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The High Altar - St Francis Church

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 21st October 2018

Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 32; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:34-45

Society, at any age, can never get away from the problems posed by status and rank. It was no different in the time of Jesus even among the Apostles. This time James and John are requesting favoured treatment from Jesus. With an eye to the future they were aiming at being part of Christís inner circle, sitting beside him at his right and left hand in glory. After calming the indignation of the other apostles created by Jamesí an Johnís naked bid for promotion over their heads, Jesus clearly spells out a new standard of greatness and status, stating that success in his kingdom is not measured by worldly standards. There is no place in his community for ambitious power hungry men who are motivated solely by self-interest.

Jesus wants his followers to think in terms of service rather than of authority. In any community he wants those who have authority to be seen at the service of those under their guidance. Christ lived what he preached. His whole life set the example of such service. He calls his followers to share in spreading his gospel by giving themselves completely to his way of life. We serve God best by helping one another. We are all involved in the exercise of authority in some shape or form. In leading the way we should be the first to obey the laws that we lay down. Authority is not for the controlling of people but for proper guidance of the community. The standard of greatness in Godís kingdom is the standard of the cross, overcoming of ones selfishness. That is why we must never lose sight of the character of service.

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.

              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!