Roman Catholic Church
Stratford-upon-Avon

About St Gregory

Pope Gregory 1, commonly known as Gregory the Great , was one of the most fascinating of the early church leaders. He was in many ways the Apostle of England, sending monks from his former monastery, led by St Augustine, to convert Britain. We, in this country, owe to him our Christian faith.

Gregory was born in Rome around 540 AD, the son of a Roman Senator. Following his father’s death, he also embarked on a political career and rose through the ranks to become Mayor of Rome.

In 574 he entered the monastery of St Andrew and eventually became Abbot In 590, on the death of Pope Leo, Gregory was elected to succeed him - the first ever monk elected as Successor of Peter. St Gregory really wanted nothing more than to be a simple monk and struggled profoundly before finally accepting his election as the will of God.

At this time the affairs of both the church and society, were in chaos. He took over the civic and spiritual leadership of Italy, appointing governors of the various Italian cities. He did much to relieve the sufferings of the poor and was a great evangelist.

He wrote abundantly, more on a spiritual and practical level than doctrinal or theoretical. He also wrote about the life of his master St Benedict and other saints of the period. He was devoted to the Liturgy of the Church and promoted sacred music. The plainsong that comes down to us from this era is famously known as the “Gregorian Chant”.

Gregory who died in 604 AD, is known as one of the four greatest Fathers and Doctors of the Church.


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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