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Events in April 2019

Research Participants Needed

Image: Rochdale Unitarian Church  © Phillip Medhurst 2011

Adrianna Wyszynska is one of our parisioners and she updates the Polish page of our website on a weekly basis. She is currently undertaking a research project as part of her BSc Psychology degree at Glyndwr University in Wrexham and would like to invite you to take part in this study.

Participants are being requested who are aged 18 and over and practising Christians. Her research is trying to understand the relationship between people’s religiosity and their humility. In order to take part in this research you will be asked to complete an online survey by completing a series of multiple choice questions relating to religiosity and humility. The survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.

Further information about the study is available when you access the survey using the details below. The data collected will be anonymous and kept confidential in accordance to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

If anything is unclear, or you would like more information, please contact Adrianna via email: or her Dissertation Supervisor Dr Shubha Sreenivas on

Your participation in this study would be very welcome. To take part, please visit this web page:

ACTS Day of Reflection: Saturday 13th April 2019

The next 'Adult Catholics Together Spiritually' (ACTS) Day of Reflection is taking place on Saturday 13th April 2019 at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Open to all ages, the theme will focus on the 'Divinity of Christ'.

Fr Tom Cunnah will lead the day which starts with Mass at 9.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. The address is: 11 Belmont, Shrewsby SY1 1TE (the Cathedral is about a 10 minute walk from Shrewsbury train station). Payment by anonymous donation (suggested cost £10). Please contact Siobhan Cartwright for further details ( / tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761 138947).

Easter 2019 Services at St Francis, Chester

Maunday Thursday - 18th April

  • 11:00am - 12:00 Noon -  Confessions
  • 7:00pm -  Mass of The Lord’s Supper and Watching at the Altar of Repose
  • 10:30pm -  Night Prayer
  • Good Friday - 19th April

    • 10:30am -  Stations of the Cross
    • 3:00pm -  Celebration of The Lord’s Passion
    • 7:00pm -  Celebration of The Lord’s Passion in Polish
    • Holy Saturday - 20th April

      • 11:00am - 12:00 Noon -  Confessions
      • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -  Blessing of Food (Polish)
      • 7:30pm -  Easter Vigil
      • Easter Sunday - 21st April

        • 8:00am -  Mass in English
        • 9:45am -  Family Mass in English
        • 12:00pm -  Family Mass in Polish
        • 4:30pm -  Mass in Polish
        • Easter Monday - 22nd April

          • 10:00am -  Mass in Polish
          • 12 Noon -  Mass in English

          Cello & Organ Recital: Saturday 27th April 2019

          There will be a Cello & Organ Recital at St Francis Church on Saturday 27th April at 8.00pm.

          Urszula Krukowska-Byzdra will be playing the Cello & Simon Hughes the Organ. All welcome, no tickets are required. An optional collection will be held at the back of the Church after the Recital.

          Octave day of Easter: Sunday 28th April 2019

          Sunday, 28th April, is the Octave day of Easter, which is also the Feast of the Divine Mercy. We will have a special holy hour here at St Francis, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. All are welcome.

          Events in May 2019

          Hospital Mass: Thursday 2nd May 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 3rd May 2019

          On Friday 3rd May 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 May 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

          Monday Club: Monday 6th May 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.

          Lourdes Pilgrimage Group Leader Training: Saturday 11th May 2019 - Chester

          Mandatory training will be taking place this year for all Lourdes Pilgrimage Group Leaders. Group Leaders have been informed of the date on two occasions. As of yet a large number of Leaders have unfortunately failed to respond. Could you kindly share this information with your parish Lourdes Group Leaders to emphasise the fact that the training is mandatory. To provide some context, a series of concerning behaviours and events during recent pilgrimages has led to the diocese requiring attendance at this training. There is now a requirements that all groups must have 3 Group Leaders and all 3 of these must attend a training session. Failure to attend will result in refusal of groups engaging with our pilgrimage this year.
          • Saturday 11th May (St Columba’s, Chester) Start 10am – Finish TBC

          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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