Parish of St Benedict

St Benedicts Church

Parish Priests: Dom Michael Clothier, Tel: 01761 235111. Dom Boniface Hill Tel: 01761 235115

Arrangements for Masses over the Easter Period

Maundy Thursday 7pm
Good Friday 3pm
Easter Sunday 9am & 11am
Easter Vigil in the Abbey Church 9pm

There will be no Easter Vigil at St Benedict’s.
There will be no 5pm mass on Saturday evening and no 6pm on Easter Sunday evening.

Weekly Mass Times

Saturday 5pm at St Benedict's

Sunday 9am at St Benedict's

Sunday 10am in the Abbey Church

Sunday 11am at St Benedict's

Sunday 6pm at St Benedict's

Rosary Thursdays 7pm.

Confessions Before Mass and by Appointment

Book about the St Benedict's Catholic Parish

A book about St Benedict's Catholic Church, Parish and School was published this week by Downside Abbey Press. Part of a series on local Catholic Parishes being proposed by the Abbot of Downside, Abbot Aidan Bellinger, this book has a long history.

The origins of the book may be found in a study carried out by Gerald Brine, a one-time resident of the parish of Stratton on the Fosse who moved to London in his thirties. The result of the study was written by Gerald in 1972 as a twenty page document which came into the possession of the current author, Frances Daniels. For a long time, she was keen on publishing Gerald's document as she felt it would be very interesting to the parishioners of the Church.

Frances is a researcher who has been helping others discover their family history, as well as uncovering her own, for twenty-five years. She has published three books concerning her family history. This current book, her most ambitious, has taken two years of research, building on the work done by Gerald Brine.

The book details the foundation of the parish after the monks infamously walked from the canal at Paulton to Downside in 1814, the history of the church and the parish priests, along with information about the parish registers. The Churchyard contains some graves of notable persons such as Edward Green who was Herald of Somerset and Sir Rowland Blennerhasset who was a distinguished parliamentarian in Ireland and President of Queen's College, Cork. The book also contains a wonderful collection of photographs, both historical and modern, about the religious, scholastic and social life of the village, many of which have never been published before.

Previously unpublished data in the book includes a list of parish priests, Easter communicants of 1858, members of the congregation in 1895, WW2 Evacuees and Members of the Temperance Society. Also included is work by Sir Mervyn Medlicott regarding Monumental Inscriptions and by Alfie Smith concerning a plan of the graveyard along with details of many of the burials that took place there.

Copies of the book may be obtained from the Downside Abbey Bookshop, telephone 01761 235174 or email

The Church Council is currently in abeyance

Please note that Frances Daniels is no longer the Editor of the St Benedict's Newsletter

Location of various buildings around Abbey Road.

Map Abbey Road