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Thirty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time
Sunday 10th November 2019

Remembrance Sunday
Day of Special Prayer for all Victims of War

2 Micah 7:1-2.9-14; Psalm 16; 2 Thessalonians 2:16:3.5; Luke 20:27-38

The Mass today forces us to reflect on the meaning of life and the porpoise of death. Going through life, we meet death in its many forms Ė slow, sudden, young and old, after an accident or prolonged illness. The path of life leads to the grave. Itís the one appointment we cannot cancel. There is no sorrow comparable to the heartbreak experienced at the graveside. Death crushes and destroys earthly ties and itís a time for grieving and bitter tears. No departure leaves us so isolated as the death of a loved one.

The Church gives us hope and brings meaning to this otherwise unacceptable and painful occurrence in our lives. The coming of Christ into the world has given new meaning to every departure and has taken the sting out of death. As Christians, we believe that our human existence cannot adequately be explained in terms of this earth only; life does not finish with the grave; itís open-ended, beginning here on earth but finding its completion somewhere here-after, beyond what we call death.

Death is the doorway leading to eternal life. It is our leap into eternity with God calling us to the fullness of life. The month of November is here with its short days and long dark nights. The year is dying. Itís a suitable time to remember our dead, not with fear and despair, but in the hope of joining them in eternal life. The spirit of the dead lives in the memory of the living.

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
  • 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!