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Second Sunday in Lent, 1st March 2015

Genesis 22:1-2.9-13.15-18; Ps 115; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

Abraham’s faith and obedience is an example to all of us. The command to kill Isaac, his only child, born to him in old age, was beyond his human way of thinking and seemed absurd. The request was most painful but, in the greatness of his faith and trust, Abraham hastened to carry out the divine command. God must be obeyed at all costs. Like Abraham we are called to journey into the unknown and respond to God’s call, especially when circumstances make faith seem unreasonable and wholly beyond our human way of thinking. At moments of crisis, like at the death of a loved one when life is clouded with mystery, it is all-important to keep on trusting and take God at his word. We walk by faith and not by sight. When all is said and done we believe, not because we have seen, but because of the word and power of God who is present in our lives. ‘This is my beloved Son, listen to him'. We are not meant to be spectators at the transfiguration but, like the apostles, we are to climb the mountain, reflect on its message, and live it out with conviction and sincerity. Few of us, like Abraham, will be asked to sacrifice an only son, but we are all called to turn away from selfishness and to refrain from words and actions which cause unease at home and poison family and community life. To overcome our sins and weaknesses, and to grow to maturity as human beings, requires patience and is the work of a lifetime because nothing that is worthwhile is ever simple or straight-forward.

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.

St Francis Church Repository

The repository has a selection of beautiful gifts, candles, Nativity ornaments and Cribs for sale at very reasonable prices. Why not come along and have a look!