St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Jonah 3, 1-10; Psalm 24; I Corinthians 7, 29-31; Mark 1, 14-20

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Peter Whitby

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: 90th Birthday Intentions – David Kluth

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Albert Norman (Birthday Rem.) and Sheila Norman (Anniv.)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Patricia Pickering (21st Anniversary)

Sunday 7.00 pm: Christleton Methodists: Service to mark end of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


Monday 22nd January: Ferial: II Samuel 5, 1-10; Psalm 88; Mark 3, 22-30

10.00 am: Blacon: Funeral Service for Valerie Poutiainen, late of Great Barrow

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Peggy Richardson

1.10 pm: University Chapel – Weekly University Mass. All welcome.


Tuesday 23rd January: Ferial: II Samuel 6, 12-19; Psalm 23; Mark 3, 31-35

10.45 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Peter McCabe, late of Mallard Court

1.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Kevin Smyth, Consilia’s brother


Wednesday 24th January: St Francis de Sales: II Samuel 7; Psalm 143; Mark 3, 1-6

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Bill Butcher and family


Thursday 25th January: The Conversion of St Paul: Acts 22, 3-16; Psalm 116; Mark 16, 15-18

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Syd Jones (1st Anniversary)


Friday 26th January: SS Timothy and Titus: II Timothy 1, 1-8; Psalm 95; Luke 10, 1-9

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Marjorie and Marita White

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Class Mass


Saturday 27th January: Ferial: II Samuel 12, 1-17; Psalm 50; Mark 4, 35-41

10.00 am and 11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Sacrament of First Forgiveness (two groups)

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Eileen Law and Vera Connon (Anniversaries)



Deuteronomy 18, 15-20; Psalm 94; I Corinthians 7, 31-35; Mark 1, 21-28

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Eileen Law and Vera Connon (Anniversaries)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Isabella Roddy (Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Mary Delaney

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Mae and Gerard Kay (Anniversaries)


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, Ruth O’Kane and Kevin Maguire and for all the sick of the Parish; and for those who have died recently, especially Peter McCabe, Felicity Hughes, Brian Haslam, Kevin Smyth, Valerie Poutiainen, Bob Funnell, Catherine Marshall, Fred Lloyd, John Wade  and Christopher Boultwood; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: James Dean, Lawrence Heaney, Kathleen Wilbraham, Arthur Turner, Georgina Barlow, Mary Daly, Phyllis Campbell, Chris Redmond, Richard Bird, Brian Wilding, Margaret Fairhurst, Agnes Scanlon, John Anson, Mae Kay, Margaret Whelan, Douglas Haswell, Annie Burrows, Evelyn Stretch, Sr Christopher, Maria Scott, Sylvia Shaw, Jeremy Newell, Margaret Bates, Ernie Moore, Muriel Wright, Violet Brown and Connie Santos, Peter Devine.

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

Peter Meredith continues to make slow but steady progress in the Countess, hoping to be able to move up to the Ellesmere Port Cottage Hospital for rehab fairly soon. Gerry Tighe likewise continues to improve at home. On the more worrying side, two of our great parishioners have had major heart surgery in Broad Green Hospital, Liverpool, during the week. Both progressing well. It’s staggering how these Hospital Centres of Excellence make such life-saving surgery look so routine. Please keep them all in your prayers.


Forthcoming Funerals in Church

  • Peter McCabe – Tuesday 23rd January, 10.45 am
  • Kevin Smyth – Tuesday 23rd January, 1.30 pm
  • Cath Marshall – Friday 2nd February, 12.00 noon
  • John Wade – Friday 9th February, 11.30 am
  • Christopher Boultwood – Tues 13th Feb, 12.00 noon

May They All Rest in Peace.


Ash Wednesday – 14th February – and Lent

Not a Holyday of Obligation, but three Masses on that day, at all of which Ashes are distributed: 7.30 am, 12.15 pm and 7.30 pm. Lenten Devotions or Stations as usual every Friday evening at 7.30 pm.


