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The High Altar - St Francis Church

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 17th June 2018
Special Prayer For Day Of Life

Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 91; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34

God is at work in every age and in each of our lives. The seed of his word was first planted in our hearts at baptism. The mustard tree reminds us of an important truth of the Christian life: the seed of Godís life within us grows slowly and invisibly. We cannot rush the growth of seed in the earth and neither can we rush Godís growth in our hearts. There is nothing we can do to hurry it. Because our path to perfection seems so frustratingly slow we often lose heart. Many of us have the uneasy feeling that after years of struggling with Christian life, we are no nearer to God. There appears to be no mastering of our personal shortcomings. The same old sins keep recurring preventing our progress on the roadway to perfection. Patient endurance and unbounded hope are the virtues we need to develop. How easily we forget that God rewards our efforts, our ability to keep trying and not our excellence. We fail to realise that his grace can work through our human weaknesses and limitations and can accomplish what is beyond our dreams. We tend the seed of the Word of God that has been planted in our hearts by prayer and the sacraments, which dispose us to perform good works and acts of loving kindness. In this way we make ready the earth in which the seed of Godís word can blossom. There is no age at which we cannot grow in Godís grace.

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) - Visiting Poland 18th Ė 25th June 2018
  • 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!