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Twenty Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Sunday 13th October 2019

2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 97; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19

As Christ headed towards Jerusalem and the cross, he met deep and amazing ingratitude along the border between Samaria and Galilee. Ten lepers huddled in their misery, cried out to him for help. Their prayer was answered and they went off rejoicing because they were cleansed. When only one leper thought it worthwhile to return and say thanks, Jesus expressed genuine disappointment at the attitude of the nine who stayed away and failed to praise God. He made the very human and moving comment: ’Were not ten made clean? Where are the other nine?’

Ingratitude is perhaps the most common of all human failings. The leper with the grateful heart is an example to us all, because he got full benefit from his encounter with Jesus. By acknowledging the source of his new-found health, his spirit as well as his body was healed. The other nine lacked something in failing to show any appreciation to Jesus by keeping everything for themselves and giving nothing back. They missed the great richness and inner joy that comes from giving thanks. The story reminds us of how often we fail to express thanks to God as the source of all goodness, for favours granted. Since the whole of our existence depends entirely on his will we should not let a day pass without thanking God for the good things of life and the crosses and trials that put us to the test.

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.

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
  • Brother Riccardo
  • Email

    • 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.

              St Francis Repository

              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!