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 Parish Priest, Monsignor Paul Donovan sadly died on 8th February. The Bishop has appointed Fr Francis Higgins at Beaconsfield as Parochial Administrator pending a permanent appointment. Fr Prince Kurian MSFS is also assisting with Masses. There is a Permanent Deacon, Revd Brin Dunsire.
(Revd. Michael Bates, who was on placement here, has now moved elsewhere to complete his training before being ordained as a priest in July, and we wish him all blessings)
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High Wycombe Mission 6th-21st May 2017
The Mission has now concluded , and we thank God for the work of the Sion Community among us. 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.
We will continue to display our Mission Prayer for a while.
Father we thank You:
that You have always loved us,
whatever our state or belief,
that You have sent Your Son, Jesus,
to help us find our way back
into Your family,
and that You know each of us,
and have called us by name.
During our mission may we:
understand more deeply
the Good News of the Gospel,
hear more clearly
Your voice in Scripture
and respond more eagerly
to Jesus’ call.
May our lives be so transformed
by Your Holy Spirit’s power
that they shine as beacons of light
drawing all to "come and see"
what You have to offer,
and to celebrate together
Your measureless love.
Through Christ Our Lord,