25, 1-13

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Howick

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Anne Dudley (Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: All who have lost their lives in Warfare

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Joy Snow (15th Anniversary)


Monday 13th November: Ferial: Wisdom 1, 1-7; Psalm 138; Luke 17, 1-6

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Deceased CWL Members

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


Tuesday 14th November: Ferial: Wisdom 2,23 - 3,9; Psalm 33; Luke 17, 7-10

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Sam


Wednesday 15th November: Ferial: Wisdom 6, 1-11; Psalm 81; Luke 17, 11-19

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kirk Whincup (L.D.)

2.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Wedding Service for Louise Gaskin and Annaliese Evans


Thursday 16th November: Ferial: Wisdom 7,22 – 8,1; Psalm 118; Luke 17, 20-25

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Frank Palmieri, late of Hope


Friday 17th November: Ferial: Wisdom 13, 1-9; Psalm 18; Luke 17, 26-37

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Anne Martin (L.D., Liverpool)

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Mass


Saturday 18th November: Ferial: Wisdom 18,14 – 19,9; Psalm 104; Luke 18, 1-8

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

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

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Niamh Mary Elizabeth Hennessey

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Samuel Patrick Brown

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Deceased Members of the Fazey and Boulton Family



Proverbs 31, 10-31; Psalm 127; I Thessalonians 5, 1-6; Matthew 25, 14-30

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Deceased Members of the Fazey and Boulton Family

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sylvia Pritchard (Birthday Remembrance)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers (Anniversary)

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Ewan John Harrison

Sunday 2.00-4.00 pm: Blacon Cemetery: Blessing of Graves

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Deceased Members of the Noone and Cummins Families


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 Frank Palmieri; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Walter Saville, Margaret Dolan, Dympna Fields, Roland Waite, Andrey Romanski, Peter Wilkes, Delia Balkin, Frederick Bath, Peter Gorman, Mary Foley, Kaye Clarke, Gary Vickers, Frederick Moran, Andrew Otto, Sheila Tatler, Mary Sheehan, Kathleen Williams, Thomas Harper, John Greensword, Ian Bowdler, Tony Mayers, Kathleen Herbert, Pat Green, Eric Green, Seamus Reavey, Philip Roberts, Christine McEnery and Vera Melia. 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


November: Month of the Holy Souls

  • 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


LOUDfence & Safeguarding Sunday: 19th Nov

Here in St Werburgh’s, there will be a presentation at each Sunday Mass, telling us where we are up to. In the Diocese, there is a big Mass at English Martyrs Wallasey on Tuesday 14th November at 6.45 pm,

LOUDfence is a community activity of solidarity and support with abuse victims and survivors. Any prayers and reflections can be sent to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office and will be prepared and offered up for prayer during the Mass. They can also be submitted digitally to


Primary School Christmas Fair Raffle

The Primary School PTA will be selling raffle tickets at 9.00 Mass on 12th and 26th November, and at 10.45 Mass on 19th and 26th November. Tickets are £1 each. 1st Prize - £50 with lots of other prizes. All money raised goes to the Primary School.

“Thank you for your support!” from Mrs Baggs.


Parish History Group: Help Urgently Wanted

Do parishioners have any copies of “Catholicism in Chester” by Sr. Mary Winefride Sturman, they no longer need, to help us with our present project?

The booklets can be placed in the labelled box at the back of church. Please insert a paper within the book, giving your name and contact details, so it can be returned. We also need photos of parish persons, buildings, events, particularly from 1950 to present day. If they could be placed in an envelope/folder, in the same box, with details and donor contact details, that would be very useful.


Repository...Christmas Cards and Bottle Bags

It's that time of year again! Our Christmas cards and bottle bags, 3 for £I. will be on sale from this Sunday, 12th November.  Great value and amazing choice, plus Advent Calendars and Advent Candles. Get in early while stocks last!


SVP Second Collection: 2nd / 3rd  December

The SVP second collection will take place on the 2nd  and 3rd December. The money raised will go to the families and beneficiaries we support specially during Christmas. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support.


Highlight from the High School 

In preparation for the CHS Christmas Fair on 19th of December, we are currently collecting books for one of the stalls. If you have any book in good condition that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the school reception for the attention of Ana.


Red Box (APF) Missions

Bernie will be available at all Masses on Sunday 26th November for you to bring your donation or your box for emptying. Bernie is happy to collect if you would like to call to arrange this: Tel 340768


Advent Day by Days Now on Newsstand: £1


Parish Renewal: Christmas is Coming!!

  • Please come and join us for a coffee at our Welcome Wednesday coffee morning and try your hand at making some simple Christmas decorations for the community room and entrance. All materials provided! From 10.30 am .
  • Knitters, we have some simple patterns for small nativity figures: we would like a Mary, Joseph and a donkey. Come and join us, bring your needles and any spare wool....knit and natter!
  • Thank you for the response from the Welcomers!
  • Dates for diaries… Support for Youth Mass 26th  November is very much welcomed. The first Youth Mass we’ve launched, it will be the evening Mass on Christ the King, 26th Nov, which is Youth Sunday.
  • Advent Service Wednesday 6th December, 7.00 pm. Watch this space for more details!


SVP High School Tea

The SVP would like to invite you all to our annual CHS Tea, Thursday 7th December, 2.30 pm in the Catholic High School. Please get in touch with Fran on if you need transport to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!


Next House Masses: November and January

Wednesday 22nd November at 12.00 noon, then Tuesday 16th January in the Evening.  Please sign up if you’d like to host. We aim for an attendance of no  more than 15, and plenty of chairs to lend if you need to borrow a few! So, who’s going to host??


PAT Testing of Electrical Appliances

All electrical appliances used in church must be PAT tested, so if you bring any such equipment into church, please bring it along on Tuesday 14th November, 9.00 am.


CathSoc Tonight: Walls Walk: 7.00 pm

All students in Chester warmly welcome!


First Sacraments Parish Group Opening Meeting

Monday 13th November: Meeting for all Parents at the Primary School in Lightfoot Street, 7.00 pm. It’s important that each family is represented.


Posada during Advent

A Mexican custom, following the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. A statue of Joseph, Mary and the donkey (see at the back of the church) spends each night of Advent in a different home in the parish. Hosting families make arrangements for the transfer of the figures between themselves.

Please put your name and contact details next to the date to suit you, on the rota and pick up a flyer.


Expanding our Hymns Play-List

Excellent start. 142 on our existing Play List. We’ve dropped 9, introduced 22 from our old Music Group Play List and suitable for organ accompaniment; and reintroduced 29 from our pre-2013 play list.  So, now 184 on our new list. And this is just the start!


Photo of the Week: Hilda Ogden x 7

Seven Mrs Mopps, cleaning the Day Chapel prior to reopening, 6th October. But what on earth is Bernice doing with that Paschal Candle Stand??