Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Thursday, 19th January: Conventual Mass is at 5.10 pm


15th January 2017, World Day of Migrants and Refugees: "Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless"


In his Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis draws our attention to "the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone." He asks everyone "to take care of the young, who in a three-fold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners and they have no means to protect themselves ... Among migrants, children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless."



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th - 25th January 2017


"Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us" (2 Corinthians 5: 14-20)

The theme for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been prepared by a group of German Christians. Their choice of a 'wall' as a symbol of sin, evil and division explicitly refers to the Berlin Wall. The text from 2 Corinthians announces that God has, in Christ, reconciled the world to himself. The love of Christ compels us to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, which is enacted by dismantling the walls. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany experienced how a seemingly insurmountable wall could be brought down. The fall of the wall is a symbol of hope that, with the love of God, nothing is impossible. For daily reflections on the theme of Christian Unity Week click on the image

For more information on Ecumenism click here

On Sunday, 22nd January there will be an ecumenical service from 3.00 - 4.00 pm in the Abbey Church



Diocesan Annual Justice and Peace Assembly, Saturday, 28th January 2017, "Am I a Good Neighbour? The Challenge of Laudato Si' and the Principle of the Common Good", Christian Education Centre, Crawley, 10..00 am to 4.00 pm



Father Augusto Zampini Davies, Theological Adviser to CAFOD, will reflect on Laudato Si' (On Care for Our Common Home) published by Pope Francis in June 2015. This is a love letter to all mankind and an urgent call to tackle the global human and ecological crisis. With an emphasis on integral human development and the interconnectedness of the 'Cry of the earth' and the 'Cry of the poor', Fr Augusto will share thoughts on how we are all both part of the problem and part of the solution. 


Please bring lunch to share                            



 For a daily reading of the Rule of St Benedict click here,






Spend a 3-Minute Retreat with God Each Day



Daily Prayer with Sacred Space



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) (



Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)


"Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world" John 1: 29-34

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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Thursday, 26th January, Crawley Interfaith Network Speaker Evening, 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Andrew Edmondson, founder of West Sussex Humanists, will speak on Humanism Explained at Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, RH10 6HG. Further details from Iyad Daoud contact@crawleyinterfaith.net or 01293 883372



Sunday, 29th January, Parish Walk

Join other parishioners for a picturesque walk through woods and fields (approx. 4.5 miles), starting at 11.15 am from the car park behind The Bent Arms, Lindfield. Lunch is at 1.45 pm; walk halfway or just come for lunch. Contact Christina cfitzs3287@aol.com or Trisha TrishiaSol@aol.com 


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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