Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Ash Wednesday, 1st March: Mass and Imposition of Ashes at the 8.00am and 5.30pm Masses. A non-Eucharistic service with Imposition of Ashes in St Dunstan's, West Hoathly at 7.30pm

Thursday, 2nd March: Conventual Mass is at 6.45pm


Sunday, 26th February, Church Action on Poverty Sunday



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Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. We work in partnership with churches and with people in poverty themselves to find solutions to poverty, locally, nationally and globally

Church Action on Poverty Sunday takes place each year on the last Sunday before Lent. This Transfiguration Sunday we ask: if our churches are to be communities that put the poorest first, how must we change? What must we let go of? What sacrifices are we called to make?

How can we allow God to transform us into what Pope Francis has called a "poor Church for the poor"?

Church Action on Poverty suggests 3 ways in which we can help to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor: Give, Act and Pray

Give: you can support ordinary people to do extraordinary things. For example, a donation of £10 to Church Action on Poverty could pay a week's expenses for someone in poverty being trained as a community leader; a donation of £25 could help pay for someone in poverty to travel to meet senior politicians in Westminster. Donate now 

Act: get involved in Church Action on Poverty's email campaign to Close the Gap between rich and poor

Pray together for a transfigured church

You call us, God

You call us out of a harsh land and into freedom

You call us out of despair and apathy

You call us into a vision of another way of living


You call us, Jesus

You call us into hope and friendship

You call us to build your kingdom

You call us to break bread with you and with the hungry


You call us, Holy Spirit

You call us to transformation

You call us to shine into the darkness

You call us into the world to change it

Give us the strength to follow where you will, Amen

Marie Pattison, Katherine House 


 Monday, 27th February, Java and Jazz Restaurant, seated at 7.30 pm 

Pizza2       On behalf of the Worth Irundu Friendship Committee, the Parish Events Group is delighted to announce another great evening in the Java and Jazz Restaurant, Forest Row. Details of the evening can be found on the Social Events page    


Sunday, 5th March, Concert at 7.30pm


The Worth Abbey Choral Society and Kidbrooke Park Singers (with four wonderful young professional soloists), Conductor Michael Oakley, will perform music from Haydn's St Nicholas Mass. Orchestral works will include two concerto movements by J S Bach and Hoffmeister and orchestral music by Susato and Coates.

The concert is in aid of Outreach Peru

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Parish Pastoral Council Elections, 11th-12th March 2017

Eleven people have come forward to stand for PPC membership: Rachel Davies, Christina Fitzsimons, Ana Griffiths, Paddy Hall, Martin Harewood, Theresa Hobson-Frohock, Christopher Killick, Marian Killick, D'Arcy Trinkwon, Sophia Vaughan and Michael Weston-Burt.. Voting will take place before or after Mass when parishioners will be invited to choose from the candidates to fill the eight elected PPC positions. Photographs of the candidates are on the PPC page. If you do not know the candidates, please look out for them in the Narthex or at St Dunstan's on Sunday mornings or on Saturday evenings


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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 or Mobile no. 07764260216

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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


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) (



Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)


"Do not worry about tomorrow" Matthew 6: 24-34

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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Dates for Your Diary

Sunday, 5th March: a performance of music from Haydn's St Nicholas Mass in the Abbey Church at 7.30 pm. All are very welcome. There will be a retiring collection for Outreach Peru. 

National Justice and Peace Conference 2017 "A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: the Challenge of Pope Francis"



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Pray As You Go is a daily prayer download for MP3 players, combining music, Scripture, and some questions for reflection. Click on the image to to take Pray As You Go wherever you go! 

Ask for a Prayer

You are welcome to submit your requests for prayers for your intentions, however great or small. Please contact Fr Paul at parish@worth.org.uk

Parishioners' Corner


Notes from Rome by Bob Eade


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


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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