St Benedict’s Parish

UPDATE 26th February 2021: As per current government guidelines, the abbey church is open again for public Mass. See below for the days and times.

Saturdays at 4.30 p.m.

Sundays at 11 a.m.

Monday to Saturday (inclusive) at 8.35 a.m. in the Abbey Church

Holy Ghost, Midsomer Norton: Private prayer is as follows – Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. until 11.00 a.m..

The Easter Timetable: All the services of the Holy Week Liturgy will be celebrated in the Abbey Church as follows:

1 April, Maundy Thursday – 6 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper

2 April, Good Friday – 3 p.m. Friday of the Passion of the Lord

3 April, Holy Saturday – 8 p.m. The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

4 April, Easter Day – 9.30 a.m. Mass during the Day (combined with the Mass of the Monastic Community) – 11 a.m. Mass during the Day

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. 

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 (dommichael@downside.co.uk)
Fr Leo – 01761 235107 (domleo@downside.co.uk)

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