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



Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Holiday Snaps!!

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Fr Paul with bike in Bad Ems      Taking the waters in Bad Ems    


Fr Paul has recently returned from his annual holiday in early August. He says: "I spent two weeks cycling down the Moselle and Lahn Valleys in France and Germany. I covered about 350 miles carrying about 20 kilos and camping by the river and on campsites. I ended up in Bad Ems which is twinned with Droitwich Spa. In the 19th century Bad Ems was the haunt of kings and emperors, who came to take the waters - they smell of rotten eggs. I preferrred the wine and beer! It is like a latter day Bath wih pretensions. I was chased out of one imperial restaurant because I was wearing my cycling shorts. The statue of Kaiser Wilhelm II frowned at me as I looked for somewhere humbler to buy my ice cream." 


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 Limburger Cathedral       Bike plus 20 kilos in Bad Ems  


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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


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) (



21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) 


"Men from east and west will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God" Luke 13: 22-30

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


Dates 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

Saturday, 8th October

The Worth-Irundu Friendship Committee is organising a Mass to celebrate our friendship with the parish of Irundu at 5.00 pm, followed by a reception. A local Ugandan choir has been invited to help the celebration


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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