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Prayer Intentions

During Ordinary Time we are asked to pray for these intentions:
A deeper understanding between Christians and others; Those who suffer persecution; Oppression and denial of Human Rights; Europe; Human Life; Seafarers.

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 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)    
Sunday 16th September    National Day of Prayer for Home Missions 2018  
    St. Cornelius  3rd Century
    St. Cyprian  3rd Century
Monday 17th September    St. Robert Bellarmine  c1542 – 1621
Wednesday 19th September    St. Theodore of Canterbury  c601
    St. Januarius  c4th Century
Thursday 20th September    Ss Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions   Martyred between 1839 – 1867
Friday 21st September    St. Matthew  Apostle
Saturday 22nd September    St. Pio of Pietrelcina  c1887 - 1968

Mass Intentions

Date                         Time            Intention                  
Friday 14th September12:00 noonVocations
Saturday 15th September12:00 noonArthur and Gill Wright - Sick
Vigil Mass6:30pmParishioners
Sunday 16th September8:00amS.F.O.
9:45amJohn Burrows RIP
12:00 noonPolish Mass - Intention of Donor
4:30pmPolish Mass - Intention of Donor
Monday 17th September12:00 noonAnn Finn
Tuesday 18th September12:00 noonPious Union
Wednesday 19th September12:00 noonMary and Patricia Pugh
Thursday 20th September12:00 noonBr. Patrick’s Intention
Friday 21st September12:00 noonAnne Devonshire RIP
Saturday 22nd September12:00 noonJane Radman RIP

Anniversaries This Week

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

DateNames
17.9Mary Elizabeth Ford (2017)
18.9Julie Briordy (1997)
19.9Ada Morton (2017)
20.9Dorothy Hughes (2003),   Brian James Humphreys (TBA),   Michael O’Sullivan (1998)
22.9Edward Lindop (1998),   Alma Victoria Hewitt (1997)

To view anniversaries for the whole year visit our Prayers Page

Collection

Type                       Amount
Collection:£ 539.61                                                           
Gift Aid:£ 405.50
Total:£ 945.11

Notice of Second Collections

DateSecond Collection                                
16th/17th September Home Mission Sunday

Kerala floods: SVP Appeal

As you’ve probably seen in the media, terrible floods have been taking place in Kerala in southern India. Hundreds of people have been killed and many more are missing; countless homes have been washed away, and the monsoon season is set to continue until early September. Kerala is the most Christian state in India – it has more churches than any other region. The leading Catholic volunteering charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and they are doing great work helping the victims of the flood in local communities. However, they desperately need funds. Please contribute to the SVP’s Kerala appeal.

To donate visit www.svp.org.uk, telephone 020 7703 3030 or send cheques made out to SVP (write ‘Kerala appeal’ on the back) to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB. And please remember our sisters and brothers in Kerala in your prayers.

Gift Aid Scheme

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, 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, Christina North, Emma Noble, Marie Charlesworth, Veronica Comerford, Julia Milan and Eleanor Milan.

Receiving Holy Communion Practical Instruction:

For all of you who decided to receive Holy Communion on the tongue and while kneeling please come forward and take your place on the kneelers straight after the priest have received The Body and Blood of Christ. The priest will come to you with the Body of Christ.

For all of you who decided to receive Holy Communion in the hand please come forward as it was in procession after the priest finished distribution at the kneelers.

Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff: Communion Received on the Tongue and While Kneeling

From the time of the Fathers of the Church, a tendency was born and consolidated whereby distribution of Holy Communion in the hand became more and more restricted in favour of distributing Holy Communion on the tongue. The motivation for this practice is two-fold: a) first, to avoid, as much as possible, the dropping of Eucharistic particles; b) second, to increase among the faithful devotion to the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

There is the leaflet at the back of the church with more information and explanation on this subject. Please take and read it.

