The Chapel

“Stonors have lived at the spot for eight and a half centuries defying Reformation and revolution. Mass has always been celebrated in the place.” Simon Jenkins, England’s Thousand Best Houses.

Steeped in family history, the original Chapel of the Holy Trinity was built in the late 13th Century on the site of a prehistoric Stone Circle.

Look closely at the southeast corner and you will see that it rests upon one of these mystical stones - a symbol of Christianity adopting the ancient site as its own.

Once inside, sunlight floods through the superb stained glass, lighting the chapel and allowing visitors to see Graham Greene’s great gift, a series of artworks called ‘Stations of the Cross’ by Jozef Janas, a Polish prisoner of war in World War II.

Only two other British chapels have always been catholic and we’re proud to say that mass and weddings continue to be celebrated here to this day.

Mass is celebrated every Sunday in the Chapel at 10:30am - all are kindly welcome. 

The Ash Wednesday service is on Wednesday the 6th March at 10.30am.  

“Here in this chapel we are confronted by an awesome continuity of human experience…on this rock of one family’s enduring faith in good times and bad has indeed been built a church…”

- Rt Revd Lord Runcie, late Archbishop of Canterbury

 

Holy Week Services 2019

Palm Sunday

Sunday 15 April

Mass 10.30am and distribution of palms

Maundy Thursday

Thursday 18 April

Mass of the Last Supper

7.00pm

Good Friday

Friday 19 April

Solemn Liturgy

3.00pm prompt

Holy Saturday

Saturday 20 April

Please contact the Parish Church of St Edmund Campion,

Watlington

01491 612431

Easter Sunday

Sunday 21 April

Mass

Mass 10.30am

 

Confessions are heard half an hour before each Mass

In 2014 the Chapel received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to re-tile the Chapel and Clock Tower roofs, and improve the building’s rain water system.

The Chapel Restoration Fund has also gratefully received grants from the J Paul Getty Jnr Trust, the Country Houses Foundation, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Trust, All Churches Trust and donations from regular worshippers.

Work, carried out by traditional craftsmen, included weather proofing the Chapel, faithfully reusing or replicating existing material. 

 

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