Joint Newsletter 16th June 2019


16th JUNE 2019

Saturday 15th June

St. Theresa’s 10.00 a.m.     NO MASS

St. Columba’s 6.30 p.m.     The Parish –Vigil

Sunday 16th June – The Most Holy Trinity

St. Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.     George Becker RIP

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.     Samantha Fisher (Int)

Monday 17th June

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Parishioners’ Intentions

St. Theresa’s 9.45 a.m. St Theresa’s School

Tuesday 18th June

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Mary Kiernan RIP

St. Theresa’s 6.30 p.m.     Parishioners’ Intentions

Wednesday 19th June – St Romuald, Ab

St. Theresa’s 7.00 p.m.     Private Intention

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     90th Birthday (CC)

Thursday 20th June – St Alban, M

St. Theresa’s 9.00 a.m.    Priest’s Intention

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Priest’s Intention

Friday 21st June – St Aloysius Gonzaga, R

St. Theresa’s 8.00-8.55am     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

9.00 a.m.     Parishioners’ Intentions

St. Columba’s 1.30 p.m.     Marriage of Grizzly Alonso and Gerard J Doyle.

7.00 p.m.     No evening Mass

Saturday 22nd June – Ss John Fisher & Thomas More

St Theresa’s 10.00 a.m.     Jane Whelan RIP

St. Columba’s 6.30 p.m.     Gordon Townson –Vigil

Sunday 23rd June – Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

St. Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.     Min & Joe Gannon RIP

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.     The Parish

MORNING PRAYER: (St Columba’s):

Until further notice Morning Prayer will take place before the Blessed Sacrament, in Church at 9.00 am Monday through to Thursday, except Wednesdays, when Morning Prayer will commence at 8.50 am followed at 9.10 am by Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour prior to Mass in the Iona Chapel.


St. Columba’s: Between 6.00 pm and 6.25 pm before the Vigil Mass. At other times by arrangement with Fr. Jonathan. St. Theresa’s: After every weekday Mass.


Our prayers and best wishes go to Grizzly Alonso and Gerard J Doyle, to be married here at St. Columba’s on Friday 21st June.


St. Columba’s: By appointment. After speaking to Fr. Jonathan to arrange a date, please contact Claire O’Donnell 07743 704383.

St. Theresa’s: To arrange a Baptism, please contact Fr. Isidore or Mike Maxwell on 07851 720217 or email mike.max28

This Sunday we welcome two new parishioners to St. Columba’s. Stanley Leslie Knight and Beatrice Madeleine Sophie O’Donnell will both be baptised during 11am Mass today. Our warmest congratulations the Knight and O’Donnell families and their friends. We wish them a joyful family celebration.


Dieta Fairclough, George Shaw, Clare Walker, Jacqueline Ann Macdonald, Mary Walker, Patrick Green, Michael Reilly, Kerry Patricia O’Reilly, Michael Paul Marianus Farrugia, Theresa Maria Walmsley, Mary Kerr, Frank Tobin (Snr), Jez Loftus, Margaret Welch, Sarah Szostkiewicz, Len Barlow, Bryde Hill, Gerry Edwards, Terence Gibson, Frank McCaffery, Suzannah Hogan, Catherine Mary Martin, Vincent Ogg, Peter Grimes, Maresa Metcalfe, Ernest (Ralph) Davenport, Margaret Sheard, Monica Carter, Mary Elizabeth Lindop, Ernest Erlam, Eric Wheatley, Mary Newman, Agnes Blagg, Lena Williams, Zelimir Vrlec, Irene Maria Jones, Christine Owens

Isabel Jones Harold Jones, John Evans, Margaret Wall, Christopher Brian Joseph Hughes, Rose Elizabeth Ellis, John Fondacaro, Sheila Scanlon, Freda Kate Marshall, Christopher Thomas Keeley, Mary Roddy, Carolyn Pritchard, Jane Whelan, Pauline Patricia Mortimer, John Dennis Heard, Doris Hall Harris


St. Columba’s: Loose Plate £441.32; Planned Giving £229.50; Average weekly standing orders £677.00; Candles £46.49.

St. Theresa’s: £332.17 plus average weekly standing orders £80.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support.


This Sunday is a Day of Special Prayer for Day for Life. This is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. There will be a retiring collection at the weekend Masses 15th /16th June. Many thanks for your generosity.


This week we pray for:

· The residents of Coniston Road, The Nook, Brook Lane, Willow Drive, Naomi Close, Dentith Drive, and Egerton Road

· For all who come seeking to understand more about the Christian Faith.


