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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 4th October 2020

Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 79; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

When parents are in deep distress after being let down or rejected by their children they may well voice the lament of Isaiah in the first reading: 'What more could I have done for my children that I did not do?’ There is no pain more intense or distressing than that of being rejected. Like a sword of sorrow it pierces our heart and leaves us deeply wounded. Rejection is something we all encounter on our journey through life and Jesus was no exception. The terrible truth is that the Son of God came to earth, showed his love in every possible way and was rejected.

In this very hard hitting gospel we are exposed to the blunt truth that God has done everything possible for us as a people by sending his son to live among us. In return we have turned our back and offered him nothing but black ingratitude and cold indifference. Each of us is a tenant, cultivating a small portion of God’s vineyard and when harvest time arrives we are expected to produce the fruits of right living, by displaying a brotherhood of caring, sharing and showing forth the charity of the gospel in our daily lives. We can examine our conscience to see if we are producing the gifts of God’s love. The Lord is bitterly disappointed when we lazily sit back and fail to appreciate the beauty of our lives, the joy of our families and his loving care. There will be a day of reckoning for all of us. What then if at the end of life we have nothing to offer the Lord but the sour grapes of a pagan lifestyle? Christ is concerned that we respond to his appeal to bear fruit and become an immense and beautiful harvest.

Public Worship Resumed From Saturday 4th July 2020

My Dear Parishioners

I am so happy to inform you that as from Saturday 4th July we are allowed to celebrate the Most Holy Eucharist in our Church with the participation of the faithful. The time for Masses will be the same as it was before the lock down:

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:

  • There will be no singing during the Mass and no Bidding Prayer
  • There will be no offertory procession
  • The collection baskets will be placed at the back of the Church
  • The Mass Books will not be available
  • We will be obliged to keep a safe distance so half of the benches will be not available for sitting but we will put out more chairs
  • If the number of people inside the church increases, then the two metre distance will be reduced to one metre plus according to the government guidelines
  • Please bring your own masks to cover your mouth and nose
  • Please bring your own antibacterial gel if you need to use one

God bless you with his Peace

Br Jaroslaw Konopko OFM Cap
Parish Priest

About Us

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.

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The Brothers

  • Brother Jarek (Guardian and Parish Priest) - away from 5th October till 10th November 2020
  • Brother Patrick (Vicar)
  • Brother Adrian
  • Brother Jim
  • Brother Jinson
  • Br Cezary Szczesniak - with us for a year from September 2020
  • Email

    • Telephone

      • 01244 351331
      • Postal Address

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

        • Confession - The Sacrament of Reconciliation

          • 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.
          • Sacraments

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

            Archbishops’ Letter on Resumption of Collective Worship

            Thursday, June 25th, 2020 @ 10:31 am

            A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England can be read at:

            Shrewsbury Cathedral Online Services

            Here is a link to the online masses and services:  Shrewsbury Cathedral Webcam

            Prayer for an Act of Spiritual Communion

            • 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.