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Welcome to the parish of
St Austin's and
The English Martyrs

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.

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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 city centre of Wakefield and the surrounding areas. We are 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 which was built in 1828 and is one of the oldest churches in our Diocese. St Austin’s was the one of the first Catholic churches built in the area since the Reformation and is Wakefield’s “mother church”. The English Martyrs’ Church was built in 1957 to serve the western suburbs area of the City. Beneath and to the sides of St Austin’s is a range of parish rooms and a parish halls 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. 


Mass Times: (Note these maybe subject to change-especially at holiday times like Easter and Christmas. Please check with this week’s bulletin).

St Austin’s Church

Monday9:30am 7:30pm: 1st & 3rd mondays of the month – Novena & night prayer
WednesdayNo Masses except on Holydays of Obligation. Please check bulletin for times.
Friday12:00pm 7:30pm (Traditional Latin Mass-Extraordinary Form)
Saturday9:30am Saturday Vigil Mass: 6:15pm
Sunday8:00am – 11:00am (Sung Mass) 6:00pm

English Martyrs


May Devotions: There will be Rosary and Benediction at 5:00pm on Sundays in St Austin’s Church, beginning this Sunday. The Rosary will be recited before all weekday Masses during the month of May.

First Saturdays Devotion, Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Blessed Virgin Mary. Every First Saturday the Rosary will be recited after the 10:00am Mass before the beginning of the Hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Some materials for mediation on the mysteries of the Rosary can be found on the offertory table. Please return to table after use. Please see the folder in the Narthex for further information regarding the full requirements and promises attached to the Devotion.
Mass of the day will be offered for this devotion.