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Fourth Sunday of Easter - Day of Special Prayer Throughout the World for Vocations
Sunday 22nd April 2018

Acts 4:8-12; Ps 117; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

Generations of Christís followers have been comforted and consoled by the picture of Christ the Good Shepherd anxiously seeking out the lost sheep and carrying it home on his shoulder. The image provides inspiration as it expresses the type of care, compassion and guidance which Christ offers to all of us. It gives us a permanent assurance that each one of us is loved as if we were the only one. Jesus is telling us that knows us individually and thinks so much of us that he cannot let us out of his sight. The fact that we have a special place in his heart should instil hope in us and increase our confidence. Even when sin causes us to wander and stray, the Good Shepherd is there to come to our rescue. Today we are invited to examine how great and caring our love for our friends is. Caring for one another is shown by discreet acts of kindness, like writing a letter of sympathy, making a phone call, giving an understanding look or an unexpected gift Ė all of which say: íI am with you always.í Caring as a good shepherd is a hidden source of sensitive communication. It offers hope to a friend, to continue on the road of life with a tiny flame of confidence in his heart. In every age Jesus is calling men and women to care diligently for the intimate needs of their brothers and sisters. This is what a Good Shepherd really means.

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
  • 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.

              Easter 2018 Services at St Francis, Chester

              Maunday Thursday - 29th March

              • 11:00am - 12:00 Noon -  Confessions
              • 7:00pm -  Mass of The Lordís Supper and Watching at the Altar of Repose
              • 10:30pm -  Night Prayer
              • Good Friday - 30th March

                • 10:30am -  Stations of the Cross
                • 3:00pm -  Celebration of The Lordís Passion
                • 7:00pm -  Celebration of The Lordís Passion in Polish
                • Holy Saturday - 31st March

                  • 11:00am - 12:00 Noon -  Confessions
                  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -  Blessing of Food (Polish)
                  • 7:30pm -  Easter Vigil
                  • Easter Sunday - 1st April

                    • 8:00am -  Mass in English
                    • 9:45am -  Family Mass in English
                    • 12:00pm -  Family Mass in Polish
                    • 4:30pm -  Mass in Polish
                    • Easter Monday - 2nd April

                      • 10:00am -  Mass in Polish
                      • 12 Noon -  Mass in English

                      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!