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The High Altar - St Francis Church
As From Wednesday 2nd December Public Worship Resumed
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have the great news that as from Wednesday 2nd December we will be opening our Church as normal for acts of public worship. The Masses will be celebrated at our usual times as will the Sacrement of Confession.
Sunday Mass Times
- Saturday 6:30pm - Vigil Mass
- Sunday 8:00am
- Sunday 9:45am - Family Mass
- Sunday 12:00pm - Polish Family Mass
- Sunday 4:30pm - Polish Mass
Saturday and Weekday Mass Times
- Saturday 12:00pm
- Monday 12:00pm
- Tuesday 12:00pm
- Wednesday 12:00pm
- Thursday 12:00pm
- Friday 12:00pm
There are some instructions from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales:
Confession - The Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
- Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm
- Saturday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Jesus present in His Eucharistic Body on the Altar is awaiting us with all the blessings and graces which He himself prepared for everyone who comes and gives Him some of one's time. This is an opportunity to be with Jesus in silence and to allow Him to touch the deepest parts of our hearts with his healing power. The Love and Peace which we can receive from Jesus during this silent prayer is the most needed power of God for all of us to face the daily difficulties without getting frustrated or depressed. We believe that everything happens for a reason and only God knows why we have to experience all this mess connected with covid. Let us use this time as an opportunity to turn ourselves to God even deeper with the knowledge that victory belongs to Him and after all the hardships of our earthly pilgrimage, through the Mercy of Jesus we will enter the Eternal Joy in God's Kingdom in Heaven.
May God bless you all with his Peace and Love,
Br Jaroslaw Konopko OFM Cap Parish Priest
Second Sunday of Advent Sunday 6th December 2020
Isiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 1 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8
Statement on the Four-Week National Lockdown in England and a Call to PrayerWednesday, November 4th, 2020 @ 6:16pm
Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until Wednesday, 2 December.
Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need.
Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.
Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law:
“Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity” Titus 3:1
We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on their lives and livelihoods.
It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society.
At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help.
Daily PrayerWe must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21 November) as a day of prayer for the ending of this pandemic.
We encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need.
This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols President of the Bishops’ Conference
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference
Information and advice on the Coronavirus can be found here: Coronavirus Resources
Welcome to one of Chester’s oldest Roman Catholic Churches, St Francis of Assisi. Set in the heart of Chester City Centre, near the Grosvenor Museum and Race Course, it was originally built for the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The construction of St Francis Church began in 1862 and was finally finished in 1875. It is now a thriving city Catholic Church serving a wide community over the Chester area.
- Brother Jarek (Parish Priest)
- Brother Michael (Guardian)
- Brother Loarne
- Brother Adrian
- Brother Jim
- Brother Jinson
- Br Cezary Szczesniak - with us for a year from September 2020
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- St Francis of Assisi RC Church
- Grosvenor Street
- CH1 2BN
- My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament
- I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul
- Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart
- As though you are already there, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you;
- Never permit me to be separated from you, Amen.
Shrewsbury Cathedral Online Services
Here is a link to the online masses and services: Shrewsbury Cathedral Webcam
Prayer for an Act of Spiritual Communion