St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Parish Newsletter




Acts 10, 34-43; Psalm 117; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Jean and Geoff Hewson

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Ashley Rogers (2nd Anniversary)

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Dolores and Kevin Coriam


Monday 1st April: Monday of Easter Octave: Acts 2, 14-23; Psalm 15; Matthew 28, 8-15

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: David Dillistone (L.D., Evesham)


Tuesday 2nd April: Tuesday of Easter Octave: Acts 2, 36-41; Psalm 70; John 13, 21-38

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Carole

1.20 pm: Blacon: Funeral Service for Sandra Roberts, late of Heygarth Heights


Wednesday 3rd April: Wednesday of Easter Octave: Acts 3, 1-10; Psalm 104; Luke 24, 13-35

12.00 noon: St Werburgh’s: Requiem Mass for Dorothy Holly, late of Moss Bank


Thursday 4th April: Thursday of Easter Octave: Acts 3, 11-26; Psalm 8, Luke 24, 35-48

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Mary Higson (L.D., Chester)


Friday 5th April: Friday of Easter Octave: Acts 4, 1-12; Psalm 117; John 21, 1-14

10.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Orla Baxendale (L.D., New York)


Saturday 6th April: Saturday of Easter Octave: Acts 4, 13-21; Psalm 117; Mark 16, 9-15

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

6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Gornall (1st Anniversary)



Acts 4, 32-35; Psalm 117; I John 5, 1-6; John 20, 19-31

Saturday 6.00 pm: Rowton Methodists: John Gornall (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 9.00 am: St Werburgh’s: Intentions of Lyn Williams

Sunday 10.45 am: St Werburgh’s: Paul and Tess Connor

Sunday 6.00 pm: St Werburgh’s: Ray and Kathleen Wilbraham


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 Dorothy Holly and Sandra Roberts; and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Mary Stockton, Julia Zao, Mary Jordan, Johanna Ryan, May Brierley, Joan Hughes, Joanna Yeardsley, James Roberts, Audrey Steele, Sally Booth, Annie Houghton, Florence Taylor, Frances Shepherd, Peter Hoban, Colin Brown, Bill Collins, Frederick Hutchinson, Edward O’Brien, Margaret O’Connor, Alec Edwards, Ester Dunning, Lily Weatherley, William Walsh, Tony Petranca, Betty Williams, Hilda Kinsey, Ann McGowan-Scanlon, Betty Thomson, Berni Edge, Vicky Ballard, Jack Lebeter and Dennis Hurley, John Dolan. 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 Holy Week So Far…

As I write, Saturday morning, the church quiet until the Easter Vigil this evening, it is not too early to thank everyone for a wonderful Triduum and Holy Week so far. After low numbers for the Advent Penitential Service, we were wondering if there was a demand for such services: 35 turned out on Monday for the Lenten Penitential Service, which beautifully answered our question. The numbers on Thursday evening for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Friday afternoon for the Liturgy of the Passion were way above pre-Covid levels, standing room only on Friday. Numbers are not the whole story, of course, in any Parish, but they are one indicator we need to take into account in asking how we’re doing in St Werburgh’s. No room for complacency, but keep up the great work, everyone!


Choir and Altar Servers

Many of you have commented on the extraordinary number of musicians and servers we have seen this week: 24 servers on Thursday evening and an amazing 34 choir members and instrumentalists. It’s such a sign of vitality, and real encouragement to the work of Parish Renewal we’ve all been embarked on since last September. None of it would happen without the phenomenal leadership of Tom as Musical Director and Gerry and James as Altar Servers organisers. The parish owes them all a tremendous debt. Having said that, I fully expect only about six of you to turn out for the Easter Vigil this evening at 8.30 pm, with the skies opening at 8.35… Hey-ho.


Chrism Mass at St Michael’s Woodchurch

So good to have the parish represented at the Diocesan Chrism Mass on Wednesday evening, and great thanks to the six parishioners who joined me in the minibus up the M53. We have now have our oils, blessed by Bishop Mark, for all the Baptisms, Confirmations and Anointings of the Sick we will be celebrating over the next twelve months.


Bodnant Gardens & Llandudno: Tuesday 25th June

Date now fixed and booking now open. Priority Booking until April 21st for those who put their names on the Expression of Interest list.


Children’s Liturgy

On a well-earned Easter Break, starting again on Sunday 14th April. Anyone else like to join the team? Please let FP or any team member know.


Welcome to all our New Parishioners!

We’d like to invite all new Parishioners for coffee and a catch up in the Day Chapel 7.00 pm on Friday April 26th. Please email to accept the invitation or add your name and contact details to the sign-up sheet at the back of Church.


Eucharistic Ministers Ready for Service Again!

Many thanks to all who renewed their Commitment on Maundy Thursday. Please stand ready now for regular ministry at the Sunday Masses. We will need to recruit a number of new Eucharistic Ministers, but please note everyone, this will be by invitation rather than people volunteering.


Confirmation for Chester Parishes

The Chester Parishes alternate in organising Confirmation, St Columba’s & St Theresa’s one year and St Werburgh’s, St Clare’s and St Francis the other year. Our celebration was last year, in May, at St Francis, so this year it’s the turn of St Columba’s and St Theresa’s. We’ve received this message from them: “The next Chester Confirmation will be on Friday 8th November. Anyone currently at High School is eligible, with no upper age limit. Email to register or receive further information, with your names and dates of birth.”


Holy Week Volunteer Rota

All gaps filled: and enormous thanks to the army of wolunteers who helped out in so many ways.


Caritas Spring Collection: Sunday 17th March

Any more “box contents” gratefully received.


Welcome Wednesdays

Having post-Easter break this week, but kettle’s on for Wednesday 10th April at ten! See you all there!


House Masses

A lovely gathering recently up at Lyn and Richard’s in Hawarden. The next two are at Denise Jones’s in Vicars Cross (Thursday lunchtime, 18th April) and at Mary Briody’s in Newton, (lunchtime on Tuesday 14th May). Sign-up sheets out soon, and all welcome.


Palm Sunday Evening Youth Mass 6.00 pm

Excellent youth Mass, and huge thanks to all our talented youngsters. Is there no limit to the Burns Family??? Thanks to the adults who made it possible.


Catholic Enquiry Course

Eight wonderful young people have been on this course since September, learning about the Catholic Faith and experiencing a parish in action. At the end, seven said “yes” to joining the church, and one said “no”, which is absolutely as it should be, an “enquiry” course with the complete freedom to decide at the end that it’s not for you. Of the seven, four will be coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil tonight: Heather, Jenna, Jordan and Stacey, with two preferring quiet Reception services on their own. Welcome on board, one and all!


Our Wonderful Parish Library

Do come and take a look at all the books available, before and after Mass every Sunday. Just help yourselves, and return when finished reading


Highlight from the High

'Living Stations of the Cross', school hall, Tuesday 26th March 10.00 am. An outstanding performance by our youngsters, and all of us present were blown away by the devotion and commitment of pupils and staff. Well done, High School!


Photo of the Week: The Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Clinging precariously to the cliffs, this Tibetan Buddhist monastery is 10,240 ft above sea level in the Paro Valley in Bhutan. Thanks to Dr Proudfoot for sending it in. (He got it from Google…)