St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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


Monday 27th November: Ferial: Daniel 1, 1-20; Psalm Daniel 3; Luke 21, 1-4

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Malcolm Crowther

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


Tuesday 28th November: Ferial: Daniel 2, 31-45; Psalm Daniel 3; Luke 21, 5-11

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

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mass of the Holy Souls: Every Name in our Holy Souls Book Read Out


Wednesday 29th November: Ferial: Daniel 5, 1-28; Psalm Daniel 3; Luke 21, 12-19

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Catherine Petterson (3rd Anniversary)


Thursday 30th November: St Andrew: Romans 10, 9-18; Psalm 18; Matthew 4, 18-22

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Celia Hickey

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Class Mass


Friday 1st December: Ferial: Daniel 7, 2-14; Psalm Daniel 3; Luke 21, 29-33

9.30 am – 12.00 noon: Day Chapel: Reflection Morning for Advent – All Welcome

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Jack Borrows (L.D., Raby Mere)


Saturday 2nd December: Ferial: Daniel 7, 15-27; Psalm Daniel 3; Luke 21, 34-36

10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: SVP Reconciliation Service – All Welcome

10.45 – 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Confessions

2.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Tristan Patrick John Smith

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Jane Hickson (L.D., Upton)



Isaiah 63,16 – 64,8; Psalm 79; I Corinthians 1, 3-9; Mark 33, 33-37

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Jane Hickson (L.D., Upton)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John Lennon (25th Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Mary Taylor (20th Anniversary)

Sunday 12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Arabella Brighe Lennon

Sunday 2.00 pm: Christleton Cemetery: Blessing of Graves

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: David Clewes (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 Frank Palmieri and Stephen Parry; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Gerald Davies, John Ball, Joseph McArdle, William Logan, Patricia Gardner, Michael Fox, Mary Corr, Aida Balforth, Kevin Connolly, Bridget Jones, Gladys Howard, Mandy Burke, Jeanette Grant, Rosina Burns, Bill Butcher, Greta Morgan, Denis Fitzgerald, Peggy Jennings, Mary Ball, Margaret Kilgannon, Evelyn Mealand, Geoff Buckley, Ted Clarkson, Catherine Petterson, Jean Lynch and Sheila Fields. 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


Christmas Service Times

Usual times, everyone, but please note, you must book for the 4.30 pm Christmas Eve Children’s Mass. Booking opens via the website today, Sunday.

Christmas Eve

  • 9.00 and 10.45: Normal Sunday Morning Masses
  • 4.30 pm: Children’s Vigil Mass – Booking Essential
  • 6.00 pm: Children’s Vigil Mass
  • 8.30 pm: Vigil Mass of Christmas
  • 11.30 pm: Carols and Midnight Mass

Christmas Day

  • 9.00 am: Dawn Mass of Christmas
  • 10.45 am: Day Mass of Christmas

Boxing Day

  • 10.00 am: St Stephen’s Day Altar Servers Mass


November: Month of the Holy Souls

  • 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


CathSoc Fundraising Events in December

In order to raise money for Mary's Meals, CathSoc's charity for this year, we are planning a 24 hour fast between the 9th and 10th of December. To sponsor us, please donate to Mary's Meals using the JustGiving link below: We are also organising a raffle for a Christmas hamper in Church. We will be selling raffle tickets at the 9.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on the 3rd and 10th of December. The winner will be drawn the following week.


Cakes for Claire: In  Memory of Claire Graham

“Many of us remember the shock and sadness we felt in April when we heard we'd lost Claire Graham, a champion for children and young people with special needs, a formidable fund raiser and for us all, a great friend whose smile brightened the dullest day. In her memory and to raise funds for MIND, there will be delicious cakes and hot drinks available in the church hall at St Columba's 12-1.00 pm on Sunday 3rd December.  Please do come and join us.”


Thanks from the Parish History Group…

…for sufficient copies of “Catholicism in Chester” and for the photographs which you have left. We will get them back to you shortly. Please keep the old photos coming! A reminder that we will be selling copies of our two books, (red £5 about parish WW1 soldiers  and blue £10 about the parish in the early 1900’s), at all Sunday Masses from 26th  Nov until Christmas. Just right for stocking fillers!


Primary School Christmas Fair Raffle

The Primary School PTA will be selling raffle tickets at 9.00 and 10.45 Masses on 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 today at 6.00 pm, Christ the King, Youth Sunday with hymns and readings, all presented by the youngsters of our Parish.


Library Open Morning: Monday 27th November

9.30-11.30 am. A selection of books on the theme of Advent will be available to borrow or browse.


Our Advent Posada Statue Travels Round the Parish

Remember to take down  the details of the person you have to take the statue to. The list will remain at the back of the church.  Enjoy the journey!

Enquiries contact: Elizabeth Hoey 01244 683258


Welcome Wednesdays Go From Strength to Strength

Another lovely morning spent together last Wednesday. Doors opened at 10.00 am and very soon the chatter and activities were in full flow. On

Wednesday 6th December, Welcome Wednesday will be inviting a small donation from our friends  to support CAFOD. We will purchase a gift from World Gifts with our contribution. Why not drop in  and make a difference? We’d love to see you!


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

Thursday 14th December: Grosvenor Villas at 11.00, and Oaklands care home at 14.30. Come and join us!


Catholic High Foundation Governor Vacancy If you would like an informal chat, please contact the Chair of Governors via the school email:


Repository… Christmas Cards and Bottle Bags

Going fast, so don’t miss out!


SVP Second Collection: 2nd / 3rd  December

Thanks in advance for your support.


High School Christmas Fair: 19th December

If you have any books 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

Also the Sacred Heart Messengers (£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 all there!


Photo of the Week: The Top of the Ferris Wheel

A spectacular view over the Groves and the River Dee. Thanks, Louise, for sending it in.