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Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time
Sunday 23rd February 2020

Day of Special Prayer for The Unemployed

Leviticus 19:1-2.17; Psalm 102:1; Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48

One of the greatest challenges in Christ’s teaching is to love those who hate and harm us. The gospel reveals the ugly side of human nature and shows us up for what we are – people who are full of petty jealousies, hatreds and spites. A personal remark or a cutting word from a neighbour automatically sparks off a row and revenge is sought immediately. We trade insult for injury and end up out of sorts, nursing hatreds, harbouring grudges and not speaking.

Life is full of people with chips on their shoulders because they didn’t get the job, were not invited to a wedding or were omitted from a vote of thanks. They carry the scars for years, refusing to let wounds heal until scores are evened out. There is never any shortage of excuses for such behaviour.

Christ’s message is one of forgiveness, pardon and generosity urging us to love others irrespective of whether or not we are loved in return. This gospel points to the necessity of having a forgiving heart as a basic essential for loving our enemies. A good take-away thought this morning is – do we pray for those responsible for causing suffering, inflicting hardship and bringing unhappiness into our lives? When we offer pardon and show forgiveness we are rise to the level of Christ. The challenge is to decide whether hatred or love is the main motivating factor in our lives. Love of a neighbour is always the distinguishing mark of a christian.

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.

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
  • Fr Wiaczeslaw Barok from Belarus
  • 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!