Welcome to our Church . . .
Saint Gregory The Great in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon
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Welcome to St Gregory’s Stratford-upon Avon, a unique Roman Catholic parish, the home of the town’s Catholic Christian community and part of the universal church. Everyone has heard of Stratford because it is the birthplace of Shakespeare. It is both a traditional and historic typical English market town, but receives many visitors from all over the world, and is also home to an international community, comprising Europeans, especially Poles, and also Phillipinos. So here we see the church which is both local but also universal, revealed very clearly.
All who come here to worship and to visit, are warmly welcomed as God’s children and part of God’s family. We hope that they may experience God’s love and a spirit of profound prayer. Every Christian community is a family where people learn that they are loved and can therefore love others. St Gregory’s aims to foster that love and to sustain an active Catholic faith through the encouragement of personal spiritual development, combined with an active expression of faith by participating in parish life, and by reaching out and caring for to the wider community.
It is a monastic parish run by the Benedictine monks of Douai Abbey in Berkshire. It is situated on the River Avon in the beautiful countryside of South Warwickshire on the edge of the Cotswolds. Warwick, Coventry and Leamington are nearby and Birmingham is just over twenty miles away. The parish covers the ancient town of Stratford and the Shakespeare villages, which are within a radius of five miles, including Shottery, Wilmcote and Snitterfield. It borders no fewer than eight other catholic parishes, which is unusual – Wooton Wawen, Hampton-on-the-Hill, Warwick, Kineton, Shipston, Chipping Campden, Bidford and Alcester. Stratford is an important tourist centre and receives many visitors from all parts of the UK, and from all over the world. Many of them form a component part of the congregation of St Gregory’s.
At the heart of the community’s worship of God is the Mass. At Mass we remember and share in Christ’s death and resurrection; the saving mystery which heals us and brings us immortality and in which the living God becomes truly present in our midst.