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From September 2023, the School Sunday Mass returns to the traditional time of 10 am (the 11 am Parish Mass has now moved back to St Benedict’s Parish Church in Stratton-on-the-Fosse). The Mass takes place in Downside Abbey (also known as the Basilica of St Gregory). In term time, the Schola Cantorum of the School sings, and Holy Mass is celebrated with some solemnity. Afterwards, visitors are invited to gather for tea and biscuits.

Mass in the Abbey Church is not only for members of the school, but for anybody who would like to worship here. Whilst the School form a large part of the congregation during term time, we subscribe to Benedictine values of welcome, and of building communion with the wider church.

During the school holidays, Mass in the Abbey Church will continue to be celebrated each Sunday at 10 am by our Chaplain.

For any queries please contact Fr Michael Patey at

Please click here to read the Chaplain’s Reflections 

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