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Third Sunday Of Advent
Sunday 15th December 2019

Isaiah 35:1-6.10; Psalm 145; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. Once more we can ask ourselves how we used the time which Jesus gave us. Were we really anxious to find him in our daily lives? Did we give him more time to find us? Anxious to find out if Christ was the promised one for whom he had prepared the people by his preaching, John the Baptist sent his messengers to Jesus with the urgent question: ‘Are you the one that is to come or are we to await someone else?’ The reply given by Jesus indicated that his ministry was one of healing and life-giving. John would not be slow to draw the conclusion from such an answer that Jesus was indeed the long awaited Messiah.

Today’s gospel poses the problem of our acceptance or rejection of the person of Jesus. The question voiced by John the Baptist has relevance in every age and is of importance to us, because the basic requirement for entry into the kingdom of God depends on our welcoming Jesus and placing no obstacles to his working in our lives. Advent is an opportune time to assess what impact or influence ha has on our behavior by turning over in our minds and hearts the values that are reflected in our actions. Christ had time for failure, for the wounded heart and the bruised soul and we shape his kingdom by bringing his compassion wherever it is needed. Very often he comes to us in the flesh and blood of people whose sins are so obvious and who are thirsting for the healing contained in a word of comfort and encouragement. What matters is that we are always ready to greet him.

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)
  • 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

          Christmas 2019 Services at St Francis, Chester

          St Francis Carol Service: Sunday 22nd December 2019

          A Carol Service in our Parish will be held on Sunday the 22nd December at 2.00pm in our parish hall, followed by tea, coffee and cakes. Please come and join us. Everybody is welcome.

          Fourth Sunday in Advent: Sunday 22nd December 2019

          • 6:30pm (Saturday) -  Mass in English
          • 8:00am -  Mass in English
          • 9:45am -  Family Mass in English
          • 12:00pm -  Family Mass in Polish
          • 2:00pm -  St Francis Carol Service
          • 4:30pm -  Mass in Polish
          • Monday 23rd December 2019

            • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
            • Christmas Eve Masses and Carol Service: Tuesday 24th December 2019

              Everyone is invited to our Church Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm, followed by the Night Mass of Christmas at 8.00pm.

              • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
              • 7:30pm -  Carol Service
              • 8:00pm -  Night Mass of Christmas
              • 12 Midnight -  Night Mass of Christmas in Polish
              • Christmas Day: Wednesday 25th December 2019

                • 8:00am -  Dawn Mass of Christmas
                • 9:45am -  Day Mass of Christmas
                • 12 Noon -  Mass of Christmas in Polish
                • 4.30pm -  Mass of Christmas in Polish
                • St Stephen's Day: Thursday 26th December 2019

                  • 10:30am -  Mass in Polish
                  • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
                  • Friday 27th December 2019

                    • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
                    • Saturday 28th December 2019

                      • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
                      • 6:30pm -  Mass in English
                      • Holy Family Sunday: 29th December 2019

                        • 6:30pm (Saturday) -  Mass in English
                        • 8:00am -  Mass in English
                        • 9:45am -  Family Mass in English
                        • 12:00pm -  Family Mass in Polish
                        • 4:30pm -  Mass in Polish
                        • St Francis Carol Concert: Sunday 29th December 2019

                          We will have a Carol Concert on Sunday 29th December at 6.30pm. Malgorzata Hutek & Karol Makowski will perform their repertoire (Carols of their own lyrics and music) and will sing the traditional Polish and English Carols. There will be collection after concert to cover the costs of their arrival.
                          Everybody is very welcome.

                          Monday 30th December 2019

                          • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
                          • Tuesday 31st December 2019

                            • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
                            • Our Lady, Mother of God: Wednesday 1st January 2020

                              • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
                              • 4:30pm -  Mass in Polish

                              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!