Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Thursday, 20th July: Concelebrated Mass at 5.30pm


Thursday, 31st August, Fiddler on the Roof





The Parish Events Group has secured 55 tickets for a matinee performance of a wonderful production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Chichester Festival Theatre at 2.30pm. The ticket price of £30 includes transport and a special treat after the performance!

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 Please contact Sara Barclay-Hudson as soon as possible to secure your seat, first come, first served (email sbh0369@yahoo.com or call 01444 461236)


Live-Simply-logo     "Let us protect our oceans, part of the "global commons", vital for our water supply and the variety of living creatures" (Pope Francis, Twitter, June 2016)


Eight million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year.

Take The Plastc Challenge - give up single use plastics whilst raising money to fight plastic litter. A day, a week or a month - how long can you last? Try reducing your plastic footprint. The amount of litter on our beaches is rising annually - support a Plastic Challenger to help MCS clear our coasts and seas of litter that kills seabirds, dolphins, turtles and other wildlife, and campaign to stop litter getting there in the first place. Plastic takes forever to degrade and single use plastic cannot be recycled. Visit The Plastic Challenge website for more details.


Saturday, 1st July, Faiths in Sussex Conference

Report from Tara Balcombe:

Having seen the item in In Touch about the interfaith gathering I decided to go with a friend. Although a free event, we were treated to a nice buffet lunch and had the opportunity to socialise with interesting people.

Following this we had a lovely afternoon which included circle dancing to peace songs from different religions, and then watching various groups perform songs, dances, music and poems from their own religions and cultures. We saw a large group of Muslim children sing several songs about Allah and peace; three girls from a Christian group dance to a song; a gospel choir sing several lively songs, and a group of Indian musicians and singers perform prayer songs.

We met interesting people and had some stimulating conversations at tea break as well.

I believe that I was the only Worth Abbey parishioner there aside from Father Paul (and the only one to witness him dancing to a Zumba piece!!), but I can recommend others to attend future interfaith events to broaden horizons and have an enjoyable experience in the process!

                  Sufi Dances of Universal Peace  



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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.


Transfigured in Christ: Young Adults' Summer Retreat, 24 - 28th August, Worth Abbey 



The week will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine monastic tradition, with talks from monks, space for reflection, participation in the rhythm of prayer with the monastic community (Divine Office), Lectio Divina, walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside and time for building community and friendships. The retreat is offered by The Open Cloister, Worth Abbey in collaboration with the Wellspring Community.

Costs: waged £155, unwaged £125

To book a place, please contact The Open Cloister at toc@worth.org.uk, phone 01342 710318 or print a Residential Retreat Booking Form

Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.





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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Parish Secretary: Maria Stribbling. Maria works Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 2.00pm.  She can be contacted by email on parish@worth.org.uk or by phone on 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) (



16th Sunday of the Year (A)


"Let them both grow until the harvest" Matthew 13: 24-43

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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Tuesday, 15th August, Feast of the Assumption



The Feast of the Assumption is a Holyday of Obligation. Masses will be at 8.00am, 5.30pm (Concelebrated Mass) and 7.30pm (Parish Mass)

Saturday, 19th August, Celebration of Fr Stephen's Golden Jubilee of Priestly Ordination


There will be Mass at 11.00am, followed by drinks and nibbles. Father Stephen advises that the weather will, of course, be fabulous!


The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network


We are all invited to become Apostles of Prayer. This can be done by sharing the monthly intentions of Pope Francis and his new 'Urgent Action' intentions announced each month. Click on the image for more information and to watch the monthly video

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

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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