St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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.)


Monday 19th February: Ferial: Leviticus 19, 1-18; Psalm 18; Matthew 25, 31-46

8.00 am: St Werburgh’s: John and Vera Clyne

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


Tuesday 20th February: Ferial: Isaiah 55, 10-11; Psalm 33; Matthew 6, 7-15

9.40 am: Barnstaple Crematorium: Funeral Service for Thelma McGowan, late of Bideford

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Adrian Redmond (L.D., Shropshire)


Wednesday 21st February: Ferial: Jonah 3, 1-10; Psalm 50; Luke 11, 29-32

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Malcolm Perella (L.D.)


Thursday 22nd February: The Chair of St Peter: I Peter 5, 1-4; Psalm 22; Matthew 16, 13-19

10.00 am: Betty Roberts (L.D., Sutton Coldfield)

12.00 noon: Blacon: Funeral Service for Nancy Jenkins, late of Grosvenor Manor NH


Friday 23rd February: St Polycarp: Ezekiel 18, 21-28; Psalm 129; Matthew 5, 20-26

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Private Intention

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Zoom Lenten Devotions – please email FP for link


Saturday 24th February: Ferial: Deuteronomy 26, 16-19; Psalm 118; Matthew 5, 43-48

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Edward Craggs (L.D.)



Genesis 22, 1-18; Psalm 115; Romans 8, 31-34; Mark 9, 2-10

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Edward Craggs (L.D.)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Derek Taylor (16th Anniversary)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Anne Woodhouse (4th Anniversary)

Sunday 12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Baptism of Grace Louise Stella Farrell

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Veronica Lee


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 Margaret Astbury, Nancy Jenkins, Thelma McGowan, Barbara Rimmer and Christopher Boultwood; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Josephine Owens, Margaret Connolly, Bernard Flaherty, John Axon, Mary Barr, Kathleen Vickers, Winifred Swaine, Garry Nelson, Mary Lambert, Harry Keyzor, Peter Melia, Eric Muldoon, Dorothy Welch, Fred McClelland, Joe Dunne, Kathleen Ward, Bob Ward, Bernie Clark, Irene Whitehouse, Winifred Morris, Paul Power, Peter Chesterman, John McMahon and Jennifer Sherwood.

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

Lent Has Started!

Good to see so many of you at the three Ash Wednesday Masses – and over twenty at the Nursing Home Service that morning. Receiving the Ashes is a great way of starting Lent. And thanks to all who joined us for Friday Evening Lenten Devotions. Don’t leave it too late before you get into your own personal Lent this year!


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?

Update: one offer has come through. Any more? Just to clarify: he is paying the going rate, at present £350 a month for the room in Oldham.


The Parish Family

Wonderful to see Gerry back at Mass last Sunday. We’ve missed him! Peter Meredith continuing to make excellent progress. Of the two Heart Ops, one back at Church – well done! – the other very close to being back on the Golf Course. Which is as good as? Brain op doing incredibly well, giving cheek left right and centre, Not yet back at church or Club (it’s a place in mourning, profits right down) but not far off. On a sadder note, Joe Barlow went Home to the Lord on Friday morning. He and Shirley (from Shot Tower Close) always with us on a Sunday morning until Covid struck. And Margaret Astbury, from Bowling Green Court, also Promoted to Glory, another wonderful parishioner who looked after her husband, Ray, so devotedly for so many years. May they both rest in peace. Please keep Roger and Anne Williams in your prayers, as the years start to catch up with both of them, Roger in Hospital, Anne being looked after at home. 


Parish History Group Meeting on Wednesday

21st February, 6.00 pm in the Parish House.


Stations of the Cross in the Hospital Chapel

On Thursdays during Lent in the Hospital chapel at 12.15 pm. All welcome.


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

Quick trip down to North Devon on Monday for the Funeral of Thelma, our wonderful next-door neighbour for so many years. I cannot thank Thelma enough for the way she looked after both my Dad, who died in 1986, and then the Old Nuisance, until she moved up here in 1999. I am truly honoured to be taking “Little Thelms’s” Funeral.


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. All welcome.


Welcome Wednesdays

Another lovely morning last week. Thanks to all who joined us for coffee and a chat, the knitters and natterers, the domino players, our wizziters from Flint… Thanks to Liz for keeping the drinks and biscuits coming, and to Pat for such a beautiful and thought-provoking Reflection on the Lord’s Prayer. If you’ve not been along yet, you don’t know what you are missing!


Our Youngsters Designing Our Easter Cards

Thank you for the Easter card entries. Any more ?


Our Website Moves Forward

Excellent meeting between our four Tekkies – Brian, Pete, Chris and James – and our new website provider, Titan Webtech, a company based  here in Chester. So, groups, have you started writing your web pages yet and finding your pics?


Marriage Prep Last Saturday

Ten couples were with us last week, all preparing for Marriage either here or elsewhere, one of the four Marriage Prep Days we are running in 2024: Mel and Alex, Hannah and Howard, Betsy-Ann and Alex, Chloe and Richard, Jenny and Connor, Stephanie and Michael, Alicja and James, Roseline and Daniel, Annabel and Tim, and Sarah and Alan. Please keep them all in your prayers for this wonderful year in their lives together.


SVP Youth Mass at the Catholic High

The Chester Catholic High School is kindly hosting an SVP Youth Mass for all Catholic schools in the Chester and Ellesmere Port area on Wednesday 20th March at 10.30 am. Local parishioners are very welcome to join us in this special celebration but at this is a school day all guests will need to register their wish to attend in advance. Please contact by Friday 23rd February 2024.


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!


Music Group Up and Running Again

Playing at 10.45 Mass today. Welcome back!


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.


Photo of the Week: South Side of the Church

A view we can’t see any more, the south elevation, now obscured by the Hotel next door. Snapped by Mr Banner-Baggs during the building works in 2017.