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Solemnity Of All Saints
Sunday 1st November 2020

Apocalypse 7:2-4.9-14; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12

All Saint’s Day brings to mind the ordinary people down the ages who were friends of God. Few of them held important positions in life and their names do not spear on the church’s official role of honour. They are common folk from all walks of life who in their day tried to live the Christian life to the full. Like ourselves they experienced the trials of growing up, the tensions of living with others and all the normal difficulties and uncertainties of life. They had to cope with their own personal problems and weaknesses. However great their difficulties and faults, they accepted that God loved them and relied on the strength of that love more than anything else.

Today’s feast should give us fresh courage to continue taking up our cross daily and to follow Christ. It reminds us that holiness of life is not for the privileged few but what God expects of all of us. Holiness is about bringing the spirit of Christ into our lives. We are called to reflect something of the holiness of God himself. All Saint’s Day gives us a glimpse into our own glorious future, our eternal destiny which has to be worked out in love and service here on earth. As we honour the vast army of God’s friends, in the same breath we ask God’s favour, that where they are now, we too may be in the future. We pray that one day this will be our feast as well.

Public Worship Resumed From Saturday 4th July 2020

My Dear Parishioners

I am so happy to inform you that as from Saturday 4th July we are allowed to celebrate the Most Holy Eucharist in our Church with the participation of the faithful. The time for Masses will be the same as it was before the lock down:

Sunday Mass Times

  • Saturday 6:30pm - Vigil Mass
  • Sunday 8:00am
  • Sunday 9:45am - Family Mass
  • 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

There are some instructions from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales:

  • There will be no singing during the Mass and no Bidding Prayer
  • There will be no offertory procession
  • The collection baskets will be placed at the back of the Church
  • The Mass Books will not be available
  • We will be obliged to keep a safe distance so half of the benches will be not available for sitting but we will put out more chairs
  • If the number of people inside the church increases, then the two metre distance will be reduced to one metre plus according to the government guidelines
  • Please bring your own masks to cover your mouth and nose
  • Please bring your own antibacterial gel if you need to use one

God bless you with his Peace

Br Jaroslaw Konopko OFM Cap
Parish Priest

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.

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The Brothers

  • Brother Jarek (Guardian and Parish Priest) - away from 5th October till 10th November 2020
  • Brother Patrick (Vicar)
  • Brother Adrian
  • Brother Jim
  • Brother Jinson
  • Br Cezary Szczesniak - with us for a year from September 2020
  • Email

    • Telephone

      • 01244 351331
      • Postal Address

        • St Francis of Assisi RC Church
        • Grosvenor Street
        • Chester
        • Cheshire
        • CH1 2BN

        • Confession - The Sacrament of Reconciliation

          • 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.
          • Sacraments

            Baptism and Marriage Sacraments are available after consultation with the Parish Priest.

            Archbishops’ Letter on Resumption of Collective Worship

            Thursday, June 25th, 2020 @ 10:31 am

            A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England can be read at:

            Shrewsbury Cathedral Online Services

            Here is a link to the online masses and services:  Shrewsbury Cathedral Webcam

            Prayer for an Act of Spiritual Communion

            • My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament
            • I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul
            • Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart
            • As though you are already there, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you;
            • Never permit me to be separated from you, Amen.