A Church with its community at the heart.
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.
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. Service times 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.
For Mass times on Holy Days of Obligation please see the Bulletin.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions places at Sunday Mass must be booked. (Sunday Masses are: Saturday 6pm -The First of Sunday – in Brigg, Sunday 9.00 am in Barton, and Sunday 11.00 a.m. in Brigg.) Please telephone 0775 392 5651 between 11am and noon on a Friday and Saturday to book your place. Details for Track and Trace will taken each time you attend church. Face coverings must be worn in church. This rule does not apply to children aged under 11 and people with a valid exemption.
To get latest information and updates from St Augustine Webster Church please visit the news page.
For information on Baptism, Weddings, Funeral, and other Sacraments please telephone 01652 652221/0774058187.