Welcome to the parish of St Austin's & English Martyrs

The Churches of St Austin's, Wakefield, Est. 1828 & English Martyrs, Wakefield, Est. 1932

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Welcome to our Parish

Our parish is one of the oldest parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Leeds.  It serves the centre of the City of Wakefield and its surrounding areas.  It is a large and very active parish with 500 people or more attending Mass every Sunday.  The Parish includes two churches.  St Austin's in the City Centre was built in 1828 and is one of the oldest churches in our Diocese.  It was the first Catholic church built in the area since the Reformation and is Wakefield's "mother church".  English Martyrs' Church was built in 1957 to serve the western suburbs of the City.  Beneath and to the sides of St Austin's is a range of parish rooms and a parish hall built in 1931.  There is also a social centre below English Martyrs' Church in Lupset.  We try to keep the churches open during the day for private prayer and reflection. 

On this web site you will find a description of many of the activities taking place in the parish on a regular basis.  All of these activities would warmly welcome your involvement.  Please take time to look through the web site.  Hopefully you may want to help in some way. 


Mass Times. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHURHES ARE CLOSED FOR PUBLIC SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS. The church opens for private prayer from Tuesday 30th June on Tuesdays (9.30a.m.-11.30a.m.), Thursdays (2.00p.m-4.00p.m.) and Saturdays (2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m.)

​Saturday - 6 15 pm Vigil Mass with organ, hymns and sung Mass parts.


8 15 am at St Austin's - with instruments, some hymns and sung Mass parts. 

9 30 am at English Martyrs - a family Mass with instruments, hymns and sung Mass parts. 

11 am at St Austin's - a traditional Mass with organ and St Austin's Choir and Children's Liturgy

3 30 pm at St Austin's - Mass in Polish

6 pm at St Austin's - with organ, sung hymns and sung Mass parts. 

Weekday Mass Times

9 30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays  and 12 noon on Thursdays in St Austin's Church.  12 noon on Tuesdays and Fridays in English Martyrs' Church. These Masses are usually preceded by half an hour of reflection and meditation before the Blessed Sacrament.   But please check the bulletin for possible changes.