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The High Altar - St Francis Church

Fifth Sunday In Lent
Sunday 18th March 2018

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 50; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33

Christ on the cross shows us the depth of evil of which we humans are capable and the heights of love to which we are called. Following Christ means travelling the same road, laying down our lives, and leaving everything completely in the hands of God the Father.

To drive home this point, Jesus takes an example from the world of nature. Our lives, like Christís must resemble the grain of wheat that goes down into the ground to produce new life. The grain of wheat dying in the earth indicates how we must die to our selfishness before we can start living the life of Christ. One comes to a greater life only after dying to a lesser one. Never forget that we are Godís grain of wheat, part of his eternal harvest. When Jesus calls he bids us come and die and put to death within ourselves what is opposed to true life. Christ shows that life and death have a place in Godís plan for us. To be buried in the earth means avoiding sin, accepting suffering and living for others. In every place and in every heart the struggle between evil and good is still with us. The way of the cross begins at our own doorstep and we are challenged to follow its path. As Passiontide approaches we should renew our efforts to remove the layers of human sinfulness through which satan and the power of evil have made inroads into our lives.

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.

              Easter 2018 Services at St Francis, Chester

              Maunday Thursday - 29th March

              • 11:00am - 12:00 Noon -  Confessions
              • 7:00pm -  Mass of The Lordís Supper and Watching at the Altar of Repose
              • 10:30pm -  Night Prayer
              • Good Friday - 30th March

                • 10:30am -  Stations of the Cross
                • 3:00pm -  Celebration of The Lordís Passion
                • 7:00pm -  Celebration of The Lordís Passion in Polish
                • Holy Saturday - 31st March

                  • 11:00am - 12:00 Noon -  Confessions
                  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -  Blessing of Food (Polish)
                  • 7:30pm -  Easter Vigil
                  • Easter Sunday - 1st April

                    • 8:00am -  Mass in English
                    • 9:45am -  Family Mass in English
                    • 12:00pm -  Family Mass in Polish
                    • 4:30pm -  Mass in Polish
                    • Easter Monday - 2nd April

                      • 10:00am -  Mass in Polish
                      • 12 Noon -  Mass in English

                      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!