Roman Catholic Church
Stratford-upon-Avon

Our Lady of Peace
and Blessed Robert Dibdale

Church Lane, Shottery, Warwickshire, CV37 9HQ

Due to a rapidly growing Catholic population it was identified that there was a real need for another Mass centre on the west side of town, in the Parish of St Gregory. Our lady of Peace at Shottery was finally opened on 22nd May 1973 at a Solemn Mass by Archbishop George Dwyer. In 1998 at the Silver Jubilee Celebrations, Archbishop Couve de Murville suggested that the name of Blessed Robert Dibdale should be added as he was a Marytr born in Shottery.

Restoration of the Church

Plans are under discussion for a complete restoration of the Church to take place and it is hoped to commence building work in the near future. We have a special devotion to him in the parish and he is patron of our upgrading the church at Shottery.

Blessed Robert Dibdale

Born of a Catholic Family in the village of Shottery, near Stratford- upon- Avon, he attended the English College at Rheims in 1579 and returned to England before his ordination in 1580. He was arrested at Dover immediately after landing but was released in September 1582. His activities from that date until March 1583 are obscure, but it is known that he again entered the English College at Rheims from that date. He was finally ordained in the Cathedral in Rheims on March 31st 1584. Father Dibdale returned to England in that year and was arrested two years later in London. He was imprisoned at Newgate and found guilty of treason (the 1585 statute had made it a treasonable offence to be a Catholic priest in England and Wales from this time.) Along with fellow priests John Lowe and John Adams, Father Robert died at Tyburn Tree in London on October 8th 1586. All three were hung, drawn and quartered.

In 1987 Blessed Robert Dibdale was beatified by Pope John Paul 2nd . In total there were 85 Martyrs of England and Wales.

 

Mass Times

22nd/23rd July 2017 The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time( year A)

St Gregory's
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5.30pm

Sunday:8.15am: Mass

Solemn High Mass
:11.15am. 
 
Polish Mass: 1.00pm

Our Lady of Peace
Sunday 9.30am

Weekday Masses
Monday 24th: 9.30am:Communion Service

Tuesday 25th :9.30am Mass

Wednesday 26th: 9.30am  Mass

Thursday 27th: 9.30am Mass.  

 Friday 28th:  9.30am Mass.
7.00pm Mass for the lately dead and July anniversaries



Saturday 29th July : 10.30 -11.30am CONFESSIONS
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 Monastic Experience Initiative at Douai  Abbey Friday 27th - Sunday 29th October 2017

Find out more by going to Vocations on the Sacraments page.


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