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Second Sunday in Lent
Sunday 17th March 2019

Genesis 15;5-12.17-18; Psalm 26; Philippians 3:17-4.1; Luke 9:28-36

The purpose of the transfiguration on the mountain was to make the apostles aware of the divine presence in the man with whom they walked and talked and to establish beyond all doubt in their minds that Jesus was the Son of God. It revealed to the disciples who their master really was and by giving them a taste of future glory, prepared them for the humiliation of the passion. When they first cast their lot to follow Jesus, little did Peter, James and John realise the price they would be asked to pay on the journey. Now they discovered that it would involve huge sacrifices. Christ was inviting them to crawl up the hill of Calvary and carve their names on the foot of the cross.

The transfiguration speaks of the gradual process of change that take place in our lives when, like the apostles, we accompany Christ on the road to Calvary. Lent affords an opportunity, through prayer and fasting, for putting the house of our soul in spiritual shape. It teaches us that the road to heaven is by the sweat of our brow through the daily chores of work and putting up with the frustrations and disappointments of family living. By rooting out prejudice, selfishness, and hatred we are better able to meet all people with love, understanding and compassion. Jesus does not change the world but he can transform our hearts if we let him. The transfiguration is about letting the glory of God shine through us so that others can catch a glimpse of that glory.

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.

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The Brothers

  • Brother Jarek (Guardian and Parish Priest)  
  • Brother Patrick (Vicar)
  • Brother Adrian
  • Brother Jim
  • Brother Jinson
  • Brother Andrzej Derdziuk OFM Cap.  [with us 17th December 2018 Ė June 2019]
  • 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.

              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!