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St Leonard’s Priory in Stamford to host historic mass

Mass will be celebrated at St Leonard's priory for the first time in 250 years. EMN-140625-161326001

Mass will be celebrated at St Leonard's priory for the first time in 250 years. EMN-140625-161326001

Mass will be celebrated at St Leonard’s Priory in Stamford for the first time in 476 years since its dissolution along with all other religious houses in Stamford in 1538.

The catholic service on Sunday, July 13, at 11.15am will mark 150 years since St Augustine’s Church, in Broad Street, Stamford, was built.

A spokesman said it was also a means of bringing the catholic community together.

“To mark the milestone, firstly, the interior of the church is being re-decorated this year,” the spokesman said.

“Secondly, this special Mass for the whole parish is taking place where everyone can come together in one place, pray, play and have a feast.”

Invitation to the mass is for everyone from the parish and surrounds as well as “all those who have been away for a while and those that are curious”.

The service at St Leonard’s Priory, in Priory Road (near the Morrisons roundabout), will be celebrated by Stamford parish priest Father Chris O’Connor and Benedictine monk Dom Henry Wandsbrough, who will give the sermon.

The open air mass in the grounds of the former Benedictine monastery - only the west front and north arcade of the Grade 1 listed church survive - will be followed by hog roasts, pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven and family games.

The celebrations are a “gift from the parish” to its parishioners, who are encouraged to bring along food to share as part of a mega-buffet. For more details contact Paul Sinfield on 01780-763464 or e-mail paul@thesinfields.com.

 

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