St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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)


Monday 29th January: Ferial: II Samuel 15,13 – 16,13; Psalm 3; Mark 5, 1-20

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Bridget Gill

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


Tuesday 30th January: Ferial: II Samuel 18,9 – 19,3; Psalm 85; Mark 5, 21-43

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Neil Longridge (Birthday Remembrance)

2.40 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Bob Funnell, late of Craithie Avenue, Vicar’s Cross


Wednesday 31st January: St John Bosco: II Samuel 24, 8-17; Psalm 31; Mark 6, 1-6

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Birthday Remembrance (Barbara A)


Thursday 1st February: Ferial: I Kings 2, 1-12; Psalm I Chronicles 29; Mark 6, 7-13

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Jim Vickers (1st Anniversary)


Friday 2nd February: The Presentation of the Lord - Candlemas

Malachi 3, 1-4; Psalm 23; Hebrews 2, 14-18; Luke 1, 22-40

10.00 am: Primary School: Mass for St Werburgh’s Feast Day

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Funeral Service for Catherine Marshall

2.40 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Fred Lloyd


Saturday 3rd February: St Werburgh: I Kings 3, 4-13; Psalm 118; Mark 6, 30-34

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

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Nora Marjorie Ashley Cooper

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Peter Whitby



Job 7, 1-7; Psalm 146; I Corinthians 9, 16-23; Mark 1, 29-39

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Peter Whitby

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Syd Jones (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Patricia Delaney

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Kevin Smyth (L.D.)



Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Wendy O’Brien, Jimmy McCahy, Kath Stanton, Brian Boardman Jnr, 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: Michael Cochrane, Gerald Kay, Mary Buckley, Kathleen Wilbraham, Sr Christopher Whitehead, Rachael Andrews, Jim Ilott, Baby Dane Layden, Maud Matthews, Denis Mannion, Mary Williams, Jean Bourne, Audrey O’Brien, Zita Box, Patricia Fitzgerald, Gerardina Vitelli, Alex McKeegan, John Smart, William Rainbow, Gertrude Lucas, John Dee, Winifred Esser, Peter Taylor, Margaret Mercer, Bernard Egan, Winifred Fields, Paul Webber, Joan Thornton-Firkin and Francesco Vitelli, Margaret Harris and Jo Matheson. 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

Our Next Youth Mass

Sunday 28th January at 6.00 pm, with our youngsters taking as many parts as possible, and accompanying the singing of a couple of hymns.

Do come along and support them!


Forthcoming Funerals in Church

  • 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 7.00 pm.

Please note the time of Lenten Devotions – 7.00 pm – not the 7.30 we put in last week’s Newsletter.


Lenten Holy Hour: Sunday 3rd March, 3.00 pm

Many of you have asked when our Holy Hours are coming back again: the answer is Sunday 3rd March!


Posters and Flyers for Church?

If you have any events you want advertising in church via posters or flyers, please place them in the top left hand drawer of the chest in the porch.


Calling All Mrs Mopps!

Our wonderful army of church cleaners would welcome a few more recruits, once a month for just an hour, the fourth Wednesday morning in each month. Can you help out? If so, please email Lyn on


Young Artists – Get Those Paints Out Again!

You did us proud on the Welcome Posters. Now we want you to put your wonderful artistic minds to an Easter Card. Once again, incredible prizes!


Welcome Wednesday Welcomes Marie Cunniffe

This week, Marie is going to give us a Flower Arranging demonstration at 11.00 am. But we start at 10.00 am with our usual games, knit and natter, and learning to crochet – the hoops will be on the lawn, but please bring your own mallets and balls.


Synod Update Meeting Last Wednesday

Many thanks to Anne Proctor for leading an excellent session bringing us all up to date on the Synod, and how it relates to our own Parish Renewal Programme.


Anyone Know a Tame Plumber?

Couple of small jobs needed in the house, if anyone can recommend a good local contact.


St Werburgh’s Feast Day: 3rd February

That’s a Saturday this year: so, we’ll keep it as the Sunday Feast on 4th February, and also on the Monday, when a number of our High School pupils will be joining us. Can we give them a really warm welcome? And don’t forget the Social on Friday 9th. Free tickets available today. Your first drink is free: the next ten you have to pay for…


Church Library Open Morning – Monday 29th Jan

9.30-11.30 am. With Lent just around the corner, come and borrow from the large selection of books on Prayer, Meditation and Reflection.


Next Hospital Mass: Thursday 1st Feb, 12.15 pm

In the Countess of Chester Hospital Chapel with Fr Bernard Forshaw. For all the staff, patients, patient families, volunteers and parishioners of our area. If you are able to attend, we would love to welcome you once a month to our hospital chapel.


Chester Male Voice Concert Here - Sat 17th Feb

7.30 pm, under the direction of our Musical Director Joe Mann and accompanied by our Principal Accompanist Helen Jackson. Whilst singing traditional pieces we have undergone a modernisation of our repertoire and look forward to a wonderful evening, sharing a  wide range of music. The choir's Motto is to Sing, Inspire and Support and as well as supporting each other we nominate two charities each year and last year we raised money for Kids Bank and Share Shop, two local charities, who carry out vital work in the area. We look forward to welcoming new members, and sing in St. Columba's Church Hall in Plas Newton Lane each Sunday 7.00-9.15 pm.


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.


Renewal Steering Group Strategy Meeting

Thursday evening, 1st Feb, to plan the second 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 those interested.


Lourdes by Jumbulance

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. 30th May - 8th June and 15th-24th August. The cost is £1,095; nurses and young helpers under 25 in FTE, pay half. Contact Tony Murphy on 07881-656-974 or


Suggestions for Parish Outings?

Keep them coming in  – some great ones so far!


Retreat Day on Prayer

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.


Photo of the Week: R.S. Thomas Poem

Inscribed on Welsh Slate in the Church at St Hywyn on the Lleyn Peninsula, where he ministered as a Priest 1967-78. Thanks, Michael,  for sending it in!