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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – The churches of St. Columba and St. Theresa are both closed due to Covid-19. If you need to contact one of the priests, details can be found here.

Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally (May 31st May) – From  the Bishop
Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to pray the Rosary in their family homes during the month of May, especially when the Pandemic brings families together at home. He 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. You are invited to join an initiative to follow the Pope’s request, the Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally, from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm across Scotland England and Wales. Our Diocese has been asked to pray a Rosary Hour at 2.00 pm and you are warmly invited to take part. Bishop John Keenan will lead a final Rosary at 9 pm to which all are invited.  See also Guide to the Rosary by Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team for this month of May and Mary.

Sunday Mass is now being live streamed from the Iona Chapel at St Columba’s at 11.00am via a Facebook page. Please note this may only be accessible if you have a Facebook account. We will work to ensure that a link is provided which is useable by all visitors to our website.

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 Middlesborough. 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.

PREPARING TO EMERGE FROM LOCKDOWN: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As we prepare for the reopening of churches for private prayer, we are looking for volunteers who will assist with the implementation of health and safety policies when our churches re-open. The volunteers will be trained in public health requirement to be able to serve as stewards facilitating this long-anticipated reopening. Parishioners who fall into a risk category cannot volunteer for these roles. The risk categories include those aged 70+, pregnant women, and anyone with underlying health conditions.
For more information, please phone: Tel 01244 371660 or email: st.theresas@btinternet.com

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

You can follow the WalsinghamVIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE”  where you can catch up on all the events that would have taken place this year.

See the Bulletin page for Covid-19 information, local shopping guidance and resources for people, families, students confined indoors. In celebrattion of Pentecost, Emma Major has prepared some pictures on Gifts of the Spirit to print out and colour.

We realise that it may be a difficult time financially but, if you wish to do so, it is still possible to make your normal offertory donation on line – see details.

Set out below are our usual Sunday Mass times at both churches (when opened normally) BUT please check our Latest Newsletter for any variations from the normal Mass times, and for information over the forthcoming week about services and activities at both churches throughout the week , and for making arrangements regarding Weddings and Baptisms.

Sunday Vigil Mass: At St Columba’s, 6.30pm each Saturday.

Sunday Mass: 9.30am at St Theresa’s, and 11.00am at St Columba’s.

The Joint 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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Parish Merger

The previously separate parishes of St. Columba and St. Theresa were formally merged in July 2019. The More about our Parish page of the website includes further information about the merger and the related clergy appointments.