Welcome to the website of the Catholic Parish of St Columba and St Theresa, Chester

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The  public celebration of Mass is permitted under current guidelines,
subject to social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face coverings.

WEEKEND AND WEEKDAY MASSES:

With the continued restriction on numbers allowed in our churches,
please book which Mass you will attend via this link:

https://forms.gle/9EKaWsLQk11eWo3f8

If you attend the same Mass regularly you only need fill in the form once. For the weekday Masses there is no need to register in advance, but for all weekday and weekend Masses please be sure to arrive 10 minutes ahead of the stated Mass time and remember that face coverings and social distancing are mandatory requirements. Thank you.

During Covid-19 restrictions, Mass will continue to be live streamed on a Sunday morning from either St. Theresa’s at 9.30am or St. Columba’s at 11.00am. The Mass for the 6th Sunday of Easter, 9 May 2021 will be streamed from St Theresa’s at 9.30am and will be available later that day on our Facebook page.

The ongoing pattern for public Masses in each of our churches will be:

St. Theresa’s Church:
Saturday Evening: 5.00 p.m.
Sunday Morning: 9.30 a.m.
Weekday Mass: Fridays 10.00 a.m.

Confessions: after the 10.00 a.m. Mass on Fridays, until 12 noon. Or by appointment by calling the parish office.

St. Columba’s Church:
Saturday evening: 6.30 p.m.
Sunday Morning: 11.00.a.m.
Weekdays: Wednesday 10.30am

Confessions: after the 10.30 a.m. Mass on Wednesdays, until 12 noon. Or by appointment by calling the parish office.

Please be aware of some changes to our Masses in response to Covid restrictions, designed to keep us all safe in church.  During Mass:-

  • There is no singing
  • No kneeling – only sitting or standing
  • Communion is at the end of Mass after the Final Blessing
  • Please wait in your seat to be directed by the stewards when it is your turn to go to Communion.  Please be patient as this may take  longer than usual.
  • Please take all your belongings with you before receiving Communion and then leave the church without returning to the bench.
  • Please as you leave the church don’t stop at the back and block the exits, as it may compromise the social distancing.
  • Please do not congregate in the entrance or immediately outside the church to avoid causing a backlog and compromising social distancing.
  • Thank you for your co-operation

Further details for attending Mass can be found here.

A directory of streamed services has been set up by the Catholic Bishops Conference, where you can search on postcode, Diocese, Mass type and language (e.g. Polish, Italian, Latin, Sign, Portuguese, Malayalam). Live streaming for Diocese of Shrewsbury can be found here.

Mass-by-Phone‘ service has been launched by the Diocese of Middlesbrough. If you know someone without internet access they can listen to Mass by calling 01642 130120. Calls are chargeable but free if in your included minutes. The cost of providing the service is being met by the Knights of St. Columba.

Pope Francis encourages the simple praying of the Rosary and also joining online Rosary initiatives to ask Our Lady to pray with us for deliverance from Covid-19 and has composed two prayers for this intention.

PASTORAL GUIDANCE  The note details various aspects of parish life during our church closures and while sick visiting is severely restricted.

See the Bulletin page for Covid-19 information, local shopping guidance and resources for people, families, students confined indoors.

Please check our Latest Newsletter for any variation in current arrangements, and for general information about the forthcoming weeks.

The Newsletter, along with the website, is the main source of information for services and activities in the churches, and the website holds an archive of newsletters (in convenient pdf format, and accessed via the menu bar). The archive goes back several years. The website was originally developed for St Columba’s, and it is acknowledged that, for the moment, it does not fully reflect the functioning of the newly merged parish. Its revision or replacement is currently under consideration.

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