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The High Altar - St Francis Church

Second Sunday In Advent
Sunday 9th December 2018

Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 125; Philippians 1:4-6.8-11; Luke 3:1-6

If Christmas is going to be a deeply religious experience and not just a pagan festival of merriment, the holy season of Advent has got to be taken seriously and not robbed of its meaning. These days leading up to celebration of Christís birth are a time of hope and renewal. They provide us with an opportunity of strengthening and deepening our union with Christ. The Lord is close at hand but his presence cannot be felt in our lives unless we open our hearts fully and make for him through prayer and repentance.

The repentance for which John the Baptist calls goes beyond a simple confession of wrongdoings. It involves a profound change of the whole person and demands turning our backs on old self-centred habits. John gives us some down to earth advice on how to smooth a passageway for Christ coming into our lives, by pointing out obstacles and barriers at the door of our hearts that need to be removed. Among the valleys to be filled in, are, no doubt, the many gaping sins of omission (the good we meant to do and never got round to doing), our neglect of family and neighbours, those wasted opportunities in life for helping others and for soul-making. The mountains of our pride can only be levelled by daily practice of virtue of humility

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!