St Mary’s, Brigg

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.

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.

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.)


St Mary’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.

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.

Saturday (First of Sunday) 6pm Holy Mass

Sunday 11am Holy Mass

Monday 9am Holy Mass

Thursday 7.00pm (Currently only on Zoom -live!) Holy Mass

Friday 7.00 pm. Holy Mass

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


5.15 – 5.45pm in

8.30 -8.50 am in Barton.

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
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.)

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


Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament and Private Prayer:

Thursday 10.00 0am-11am



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

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 Parishes. 

Or our Whattsapp Group for updates: ST MARY’s PARISH BRIGG

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

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North Lincolnshire DN20 8AS
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