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 Parish Priest, Monsignor Paul Donovan sadly died on 8th February.  The Bishop appointed Fr Francis Higgins at Beaconsfield as Parochial Administrator pending a permanent appointment (see news below !). 

Fr Paul Gonsalves MSFS and Fr David Barrett are also assisting with Masses. There is a Permanent Deacon, Revd Brin Dunsire. 

Bishop Peter has announced on 22nd July that our new Parish Priest will be Fr Jonathan Hill, presently PP at Holy Cross and SS Philip & James, Bedford.  Fr Jonathan was born in High Wycombe, was ordained here in 1995, and served under Fr Strain here as an Assistant in 2000-01. Fr Jonathan is likely to arrive in mid-September. We look forward to welcoming him ! Details in the 30th July Newsletter (see below). 

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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 during 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 - usually 9.30am, but check the newsletter.

Holy Days - 9.30am, 6.30pm


Saturday - 11.30am - 12 midday

with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 11am - 12 midday but check the newsletter.

Office Hours

Parish office 01494 523969

Mon & Fri, 10-18:00

Tue, Wed, Thurs 10 - 12:30