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]


Church opening time for mass for this week


Sat. 19th Sept  (Vigil Mass) 6 pm


Sun. 20th Sept    10 am


Tue. 22nd Sept  10 am


Thu. 24th Sept 10am


Sat. 26th Sept (Vigil Mass) 6 pm


Sun. 27th Sept  (25th  Sunday in OT) 10 am


Please book for mass before you come in to the church

Fr. Justin Karakadu  SDV

Please ring 01352 713181

or Email ( [email protected])  to book your seat for mass.

Guidance on attending Mass at St Winefride's Church Holywell