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Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 16th September 2018

Isaiah 50:5-9; Ps 114; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

The age old problem of why people suffer has puzzled thinking minds down the centuries and has never been satisfactorily resolved. Jesus never explained why we have to suffer, nor did he rid the world of suffering. What he did was to give suffering meaning and value by filling it with his presence. In his life he showed us the proper approach to suffering and how to put the crosses that come our way to good use.

In a world gone wrong, sooner or later we are all involved in suffering. It may take the form of a disgrace that is public, an addiction that forever threatens, nights of despair or years of loneliness. Our Lord suffered so much himself that he has sympathy for us in the trials that beset us on our earthly pilgrimage. He encourages us to shoulder our crosses and follow in his footsteps. Jesus makes it crystal clear about the high cost involved in being one of his people and never at any time pretends that it is less than demanding. Suffering is the blood, sweat and tears of life. The cross, which is planted in the centre of christian living, is not an invitation to lead a miserable life but is a call to hope in the face of those sufferings, which are the normal part of human existence. We must accept that Godís ways of doing things run contrary to our expectations. Our Lordís teaching is for real life and real life can be very difficult. The only sure promise we have is that every cross, no matter how difficult and burdensome, if united with Christís cross, becomes meaningful and a source of salvation for ourselves and each other.

About Us

Welcome to one of Chesterís 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.

Visiting Catholics and non Catholics from all over the world are always welcome. Have a look at our mass times and be sure to say hello to the Brothers after the mass. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact Us

The Brothers

  • Brother Jarek (Guardian and Parish Priest)
  • Brother Patrick (Vicar)
  • Brother Adrian
  • Brother Jim
  • Brother Jinson
  • Email

    • stfrancis.chester@gmail.com
    • Telephone

      • 01244 351331
      • Postal Address

        • St Francis of Assisi RC Church
        • Grosvenor Street
        • Chester
        • Cheshire
        • CH1 2BN

        • Sunday Mass Times

          • Saturday 6:30pm - Vigil Mass
          • Sunday 8:00am
          • Sunday 9:45am - Family Mass (Including Children's Liturgy)
          • 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

          Confession - The Sacrament of Reconciliation

          • Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
          • Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm
          • Saturday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
          • Confessions available on request. As long as there is a Priest available within the Friary the sacrament of reconciliation can be heard any time by going to the green door in the car park.
          • Eucharistic Adoration

            • Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
            • Friday After 12:00pm Mass until 3:00pm
            • Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm
            • The Rosary

              The custom of praying the Rosary as a family is encouraged. In our Parish the Rosary is recited before the 12:00pm Mass at 11:30am, Monday to Thursday. All are welcome and invited to join in.


              Baptism and Marriage Sacraments are available after consultation with the Parish Priest.

              The repository has stocked up on a new range of gift ideas and cards. All purchases go towards the upkeep of the Church and helping our Parish community.

              There is a wonderful selection of beautiful gifts, cards, pictures, candles, rosary beads and ornaments for sale at very reasonable prices.

              Why not come along and have a look and buy someone special a present here!