St Francis de Sales

62 Wood Ln, Yoxall, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, DE13 8PH

Brief History of St Francis de Sales

Our mother Church, St Francis de Sales was the first post reformation public chapel in East Staffordshire. Built in 1794/1795 by Charles Talbot the then Earl of Shrewsbury, as a Catholic mission, when Hoar Cross Hall was demolished. Masses had been celebrated in the Hall in secret but with more freedom through the 1791 Relief Act the chapel we now gather in was opened. Originally simple and ‘barn like’ to avoid threats and attack it was extended in the 1840’s, made cruciform with porch and belfry with input from the renowned architect Pugin. The teachings of the 16th century French ‘Gentleman saint’ Francis de Sales made a deep impression on Bishop Challoner and Bishop Talbot. St Francis spoke of true devotion as seeking and doing the will of God.

The Church celebrated 225 years of mission in 2019.

Holy Mass is usually celebrated here on a Monday and Thursday. Please check the parish newsletter for more details.

For all enquiries please contact the presbytery at the Barton parish.