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First Saturday Devotion

Join us for First Saturday Devotion to The Immaculate Heart Of Mary. Prayers will be led by members of The St Francis Prayer Group. Part of The Holy Rosary will be said in different languages. Anyone who would like to lead a decade of the Holy Rosary is welcome to come forward.


Prayer For Peace

O Prince of peace, one more we hear the guns of war. Once again we see the faces of frightened children. We pray for the people of Ukraine, that they may be granted peace. We pray for the people of Russia, that they may demand peace. We pray for our country, that we may be a positive part of peace-making in the world.

O Prince of peace, lead us from this dark time to a deeper understanding of the global family, so that all may break bread together in the secure embrace of peace. Amen.


Repository Items Wanted

St Francis' Church would appreciate any donated items such as statues, framed holy pictures, bibles or missals.

We will display them in our repository requesting a donation for the benefit of the Church.


Caritas Newsletter

The word Caritas comes from Latin, and means love and compassion. Inspired by Catholic faith, Caritas is the helping hand of the Church – reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love. Today they serve in 18 countries, working through 67 partnerships in communities to bring hope, support and compassion to the world's most vulnerable people.

Their newsletter is available to view and download by clicking on this link Caritas Newsletter

The Diocese of Shrewsbury Caritas website is available by clicking here.


Anniversaries

Prayers are requested for those whose anniversaries occur this month   ✟  Requiescat in Pace  ✟
To view anniversaries for the whole year visit our Prayers Page


Sick Parishioners

Please let us remember our sick parishioners in our prayers:

Terry Halpin, Kath Heffeman, Barbara Edwards, Kevin Roberts, Margaret Davis, Hilary Linty, Patrick Hannah, Elle Mae Dunne, Elaine Bruce, Christopher Browne, Gill Wright, Emma Noble, Eleanor Milan, Colette Lazenby, Rita James, Maria Owen, Janka Whitlock and Rose Kane.


Holy Days Of Obligation 2022

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
Wednesday 29th JuneSt Peter & St Paul
Monday 15th AugustAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday 1st NovemberAll Saints
Thursday 8th DecemberFeast of the Immaculate Conception
Sunday 25th DecemberChristmas, the Nativity of Our Lord


Feast Days

The 'Feast Days' page has been added to the main menubar. There is now a direct link to the Wiki page for each feast day. Just click the name to open up the information in a new tab.
To view feast days for the whole year visit our Feast Days


Prayer Intentions During Ordinary Time

During Ordinary Time (Summer up to September) we are asked to pray for these intentions : A deeper understanding between Christians and Jews, Those who suffer Persecution, Oppression and Denial of Human Rights, Europe, Human Life and Seafarers.


Mobility Scooter for Sale

A parishioner has a mobility scooter for sale. Bought for a family member who didn’t use it very much. If anyone is interested please contact James direct on 07399654431 for further details. Thank you.


Vocations to the Permanent Diaconate in Shrewsbury Diocese

Are you thinking about becoming a permanent deacon or do you know someone who might be thinking about a vocation to the diaconate?

The Church is the pilgrim people of God and the programme of diaconal formation should itself be seen as a journey in faith. ‘The history of …every Christian vocation is the history of an inexplicable dialogue between God and human beings, between the love of God who calls and the freedom of individuals who respond lovingly to him.’ (Pope John Paul II, Pastores dabo vobis 36)

The diaconate formation team is holding a time of reflection for men who are thinking about the call to the ministry of service on Sunday 26th June 2022 at St Anne’s Church, Nantwich at 2pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, to reflect and to pray for vocations to the permanent diaconate.

For more information please contact:
Deacon John Penny Tel: 07973375422 Email: johncpenny@gmail.com or
Deacon David Hill Tel:07407407606 David2007hill@hotmail.co.uk


Diocesan Vacancies

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School - Various

Vacancies have arisen at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Poynton for Teacher (part time), Teaching Assistants, School Office Administrative Assistant and a Caretaker.
Further details can be found on the Diocese website;
http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/vacancies/education-department-vacancies


CAFOD Is Combining Efforts With The DEC To Launch The Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) is combining efforts with the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) to launch the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal.

In Afghanistan, 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict, and COVID. CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel.

During Advent, when we open ourselves to the needs of others, let’s do all that we can to save lives. Please donate to this worthy cause and pray for the people of Afghanistan.

You can donate on the CAFOD website and read the full story by clicking on this link.


St Francis' Repository

Our repository is open and you will find a new range of gift ideas and cards. All purchases go towards the upkeep of the Church and helping our Parish community.

