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Events in June 2019

Pause For Hope Service: Sunday 16th June 2019

On Sunday 16 June at 3pm Bishop Mark will lead the third Pause for Hope service to be held in Saint Columba's church in Chester (Plas Newton Lane CH2 1SA).

Pause for Hope is an ecumenical service offering all those affected by cancer a chance to come together in a spirit of prayer. It is an opportunity to pray for those living with cancer, for loved ones, carers, doctors, nurses and those scientists searching for a cure for cancer.

The service is open to everyone and will include a reflection by Lynne Moorhead from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Following the time of prayer there will be refreshments in the parish centre.

MISSIO Summer Mass: Saturday 29th June 2019

There will be a MISSIO Summer Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies and Fr Tony Chantry MHM with talks by Mill Hill Missionaries and Missio’s APF (Association for the Propagation of the Faith) on Saturday 29th June at 12 Noon. Open to all and especially Red Box volunteers and supporters, the mass will be held at the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Woodchurch, CH49 5LE.

It's an opportunity to meet fellow volunteers, discuss fundraising activities and enjoy refreshments in the adjacent primary school.

Further information on the work of MISSIO is available on their website at

Events in July 2019

Monday Club: Monday 1st July 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.

Br Andrzej Derdziuk: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Br Andrzej Derdziuk OFM Cap who has been with us since 15th December and helped with the pastoral care is going back to Poland on 4th June. We thank him for all the goodness the Lord has made through him in our Parish and the friary and we wish him a save journey home and a happy service for the people the Lord is giving him to serve. Please keep him in your prayers.

Hospital Mass: Thursday 4th July 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 5th July 2019

On Friday 7th June 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 7th July 2019

This is the date of the May 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

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 25th July - 2nd August 2019

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Thursday 25th July to Friday 2nd August overland and Friday 26th July to Thursday 1st August by air. The 2019 brochure and booking form is now available and can be downloaded from:

Please note the new travel arrangements which have enabled prices to be reduced. Completed booking forms should be returned to: Diocesan Pilgrimage Office, St Alban's, 30 Mill Lane, Liscard, Wallasey, CH44 5UD.

Future Events in 2019

The Holy Land: 21st - 28th October 2019

The Holy Land - “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord” A journey through the Holy Land in this “Year for Mission” under the leadership of Bishop Mark Davies 21st - 28th October, 2019.

“I am very happy to introduce our fourth Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The title of our pilgrimage in 2019 will echo those words first heard by the Sea of Galilee, 'Follow me' (Mt. 4:19)." Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

Inclusive Holy Land Tour Cost - £1,695

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