Worth Abbey Parish: Evolving from Maintenance into Mission, Part of the Worth Abbey Discipleship Centre

“Every Baptised member of the Catholic faith is called to evangelise and is called to be a missionary disciple”. (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)

The Diocesan response to the call to evangelise was launched on 18th September 2018 in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – The Word Who Is Life. The Crawley Deanery meeting to discuss the Pastoral Plan will be held in The Friary Hall on Tuesday, 11th December at 7.30 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (2015) has written an excellent article on evangelization: To Discern and Reform: the ‘Francis Option’ for Evangelizing a World in Flux

Worth Abbey Parish offers an invitation into community and sacred space where we encounter Christ, the source of our journey and mission.

Working closely with Father Paul to develop the plans and activities for the Parish and wider communities, and to enable us to transform our parish from Maintenance to Mission, are the following teams:

Evangelisation Core Team (ECT) will be working through the Divine Renovation Guidebook and will develop ideas, suggestions and options for the wider Parish through the Parish Team of Ministries (PTM). The Evangelisation Team have all completed Re-Lit and are actively involved in catechetics, prayer ministry and Alpha. They are: Charlie Tibble, Chris Carroll, Theresa Hobson-Frohock, Coordination: Marie-Claire McMenemy.

The foundation to Divine Renovation and our response to Evangelisation is Alpha. The team for our first programme launched in mid-September 2018 is: Hosts – Will Desmond, Conal O’Callaghan and Charlie Tibble; Supporters: the Forerunner Team -Caroline Tully, Hannah Phoenix and Rebecca Blakey; Coordination – Theresa Hobson-Frohock and Marie-Claire McMenemy.

Parish Team of Ministries (PTM) will represent the groups and activities which are areas of our Parish life. Their role will be to engage with and actively listen to the groups they represent and share the rich diversity of contributions as plans are developed that have at their heart our primary focus of Evangelisation, within the context of the Diocese and Worth Discipleship Project. Members of the Parish Team of Ministries are: Giles Horner (Finance Committee); Kir Horner (International Development and Social Outreach); Meg Rew (Communications); Rachel Davies (Catechetics, Junior Church and Safeguarding); Carol Morice (Liturgy – Saturday 5.00 pm Mass); Mandy Horton (Liturgy – Sunday 9.30 am Mass); Jerry Loney (Liturgy – St Dunstan’s).

Hearing All Voices – Paramount to our success will be in sharing and hearing the diverse thoughts and ideas from all parts of our Parish – as we pray, discern and distil, into positive action, for the development of our Parish and its role in the Mission of the Church. The key date for this will be a Parish Workshop on 25th November 2018 (details to be announced nearer the time).

Dates for your diary in December:

Monday, 17th December: Parish Reconciliation Service at 7.45 pm

Advent: launch campaign for Alpha for All

Sunday, 23rd December: Carol Service for the Parish and wider friends and families at 4.00 pm

For those wishing to become a member of the Catholic Church we have a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) with a supporting programme. To register an interest please contact Fr Paul on 01342 710313 or email  parish@worth.org.uk