Fr. Paul Donovan:
As you know, Fr. Paul had been unwell since Christmas, his illness was eventually diagnosed as lymphoma and renal cancer and although he had become quite weak and obviously unwell, investigations were being made about an appropriate treatment plan: then unexpectedly early on Wednesday morning the 8th Feb Fr. Paul died.
It has been a great shock to all of us. Bishop Peter, Deacons Michael and Brin, Ann and myself had all seen Fr. Paul at different times throughout the day on Tuesday and spent time chatting with him. It is obviously a very sad and difficult time in the Parish so please hold each other in prayer during these days. Fr. Paul's funeral will be here at St. Augustine's, you will find the details below. Eternal rest give unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace.
Reception of the Body
Monday 20th February, 19:30
Tuesday 21st February, 11:00
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Review of the Year 2015-16
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St Augustine’s parish has been at the centre of Catholic life in High Wycombe for more than 120 years and we are fortunate to belong to a community experiencing growing numbers.
Our parish has a long and interesting history dating back to 1889 when local landowner Philip F. Rose, a convert to the Catholic faith, asked Bishop Arthur Riddell to set up a parish here.
Fr Herbert Ignatius Beale was appointed to High Wycombe in 1889 to serve the small Catholic community in South Bucks, and in 1894 the church of St Augustine’s in Castle St was consecrated. The church we know today on Amersham Hill was opened in 1957.
From here there developed the other churches in High Wycombe – St Wulstan’s, Totteridge, and Our Lady of Grace at Booker, now combined in the parish of Blessed John Henry Newman - and St James, Downley, and St Edmund Campion at Hazlemere, sadly no more.
Today we are blessed as a parish having more than 500 families, a vibrant liturgy, a beautiful church building, good social facilities, and strong and active lay leadership in many aspects of parish life.
The Parish Priest is Monsignor Paul Donovan and the Deacon is the Revd Brin Dunsire.
High Wycombe Mission 6th-21st May 2017
Come just as you are…I have called you by your name.
Please say our Mission Prayer every day:
Father we thank You:
that You have always loved us,
whatever our state or belief,
that You have sent Your Son, Jesus,
to help us find our way back
into Your family,
and that You know each of us,
and have called us by name.
During our mission may we:
understand more deeply
the Good News of the Gospel,
hear more clearly
Your voice in Scripture
and respond more eagerly
to Jesus’ call.
May our lives be so transformed
by Your Holy Spirit’s power
that they shine as beacons of light
drawing all to "come and see"
what You have to offer,
and to celebrate together
Your measureless love.
Through Christ Our Lord,