There is a wonderful selection of beautiful gifts, crucifixes, fonts cards, prayer cards, pictures, candles, rosary beads, missionary rosaries and ornaments for sale at very reasonable prices. Additional photos on our 'Gallery' page.

Why not come along and have a look and buy someone special a present!


Lourdes Overland by Jumbulance: Thursday 14th - Saturday 23rd July 2022

Chester Across Group is off to Lourdes again from Thursday 14th - Saturday 23rd July 2022. Travel is overland by Jumbulance, literally a Jumbo-Ambulance.

For further information, visit www.across.org.uk or Facebook Liverpool & Chester Across or contact Tony Murphy 07881 656974 or email tonymurphyefc2002@yahoo.co.uk


Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes:
By Air: Friday 29th July - Thursday 4th August 2022
Overland: Thursday 28th July - Friday 5th August 2022

Image by dodo71

Now that all Covid restrictions have been eased, it is wonderful that once again we can return to Lourdes. Our Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 29 July - 4 August by air and 28 July - 5 August overland.

Prices start from as little as £440 which includes travel, full board accommodation and full pilgrimage programme.

Further details and booking forms are available to download from the Pilgrimage Website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from the Pilgrimage Office, Curial Offices, 2 Park Rd South, Prenton, Wirral, CH43 4UX.

Over the last two weeks £438 has been raised by the Polish parishioners which is fantastic. Sincere thanks from Tony Murphy to all who contributed to the Jumbulance Trip.

Tony has said that the party will pray for all benefactors at the Grotto in Lourdes. His contact details are as below and in our newsletter for any further enquiries.

For all enquiries, please contact Tony Murphy - 07881 656974, email tonymurphyefc2002@yahoo.co.uk or visit - www.across.org.uk


Relics of St Bernadette of Lourdes to visit the Diocese of Shrewsbury - Autumn 2022

St Bernadette of Lordes

The relics of St Bernadette will visit the Diocese of Shrewsbury next year as part of a national tour of Britain.

A section of bone from her thigh is to be taken to the major cathedrals and churches of the dioceses of England, Scotland and Wales in Autumn 2022.

It will give British Catholics the chance to make a personal pilgrimage to the French saint, to venerate her and to pray for her intercession.

The Rt Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, said: “I look forward to welcoming the relics of St Bernadette of Lourdes to this Shrewsbury Diocese. Many pilgrims have journeyed to Lourdes over the years to pray alongside St Bernadette – and now it seems Lourdes is coming to us by the visit of the relics. May the example and prayers of St Bernadette lead us in 2022 to renewed faith and love for the Holy Eucharist.”

Her feast day 16th April 2022 has been added to our Feast Days page. The full article and details of St Bernadette's life are available on the Diosese of Shrewsbury website by clicking on this link.


Sacristans Wanted

St. Francis Church are looking for Sacristans, men or women, who can arrange and serve at Holy Mass either daily or days to be arranged. Please speak with Br Jinson for further details.


Singers Wanted for Sunday 9:45am Mass Choir

Anyone who loves singing and would like to join the new Sunday 9:45am Mass Choir, please see Peter Cooke after the 9:45am Sunday mass.


Covid Guidelines

Following the statement from the Government that Coronavirus restrictions have been abolished in churches after nearly two years, Canon Christopher Thomas, general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has said the time had come for people to live with the virus (link to Diocese Of Shrewsbury article available here).

I humbly request all those who come to St. Francis Church respect the following guidelines;

  • We encourage the use of face masks
  • We encourage the use of the provided sanitiser for your hands
  • Respect social distance wherever possible
  • The Parish Mass Books can now be used
  • However, please note that these recommendations are no longer mandatory. As always, many thanks to our stewards. Help yourself and others to be safe.

    Br Jinson
    14th February 2022


    Chester Pastoral Forum

    After the initial meeting of the ‘Chester Pastoral Forum’ which took place on 22nd October 2018 we have decided to improve the communication between the Catholic Parishes in Chester. From this week onward on our parish noticeboard next to our parish newsletter we will put the newsletters from all other parishes, so every our parishioner would be able to see what is going on in Catholic Parishes in Chester. On our website we have added links to the Chester Church websites below.

    Links to Chester Catholic Church Websites

    • St Clare's Catholic Church, Downsfield Road, Chester, CH4 8HH
    • St Werburgh's Catholic Church, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, CH1 1QJ
    • St Columba's Catholic Church, Plas Newton Lane, Chester, CH2 1SA
    • St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 128 Blacon Avenue, Blacon, Chester, CH1 5BU

    • 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.


      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