Prayer Intentions

During Lent we are asked to pray for these intentions: Candidates for the Sacraments; Women; The Needy and Hungry of the World; Penitents and Wanderers.

Lent 2018

Stations of the Cross – every Friday after 12.00 noon Mass in English and 7pm in Polish,
through all of Lent.

The Lenten Alms Church Box is at the back of the Church.

Easter 2018 Services at St Francis, Chester

Maunday Thursday - 29th March

  • 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 - 30th March

    • 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 - 31st March

      • 11:00am - 12:00 Noon -  Confessions
      • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -  Blessing of Food (Polish)
      • 7:30pm -  Easter Vigil
      • Easter Sunday - 1st 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 - 2nd April

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

          Holy Days Of Obligation

          Click on this link to the Liturgy Office for further information and a list of Liturgical Dates.

          Date                                         Holy Day (click on the name to find out further information) Weekday Mass Times - 12 Noon in English and 7.00pm in Polish
          Thursday 10th MayAscension
          Friday 29th JuneSt Peter & St Paul
          Wednesday 15th AugustAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
          Thursday 1st NovemberAll Saints
          Wednesday 25th DecemberChristmas, the Nativity of Our Lord

          Feast Days This Week

          DateFeast Day (click on the name to find out further information)    
          Saturday 17th MarchSt. Patrick, B.  Patron Of Ireland
          Sunday 18th MarchSt. Cyril Of Jerusalem, B.D.  
          Tuesday 20th MarchSt. Joseph  Husband Of The Blessed Virgin Mary
          Friday 23rd MarchSt. Toribio de Mogrovejo  

          Mass Intentions

          Date                                     Time            Intention                  
          Friday 16th March12:00 noonEileen Morgan RIP
          Saturday 17th March12:00 noonBr. Patrick’s Intention
          Vigil Mass6:30pmPrzemyslaw Taras & Family Intention
          Sunday 18th March8:00amParishioners
          9:45amEllen, Patrick and Michael Farrell RIP
          12:00 noonPolish Mass - Intention of Donor
          4:30pmPolish Mass - Intention of Donor
          Monday 19th March12:00 noonGeraldine Vitelli RIP
          Tuesday 20th March12:00 noonAlice & William Rafferty RIP – Wedding Anniversary
          Wednesday 21st March12:00 noonDelores Carmona Leal
          Thursday 22nd March12:00 noonFr Joe Carney
          Friday 23rd March12:00 noonVocations
          Saturday 24th March12:00 noonBridie Kelly RIP

          Anniversaries This Week

          Prayers are requested for those whose anniversaries occur this month   ✟  Requiescat in Pace  ✟

          16.3Annie Johnson (2003),   Peggy Holmes (2001),    Stephen Nash (2000)
          18.3Anne Martin (2010),   Kenneth Ryan (2005)
          19.3Aloysius Conroy (2009),   Sidney Tulloch (2001)
          20.3Olive Iden (2002),   Geoffrey Long (2002),    Martin Desmond (2002)
          22.3John Jones (2002),   Annie Madeline Finney (1998)
          23.3Muriel Vickers (2016),   Jean Margaret Noon (2010),   Lillian Hopkins (2001)
          24.3Marjorie Bicker (TBA)

          To view anniversaries for the whole year visit our Prayers Page


          Type                       Amount
          Collection:£ 587.46                                                           
          Gift Aid:£ 332.38
          Total:£ 919.84

          Notice of Second Collections

          DateSecond Collection                                
          30th MarchGood Friday Collection for Holy Places

          Gift Aid Scheme

          Gift aid envelopes 2018/19 - Gift Aid Scheme boxes of envelopes are ready to collect at the back of the church. Please would you collect your box after Mass. Be sure to let us know if your circumstances change and you are no longer a taxpayer.

          Joining the scheme - for those people not taking part in the gift aid scheme, or those regularly completing white envelopes each week, if you would like to participate and obtain a box of weekly envelopes then please see Fr Jarek after Mass. Please note you need to be taxpayers to join. For every £1 donated by a taxpayer the parish can claim 25p from HM Revenue & Customs. Tax status - please note that if you are currently part of the scheme and no longer pay tax would you please let Fr Jarek know, otherwise it will be assumed that you have paid sufficient income tax for the parish to claim the tax on your donations.

          Sick Parishioners

          Please let us remember our sick parishioners in our prayers:

          Angela Crowe, Pauline Rowlands, Terry Halpin, Arthur Wright, Anne Daly, Kath Heffeman, Barbara Edwards, Kevin Roberts, Margaret Davis, Hilary Linty, Patrick Hannah, Elle Mae Dunne, Elaine Bruce, George Jones, Colin Williams, Christopher Browne, Gill Wright, and Christina North.

