Year of Mercy, 8th December 2015 - 20th November 2016

'Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiv


Refugee Week, 20th -26th June




Different Pasts, Shared Futures

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20th June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Refugee Week is an important opporunity for asylum seekers and refugees to be seen, listened to and valued. Click on the image for more information about Refugee Week

Saturday, 25th June, Refugee Week Presentation and Supper in the Parish Office at 7.30 pm. The meal will be cooked by 2 refugees living locally. Please contact the Parish Office on 01342 710313 or email parish@worth.org.uk if you would like to come



You can find out more about Worth Parish's involvement with asylum seekers and refugees and ways in which you can help on the Refugees page and on the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group page which also includes information on the Refugee Tales Walk from the 4th - 8th July

Refugee Tales, a modern version of The Canterbury Tales, is an anthology of stories written by authors including Ali Smith, Chris Cleave and Marina Lewycka. They retell the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain's policy of indefinite immigration detention. The book offers a rare, intimate glimpse into otherwise untold suffering.  For a review of the book click here. Copies are available in the Abbey Bookshop at £9.99.



 Day for Life, 19th June: The Wonder of Human Life in Our Common Home



Day for Life is an annual celebration in the Catholic Church's year upholding the dignity of all human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death

There will be a second collection on the weekend of June 18th/19th to support the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, a Catholic Institute dedicated to research on themes concerning the dignity of human life

For more information on Day for Life click on the image



Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal

10 million people are facing food emergency in Ethiopia as El Nino bites, meaning that the rains have failed twice. Farmers are losing their crops, water sources are drying up, and farmers are struggling to keep themselves and their animals alive. Save the Children Fund estimates about 5.75 million children will be affected by the worsening crisis. CAFOD is scaling up its emergency response work to reach more people in desperate need. You can help CAFOD reach more vulnerable families who have run out of options and now need help to survive the drought. Please click on the images below to donate to CAFOD's emergency appeal. There will be a parish collection at all Masses on the weekend of 25th/26th June

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A farmer in his barren field          A girl walks past the carcasses of goats


Fr Paul's Visit to Irundu, April 2016 - click on the image for a slideshow



Fr Paul writes: My abiding impression of Irundu is one of immense warmth - both physical, over 30 C, but most of all human. The welcome which Paul and Ali Ambridge and I received from all whom we met was overwhelming, and I felt that, for those who have very few material possessions, human relationships are especially important. I was impressed by the enthusiasm for life, expressed particularly in their Sunday liturgy. Although I was disappointed that it lasted only two hours, and not the four hours I'd been expecting, the strength and beauty of the singing and evident devotion of the people who were packed into the parish church demonstrated a quality of faith which we would envy. Read more

To watch a video of the visit made by Ali and Paul Ambridge click here




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Centred on the Benedictine monastic community at Worth Abbey, our parish is in the Sussex Weald near the village of Turners Hill, just south of Crawley. A parish of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, it is a living and learning community where faith can develop and the lives of its people be enriched.


Worth Abbey Parish is a friendly Christian church, a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can discover  a way of living life more fully through developing a closer relationship with the person of Christ in a community of believers. Our common faith tells us that we are the loved people of a God who stops at nothing to show us this love; and through the mysterious working of the Lord Jesus in his Church we are allowed to share His Divine power.>


Worth Abbey is a community where people worship, learn and  share and where the important milestones of faith are celebrated. There are many opportunities in the parish for individuals of all ages, and families, to develop and explore faith and to learn more about the Church. All are welcome – whatever their background, knowledge and experience. You don’t have to have all the answers…but you can ask the questions.




Father Paul Fleetwood is the Parish Priest. He ws born in 1951 on the kitchen table of a farm house in a remote part of North Yorkshire where there was no electricity but many fleas! He was educated at Belmont Abbey School, a Benedictine school on the outskirts of Hereford. Here he loathed rugger, at which the School excelled, and loved music, in a minority of one. He then completed 4 years of higher education, studying Classics and Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse, and is still looking for a conversation partner. While at university he began to visit the Lay Community at Worth Abbey, being attracted by what he had heard of their mission in Peru. Read more ...

Fr Paul can be contacted on Tel. no. 01342 710313

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    Mandy Horton is the Parish Secretary.
Mandy works Tuesday to Friday in term time from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. In the school holidays she works for 3 hours, 3 days a week

Tel. no. 01342 710313


Come and Join a Walk in Solidarity with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Detainees, 4th - 8th July 2016

Refugee-Walk         Refugee Tales walks offer walkers an opportunity to reflect on the long and dangerous journeys that many refugees make fleeing war and persecution, seeking a safe place to live. Following paths taken by travellers for centuries, the walk will be from Canterbury to Westminster. A number of walkers will be walking the full 5 days and other people can register to join any part of the walk. Day walkers are welcome for just £5 a day and the evening events that follow are free. For more information and walk tickets click on the image          


Worth Abbey Parish, Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4SB Tel. no. 01342 710313
The parish is part of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton (Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust  registered charity 252878) (



13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 

"Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem. I will follow you wherever you go" Luke 9: 51-62

Mass Times at a Glance

Worth Abbey


(First Mass
of Sunday)

Daily Mass:
(Except Thur)

8.00am and 5..30pm

(for changes see In Touch)
Holy Days of Obligation:
7.30pm (Vigil Mass)
8.00am and 5.30pm

St Dunstan's

11.30 am

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Feast of Ss Peter and Paul




There will be a Vigil Mass on Tuesday, 28th June at 7.30 pm in the Abbey Church


 Refugees Welcome-Crawley

Now and for the foreseeable future simple basic items are needed for refugee families and individuals passing through Crawley on a short-term relocation basis. Click here for a list of suggested items.  Your help will be much appreciated and items can be left in the porch of the Parish Office


Sunday, 17th July

Diocesan Pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy
on Sunday, 17th July to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation at West Grinstead with Bishop Richard. There are limited places for each parish. If you would like to go please contact the Parish Office at parish@worth.org.uk or call 01342 710313


Justice, Power and Responsibility: How Can Democracy Work for the Common Good?. The 38th Annual Conference of the National Justice and Peace Network will be held at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire from 15th - 17th July 2016. Details can be found on the Justice and Peace page

Date for Your Diary

Saturday, 17th September 2016


Would you like to join a parish group to pick apples at St Cuthman's, the diocesan retreat house at Coolham, Nr Horsham on Saturday, 17th September from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm? There will also be an opportunity for prayer and to meet refugees housed in the area. Please call the Parish Office on 01342 710313 or email parish@worth.org.uk if you would like to come


Eucharistic Ministers take Holy Communion to parishioners who are ill or otherwise unable to attend Mass. If you know of someone who would like a home visit please contact the Parish Office at parish@worth.org.uk or call 01342 710313 










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