The Diocese are holding the ecumenical Pause for Hope Services here at St Columba’s this Sunday, 16th June at 3.00 p.m. This is in aid of all who are affected in any way by cancer. All are very welcome to attend. There will be a Speaker (Lynne Moorhead) from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.


All the children who have received their First Holy Communion during May will come together for a Parish Thanksgiving Mass on Sunday 23rd June at 11.00 a.m. Please continue to pray for them at this special time.


16th June     CWL                              CWL

23rd June     Margy & Jacque          Friendship Lunch

30th June     The Rippon Family     Parish

7th July     Badminton Group         Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Tea, coffee and juice are available in the Hall after Mass.

St. Theresa’s:

Tea, coffee and juice are available in the Parish Club after 9.30 Mass. All are very welcome.


The Climate Coalition of 120 organisations including CAFOD is organising a mass lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26th June. As people of faith we’ll be gathering at Westminster, sharing our concerns on climate change and the environment with leaders who can make a difference. CAFOD is running a pilgrimage coach from St Clare’s on the day for £25 return. Alternatively, some of us are going on the 8.55am train. Go to to find out more or to sign up.

· Thank you to those who signed the petition to the PM asking that the UK commits to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2045. The Govt has gone some way towards this, this week. CAFOD will now be concentrating on ensuring that they will the means to meet their target.


This is to highlight the importance of the contribution made by the team of RC lay volunteers to chaplaincy work at the hospitals. There are 21 volunteers, of whom 18 are currently active, serving at one or more of three weekly sessions as often as they are able. Two sessions are on Sunday and Thursday mornings at the Countess in Chester, the other one at the Countess’s Ellesmere Port site on Friday afternoons. The work involves assisting the RC Chaplain in ministering to patients with Holy Communion and general pastoral support. Sessions are for about 1½ hours. Volunteers are formally appointed by the Countess Hospital Trust with training arranged by the RC chaplaincy. There is an urgent need for additional volunteers, particularly for the Sunday sessions, to enable preparation of rotas which avoid the need to commit time every week.

You can volunteer for one or more sessions in a month, Thursdays, Fridays, or Sundays. Help to give Christ in the Eucharist to our sick brothers and sisters.

If you can help with this essential work, or would like more details, please contact the RC Chaplain Fr. Jude Nwachukwu on 07440 314905 or Deacon Lawrence: 07960 517463.


The Governors have appointed a new Headteacher to take over from John Murray who retires on 31st August. They have appointed Cathryn McKeagney, currently Deputy Headteacher at St. Cuthbert’s School in Widnes. A specialist in English and Drama, Cathryn’s teaching career spans 21 years at schools in Derbyshire, Cheshire and Merseyside. The Trustees and Governors offer her a warm welcome and very much look forward to working with her in the next stage of the school’s life.


This year’s Chester-wide Confirmation will be at St Clare’s on Tuesday 19th November at 7.00 pm. The programme is organised jointly by St Clare’s and St Werburgh’s, and candidates are welcome from any Chester Parish. Classes will be on Tuesday Evenings at St Werburgh’s, beginning 10th September. Launch Meeting on Tuesday 9th July. Please take a flyer from the back of church with full details and send names in to either St Werburgh’s or St Clare’s. Minimum age-in High School now. No max. age!


Sunday 7th July – St Theresa’s Summer Fayre

Friday 26th July – Annual Coach Trip –this year we are going to Nottingham, price £14pp. The lists for names are in the front porch of both Churches


The strawberry season is upon us so come and enjoy a cream tea on Sunday 23rd June from 2.30 – 4.30 at Ann McCarthy’s, 49, St Chad’s Road, Blacon, CH1 5LF. Tickets only £3.50. Please buy your ticket in advance for catering purposes. Contact 07751 970388


This is being held in St Theresa’s club, after the 9.30a.m. Mass on Sunday 7th July. There will be various stalls, so if you have any items please bring them in and leave them in the sacristy (anything except clothes). Also, we will be asking for cakes to be brought in on the day. Many thanks


For full details see poster at back of church – also on Notice Board section of parish website.


If you wish to arrange meetings etc. in either the Church or the Iona Chapel, please make a booking through Carol Galvin, Church Office: 01244 624019, email

Hall availability can be checked by looking at St. Columba’s Church website – section for Church Hall gives a calendar of events in the Hall. Then contact Sue Carr on 07553 114531 or email to arrange booking.


This will be compiled by Amy O’Donnell, tel: 07854 290897

E-mail address:

Items for inclusion can be left in the Sacristy at either church. Please ensure that all items are in place by 9.00am on Thursday. Please include a phone number in case of queries.


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