Faith grows strong in Brigg.
The largest church in Brigg St Mary’s plays a key role in life in the town. It boasts a spacious church hall used by community groups across the town.
The church opened in 1965, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It stands out as one of the best architectural features in Brigg.
Catholic worship in Brigg has a fascinating history. In 1792 a Penal Chapel housed Roman Catholic priests serving Brigg and other Lincolnshire towns. To protect the clergy it did not look like a place of worship. In the early 19th Century two French priests built a small chapel on Scawby Road. A tombstone for one of the priests lies in the grounds of St Mary’s.
Major change came for Brigg’s Catholics when landowning family the Elwes converted to Catholicism in 1874. A former coach house next to their Manor House in Brigg became a chapel in 1875. Catholics worshipped there for 90 years. The family also opened the first Catholic primary school in the town.
The present St. Mary’s Church opened thanks to a major fundraising drive by Father O’Hanlon. He came to the parish in 1949 and raised £15,000 in nine years. Father O’Hanlon was an influential figure in the town. The Town Council named a street O’Hanlon Avenue in his honour.
A fine crucifix which hangs over the high altar in St Mary’s in memory Father David Bradbury, who died suddenly in 1966.
The church marked its 25th Anniversary in 1989 with a Flower Festival. In 2020 the Covid-19 outbreak forced the church to close. It is now open for worship once again. You are welcome to join in services led by current Parish Priest Father Michael.
To find out more about the interesting history of Catholicism in Brigg take a look at this article by Ursula Vickerton.
Saturday (First of Sunday) 6pm
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St Marys (Brigg) is now open for Mass. Due to a limit on numbers your place at Sunday Mass must be booked in advance. (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.) For St. Mary’s please ring 07597034908 between 5.30 pm – 7.30 p.m. on a Wednesday and on a Thursday 11.00 -12Noon. Track and Trace details must be given when you come to church. Face coverings must be worn in church. This rule does not apply to children aged under 11 and people with a valid exemption. Neither Church/number accepts voicemail or texts for Mass Bookings. (Please click on the Covid-19 Button above for more general information on visiting our Churches.) When booking please advise us if anyone has mobility issues so that we can allocate the best/most practical seat to facilitate easier Reception of Holy Communion.