St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Ecclesiasticus 3, 2-14; Psalm 127; Colossians 3, 12-21; Luke 2, 22-40

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Ana and Leo Wedding Anniversary Thanksgiving

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Felicity Hughes (L.D.)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Deceased Members of the Tasker Family

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Malcolm Crowther

Sunday 12.00 Midnight: St Werburgh’s: For God’s Blessings on 2024


Monday 1st January: Mary, Mother of God

Numbers 6, 22-27; Psalm 66; Galatians 4, 4-7; Luke 2, 16-21

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Patrick Regan


Tuesday 2nd January: SS Basil and Gregory: I John 2, 22-28; Psalm 97; John 1, 19-28

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Reg Buckland (L.D.)


Wednesday 3rd January: Wednesday of the Christmas Season

I John 2,29 – 3,6; Psalm 97; John 1, 29-34

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Bill Goodman (L.D.)


Thursday 4th January: Thursday of the Christmas Season: I John 3, 7-10; Psalm 97; John 1, 35-42

12.15 pm: Countess of Chester Hospital: Hospital Mass – All Welcome.

1.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Barbara Dolan, late of Rosslyn Road, Vicars Cross


Friday 5th January: Friday of the Christmas Season: I John 3, 11-21; Psalm 99; John 1, 45-51

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Luke Ellis (3rd Anniversary)


Saturday 6th January: Saturday of the Christmas Season: I John 5, 5-13; Psalm 147; Mark 1, 6-11

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptisms of Declan and Rachel Richards

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Eileen Jones RIP



Isaiah 60, 1-6; Psalm 71; Ephesians 3, 2-6; Matthew 2, 1-12

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Eileen Jones RIP

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Pat and Dot Williams (Anniversaries, 2005 and 2014)

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

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Gerry Tighe


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 Felicity Hughes, Barbara Dolan, Brian Haslam, Kevin Smyth, Alan Bonner and Joyce Casey; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Stanley Korn, Anne Weston, Kevin Ford, Tony Larkin, Theresa Sellers, Patrick Vallely, Florence Ratchford, Joan Hudson, Harry Graham, Mary Hughes, June Stoddart, Meg Ormsby-Knox, Margaret Davis, Pat Lloyd, Lilian Coathupe, Johanna Sheedy, Helen Woodworth, Brenda Blackwell, John Winder, Magda Kenworthy, Carol, Josephine Page, Margaret Doman, Agnes Cartwright, Mary Walsh, May Hogan, William Costello, Evelyn Weston, David Mooney, Michael Murphy, Ann Carruthers, Ralph Sherwin, Bernard Healey, Zygmunt Dowicz, Eileen Witter, Geoffrey Hargreaves, Helen Cadden, Robin Francis, John Moore, George Tomlins, Ronald Heveran, Peter Chesterman, Anne Teague, Edward Moloney and Tony Kane.

May they all Rest in Peace.

Parish Information and Contacts

Live Streaming Link:

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


The Parish Family – The Family of Prayer

Illness and bereavement know no seasons, and this week the Parish Family has very much been praying for Gerry Tighe, our wonderful Altar Servers Organiser and so much else. Gerry is one of the absolute pillars of this parish, as you all know. Taken ill last Saturday, he was admitted into the Countess. After a week there, he is so much better, but still not entirely out of the woods. The wonderful doctors and nurses are subjecting him to every test under the sun, to find out exactly what’s happened. Every day he seems stronger and more like his old self. But he doesn’t feel up to visits at the moment, everyone: I’m sure he soon will, and just as soon as he is, I will let everyone know. Meanwhile, please keep those prayers going!

We have lost a significant number of parishioners over the Christmas Season: Felicity Hughes, Marian Curtis’s daughter; Consilia’s brother Kevin, who died in his sleep; Brian Haslam, one of our great Rowton contingent; Alan Bonner, a former lecturer at the University of Chester;  Barbara Dolan, two years after her husband John, both wonderful parishioners; and Joyce Casey, Frank’s widow. Felicity’s Requiem Mass is here on Friday 19th January at 12.00 noon. Barbara’s is Thursday of this week, 4th January, at 1.00 pm. Brian’s is provisionally booked for Monday 15th, at 2.00 pm, but this has still to be confirmed.

A number of other parishioners are also in our prayers at this time, for themselves and their family members, undergoing medical tests or treatments of various kinds. As we always say in this parish, whatever anyone is going through today, we can’t go through it for you, but we can go through it with you. And that can make the world of difference.

We always try to be the family of prayer.


Christmas Masses

All six Masses extraordinarily full. People ask me why we celebrate six here: the answer is that we need to, such is the wonderful number of Werbies and Wizziters who want to come to Mass at this special time. The two Sunday Morning Masses on Christmas Eve were well attended too, despite many of you asking if you needed to come then, given it was Christmas Eve… Nice try, but “yes, you do”!


2024 Year Books and Ordos

Now on the News Stand, £5 each.


Crib Offerings for the Diocesan Children’s Society

Please don’t forget your Crib Offerings which go to the Diocesan Children’s Society, now part of Caritas.


Mass Times Between Christmas and Epiphany

  • Sunday 31st December – Holy Family – Normal Sunday Mass Times
  • Sunday 31st December – Midnight Mass to see in the New Year and pray for God’s Blessings on 2024
  • Epiphany Holyday - Sunday 7th January  - Normal Sunday Mass Times


Children’s Liturgy at 10.45 Mass

Starting up again on Sunday 7th January. The team would love to have more volunteers if you were able to help out. Contact any of them or FP.


Welcome Wednesdays!

A huge success over these last couple of months: starting up again Wednesday 10th January.

See you all there, 10.00-12.00 noon!


Forthcoming Meetings Parish First Sacraments Group

Tuesday 9th January at 6.30 pm at Church - A meeting for parents and children. The final class for the children before they make their First Forgiveness, so attendance is vital. The children will need their preparation books and pencil cases. Monday 15th January at 7:00 pm in St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s School Meeting for all Parents: The Sacrament of Forgiveness.


Chester Catenian Circle Fish & Chip Supper

Friday 12th January, St Columba`s Hall  7.00 pm. Cost £10. Raffle in aid of SVP & Emmaus Village. Music by Anthony Hunt, Guitar. Tickets available from Fr Neill.


Hospital Mass Next Thursday, 4th January

In the Countess of Chester Chapel, 12.15 pm. For the patients, staff, volunteers and visitors. All welcome.


SVP Festive Tea: Saturday 6th January

The SVP would like to invite everyone to the Festive Tea that will take place on 6th January at 2.00 pm at the Catholic Primary School. There will be music, cake and a raffle! Please contact Fran if you need a lift: We hope to see you there!


The two Ukuleles and the Vatican Stamp Album

They attracted a lot of bids, and we’re delighted they have all now found good homes – and a magnificent total of £150 donated to Caritas.


Repository: A Bracing Walk Along the Front

Another super pic from Paula and Bernice, this time walking off a little of that Turkey and Tinsel.


Photo of the Week: Our Proud Banner Group

Here they are, with their two superb new Advent Banners now proudly in place on the church pillars. Stella, Vera, Bernadette and Gladys. The only one missing is Rosie, who was otherwise engaged. Their next project is a head and shoulders of the Parish Priest, such as they hang from the Balcony at St Peter’s for Canonisations. I’m very touched.