Confessions Next Saturday Morning

Next Saturday is our First Holy Communion Children’s First Forgiveness, with two ceremonies, at 10.00 and 11.00 am, such are the wonderful numbers. Many thanks to Louise and team, and our school teachers, for preparing them so well. So, no public confessions next Saturday – apologies.


St Werburgh’s Feast Day and Parish Social

Feast Day Sunday 4th February, and Social, down at the club, on Friday evening, 9th February. Tickets (free) available today, with numbers limited.  


Finance Committee Meeting

Monday 29th January, reviewing our nine-month financial statement. Great thanks to the Gnomes of Zurich (remember them?) for their work here.


Next Youth Mass – Sunday 28th January, 6.00 pm

Following on from our wonderful first Youth Mass in November, on Christ the King. Our Youth Band will be accompanying some hymns, and our youngsters taking as many parts in the Mass as possible.

Do come and support them!


Website Group Meeting Tuesday Evening

Meeting our new Website Provider and moving everything powerfully forward. Parish groups: have YOU been working on your next website pages?


Catholic Enquiry Group 2023-24

Ten youngsters have been meeting every fortnight since October, and on Monday 22nd January have their seventh (of ten) sessions. Please keep them all in your prayers as Easter approaches.


Renewal Steering Group Strategy Meeting

This fantastic group meets every Monday to put every single aspect of our parish life under the microscope. Their work finishes in July, when it is over to the dozens of individual groups to take their own work forward. We meet for a special, session on Thursday evening, 1st Feb, to plan the 2nd half of our great project, February–July 2024.



Friday Evening Devotions During Lent

Six Fridays in Lent, and if anyone would like to lead either a Stations of the Cross or a Lenten Devotions, for 45 minutes of so, we would love to hear from you. The Chrism Mass this year is at St Michael’s Woodchurch, Birkenhead, on Wednesday 27th March at 7.00 pm, so we’ll be organising a minibus / small coach for all these interested.


Lourdes by Jumbulance

There are two pilgrimages in 2024 departing from Wirral and Chester. A Jumbulance is literally a Jumbo-Ambulance. It has seven beds on board, spacious seating, an accessible toilet and kitchen. We can take very sick or disabled pilgrims including those needing palliative care including cancer, MND, MS, stroke, etc. We stay in a four star hotel with excellent facilities to care for them and recruit a team of nurses and helpers to do so. The dates are Thu 30th May to Sat 8th June and Thu 15th to Sat 24th August. The cost is £1,095; nurses and young helpers under 25 in FTE, pay half. Visit our website and read Bev’s story. Contact Tony Murphy on 07881-656-974 or


Welcomers: New Rota Now Out for Next 3 Months

New Rota on the table at the back of Church, so please sign up for January, February and March.


New Primary School Governor Wanted

The vacancy must be filled by community members affiliated with the Catholic Church, who are not related to any children within our school. We are a busy, energetic governing body and would warmly invite anyone interested in finding out more about the role to contact the school in the first instance to arrange an informal chat: Sarah on 01244 478954 or email:


The Synod and Parish Renewal

There will be a meeting on Wednesday 24th January,  7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, to outline recent developments and, as importantly, to link them to our own Parish Renewal Programme. You are all warmly invited. Refreshments will be available!


Parish Outings

 We would now really appreciate your suggestions for outings in 2024. Please email them to Fr Paul or leave them in an envelope with your name on the table at the back of Church marked Outings. Many thanks for the suggestions that have come in so far.


Retreat Day on Prayer

In order to help us prepare for the Year of Prayer, the Shrewsbury Diocese Team for Evangelisation and Mission will be running a Retreat Day on Prayer for parishes in the Chester area on Saturday 3rd February, 10.00 am-3.00 pm, St Columba’s Parish Hall. See the Flyers at the back of the Church.

All welcome - bring a packed lunch.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Sun 7.00 pm: Christleton Methodists: Closing Service


Photo of the Week: Apparition Basilica at Knock

1.5 million pieces of coloured glass go to make up this fantastic mosaic, commemorating the Apparitions of August 1879. Thanks, Chief C!