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Twenty Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Sunday 15th September 2019

National Day of Prayer for Home Missions  

Exodus 32:17-11.13-14; Ps 50; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

Running through the bible is the consoling message of the forgiveness and mercy of God towards sinners. Christ preached the story of Prodigal Son to answer the bitter criticism of the Pharisees, who accused him of lowering moral standards by associating with public sinners, and spending too much time with the dregs of society. These high-minded people were scandalized by his indifference to bad company and they grumbled at him for eating with outcasts. In this classic passage on forgiveness the focus is on the Father, in order to tell us something about God. We are in a family relationship with God whose kindness is beyond words. He welcomes his wayward children home and treats them as if they had strayed.

In this story we feel the overpowering might of the mercy of God, who withholds no sign of affection for those who have walked a crooked path. This spirit of forgiveness must surely touch, console and give hope to sinners. Jesus wants us to know that, even after our most stupid mistakes and tragic sins, he will be looking to take us back with open arms and restore us to his love, because God is tireless in seeking out sinners. It is comforting to know that should we stray away a loving father joyfully awaits our return.

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
  • 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!