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 have a large and vigorous community 

Our parish has a long and interesting history dating back to 1889 when local landowner Philip F. Rose, of Penn, 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 original 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.

In summer 2014, Fr Willie Strain, who had been our priest for 36 years, retired to Donegal in Ireland. In October 2014 Mgr Paul Donovan arrived as our new Parish Priest. Sadly, he died unexpectedly in early February 2017. 

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 had been a Parish Priest in Luton and Bedford since 2001.  Fr David Barrett was, from summer 2018, our Assistant Priest., but  was in autumn 2019 sent to be parish priest at Olney , in north Bucks

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



Sunday - 9am, 11am and 6pm.

Weekdays - (Mon-Sat inclusive) usually 9.30am, and Fri eve 6:30pm 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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction - after Tuesday morning Mass   - approx 10am - 11am,  but check the newsletter. 

Office Hours

Parish office 01494 523969

Mon & Fri, 10-18:00

Tue, Wed, Thurs 10 - 12:30