St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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


Monday 20th November: Ferial: I Maccabees 1, 10-64; Psalm 118; Luke 18, 35-43

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

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


Tuesday 21st November: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Zechariah 2, 14-17; Psalm Luke 1; Matthew 12, 46-50

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention


Wednesday 22nd November: St Cecilia: II Maccabees 7, 1-31; Psalm 16; Luke 19, 11-28

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Deceased Members of the Kennan Family


Thursday 23rd November: Ferial: I Maccabees 2, 15-29; Psalm 49; Luke 19, 41-44

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


Friday 24th November: St Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, the Martyrs of Vietnam

I Maccabees 4, 36-59; Psalm I Chronicles; Luke 19, 45-48

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Victor Piggott (1st Anniversary)

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Mass


Saturday 25th November: Ferial: I Maccabees 6, 1-13; Psalm 9; Luke 20, 27-40

8.30 – 9.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Tom Larkin (Anniversary)



Ezekiel 34, 11-17; Psalm 22; I Corinthians 15, 20-28; Matthew 25, 31-46

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Tom Larkin (Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Syd Jones

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: John C Keegan (20th Anniversary)

Sunday 2.00-4.00 pm: Overleigh Cemetery: Blessing of Graves (Old Side: 2.00 pm; New: 3.00 pm)

Sunday 4.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Carrie Montana Hendry

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Youth Mass for Christ the King: Pasqual & Josephine De Poneo


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 Stephen Parry; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Nevil Gooch, Thomas Burrows, Sally Stanton, Cherry Pateman, Roy Galland, Amelia Callaghan, Michael Hayward, Fred Best, Veronica Evans, Eric Tasker, John Owens, Mary Anderson, Dorothy Colley, John Doidge, Gary O’Reilly, Peter Croft, Baby Ella Louise, Tony Fields, Leigh Johnson and Mary Hatton, Pauline Harper. 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:  Liz Aiello: 07813743723 and 
Chris Proudfoot: 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 today, telling us where we are up to. LOUDfence is a community activity of solidarity and support with abuse victims and survivors. Check out their website to find out more. Liz and Chris will have copies of their handout available at every Mass, and please note their new email address on Page One of the Newsletter.


Primary School Christmas Fair Raffle

The Primary School PTA will be selling raffle tickets at 9.00 Mass on 12th 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!” says our Mrs Baggs.


Youth Mass for Christ the King

A new venture from our wonderful Parish Renewal Team: A Youth Mass at 6.00 pm on Sunday 26th November, Christ the King, which is Youth Sunday. We will be having some hymns and readings, all presented by the youngsters of our Parish.

Do come along and support them!


Library Open Morning: Monday 27th November

9.30-11.30 am. A selection of books on the theme of Advent will be available or browse the many other categories and themes on offer. Reviews, recommendations and suggestions always welcome.


Gardeners, “Tip Trippers”, Welcome Wednesdays

Tremendous effort by the gardeners and tippers. Thank you, all the outhouses now cleared.

Welcome Wednesday coffee morning last week was a hive of activity , coffee, tea and good cheer served,  goodies consumed (= 2.00 am in Kitchen), and beautiful Christmas decorations made… If you’ve not joined us yet, why not pop in next Wednesday?


Two Lovely Ways of Celebrating Advent

  • A beautiful way to prepare for the birth of Our Lord. Prayer, reflection and  Advent music 7.00 pm Wednesday  6th December.
  • Advent Reflection Morning: Friday 1st December 9.30: Coffee; 10-12  noon: Morning of Reflection This will be a time for listening, reflection and conversation in preparation for remembering and sharing the Advent journey.

To give some idea of numbers please put your name on the sheet at the back of church.  All welcome.


Carol Singing in the Nursing Homes

The SVP would like to invite you to join us singing carols on Thursday 14th December. We will be with the residents of the Grosvenor Villas care home at 11.00, and at the Oaklands care home at 14:30. Please join us for a day of Christmas merriment!


Catholic High Foundation Governor Vacancy

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos in the school. The term of office is 4 years.

To apply, you do not have to have a connection with the school, but you must be a practising Catholic and belong to a parish. Full details at: If you would like an informal chat about governance, or wish to express an interest in the role, please contact the Chair of Governors via the school email:


Plastic Chairs, Plant Pots, Swing Bins…

Available free to a good home! On the front lawn of the house, so please come and help yourselves!


Parish History Group: Catholicism in Chester

Many thanks to everyone for a superb response.


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 again today.  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


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!


Holy Souls Book: Final Edition Out Today


NW Uni Chaplains Meeting Thursday 23rd November

This time at Liverpool Hope University.


Expanding our Hymns Play-List

The great work goes on! We’ve now started scouring the Hymn Book for new additions, A-C covered last week, and twenty new hymns found!


Photo of the Week: Fatima Basilica

The interior of the Holy Trinity Basilica, snapped and sent in by Helen and Cyril. Thanks, both!