Welcome to the parish website of St Augustine’s, High Wycombe

St Augustine’s parish has been at the centre of Catholic life in High Wycombe for more than 120 years and we are fortunate to belong to a community experiencing growing numbers.

Our parish has a long and interesting history dating back to 1889 when local landowner Philip F. Rose, a convert to the Catholic faith, asked Bishop Arthur Riddell to set up a parish here.

Fr Herbert Ignatius Beale was appointed to High Wycombe in 1889 to serve the small Catholic community in South Bucks, and in 1894 the church of St Augustine’s in Castle St was consecrated. The church we know today on Amersham Hill was opened in 1957.

From here there developed the other churches in High Wycombe – St Wulstan’s, Totteridge,  and Our Lady of Grace at Booker, now combined in the parish of Blessed John Henry Newman - and St James,  Downley, and St Edmund Campion at Hazlemere, sadly no more.  

Today we are blessed as a parish having more than 500 families, a vibrant liturgy, a beautiful church building, good social facilities, and strong and active lay leadership in many aspects of parish life.

Our former Parish Priest, Monsignor Paul Donovan sadly died on 8th February 2017.  Prior to his arrival in October 2014, Fr Willie Strain, who had been our priest for 36 years, retired to Donegal in Ireland. . 

From September 2017 our Parish Priest is Fr Jonathan Hill, who was born in High Wycombe, was ordained here in 1995, and served under Fr Strain here as an Assistant in 2000-01.  He has been a Parish Priest in Luton and Bedford since 2001.  Fr David Barrett is assisting at weekends until summer 2018. 

There is a Permanent Deacon, Revd Brin Dunsire, who was ordained in July 2013. . 

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OPen door with light streaming through

High Wycombe Mission 6th-21st May 2017

We thank God for the work of the Sion  Community among us last May. Our Mission, entrusted to us all as baptised Christians, continues. 
The Mission programme is still downloadable here.

Come just as you are…I have called you by your name.



Sunday - 9am, 11am and 6pm.

Weekdays - (Mon-Sat inclusive) usually 9.30am, and Fri eve 7:30pm on First Friday, but check the newsletter.

(Weekday Masses are preceded by Morning Prayer of the Church, starting at 9:25am)

Holy Days - 9.30am, 6.30pm


Saturday - 10.30am - 11am

with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10am - 11am  but check the newsletter. 

Office Hours

Parish office 01494 523969

Mon & Fri, 10-18:00

Tue, Wed, Thurs 10 - 12:30