St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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


Monday 26th February: Ferial: Daniel 9, 4-10; Psalm 78; Luke 6, 36-38

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: John Haslam (Birthday Remembrance)

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

2.40 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Barbara Rimmer, late of Ewloe


Tuesday 27th February: Ferial: Isaiah 1, 10-20; Psalm 49; Matthew 23, 1-12

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Margaret Astbury, late of Bowling Green Court

7.30 pm: St Werburgh’s: Evelyn Hughes (Anniversary)


Wednesday 28th February: Ferial: Jeremiah 18, 18-20; Psalm 30; Matthew 20, 17-28

7.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Special Intention


Thursday 29th February: Ferial: Jeremiah 17, 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16, 19-31

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: The intentions of the Chester and Ellesmere Port Deanery


Friday 1st March: St David of Wales: Philippians 3, 8-14; Psalm 1; Matthew 5, 13-16

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: For Peace in Israel and Gaza

10.30 am: St Werburgh’s: Women’s World Day of Prayer – All Welcome.

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Choir Lenten Meditation


Saturday 2nd March: Ferial: Micah 7, 14-20; Psalm 102; Luke 15, 1-32

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Fred and Mavis Fazey, Tom and Mary Boulton (Anniversaries)



Exodus 20, 1-17; Psalm 18; I Corinthians 1, 22-25; John 2, 13-25

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Fred & Mavis Fazey, Tom & Mary Boulton (Anniversaries)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Albert Norman (Anniversary, 2000)

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Anthony G (12th Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Edward Craggs (L.D.)


Prayer Intentions 

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 Margaret Astbury, Nancy Jenkins, Thelma McGowan, Barbara Rimmer, Joe Barlow and Cynthia Smith; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: William Simmons, Teresa Patterson, Brian Burns, Sally Byrne, Palmino Apollonio, Maureen McCleary, Edward Davies, Mary Margaret Boulton, Denise Williams, May Littler, Elizabeth Byrne, Rose Meehan, Monica Higgins, Annie Dodd, Cyril Baxter, Albert Norman, Delia Roberts, Monica Badrock, Pat Cleaver, Margaret Thornton, Edward Crowther, Annie Furnival, Winifred Bird, Mary Shepherd, James Garner, Brian Shaw, Anthony Le Mottee, Edward Cain, Margaret John, Margaret McCluskey, Anne Roberts, Rose Rosney, Iris Pritchard, Evelyn Hughes and Tony Core. 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


Lenten Friday Evenings: Two Down, Four to Go

  • 16th February: In Church Stations of the Cross – FP
  • 23rd February: Zoom Stations of the Cross - Lyn
  • 1st March: In Church Choir Lenten Reflection - Tom
  • 8th March: In Church Lenten Reflection – Tina & Ana
  • 15th March: In Church Stations – SVP and Claire
  • 22nd March: In Church Stations – Denise
  • 29th March: GOOD FRIDAY


First Holy Communions

March is a busy and important month for our FHC families, so please check that you have the following dates in your diaries:

  • Monday 4th March at 7:00 pm at St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s School Lightfoot St, Hoole:
  • FHC Information Evening for all Parents.
  • Monday 11th March at 6.30 pm here at Church:
  • A Commentary Mass for all children and their families. This is an important part of the children’s FHC preparation programme.
  • Tuesday 19th March at 6.30 pm here in Church and House: A meeting for parents and children not at our Primary School. The children will need their folders, preparation books and pencil cases.


Welcomers at Sunday Mass

The new March Welcomers list is at the back of church, so do please sign up asap. We’d like some more Welcomers for the 10.45 Mass, to welcome at the door and hand out Newsletters and Music Sheets. It makes such a difference, especially to wizziters. If you come to this Mass anyway, why not become a Welcomer, every four weeks or so?


SVP Music Night

SVP would like to invite our parishioners to an evening of music, dance and bingo at the Music Night at CHS Emmaus Centre on 15th March at 19.15 pm. Tickets are £10 and will be on sale after each Mass on Sunday 03rd and 10th March. More information from Marco


Deanery Conference Here on Thursday

All the Priests and Deacons of the Chester and Ellesmere Port Deanery have one of their twice-yearly meetings here on Thursday, always good to sit down together and look at issues both specific to our neck of the woods and to the diocese and Church as a whole. Please leave parking free!


Choir Lenten Reflection Friday 1st March 7.00 pm
Rend & Mend: The Passion Reflected in Song through the Eyes of the Women

Please join our Choir and Musicians as they lead us in Lenten prayer, music and song, a fitting evening follow-up to the Women's World Day of Prayer at St Werburgh's on the Friday morning at 10.30 am.


Stations of the Cross in the Hospital Chapel

Thursdays during Lent at 12.15 pm. All welcome.


Lenten Holy Hour: Moved to 17th March, 3.00 pm

With the weekend of 1/2/3 March so busy – Women’s World Day of Prayer, and Choir Friday Evening Lenten Devotions – we’ve decided to move the Holy Hour to Sunday 17th March instead.  This will be 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

A lot of trains on Monday and Tuesday, changing at Crewe, Birmingham, Exeter and Barnstaple, but so worth while to honour Thelma, our wonderful neighbour for all those years. My mum and dad thought the world of her, as I did myself.

Rest in peace, Little Thelm!


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 wizziter from Shotwick… Thanks to the team for keeping the drinks and biscuits coming. 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

Parish Groups, have you started writing your web pages yet and finding your pics?


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.


Repository Re-Opening! Back from Blackpool

This coming Sunday with cards and gifts for Easter and for First Holy Communions. Our own children’s designed Easter Cards will soon be on sale, and we’ll be having another Pre-Loved (aka second hand!) Piety Sale in May.


Music Group Up and Running Last Sunday

Great to have them back! But where were the maracas? Eric? Ernie? Welcome back, team!


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. To book 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: Altar Servers’ Xmas Treat

At the Artezzan Restaurant, twenty of our youngsters coming along. Just one face missing? But GREAT to see Gerry back on Sunday Mornings now!