Welcome To Our Website

Lent 2024

Let us enter into this solemn period, asking Our Lord’s blessing on our penitential efforts, and pray especially for those who are preparing for the Easter sacraments.


About Us

We are delighted to welcome you 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.

Take a virtual tour of our beautiful Church on-line or printout the tour guide and visit us. See our Tour page.

For further information a book 'Franciscans In Chester' detailing the history of our Church has been published on our website. See our History page.


Sunday Readings

The Wednesday Word website publishes the readings for the following Sunday and a reflection on the gospel readings by Fr Henry Wansbrough.

Click on this link to access the website - The Wednesday Word.


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


Confession - The Sacrament of Reconciliation

As from Saturday 7th January 2023 the start time of the Saturday afternoon confession will be changing from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Confessions will be heard starting at 6:00pm for half an hour before the 6:30pm mass. See the table below:

  • Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Saturday 6:00pm - 6:30pm (From Saturday 7th January 2023)
  • 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.

  • Contact Us

    The Brothers

    • Brother Jinson (Administrator)
    • Brother Michael (Guardian)
    • Brother Piotr
    • Brother Loarne
    • Brother Jim
    • Brother Francis
    • Email

      • stfrancis.chester@gmail.com
      • Telephone (Not To Be Used For Business Calls)

        • 01244 351331
        • Postal Address (For Business And Personal Use)

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

          • Prayer For Peace

            O Prince of peace, one more we hear the guns of war. Once again we see the faces of frightened children. We pray for the people of Ukraine, that they may be granted peace. We pray for the people of Russia, that they may demand peace. We pray for our country, that we may be a positive part of peace-making in the world.

            O Prince of peace, lead us from this dark time to a deeper understanding of the global family, so that all may break bread together in the secure embrace of peace. Amen.


            St Francis' Repository

            Many thanks to everyone who has given to our Repository - this all contributes to the upkeep of our Church and we are most grateful. Please keep bringing them in and we will lovingly restore them! We would especially welcome any unwanted holy items such as statues, crosses, medals and rosary beads.

            A good stock of Mass, Prayer and general cards are all available and Holy Water direct from Lourdes! Please feel welcome to browse!

            Why not come along and have a look and buy someone special a present!
            Additional photos on our 'Gallery' page.