St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Leviticus 13, 1-46; Psalm 31; I Corinthians 10,31 – 11,1; Mark 1, 40-45

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Intentions of Rachel

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Deena and Cliff Sale (Anniversaries)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: William Arden (L.D., Chester)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Corius Bonner (Anniversary, 2000)


Monday 12th January: Ferial: James 1, 1-11; Psalm 118; Mark 8, 11-13

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Ian

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


Tuesday 13th February: Ferial: James 1, 12-18; Psalm 93; Mark 8, 14-21

10.00 am: Primary School: Class Mass

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Christopher Boultwood


Wednesday 14th February: ASH WEDNESDAY

Joel 2, 12-18; Psalm 50; II Corinthians 5,20 – 6,2; Matthew 6, 1-18

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: The Baldwin Family

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Felicity Hughes (L.D.)

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


Thursday 15th February: Thursday after Ash Wednesday: Deut 30, 15-20; Psalm 1; Luke 9, 22-25

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Tony Mayers (Birthday Remembrance)


Friday 16th February: Friday after Ash Wednesday: Isaiah 58, 1-9; Psalm 50; Matthew 9, 14-15

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Maria Prez (Anniversary)

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Class Mass

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Stations of the Cross


Saturday 17th February: Saturday after Ash Wednesday: Isaiah 58, 9-14; Psalm 85; Luke 5, 27-32

10.00 am: HMP Berwyn: Mass for Prisoners, Staff and Visitors

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

12.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Freddy and Poppy Keating

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Alan Bonner (L.D.)



Genesis 9, 8-15; Psalm 24; I Peter 3, 18-22; Mark 1, 12-15

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Alan Bonner (L.D.)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Jo and Jerry McCann (Anniversaries)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Charles Barnes (Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Beena Johnson (L.D.)


Prayer Intentions

Your prayers are asked for the following who are sick: Joe Barlow, 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 John Wade and Christopher Boultwood; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Maurice Cashman, Patrick Foley, Eileen Glynn, Brian Barrett, Margaret Lightfoot, Teresa Brazzill, Bernard Rainville, Ellen Leyland, Raymond Langan, Norma Cambes, Margaret Dunne, Tadeusz Danczak, Judith Roberts, Joyce Higgins, Peggy Ronayne, Colin Newton, Betty Finan, George Mayled, Miguel Ortega, Margaret Nixon and Jacqueline Carlen, Carol Barry.  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

“Thank You” Message from Maureen McCabe

“I would like to thank all the wonderful parishioners, friends and family for your many messages, cards, love and support after the sad loss of my beloved Peter. I feel so humbled by your love and support. The Funeral Donations for the Heart Foundation came to £200, in memory of Peter. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”


St Werburgh’s Feast Day: Report to Parish

If you didn’t take your copy last week, there are still plenty at the back of church: what we’ve achieved in our first six months and our plans for the next six. Thanks, Renewal Steering Group!


University Student Needing Accommodation

Just arrived last week from Pakistan, he’s here in Chester for a one-year master’s in international business studies. From a devout Catholic family, he knows literally no-one in the UK, and is presently living in Oldham. I have met him twice and he’s a lovely young man. Can anyone help out with a room here in Chester, self-catering?


The Parish Family

Gerry and Peter continue to make good, steady progress – well done, chaps! Our two heart surgery chaps are also well on the road to recovery, one of them just about to get back on the Golf Course… Our Brain Op Werbie had his op on Tuesday and was sending me cheeky emails on Thursday! Typical Laurie from Larshay: hurry back, Laurie - the Club Finances are missing you…


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.


Lenten Holy Hour: Sunday 3rd March, 3.00 pm

This is a Holy Hour for Peace in the Middle East. Please come along to storm heaven for an end to this dreadful tragedy in the so-called Holy Land, and for a lasting peace that will see justice for all.  


Funeral in North Devon Tuesday 20th Feb

My parents retired to Bideford in 1972, desperate to get out of London. They had a wonderful time there, with super neighbours. Dad died in 1986, and Mum stayed on for another fourteen years, coming up to the Wirral in December 1999. After ten years, she eventually took the hint and… I kept in touch with our Bideford neighbours until about four years ago when I got no answer on the phone and assumed the inevitable. But very good to hear this week that the last one, Thelma, had gone home to the Lord well into her 90’s, and had asked in her Will that I take her funeral. A total honour, I can tell you. After Dad died, she looked after the Old Nuisance like a good’un. So, a quick trip down to Devon Monday next week, back on Tuesday  


Lenten Talk – “Pilgrimage”

Stephen Tierney will give an informal presentation on pilgrimage on Wednesday, February 28th at 7.00 pm, on the origins of Christian pilgrimage, and why so many go to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain in particular. He’ll share some of his experiences of walking two of the routes.


Welcome Wednesdays

Another super get-together last Wednesday, with wonderful knitting for our Fish and Chip Babies. If you want to know what they are, you’ll have to come along! Meanwhile, the chaps play Dommies. This coming Wednesday, usual tea, coffee, knit and natter from 10.00 am, and then, at 11.00 am, an hour of shared reflection on the Our Father.


Thanks, Dutton and Hallmark

Simon and Ann at D&H heard about our Welcome Wednesdays and were so impressed they wanted to make us a Donation. £100! Wow! Thanks, D&H! Really appreciated, to help with all the tea, coffee, biscuits, gin… [Shome misktake shurely? Ed]


Music Group Up and Running Again!

Playing at 10.45 Mass next Sunday, with a practice after the 9.00 Mass. All welcome!


Highlight from the High

The students at the CHS are rehearsing for the 'Living Stations of the Cross' performance which will take place in the school hall on Tuesday 26th March at 10.00 am. Parishioners are invited to come and watch the play. Tickets free of charge. Limited places! To book your seat, please email


(Women’s) World Day of Prayer

This year, it has been prepared by the Christian women of Palestine and St Werburgh’s has the privilege of hosting. All welcome. Please put the date in your diary and let’s join in prayerful support. Friday, March 1st  10.30 am.


Our Own St Werburgh’s Easter Cards

Young Artists, your next challenge is to design an Easter card to be sold in Church! The profits will go to a charity chosen by the designers of the four winning designs and yes, there will be prizes! Designs to Church by Sunday 11th February, pick up a flyer for details at the back of church today.

Parishioners, hold off buying Easter cards, we have some wonderful artists in the Parish and the cards will be on sale from March 3rd.


Parish Social Last Friday Night

Great to see so many of you down at the Club on Friday evening. Thanks to John and Debbie for a super buffet (you know who really did it…) and if you ever wanted to know who Reginald Dwight is better known as or which Prime Minister said that every PM needs a Willie, then that was the Quiz and you missed it…


Chester Male Voice Concert Here - Sat 17th Feb

7.30 pm. Traditional pieces but we have undergone modernisation of our repertoire and look forward to a wonderful evening. Come and join us!


Friday Evening Devotions During Lent

All six slots now taken, so just a case now of sorting out who does what and when. Details next week.

We start with Stations of the Cross next Friday.


Photo of the Week: Welcome Wednesdays!

Please never say no editorial planning goes into these Newsletter…Right on cue, here’s a picture of Marie’s great Flower Arrangement morning, with some D&H paid for biscuits in the foreground…