St Winefride's Catholic Church, Holywell

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Holywell has been a place of pilgrimage since the seventh century. It is the only shrine in Britain that can show an unbroken history of pilgrimage to the present day.


The town gets its name from the shrine. “We know not when the place first began to be called Holywell, probably very soon after the Saint’s death, Father Dykes tells us that the first mention of the place in the reign of Henry the Second, about 1150, names it as Holywell; it was then but a small village, and long afterwards it grew into a town. All through the middle ages, we are told, “devotees from all parts of Christendom” were in the habit of coming to the Well, and it doubtless was an inducement for the foundation of a monastery at Basingwerk, about a mile from the site of the fountain.” (Mother Magdalen Taylor, St Winefride, or, Holywell and its Pilgrims.)


We gratefully remember all the saintly Priests who served our church and kept alive the flame of faith even during the darkest times of Reformation when catholic priesthood was considered a deadly crime. Their faith and commitment remain as a perpetual source of inspiration.


St Winefride, Pray for us

Parish Priest:        Fr Justin Karakadu SDV

Telephone:            01352 713181

Mobile:                  07542 268736

email:                     [email protected]


Important Information regarding

St Winefride's Church Car Park

Please see the below letter regarding car park controls:







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Updated Parish Information Form.


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Dear Parishioner,


I look forward to welcoming you to church during this Christmas time. Due to Covid 19 we will have to follow the guidelines from the Welsh Government but  these are the plans at the moment.


Christmas & New Year Celebrations in the church.


24th December:      1st Christmas Vigil Mass at 5pm

                               2nd Christmas Vigil Mass at 7pm

                               Midnight mass starts at 11 pm


25th December       Christmas Day mass at 10 am


26th December:      Solemnity of the Holy Family (Vigil mass ) 6pm


27th December:      Solemnity of the Holy Family mass at 10 am


31st December:      Mass of thanksgiving at 10 am


1st January 2021    New Years day mass and the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.


Since our seating is limited it is imperative you book in advance.

Email; [email protected]

Text your name and date of the masses you wish to attend on 07542268736 or ring the parish office on 01352 713181

Please note the guidelines may alter so please continue to check the website.


Fr. Justin Karakadu  SDV