St Benedict’s Parish

UPDATE 2ND DECEMBER: As per current government guidelines, the abbey church will open again for public Mass. See below for the days and times.

Saturdays at 4.30 p.m. beginning on 5 December

Sundays at 11 a.m. beginning on 6 December

Monday to Saturday (inclusive) at 8.35 a.m. in the Abbey Church beginning on 7 December (Tuesday 8 December Mass is at 9.30am, not 8.35am)

Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9.45 a.m. in Midsomer Norton, Church of the Holy Ghost beginning on 8 December

Please remember that the wearing of facemasks and the rules for social distancing will remain in place for all those attending Mass.

Masses continue to be recorded and made available on the Downside Abbey website and can be found here.


Welcome! Whether you are a regular parishioner, new to the parish, returning to the Church, a visitor, or perhaps just interested in what we do, our parish community extends a warm welcome to you all.

Fr Michael has been Parish Priest since 1996 and has recently been joined by an assistant Parish Priest, Fr Leo. Both are Benedictine monks from Downside Abbey.

The Roman Catholic Parish of St Benedict’s covers an extensive area including Midsomer Norton, Radstock and surrounding villages. St Benedict’s, our main church, is located in the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse. However, some weekday services are also held at The Holy Ghost located in Midsomer Norton.

Fr Michael and Fr Leo are available (contact details below) to help you with any queries you may have regarding sacraments and other services offered by the Church. This website tells you almost everything you need to know about our parish life, so enjoy exploring it.

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Fr Michael Fr Leo

Contact details
Fr Michael – 01761 235111 (
Fr Leo – 01761 235107 (

You can order a copy of the parish’s history (online only at the moment) by clicking the image below: