Events in December 2018

Adoremus Revisited: Saturday 8th December 2018

By popular demand, there will be two additional opportunities to revisit Bishop Robert Barron’s talks on the Mass. Open to everyone, all Catechists are invited to attend. In the West: St Anne’s, Rock Ferry. Saturday 8th Dec. Starts 09:15am; ends with 12:15 Mass. In the South: Shrewsbury Parish Hall. NB: Saturday 19th January 2019. Starts with 9:30am Mass; ends 12:30. For details and registration, please see:

NightFever: Friday 14th December 2018

Our third NightFever will be on Friday 14th December. We will start with a Mass at 18:30 at St Francis’ Church Chester. Immediately followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The night will conclude with Benediction at 21:30.

We would like to warmly invite all parishioners to come along for as long or as little time as they feel they can give. If anyone wishes to volunteer as a street minister or musician please contact Ant Hunt on 07714 160268.

Catholic High School Carol Service: Tuesday 18th December 2018

The Catholic High School Parents’ Association will be holding a Carol Service on Tuesday 18th of December at 6:30 pm at the Catholic High School, followed by refreshments, a Christmas raffle and musical entertainment by the School Jazz Band. Free entrance, everybody is welcome

St Francis Carol Service: Sunday 23rd December 2018

A Carol Service in our Parish will be held on Sunday the 23rd December at 2 pm in our parish hall, followed by tea, café and cakes. Please come and join us. Everybody is welcome.

Christmas Eve Mass Carol Service: Monday 24th December 2018

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

Christmas 2018 Services at St Francis, Chester

Fourth Sunday in Advent - Sunday 23rd December

  • 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
  • Christmas Eve - Monday 24th December

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

      • 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 - Wednesday 26th December

        • 10:30am -  Mass in Polish
        • 12 Noon -  Mass in English
        • Holy Family Sunday - 30th December

          • 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

          Events in January 2019

          Our Lady, Mother of God - Tuesday 1st January 2016

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

          Hospital Mass: Thursday 3rd January 2019

          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 4th January 2019

          On Friday 4th January we continue the special celebration 'Time for Jesus' which started on Friday 7th November 2014 and will be continued every first Friday of the month. 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.

          'Secular Franciscans Group': Sunday 6th January 2019

          This is the date of the January 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 7th January 2019

          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.

          Catholic Teachers Meeting: Tuesday 15th January 2019

          Are You A Catholic Teacher But Not Teaching In A Catholic School? Your Diocese Needs You!

          The Department for Education wants to recruit as many Catholic teachers to its schools as possible, and is aware that across the Diocese there are a number of Catholic teachers who are not currently or have never worked in a Catholic school. Sometimes making the transition back to Catholic education can be perceived as being difficult and therefore we would like to offer support to those teachers who are considering returning to the Catholic sector or would like more information on the appointment process in our schools.

          We are holding an informal session on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 7AQ from 6 – 7.30 pm. If you would like to attend or want further information about returning to Catholic education, please e-mail Sue Jenkinson on

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