          Funeral Masses In Our Church

          Funeral Mass for the Late Gertrude Wright: Thursday 22nd March 2018

          The funeral Mass for the late Gertrude Wright will take place in our Church on 22nd March at 12 noon. Please keep her family in your prayers.

          Eternal Rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in Peace.  Amen.

          Franciscans In Chester: St Francis' Church and Friary Photographs Wanted

          They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words. We are currently looking for any photographs of St Francis Church and St Francis Roman Catholic school in Cuppin Street, 'the Sisters' (ie the Faithful Companions of Jesus from Dee House) or other teachers and pupils at the school. Any photographs used will be credited, scanned and made available on-line as part of the history of St Francis School and Church. Please pass any photographs in and envelope with your name, address and a contact number to one of the Brothers. We will simply scan which photographs we wish to use and pass them back to you.

          The book can be found by clicking on a new tab on the top menu called 'History'. It was originally published in 2000 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the consecration of St Francis’s church in Chester and the 125th anniversary of its opening.

          A guided tour of the church was published on our website last year and the full book has now been digitally published over the last twelve months setting out the Catholic and Franciscan history which gave rise to the church, friary and parish.

          The book has been brought completely up-to-date with new pictures and topics in this digital edition. Be sure to have a look at our 'History' page and discover the origins of our beautiful Church.

          The Journey in Faith Group (RCIA)

          The Journey in Faith Group (RCIA) meet each Wednesday at 6:45pm in the Church. This group is meant, not only for those interested in becoming Catholics, but also for practising Catholics who would like to deepen their faith.

          Thursday Prayer Group

          We are so grateful to God that for over a year now we have been meeting weekly to pray, to reflect and to share. We pray for our parish and our country in the sacramental presence of our Lord. We reflect on inspired readings and most of all on God’s Word. We share our thoughts and life experiences as Christian brothers and sisters. You are more than welcome to join in weekly, or biweekly or just once in a while when you can make it on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. in the choir of the friary. Entrance is through the green friary door.

          If you have questions call deacon Peter on 07497 752272. See you there!

          The Rosary: 11:30am Monday - Friday

          The custom of praying the Rosary as a family is strongly encouraged, even if it is just to say one decade. In our Parish, the rosary is recited at 11:30am, Monday to Thursday, and all are welcome to join in.

          Eucharistic Adoration at St Francis Church

          Every Friday from 11.00 am – 12 noon and after Mass until 3.00 pm
          Also Saturday from 11.00 am – 12 noon

          Divine Mercy Prayer Group

          Our Divine Mercy Prayer Group is held every Wednesday 3:00pm in the Church.

          Youth Group for 10 - 14 Year Olds

          Our new St. Columba's and St. Theresa's youth group, began meeting on Monday 9th October, from 7.15 to 9pm. The group will meet on the second Monday of each month in the Iona Chapel, at the back of St. Columba's church, then move over to the church hall. Each session will have a relevant theme, lots of faith based activities, games and fun, ending with prayers. If your child would like to join please email Anthony Hunt on for more information, the consent form and so we can get refreshment numbers.

          St Francis Rambling Group

          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.

          Virtual Church Tour

          Our virtual Church tour is now live and accessible via the 'TOUR' tab on the far right of the menu bar or by clicking 'Tour' on the Latest News item. Please have a look and let the other people know how interesting and informative it is. We found it fascinating and learnt so much about St Francis Church and it's history. Alan, Peter and Bernard have done a great job with the tour. We are sure that people all over the world would enjoy a virtual tour of our beautiful Church.

          Prayers Web Page

          We have set up a very special web page on our internet site which records all the anniversaries of family and friends who have died in the Parish. Throughout 2016 we will be updating this page adding dates of death and special epitaphs.

          The page says the following; 'Prayers are requested for those whose anniversaries occur this month. May they Rest In Peace.' Due to the size of the list and the work involved in updating the list, names will be added to the web page each month during 2015 as the year progresses. It is also possible to include the date of death and a short personalised epitaph for your loved ones which will be displayed next to their name. To add relatives, dates or a personalised epitaph to the anniversary list please email to information to; We will try to update your information as soon as possible but please allow up to 28 days for the website to be updated.

          See  Prayers Web Page

          The Order Of Mass: Printable Leaflets

          We have included an on-line link to the printable 'Order Of Mass' leaflets from the Liturgy Office website which we will leave on our website as a 'Useful Link'.

          Here is a direct link to the web page The Order of Mass Printable Leaflets

          Job and Diocesan Vacancies

          Caritas Shrewsbury is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to be their Volunteer Co‑ordinator. The post is for 28 hrs per week and will you will be expected to travel extensively across the Diocese.

          For more information and an application pack please contact Claire Griffiths Tel 0151 652 1281; email  Application packs can also be downloaded from our website Closing date for applications is the 4th April 2018.

          When available, job vacancies are also advertised on the Diocese of Shrewsbury website here.

          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.