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The First Sunday in Advent
Sunday 29th November 2015

Jeremiah 33:14-16; Ps 24; Thessalonians 3:12-4.2; Luke 21:25-28.34 -36

During Advent The church makes an appeal for an improvement in our lives and for a new depth of sincerity to our religion. It calls on us to make a fresh start at building a closer relationship with Christ. As a pilgrim people we celebrate in our Sunday Eucharist Christís presence among us until he comes in glory. What type of a welcome are we giving Christ in our hearts if we are neglecting prayer, squandering money, bickering in the family or drinking to excess? Are we not a bit of target and failing to make progress in good christian living? Unless we are imitating gospel standards there is no room to congratulate ourselves cosily on the birth of Christ at Bethlehem because he is not born into our hearts. Advent provides an opportunity to look around at what needs to be put right, to see how we have failed, and to assess the ways in which we can do better. If prayer has been neglected, now is the chance to begin anew. There are so many ways in which all of us can improve. Itís remarkable how easily we settle for idleness, carelessness and indifference. Our fallen nature is our slump factor, pulling us down and leading us to sin. Whatever our past, God is only too willing to look lovingly upon us. His arms are always outstretched to welcome us home. We are the masters of our own destiny. Prayer, penance and works of mercy are necessary preparations for our personal meeting with the Lord.

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.

Our Repository at Christmas

The repository has stocked up on a new range of gift ideas and cards for Christmas. All purchases go towards the upkeep of the Church and helping our Parish community.

There is a wonderful 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 and buy your Christmas presents here!