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The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday 11th October 2015

Photograph: The Statue of St Francis of Assisi

Wisdom 7:7-11; Ps 89; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30

The rich young man prided himself on his goodness. He was the essence of respectability; a stickler for going to church and observing the commandments. He had his act together and was assertive enough to come forward and to ask Christ a fundamental question: ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’ The answer he got was more than he bargained for. His big boast was that he had done nothing wrong in his life, but Jesus was not all that impressed that he had kept out of harm’s way. Christ was more interested in the use he had made of his life, in the good he had done and whether he was prepared to go out of his way to help others. He looked him straight in the eyes and invited him to sell all he had and to come follow him. Here was a young man brimming with life, yet the peace that he sought was placed beyond his reach, because his vision was limited to his possessions. He went away saddened because he was unable to make the sacrifice. Far from regarding him as a model to be imitated, Jesus singles him out as a warning. Jesus is asking us the same question: ‘Am I worth following?’ He is not asking us to admire his way of life but to live it fully and not as part time followers. Our following Christ means making the best use of our present situation and placing our lives in his hands. We have only one life and Christ is inviting us to leave the world better place for our presence than we found it. We achieve this by helping others and not by grasping everything for ourselves.

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, cards, pictures, candles, rosary beads and ornaments for sale at very reasonable prices.

Why not come along and have a look!