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Easter 2021

During Easter we are asked to pray for these Intentions: New Members of the Church; Vocations; The Right use of the Media; The Church; Human Work.

The community of Friars at St. Francis of Assisi, Chester would like to thank all parishioners who attended the Holy Week liturgies and a special word of appreciation to all who helped in whatever way towards their dignified celebration: Volunteer organisers assisting with information collecting and social distancing, all the church cleaners, decorators, flower arrangers, sacristy helpers, readers, special ministers, collectors, musicians and singers, and anyone else we may have overlooked.

God bless and reward all of you for your generous sharing of your time and your talents over the Easter period.

God bless,

Br. Jinson,
New Administrator

Cafod Family Fast Day

Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. We featured Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast support.

Further information is available on the CAFOD website.

Our New Facebook Page

Here is the link to our new official parish website on Facebook called 'Capuchin Friars in Chester'. Br Czarek is the administrator. If you have a Facebook account click on the link below to follow and like the page. There will be items published in both, Polish and English.

www.facebook.com/capuchinsinchester/

Here is a wonderful video from our Facebook page called 'Christ is risen!/Chrystus Zmartwychwstal!'

Our Young Adults Programme - The Living Room

Our Young Adults Programme is back with a new look...The Living Room a place to gather, grow and journey together in faith.

We are re-introducing our programme for young adults with a new look but with the same friendship, fun and faith we have been enjoying since January. The Living Room is a space for young adults to gather, grow and journey together in faith and friendship. We are inviting young adults (10+) to join us on the last Thursday of each month from 7pm. We'll have discussions, questions, time to chat and just be together.

Most importantly there will be space to connect with God in the midst of our busy lives.

If you fall into this age group, or know someone who does, please get in touch with us for details. The group currently meets virtually via Zoom but we hope that when circumstances allow, we will be able to meet in person! The dates are 29th April, 27th May, 24th June, 29th July and 26th August (you don't have to commit to all the dates, come for one or come for all!)
Email: youth@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

The Logos & Literature: Elaborating the Divine

A series of online evening talks exploring some of the great themes of Catholic Christianity in writing old and new, with Catholic scholars and contemporary authors. Every second Thursday at 7:30pm from 29th April to the 8th July. For info and registration click on the following link www.christianheritagecentre.com/events/logos-and-literature

'Rally Rosary' to pray for the ending of the Corona Virus Pandemic

We, and other Parishes in the North West, have been asked by the Parish of St. Mary’s Warrington to join with them to be part of their 'Rally Rosary' to pray for the ending of the Corona Virus Pandemic. This is taking place on Saturday 15th May at 1.15pm and will consist of 15 Decades of the Rosary followed by the Mysteries of Light. In order for our Parish to be part of this special event the Church will remain open following the 12 noon Mass on May 15th with the Rosary commencing at 1.15 pm.

Job Vacancy - Administrator

Inter-Diocesan Fuel Management Limited is a Catholic organisation currently recruiting an Administrator. The Company purchases gas, electricity, fuel oil and biomass for the majority of Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales. The role is working with others in the department processing invoices, collecting data and general administration duties.

This is a full-time post: 35 hours Monday to Friday based at the Curial Office, Birkenhead, Wirral. Salary: £16K -19K dependant on experience. Closing date 28 May 2021.
Please send CV to Pauline McCulloch recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org
For further details please visit the website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies

New Priest At St Francis

We have a new priest joining our community, Br Mathew. He is originally from India. He has been serving in the Edinburgh diocese since 2014. In January he went back to India. At our request he came back for few months to serve at St. Francis. The provinces will decide how long he is able to stay with us.

Br Mathew has been isolating for 10 days now and will be free for service the weekend of 27-28th February. Please join with us in welcoming him to St Francis and keep him in your prayers.

Covid Regulations and Restrictions

The Brothers would like to thank everyone for following the Covid regulations and restrictions. Special thanks to the stewards for helping people to understand what is required.

Decisions Made At The Provincial Chapter

As an outcome of our Provincial Chapter held on Monday 7th - Friday 11th September 2020 some changes have been made to our community;

  • Br Patrick Mulligan moved to Oxford on November 11th 2020.
  • Br Michael Welch came to Chester from Pantasaph as Guardian.
  • Br Loarne Ferguson came from Oxford on November 11th 2020.

There will be more changes in 2021 and these will be announced when they are confirmed at a later date.

Prayer Intentions

We welcome to our community and Parish Br Cezary Szczesniak who will stay with us for a year. Please keep him in your prayers.

Gift Aid 2021/22

For those people not taking part in the Gift Aid Scheme, or those regularly completing the white individual envelopes each week, if you wish to participate in the scheme and obtain a box of weekly envelopes please complete and date the special form and hand it to the parish priest. For every £1 donated by a taxpayer the Parish can claim 25p from H M Revenue & Customs. Please let us know if your circumstances change and you are no longer a taxpayer.

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
  • Holy Days Of Obligation 2021

    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 13th MayAscension Of The Lord
    Sunday 23rd MayPentecost
    Sunday 6th JuneCorpus Christi - The Body and Blood of the Lord
    Tuesday 29th JuneSt Peter & St Paul
    Sunday 15th AugustAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Sunday 31st OctoberAll Saints
    Friday 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.
    See Feast Days

    Date      Feast Day (click on the name to find out further information)    
    Monday 3rd MaySaint Philip  Apostle
    Saint James  Apostle
    Tuesday 4th MayThe English Martyrs   
    Wednesday 5th MaySaint Asaph   Bishop
    Wednesday 12th MaySaints Nereus, Achilleus and Pancras  c304
    Thursday 13th MayThe Ascension Of The Lord  Holy Day Of Obligation
    Our Lady of Fatima  
    Friday 14th MaySt Matthias  Apostle

    Mass Intentions

    Date                                     Time            Intention                  
    Monday 3rd May12:00 noonChristine and Patrick Scanlan
    Tuesday 4th May12:00 noonKath Anwin Intention
    Wednesday 5th May12:00 noonRita Cannon RIP
    Thursday 6th May12:00 noonPhyllis Barry
    Friday 7th May12:00 noonAnna’s Mother and Brother
    Saturday 8th May12:00 noonIreneusz Legowski RIP
    Saturday 8th May - Vigil Mass6:30pmNell Tobin RIP
    Sunday 9th May8:00amFor God’s blessing and protection of the Mother of God for Monica
    9:45amParishioners
    12:00 noonPolish - Intention of Donor
    4:30pmPolish - Intention of Donor
    Monday 10th May12:00 noon Adam Chidell
    Tuesday 11th May12:00 noonKrzysztof Batko
    Wednesday 12th May12:00 noonConor Finch RIP
    Thursday 13th May12:00 noonOliver Morgan
    Friday 14th May12:00 noonWioletta Gustawa – 10th Wedding Anniversary
    Saturday 15th May12:00 noonBirthday Blessings for Ashley

    Anniversaries

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

    DateNames
    4.5Pauline O’Connor (1997)
    6.5Sophi Coati (2003)
    7.5Pearl Theresa McMahon (2015),   Stella Harvey (2003)
    8.5Leonard Morgan (2004),   Christopher Brown (2002)
    10.5Violet Siddall (2002),   Ann Hunter (2001)
    11.5Michael Johnson (2002),   Margaret Probert (1998)
    13.5Eileen Holmes (2003)
    14.5John Dunn (2000),   Ivy Lloyd (1997)
    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, Colin Williams, Christopher Browne, Gill Wright, Emma Noble, Veronica Comerford, Julia Milan, Eleanor Milan and Colette Lazenby.

    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