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First Sunday In Lent
Sunday 18th February 2018

Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 24; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15

Lent is a time for soul searching. It is a season when we are challenged to measure up to the call of God in various aspects of life and to take practical steps to face the evil of sin and selfishness within us. Fasting, prayer and alms-giving have been traditionally the central elements of Lent for the christian. They are the tools which we have been taught to use, in order to edge closer to God, as we continue our journey through life. Whatever type of penance we undertake, our motive is all‑important. If we fast and deprive ourselves of food simply to have a slimmer figure, or if we give alms to establish a reputation as a do-gooder in the community our efforts are of little avail.

The journey we make is an inward one, into the wilderness of our innermost self, to stand before God in all sincerity and truth. This helps us to see ourselves as we really are and as we take stock of what we are doing with our time and our talents, we become more aware of our own sinfulness. The need to change and to renew the struggle against evil by prayer, fasting and penance becomes painfully obvious. Our invitation to a personal relationship with Christ can not be achieved without prayer. We need give top priority to this exercise, which strengthens our faith and trust and bring us closer to him. Lent is a season of grace to be taken seriously, if we intend it to be a purifying experience of vital spiritual worth. The challenge of saying ‘No’ to ourselves and ‘Yes’ to God is what constitutes the struggle.

About Us

Welcome to one of Chester’s oldest Roman Catholic Churches, St Francis of Assisi. Set in the heart of Chester City Centre, near the Grosvenor Museum and Race Course, it was originally built for the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The construction of St Francis Church began in 1862 and was finally finished in 1875. It is now a thriving city Catholic Church serving a wide community over the Chester area.

Visiting Catholics and non Catholics from all over the world are always welcome. Have a look at our mass times and be sure to say hello to the Brothers after the mass. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact Us

The Brothers

  • Brother Jarek (Guardian and Parish Priest)
  • Brother Patrick (Vicar)
  • Brother Adrian
  • Brother Jim
  • Brother Jinson
  • Email

    • stfrancis.chester@gmail.com
    • Telephone

      • 01244 351331
      • Postal Address

        • St Francis of Assisi RC Church
        • Grosvenor Street
        • Chester
        • Cheshire
        • CH1 2BN

        • Sunday Mass Times

          • Saturday 6:30pm - Vigil Mass
          • Sunday 8:00am
          • Sunday 9:45am - Family Mass (Including Children's Liturgy)
          • Sunday 12:00pm - Polish Family Mass
          • Sunday 4:30pm - Polish Mass

          Saturday and Weekday Mass Times

          • Saturday 12:00pm
          • Monday 12:00pm
          • Tuesday 12:00pm
          • Wednesday 12:00pm
          • Thursday 12:00pm
          • Friday 12:00pm

          Confession - The Sacrament of Reconciliation

          • Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
          • Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm
          • Saturday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
          • Confessions available on request. As long as there is a Priest available within the Friary the sacrament of reconciliation can be heard any time by going to the green door in the car park.
          • Eucharistic Adoration

            • Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
            • Friday After 12:00pm Mass until 3:00pm
            • Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm
            • The Rosary

              The custom of praying the Rosary as a family is encouraged. In our Parish the Rosary is recited before the 12:00pm Mass at 11:30am, Monday to Thursday. All are welcome and invited to join in.


              Baptism and Marriage Sacraments are available after consultation with the Parish Priest.

              St Francis Repository

              The repository has stocked up on 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, cards, pictures, candles, rosary beads and ornaments for sale at very reasonable prices.

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