St Benedict’s Parish

[update: 7 August 2020]

Please note that face masks will be mandatory in places of public worship from Saturday 8th August 2020.

Mass for parishioners will be in the Abbey Church. Please read this link for details. A regular Mass at the Holy Ghost, Midsomer Norton will be at 9.45 a.m. on Tuesdays.

[From 20 July 2020] The parish is open for private prayer [St Benedict’s]: Monday: 6 – 7 p.m., Wednesday 10 – 11 a.m. and 6 – 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Saturday 10.30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 


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: