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Pentecost Sunday, 24th May 2015

Acts 2:1-11; Ps 103; 1Cor 12:3-7.12-13; John 20:19-23
Day of Special Prayer for the Church

The first reading describes the spectacular baffling effect produced on the disciples by the coming of the Holy Spirit. The change in their lifestyle was startling, as the Spirit urged them to be their very best selves. They threw aside caution, were no longer afraid and rushed out to begin their mission of preaching the Good News, boldly proclaiming their faith in a crucified Christ. The Spirit of God had filled the disciples with new hope and courage. By virtue of our baptism, the Holy Spirit is closer to us than we dare imagine. This feast is an invitation to enkindle the fire of love and to stir up the grace of our baptismal calling. As we face trials and crosses and encounter the difficulties and disappointments which can leave our daily lives in tatters, we stand in need of the help of the Holy Spirit, whose presence makes such difference to our outlook. Christ has promised that the power of the Spirit will come if we ask for him. Itís essential then that in prayer we leave the door of our hearts open to invite him in. We become different persons and changed people to the extent that we allow the Holy Spirit to disturb our complacency, uproot our mediocrity and make way for fresh growth. What the Spirit will bring into our lives if we permit him to lead us is joy, peace and love. The Holy Spirit works in countless hidden ways to deepen our faith, fill us with strength and inspiration and to renew our lives.

About Us

Welcome to one of Chesterís 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!