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 forgiven'



N.B. No 9.00 am Mass on Saturday, 28th May


Saturday, 18th June, Parish Retreat 


The Parish Retreat will be held in Compass House on Saturday, 18th June, beginning with coffee and ending with lunch. The theme for the retreat is Lectio Divina, the prayerful reading of Scripture, which Bishop Richard is keen to promote in the diocese during this Year of Mercy. Everyone is welcome, especially those who would like an introduction to this traditional form of prayer. Contact the Parish Office on 01342 710313 or email parish@worth.org.uk if you can come.

Click on the image for an introduction to Lectio Divina

To read Bishop Richard's Pastoral Letter for Trinity Sunday on the theme of Lectio Divina click here 



Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




 Wednesday, 17th August, Half a Sixpence. Book Quickly!!!!

Half-a-Sixpence   The Parish Events Group has secured tickets for a matinee performance of the iconic British musical, Half a Sixpence at the Chichester Festival Theatre. It's an exuberant performance including memorable songs from the original production. Luxury coach leaves Worth Abbey at noon for Chichester. After the performance, we serve up a delicious individual picnic tea with bubbly - and arrive back at Worth about 7.30 pm. All for £30!! Don't miss out on this great deal. Book quickly by emailing names and your contact details to Sara Barclay-Hudson at sbh0369@yahoo.com or phone 01444 461236        


Follow the Diocesan Response to the Refugee Crisis in the Refugee Crisis Newsletter Spring 2016


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




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





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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

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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) (



Trinity Sunday (Year C) 


"Everything the Father has is mine; all the Spirit tells you will be taken from what is mine" John 16: 12-15

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

Latest News

 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



Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis' eagerly awaited response to the Synod on the Family is now available in the Abbey Bookshop (£4.95)

 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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