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Events in December 2019

Advent: December 2019

Advent is a very special time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. We can read in the Catechism Of The Catholic Church no 524: When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: "He must increase, but I must decrease."

Catholic High School Carol Service: Wednesday 18th December 2019

The Catholic High School Parents’ Association are holding a Carol Service on Wednesday 18th December at 6:30pm at the Catholic High School. This will be followed by refreshments, a Christmas raffle and musical entertainment by the school City Jazz Orchestra & Singers. Free entrance, everybody is welcome.

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

                    Events in January 2020

                    Our Lady, Mother of God: Wednesday 1st January 2020

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

                    Hospital Mass: Thursday 2nd January 2020

                    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 3rd January 2020

                    On Friday 2nd January 2020 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 5th January 2020

                    This is the date of the September 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 6th January 2020

                    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 Required: Tuesday 14th January 2020

                    Are You A Catholic Teacher 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 area 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 14th January 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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