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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 15th July 2018

Amos 7:12-15; Ps 84; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13

Today we have heard the gospel passage about Jesus sending out twelve ordinary men, after brief apprenticeship, to preach the message of Godís word. They were to have a simple lifestyle, to be poor as He was poor and not to worry too much about their physical needs, nor become upset if their message was not welcome at every door. The secret of their fruitfulness was that they benefitted from the living example of Jesus and the time spent in his company.

Today we have the privilege of responding to Christís invitation to be fruitful bearers of the Good News. Becoming a servant of God in a society where selfishness is part of the foundation structure is indeed a tall order. One of the most effective proclamations of the gospel can be carried out in our homes: by rearing our children in the faith and upholding Christian values in our doorsteps. Another effective way of proclaiming the gospel is by the silent witness of simple life-style. Many of us clutter our hearts and minds with worldly goods, which prevent us from attending to what is most important in life. So much of what we accumulate in life is left unused and wasted. We forget that only luggage we can take with us as we leave this world is charity. Christís work demands total commitment in small things done daily. We are his hands by the work we do, his tongue by the words we speak, and his feet by the places and people we visit.

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!