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Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Sunday 21st July 2019

Genesis 18:1-10; Psalm 14; Colossians 1:24-28 – Luke 10:38-42

The gospel is telling us today that no matter how busy we are we should take time to sit quietly and find the Lord in our world of work and to be guided by him. It is easy to get our priorities wrong because all our working moments are busy ones with little time for sitting at the feet of Jesus, reflecting on our lives. The danger is that if we do not take time to listen to the word of God and to pray, we become slaves of our duties. We rush about and yet the important things can be forgotten and remain undone.

One of the great difficulties in life is that we neglect people because we do not have the time to sit down and listen to them. Our approach is often based on what we can do for others; how we can smother them in kindness, whereas, what they are really looking for is our company. All the everyday happenings of life are part of our religious lives and provide an opportunity for working out our salvation. The problem with us is that we are often so busy doing the work of the Lord in the good deeds which we perform for our neighbour that we forget the Lord of the work – who is the motivation for acts of christian charity. Mary chose the better part because she took time to listen and to give her undivided attention to Jesus, realising that time spent in the Lord’s company was more important than fussing around making him comfortable.

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) - away on holiday until 30th July
  • 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!