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             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 


Thursday, 27th October. Mass is at 5.30 pm


World Mission Sunday, 23rd October: Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy


Missio is responsible for coordinating World Mission Sunday and provides new, young or poor dioceses with the essential support they need on their journey to becoming self-sufficient. World Mission Sunday is our chance to show love and solidarity to our brothers and sisters overseas who share our faith

WMS-2016   In his Message for this day Pope Francis says "all of us are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God's tenderness and compassion to the entire human family." Read more    


WMS-donate Your donation goes, in its entirety, to support churches, hospitals, school and vocations where the Church is new, young or poor. By giving a donation we respond to Christ's call to feel the hungry and clothe the naked. Click on the image to donate online           


Irundu Workshop Appeal 

Irundu-Workshop   Gaining a qualification is really important for young people in our friendship parish in Irundu, Uganda. Thanks to great work by Worth School Junior House under the leadership of parishioners, Ali and Paul Ambridge, a workshop for training car mechanics has been built. Before the training can start we need to provide equipment, from welding goggles (£4) to old petrol and diesel engines (£500). Our target is £5000. Please contribute generously so we can get training under way as soon as possible, and change the lives of young people in one of the poorest parts of Uganda         
Car Mechanics Workshop, Irundu            

To help us fill the workshop space click on the image for details of equipment costs. Print out and complete the form and send to Worth Abbey Parish Office, Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, West Sussex RH10 4SB. You can also donate online at



A hugely successful Mass and Reception were held on 8th October to mark the Worth-Irundu Friendship, at which Paul Ambridge launched the Car Mechanics Workshop Appeal. The London-based Uganda Martyrs Choir together with drummers provided exhilerating music in the Abbey Church and afterwards at the well-attended reception in Compass House




Outreach Peru 



The Ayacucho Children's Orphanage-Care Home caters for about 80 children, from babies up to the age of 18.

Outreach Peru would be very grateful for donations of baby/children's clothing and shoes before or by 31st October. Please leave donations marked 'Outreach Peru' in the Narthex


Sister Theresa with 2 abandoned babies            


Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar



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




 8th January 2017, The Johan Strauss Gala, 3.00 pm



The Johan Strauss Gala in the Royal Festival Hall, London, promises an enchanting afternoon of music and dancers, all in period costume. Enjoy all your favourite waltzes, polkas and songs from the Strauss era. 

Ticket price £35 which includes luxury coach travel from and return to Worth Abbey. A minimum of 40 people is needed to make this one-off event possible so please contact Sara on 01444 461236 or email as soon as possible.

Depart 12 noon, return approximately 8.00 pm





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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) ( 



30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)


"The publican went home at rights with God; the Pharisee did not" Luke 18: 9-14

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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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, 10th December, 2.15 pm


A local imam has invited parishioners to visit the Crawley Mosque in Broadfield on 10th December. Would anyone like to come? The visit might be an expression of friendship and solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as a way to learn about a faith tradition of great importance around the world, and one with which we Christians have much in common. If you are interested in coming please contact the Parish Office on 01342 710313 or

More details to follow


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 or call 01342 710313 










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