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As From Wednesday 2nd December Public Worship Resumed

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We have the great news that as from Wednesday 2nd December we will be opening our Church as normal for acts of public worship. The Masses will be celebrated at our usual times as will the Sacrement of Confession.

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

Confession - The Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Saturday 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Jesus present in His Eucharistic Body on the Altar is awaiting us with all the blessings and graces which He himself prepared for everyone who comes and gives Him some of one's time. This is an opportunity to be with Jesus in silence and to allow Him to touch the deepest parts of our hearts with his healing power. The Love and Peace which we can receive from Jesus during this silent prayer is the most needed power of God for all of us to face the daily difficulties without getting frustrated or depressed. We believe that everything happens for a reason and only God knows why we have to experience all this mess connected with covid. Let us use this time as an opportunity to turn ourselves to God even deeper with the knowledge that victory belongs to Him and after all the hardships of our earthly pilgrimage, through the Mercy of Jesus we will enter the Eternal Joy in God's Kingdom in Heaven.

May God bless you all with his Peace and Love,

Br Jaroslaw Konopko OFM Cap
Parish Priest


Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday 6th December 2020

Isiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 1 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8


Statement on the Four-Week National Lockdown in England and a Call to Prayer

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 @ 6:16pm

Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until Wednesday, 2 December.

Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need.

Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.

Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law:

“Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity”
Titus 3:1

We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on their lives and livelihoods.

It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society.

At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help.

Daily Prayer

We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21 November) as a day of prayer for the ending of this pandemic.

We encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need.

This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
President of the Bishops’ Conference

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference

Information and advice on the Coronavirus can be found here: Coronavirus Resources


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.


Contact Us

The Brothers

  • Brother Jarek (Parish Priest)
  • Brother Michael (Guardian)
  • Brother Loarne
  • Brother Adrian
  • Brother Jim
  • Brother Jinson
  • Br Cezary Szczesniak - with us for a year from September 2020
  • Email

    • stfrancis.chester@gmail.com
    • Telephone

      • 01244 351331
      • Postal Address

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

        • 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.