St Augustine Webster’s, Barton

View of the sanctuary at St. Augustine Webster’s, from the back.

A Church Community with Jesus, Son of God, The Word Made Flesh, and The (Sunday) Eucharist, the source and summit of our salvation, as its foundation and strength. It is Jesus, who invites us, and is the host, and The Living Bread, who feeds us through Word and Sacrament, and sends us out to proclaim The Good News.

Standing above the busy Barrow Road, St Augustine Webster is a striking sight for those travelling through Barton Upon Humber. The current church has stood at its home on Whitecross Street since 1988.

But this is the third Catholic church in Barton. In 1842 a chapel on Priestgate became Barton’s first Catholic place of worship. 1925 saw the beginning of a fundraising drive for a new church. This opened in 1938, together with a neighbouring presbytery, on a paddock at Bardney Hall. Fifty years later a major structural fault led to its demolition. A new church dedicated to North Lincolnshire martyr St Augustine Webster opened in 1988.

The first Catholic Church in Barton-Upon-Humber

Barton has been home to Catholic priests since 1842. Benedictine priests and monks from Ampleforth Abbey served Barton from 1848. During the Second World War Barton’s priests were chaplains to the American Air Force stationed in Lincolnshire.

In 2001 St Augustine Webster’s last resident priest left. Without a priest, the parish proved itself to be a strong and resourceful community. In 2007 parishioners organised for the consecration of the church. In recent years, the Parish has been served by priests who live at its sister parish of St Mary’s in Brigg.

Today people travel up to 15 miles from neighbouring villages to hear Mass from current Priest Father Michael. The parish again pulled together in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the church had to close. Thanks to the hard work of parishioners it became one of the first churches in the Diocese to open its doors on July 5, 2020.

St Augustine Webster Church is an active member of Barton Churches Together with other Christian churches in the town. The group hold regular joint prayer sessions and enjoy services together during Holy Week. The group also works together on community activities in Barton.

Information from a booklet produced by the Parish of St Augustine Webster, with thanks to Ursula Vickerton.

To learn more about the history of St. Augustine Webster Church and of Catholicism in Barton-Upon-Humber take a look at this article, written by Ursula Vickerton.

St Augustine Webster’s welcomes visitors. Times of Holy Mass and other services are listed below. To keep up to date with what is going on in the parish visit the news page. More information and messages from Father Michael can be found by downloading the weekly Bulletin.

IF YOU REQUIRE A PRIEST URGENTLY, please first contact the Parish and if no reply, then in the case of DANGER TO life or death, and not for routine enquiries, please phone St Bernadette’s 01724 844895 or Holy Trinity on 01472 342301. It is important that you do not contact them for any general parish enquiries, but only if a person is in hospital, or in danger of death at home. Thank You.

LEAVING VOICEMAILS FOR THE PARISH (PRIEST): Although it will seem counter intuitive, please DO NOT leave a voicemail message on the Parish mobile phone. For much of the day, every week, and throughout the week, it is not accessible. Messages left on the landline, or an email are the best option. (The mobile is answered at those times it is accessible, but throughout the day the most practical is to leave a message on the landline. Thank You.)


Sunday 9am Holy Mass

Tuesday 6pm Holy Mass

Saturday 12.30 p.m. Holy Mass

For Mass times on Holy Days of Obligation please see the Bulletin.


Sunday 8.30 -8.50 am in Barton.

(Saturday 5.15 – 5.45pm in Brigg)

It remains possible, and it has always been so, to celebrate the Sacrament, at other times, by making an appointment with the Priest.

We can happily say, that since July 2020 people in both Parishes have celebrated, on request, in covid safe conditions, and significant numbers did so. However, so as to facilitate both  a “Private”  (anonymous) , and a “Face to Face” meeting, during the published times, they will be held in  “The Day Chapel” (AKA The Sacristy) in Brigg, and The Parish Room in Barton during the published times. The individual can choose whether to kneel behind a Screen, or face to face. Ideally people will arrive as early as possible during the session, and no-one will approach the priest after 8.45 am (in Barton) and 5.40 pm in Brigg, as it is necessary for the priest to prepare for Mass. If needs be, Confessions will continue after the relevant Mass. (Please the lnote about The Sacrament in its fullness, under “The Sacrament Tab on the Menu above.)

In 2015, CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS on “Rediscovering the Rite of Penance”, and it states clearly the Priest should offer counsel, more especially if they know the penitent and understands some of their situation and some of their needs. We read: “It is not simply a question of the penitent speaking out a list of sins as if into the air or to no one. One confesses to the priest. The priest, for his part, is instructed to engage in a careful interaction with the one confessing: If necessary, the priest helps the penitent to make an integral confession and gives him suitable counsel. This back and forth between penitent and priest is nothing less than the ritual form that enacts the penitent’s encounter with Christ himself in the person of the priest. For this reason the priest is instructed to help the penitent to understand the deepest meaning of this encounter. He [the priest] urges him [the penitent] to be sorry for his faults, reminding him that through the Sacrament of penance the Christian dies and rises with Christ and is thus renewed in the paschal mystery (RP 44). This is an essential theological point for understanding the Sacrament rightly. All that happens in this Sacrament is rooted in the Paschal Mystery. The penitent is renewed in the original pattern of his baptism, where one dies with Christ to sin and rises with him to new life.” The proper celebration of the Sacrament requires we acknowledge where we have failed God, and wronged others, whether in person or online. We serve Christ in serving others. Therefore, it is also true we reject Christ in hurting others.As noted, the priest is free to give spiritual counsel, more so if he knows the penitent, as he feels appropriate. That “Counsel” is part of The Sacrament, and not an interruption, or a delay, in The Sacramental Celebration. It invites listening and patience.

Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament and Private Prayer:

HOLY HOUR: 12 Noon – 1.00 p.m.

(Masses and other Services from Brigg are normally on Zoom. The ID is 992 962 6557 and the ID does not change and so we ask you to note it for future use. It is essential that ALL users mute their mics for the benefit of all every time they join in.)



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Please try the alternative sources if an issue arises with one of them. Thank You.

To get latest information and updates from St Augustine Webster Church please visit the news page.

For the latest updates and announcements, especially guidance about our Parish use of social media, please visit either St Mary’s or St Augustine Webster’s news page, and, more especially, The Bulletin which can be sent to you if you register to receive it by email or read it here (to do either click on “Bulletin” above), or go to our official Facebook pages(s). They too are listed on the news page, and we advise you never to visit, support, or promote Facebook pages , or a Whatsapp group, not endorsed by either parish. We do not have a page or site run by “Friends of X X Parish” or a Parish Whattsapp Chat Room . Help build communication within our Parishes, and for our Parishes. Thank You for your cooperation and support in this matter as it helps maintain accurate ,and factual , communication with Parishioners and between, and within, our Parish.


For information on Baptism, Weddings, Funerals, and other Sacraments please telephone 01652 652221 or email.

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