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

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Bulletins & News

First Communion and Reconcilliation

The First Communion PARENT MEETING is on Tuesday 25th January at St Austin's at 6:30pm. 

Any parent or carers with children in year4 or above who wish to do their First Holy Communion need to attend this. 


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Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Mass Times 2021

Friday 24th December , Christmas Eve 

Mass 4.00 pm English Martyrs

Mass  6.00 pm St Austin’s (with carols before). 

Mass  8.00 pm (Polish Mass). 

Midnight Mass 11.00 pm (with carols

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Synod on Synodality

Synod on Synodality:  As part of the consultation process which the Bishop mentioned in his recent pastoral letter on the Synod, I have arranged a meeting to take place on Tuesday 30 November at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre which

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Confirmation Classes

Confirmation is starting for children in year 6 and above on Thursday 14 October at 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Please email Rebecca Hamill on rhamill.saem@gmail.com to enrol on the course.

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Afghanistan Refugee Crisis Appeal

As you may be aware from the recent news, families and individuals from Afghanistan will be coming to Wakefield in the next weeks and months. Wakefield District City of Sanctuary [WDCofS] is launching a crisis appeal. Can you

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Monday night Novena

MONDAY NOVENA: This will resume on Monday 2nd August 2021 at 7 pm in St Austin’s Church. It will consist of the recitation of the prayers for the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and usually takes less than an hour.

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Welcome to Fr Chris Butler

Fr Christopher Butler, who was ordained on Saturday 17th July, will be joining us on the 15th August and we look forward to welcoming him to our parish community. Please remember Fr Butler in your prayers

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COVID Step 4 Guidance for Communal Worship

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales issued new guidance following the announcement that England will move to step 4 out of lockdown on Monday 19th July. We are now waititng for our own Bishop Marcus now to confirm the

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Baptisms can now be arranged by contacting Monsignor Smith or Fr Jones at the presbytery. Alternatively they can be contacted after Mass

The next Confirmation course starts September 2021 (date to be confirmed) 

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Change of Assistant Priest

Fr Darren Jones will be leaving us shortly to take up a new post in the parish of St John Henry Newman, Leeds. We are very sorry to see Fr Darren leave us after such a short time. We wish him well in his new parish as he starts

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May Devotions

May Devotions - there will be the Rosary and Litany every day before weekday Mass and Rosary and Benediction on Sunday at 5 pm during the month of May.  

BOOK HERE for Rosary and Benediction on Sundays

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To make a booking please click on the service. For the two Masses you are directed to the usual place for booking Masses

Times of services:

Thursday 1st April


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In these hard times everyone is struggling through loss of income. Parishes too are experiencing a dramatic drop in income owing to the loss of the Sunday collection. Thank you to those that have already made donations since

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We have received guidance and regulations from both Bishop Marcus and from the government regarding the resumption of public Masses. Over the next week measures will be put into place to enable Mass to be said again in public in

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Archbishops’ Letter on Resumption of Collective Worship

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship (Mass and services) in England may be accessed here

The Sunday obligation remains suspended for the

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St Austin's Church re-opening update

Churches in England can re-open for private prayer from Monday 15th June 2020. However strict measures need to be put in place in order to meet the goverment's guidelines. There is a good deal of work to be undertaken before

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Make a donation to the parish

In these hard times everyone is struggling through loss of income. Parishes too are experiencing a dramatic drop in income owing to the loss of the Sunday collection. Thank you to those that have already made donations since

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Re dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary

2020 Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary: In 1381, King Richard II dedicated England as the “Dowry of Mary”, offering our nation and its people as a gift or a dowry, for Our Lady to keep under her protection and

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Refugee support

REFUGEE SUPPORT - Community Sponsorship: Pope Francis has challenged us that “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe take in one refugee family”. Do you want to take up his challenge

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Pilgrimage to Rome in 2020-find out more

30August to 6 September 2020:

Mgr Smith will lead this Pilgrimage as spiritual director. The cost is £1,395 per person (sharing in Rome and a single room at the villa) with a £100 supplement for a single room throughout. The

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Mass times New Year and this week

Please click here for are all the events in and around the parish from 13th December to 1st January 2020


Please note that Mass on Monday 39th decmebr is NOT at 9.30p.m. but will be a Requiem Mass at 12 noon for Michael

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Parish Dinner on Monday 25th November 2019

The Parish Dinner (In order to raise funds for parish expenses) will be held on the evening of Monday 25 November at 6.30 pm at Felice’s Bella Roma Restaurant, Northgate, Wakefield. Menus are available at all weekend Masses.

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Important information about Baptism and Confirmation preparation

Baptism:  Anyone wishing to have their children baptised should see the Priest as soon as possible after Sunday Mass to enrol them in the Baptism Preparation Course.  We DO NOT accept any booking over the telephone or by.. Read more

A week of guided prayer at St Peter and Paul

Open to all there will be a week of guided prayer at St Peter and Paul's in Sandal. For more information click here

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The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

An intersting exhibition has been created showing the many mirascles concerning the eucharist. To find out more please click here

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Parish forum June 2019

Parish Forum Meeting on


Thursday 27 June 2019 at 7 30 pm in the

English Martyrs Centre




1          Opening prayer led by Fr Smith


2          In attendance – Brian Hamill, Barbara

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Former Parish Priest becomes Archbishop

Many congratulations go to Bishop John Wilson who has been made Archbishop of Southwark in London. Bishop John was only in the parish for a short while in 2015 but made a great impact. More details  here

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Fund raising show in the theatre! UPDATE

From this week's bulletin:

Chopin, Shows and Shanties Concert in St Austin’s Theatre on Saturday 16 February was a hugely successful event for the social life of our parish. Our talented musicians and singers played to a full

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Important information about Confirmations and First Holy Communion

Confirmation for children in years 6 & 7.  St Austin’s church Thursday 28th February.   If you wish your child to be Confirmed in 2019, forms are still available for you to complete and return until the deadline for enrolment on

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