A copy of the leaflet is now available by clicking this link;

'Communion received on the tongue and while kneeling'

Redemptionis Sacramentum states: “it is not licit to deny Holy Communion to any of Christ’s faithful solely on the grounds, for example, that the person wishes to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing” (91). Although Mgr. Guido Marini, the Papal MC, has said that the Holy Father’s preference for communicants to receive Holy Communion on the tongue whilst kneeling better sheds light on the truth of the Real Presence in the Eucharist, he did so “without taking anything away from the other”, i.e. from standing to receive Holy Communion on the hand, where this is permitted (see the L’Osservatore Romano, 26 June, 2008).

GIRM 161. Permission for Communion in the hand for England and Wales was given 6 March 1976. Redemptionis Sacramentum reads: “Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the Sacred Host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful”

This Norm together with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal also provide choices which each recipient is at liberty to make: to receive the Sacred Host in the hand or on the tongue, either standing or kneeling.

Practical Instruction: For all of you who decided to receive Holy Communion on the tongue and while kneeling please come forward and take your place on the kneelers straight after the priest have received The Body and Blood of Christ. The priest will come to you with the Body of Christ.

For all of you who decided to receive Holy Communion in the hand please come forward as it was in procession after the priest finished distribution at the knee.

General Chapter

Please pray for our Capuchin Brothers gathered in Rome for the General Chapter so that they may be obedient to the Holy Spirit and make the right elections of the General Minister and his Councillors according with God’s will.

Adoremus, The Eucharistic Congress: Liverpool, 7th – 9th September 2018

Adoremus, The Eucharistic Congress took place in Liverpool on 7th - 9th September 2018.

Our gratitude to all of you who supported Adoremus with your time, enthusiasm, presence and especially your prayers. About 10,000 Catholics were in Liverpool last weekend for three inspirational days which deepenedour understanding and relationship with the Eucharist and culminated in the Blessed Sacrament procession on Sunday. A very special thank you to all those who came into Liverpool for the procession and braved the downpours– the rain only seemed to enhance theatmosphere and singing! Adoremus is still available for all to experience with video keynotes and highlights at https://www.shalomworldtv.org/videos/index/2590 and sound files along with downloadable copies of the talks at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage

Our thanks to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for their vision and organisation of this historic event. Do contactFr Pat Munroe or Helen Jones should you need further information or have any comments regarding Adoremus: pat.munroe@btinternet.com or helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org .

During the Congress a varied Parallel Programme of events in and around Liverpool open to everyone took place. For full details of the Parallel Programme follow the Adoremus link at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Those who were unable to attend the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool 7th - 9th September were warmly invited to join us in a day of prayer before the blessed sacrament on Saturday 8th September 2018

Prayerful guidance was offered at 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm (each with a different reflection) and end with Mass of the Sunday at 6pm at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Jubilee Road, Buckley, CH7 2AF.

Further details are available from the announcement page of the Catholic News website. www.catholicnews.org.uk

Foundation Governors

The Diocese has a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within your local area, particularly people with financial experience. If you would be interested in joining a Governing Body then please contact Sue Blackwell at the Curial Offices sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

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 2017, 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 Hunta@christofidelis.org.uk for more information, the consent form and so we can get refreshment numbers.

Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team

Dave Burke from the Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team introduced the work of the team at our Sunday masses on Sunday 8th April 2018. He explained their vision to encourage, empower and equip the young people, and youth leaders of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

They continually plan an exciting calendar of events, from regional evenings of music and games, to larger national events like Lourdes, Flame and World Youth Day. This is as well as providing on the ground support of Confirmation Retreat Days, Youth Leaders Training Courses, workshops and training within Schools and much much more!

All the information about the team can be found on their website. www.symt.org.uk

Details of their Lifeteen Summer Camp UK #LTCAMPUK have been posted on our news and events pages. Their website has also been included in our useful links.

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; stfrancis.chester@gmail.com 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

Diocesan Vacancies

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