Events in February 2018

Franciscans In Chester: St Francis' Church History Book Published

Our book 'Franciscans In Chester: St Francis' Church and Friary' by Peter Bamford and Bernard Beatty has been published here on our website www.stfrancischester.co.uk.

A Recovery of Mercy: Saturday 17th February 2018

A Recovery of Mercy: the radical experience of Grace through all our addictions is the theme for the next Day of Reflection for 'ACTS' ('Adult Catholics Together Spiritually') being held on Sat 17th February 2018. If you are aged between 18 - 35 please join us when we will be led by Damien Prescott, the Director of 'Olive Branch Recovery Communities'.

The day will start at 9.30pm at Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS and finish around 5pm. Payment by anonymous donation (suggested cost £20 & £15 for unemployed/student). If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it please contact Siobhan Cartwright at siobhanbc@gmail.com tel: 0161 477 2783/07761 138947. Wistaston Hall is accessible by public transport but please contact Siobhan to discuss the possibility of getting a lift if required.

Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity: 18th - 25th February 2018

The theme for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for 2018 is ‘That All May Be Free’. Materials may be obtained by clicking this link to the website www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer

The Churches Together in Cheshire service will be held on Sunday 21st January at Chester Cathedral when the preacher will be the Archbishop of York, the Rt Revd John Sentamu.

Youth Connect 5: Wednesday 28th February 2018

This popular 5 week course for parents is running again starting 28th February. Aimed at those looking after children over 8yrs, the course helps parents understand the stresses that young people face and gives practical tools for helping build emotional resilience. The sessions begin on 28th February at 7pm at St Werburgh's and St Columba's Primary School. There's more information on the website https://youthconnect5.org.uk/ or ring Claire on 07743 704383. The link to register for the course is also on this website.


Events in March 2018

Hospital Mass: Thursday 1st March 2018

At 12:15pm on the first Thursday of each month a Mass is celebrated in the Chapel of the Countess of Chester Hospital. This is for patients/outpatients, staff, families, friends and the wellbeing of our hospitals, including the Bowmere. All are welcome.

'Time For Jesus': Friday 2nd March 2018

On Friday 2nd March we continue the special celebration 'Time for Jesus' which started on Friday 7th November 2014. It will begin at 11.00 am with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation then at 12 Noon there will be Holy Eucharist followed by the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which will be held until 9.00 pm.

During this time there will be:

  • Midday Prayer of the Church after Mass;
  • Divine Mercy Prayer at 3.00pm followed by the Holy Rosary;
  • Mass in Polish at 6.30pm;
  • All the time there will be a Priest available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

At 9pm a group of parishioners will continue with prayer and readings in the small Chapel behind the main altar until 1am. All are welcome.

Rambling Group: Saturday 3rd March 2018

Having completed the Bishop Bennet Way, the Rambling Group is now staring its winter programme of walks on quiet country lanes, thereby keeping out of muddy fields. Distances are around 8 miles, so up to about 4 hours' walking. We aim to start and finish at or near a cafe so that we can warm up over a hot drink afterwards. Everyone is welcome to join us: for more details please contact Peter Bamford on 07870 543503.

Symposium on The Eucharist: 3rd - 4th March 2018

Symposium on The Eucharist – Saturday 3rd March 2018, St Ambrose College Hale Barns and Sunday 4th March 2018, Parish Room, Shrewsbury Cathedral.

As part of the diocese's preparations for the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool this September, the subject for the day is The Eucharist, Maelstrom of Love: Source and Centre of the Sacramental Life. This is the title of a study written by the speaker, Fr Oliver Treanor of the diocese of Down and Connor. Further information regarding Fr Treanor and the Symposium can be found on the diocesan website here: www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/catholic-faith/the-new-evangelisation/symposium.

'Secular Franciscans Group': Sunday 4th March 2018

The March meeting of the S.F.O. will be on Sunday 4th March at 2.15pm in the Friary. Please note all future meetings of the S.F.O. will now take place on the first Sunday of each month.

The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: To observe the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the centre of his life with God and people. (From the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order).

If you would like to know more, please contact the minister of the Chester fraternity; Mrs Kate Hughes OFS, 7 Lansdowne Grove, Chester, CH4 8LD, telephone 01244 683538. Or follow this link to the national Secular Franciscan website; The Secular Franciscan Order of GB

Monday Club: Monday 5th March 2018

The Monday Club are a group of retired/semi-retired parishioners who get together on the first Monday of each month at 2:00pm in the Hall. They arrange trips out for meals, visits to Garden Centres and other activities throughout the year. Anyone who would like to attend the meeting and take part in future activities of the Group would be very welcome to join them.


Events in April 2018

'Secular Franciscans Group': Sunday 1st April 2018

This is the date of the April meeting of the S.F.O. at 2.15pm in the Friary. Please note all future meetings of the S.F.O. will now take place on the first Sunday of each month.

The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: To observe the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the centre of his life with God and people. (From the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order).

If you would like to know more, please contact the minister of the Chester fraternity; Mrs Kate Hughes OFS, 7 Lansdowne Grove, Chester, CH4 8LD, telephone 01244 683538. Or follow this link to the national Secular Franciscan website; The Secular Franciscan Order of GB

Monday Club: Monday 2nd April 2018

The Monday Club are a group of retired/semi-retired parishioners who get together on the first Monday of each month at 2:00pm in the Hall. They arrange trips out for meals, visits to Garden Centres and other activities throughout the year. Anyone who would like to attend the meeting and take part in future activities of the Group would be very welcome to join them.

Hospital Mass: Thursday 5th April 2018

At 12:15pm on the first Thursday of each month a Mass is celebrated in the Chapel of the Countess of Chester Hospital. This is for patients/outpatients, staff, families, friends and the wellbeing of our hospitals, including the Bowmere. All are welcome.

'Time For Jesus': Friday 6th April 2018

On Friday 2nd March we continue the special celebration 'Time for Jesus' which started on Friday 7th November 2014. It will begin at 11.00 am with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation then at 12 Noon there will be Holy Eucharist followed by the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which will be held until 9.00 pm.

During this time there will be:

  • Midday Prayer of the Church after Mass;
  • Divine Mercy Prayer at 3.00pm followed by the Holy Rosary;
  • Mass in Polish at 6.30pm;
  • All the time there will be a Priest available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

At 9pm a group of parishioners will continue with prayer and readings in the small Chapel behind the main altar until 1am. All are welcome.


Future Events

Adoremus, The Eucharistic Congress: Liverpool, 7th – 9th September 2018

Adoremus, The Eucharistic Congress will take place in Liverpool on 7-9 September 2018. Cost details are given as £40 per person for attendance for a session taking place on Friday 7 September (intended for those involved in catechesis and formation) or for Saturday 8 September (ie £40 per day). This cost also includes “privileged places” to one of 2 solemn Masses at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool on Sunday 9 September. If you are interested to participate please talk with Br Jarek. Full details are available from the announcement page of the Catholic News website. www.catholicnews.org.uk

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