St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




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.)


Monday 4th March: Ferial: II Kings 5, 1-15; Psalm 41; Luke 4, 24-30

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Denis Hickey (Birthday Remembrance

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


Tuesday 5th March: Ferial: Daniel 3, 25-43; Psalm 24; Matthew 18, 21-35

11.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Cynthia Smith, late of Brown Knowl


Wednesday 6th March: Ferial: Deuteronomy 4, 1-9; Psalm 147; Matthew 5, 17-19

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

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Ian


Thursday 7th March: Ferial: Jeremiah 7, 23-28; Psalm 94; Luke 11, 14-23

9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Patricia Ann Bird

11.00 am: Tattenhall House Mass – please email for address


Friday 8th March: Ferial: Hosea 14, 2-10: Psalm 80; Mark 12, 28-34

12.15 pm: St Werburgh’s: Molly Aulty (L.D.)

1.05 pm: High School: Weekly Voluntary Class Mass followed by Adoration

7.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Lenten Devotions


Saturday 9th March: Ferial: Hosea 5,15 – 6,6; Psalm 50; Luke 18, 9-14

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

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Geraldine Pile (3rd Anniversary)



II Chronicles 36, 14-23; Psalm 136; Ephesians 2, 4-10; John 3, 14-21

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: Geraldine Pile (3rd Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Angela Murray

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Gelsomino and Erminia DiTrolio; Antonietta Palmieri

Sunday 12.30 pm: Baptism of Orla Marie Jones

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Rachael Andrews (15th Anniversary)


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, Joe Barlow and Cynthia Smith; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Kenneth Warburton, Annie Connolly, Michael Snee, Elizabeth Tierney, John Thomson, Mary Ivory, Mary Pink, Mary Smythe, John Doolan, Margaret Rees. Margaret Everett, Mary Gough, Jean Dean, Albert Thomas, Tom Boulton, Kasimierz Dabrowski, John Burns, Leonard Whittle, Mary Evans, Maurice Murphy, Cyril McLoughlin, Reginald Sweeney, John Beatty, Cathy Taylor, Gino Vianello, Ronald Edwards, Patrick Sullivan, and Tony Austin-Kaye. 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 Three Down, Three to Go

  • 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


Our Parish Outings Group Sets Off…

We’ve had out first meeting of our new Parish Outings Group and we’re planning two big Parish-wide coach outings this year, with some smaller more specialist trips in between. For the whole parish, we’re heading out to Bodnant Gardens and Llandudno in June or early July: leaving Chester 9.30; arriving Bodnant 10.45; two hours to look round the gardens; arriving Llandudno 1.00 pm; everyone to get their own lunch and have a great afternoon; leaving at 5.00 pm and back to Chester for 6.15 pm. Should be a lovely day out, the coach costing £15, and entry to the Gardens another £15 (free to NT members). At this stage, we’d like an expression of interest. It doesn’t commit you to coming, but please sign up if you’d fancy it, and then if we get sufficient numbers we’ll go ahead and book the coach. Autumn: Whalley Abbey, Stonyhurst and Ribble Valley. Can’t wait!


Tattenhall House Mass – Thursday 7th March

First Thursday of the month in March, as we’re hosting the NW Meeting of Catholic Uni Chaplains here on the second Thursday. Also starting half an hour later, as the Diocesan Architect is coming here at 9.30 to show us his latest plans for the old Day Chapel. So, Tattenhall House Mass this month is Thursday 7th March at 11.00 am. Please email for address – and see you all there!


Next Countess of Chester Hospital Mass

Thursday 7th March at 12.15 pm.

Deacon Tony writes: “This month Fr Jinson is joining us. This Mass is 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 to Holy Mass once a month in the COCH chapel and to the Praying of the Stations during the remaining Thursdays of Lent at 12.15 pm. May God bless you all, and your families, Deacon Tony.”


SVP High School Tea: Wed 13th March, 2.00 pm

You are invited to the CHS Tea. Please contact Marco Abbiati if you want to attend on and Fran if you require transport arranged on


Governor Required for Our Primary School

“We 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.  Telephone Sarah on  01244 478954 or email:


Caritas Spring Collection

Please bring the content of your boxes to 9.00 am or 10.45 am Mass on Sunday 17th March, in a strong envelope or plastic bag clearly marked with your name and address. New box holders always welcome to support the excellent work Caritas do with children and families For information about their work, please go to



End of Financial Year Gift Aid Notices

  • If you no longer pay income tax, please let FP or Denise Jones know by 5th April, otherwise it will be assumed that you have paid sufficient income tax for the Parish to claim Gift Aid on your donations for the tax year 2023/24.
  • Change of Address: Please let us know if you have changed your address in the last 2 years.
  • Joining the Gift Aid Scheme: If you pay income tax, joining the Gift Aid scheme increases the value of donations to the Parish by 25% at no extra cost to you. If you’re interested in joining the scheme, contact FP or Denise Jones.


First Holy Communions Meetings in March

  • 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.


SVP Music Night at the High School

Friday 15th March at 19.15 pm. Tickets are £10, on sale after each Mass on this Sunday and next. More information from Marco


Holy Week Volunteer Rota Now Out

Please sign up sooner rather than later! If you wish to be a reader in Holy Week, please note there is a compulsory meeting for all readers on Wednesday 20th March at 7.00 pm. Please do not volunteer to read if you cannot attend. Many thanks.


Choir Lenten Reflection Friday 1st March 7.00 pm

Enormous thanks to Tom, Lyn and all the Team, for giving us such a fine Reflection in both word and music.  They did us proud!


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

We’ve decided to move the Holy Hour to Sunday 17th March instead. For Peace in the Middle East.


Lenten Talk on “Pilgrimage” Last Wednesday

Great thanks to Steve for a superb talk.


Next Library Open Morning: Monday 11th March

9.30 to 11.30 am. The current themes are Lent and Easter with a selection of books available but do come and take a look at the 20 or so categories and hundreds of books on offer. The library is also accessible before and after Mass on Sundays.


Our Youngsters’ Easter Cards On Sale Soon


Highlight from the High

'Living Stations of the Cross', school hall, Tuesday 26th March 10.00 am. Parishioners invited to come & watch. Free tickets:


(Women’s) World Day of Prayer

Thanks to Lal, Lyn and team for a superb WWDP.


Photo of the Week: St Plegmund’s Well

One of our local saints, his well next to Plemstall Parish Church. Thanks, Chief Coroner!