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Diocesan COVID-19 Update, Tuesday 5th January 2021

England has entered a new period of lockdown with people encouraged to work from home wherever possible and schools and colleges closed. The celebration of public Mass, weddings and funerals is still permitted, though there are restrictions in place. The Diocese has issued guidance for the Celebration of Communal Worship and Life Events.

CORONAVIRUS: Masses are celebrated on Saturdays at 5.00pm, Sundays at 9.30am, and on Tuesdays at 10.00am. The Abbey Church is open for individual private prayer and Adoration on Thursdays from 2.00pm-3.00pm. There is also the opportunity for Confession in the Unity Room during the hour; do please ask the priest, who will be pleased to offer this Sacrament. Confession is also  available in the Unity Room from 9.00am on Sundays before Mass. Please note that entrance is by the East Door near the Unity Room. Please wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser and track and trace QR or paper form.

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Liturgy Live Streaming in the Abbey Church

We are streaming full video only for the daily Monastic Mass and Solemn Vespers (on Sundays + Solemnities), while continuing audio only for the other monastic prayer times. Details are available here.

Video live streaming of the Parish Sunday Vigil Mass celebrated each Saturday at 5.00pm can be viewed here.

Organ voluntaries January 2021

Fr Paul can be contacted on 01342 710313 or email parish@worth.org.uk

St Dunstan’s, West Hoathly is closed until further notice owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please remember that the green bin in the Parish Office porch is available for your food bank donations.


Holocaust Memorial Day Wednesday 27th January 2021: ‘Be a Light to Shine in the Darkness’

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a chance for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Details of events to commemorate HMD on the 25th and 27th January are in Latest News.



Deepening Prayer in Our Ordinary Life: an Open Cloister Online Weekend, 29th – 31st January 2021 The Weekend will explore how we can pray more contemplatively at home. Based at Worth Abbey and run by David Clayton and Michael Woodward there will be three days of immersive development looking at what motivates us to enter into prayer, praying alone and prayer relationships, including some discussion around spiritual accompaniment/direction. You will just need a smart phone, tablet or computer, with access to a Zoom account. For information get in touch at shotwithspirit@gmail.com

Bookings at TOC@worth.org.uk

Details of Open Cloister events planned for every other weekend until Easter can be found here.


Abiding in Christ: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th-25th January 2021

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. You can find more information here


Encounter the beauty of our faith and engage more profoundly with the Gospel message. Join a Diocese-wide  mission this Lent. More information in Latest News



Read the latest issue of the Diocesan Refugee Crisis Newsletter 2020

Prayers, anniversaries and readings 23rd January 2021

Sunday Mass Sheet for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 24th January 2021 and Credo VII

Worth School Wednesday Worship 20th January 2021

If you are able to help to bring Christ to others in a safe way during these difficult times please complete the Stewarding for Mass form. Thank you for your generosity

Parish Finances: details of how to support the parish by standing order and through the  Diocesan justgiving website can be found  here

‘Jesus calls us at every moment of our lives, for He wants us to be with Him, to be one with Him’: Bishop Richard’s Podcast for the Third Sunday of the Year (B), 24th January 2021

Prayer Request Form

If you have a prayer request please follow the link below and use the form on the following page. Earlier prayer requests can be found on the Pastoral Care page.

Please pray for Brian who is battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression that he may reach out to his friends for help during the pandemic.

Please pray for Mufide Mary R and all her family and for the repose of the souls of her parents, Mehmet and Nedime R.

Please pray for Rob, Paul and Sally.

Please pray for Joseph that his life, health and home will be blessed by God.

Please pray for Lawrence and his wife. Lawrence has recently been hospitalised in the UK and his wife is in Indonesia. It is a very challenging time for both of them whilst he regains his health and they plan their future together.

Prayer Request

Prayer Line: If you would like to pray with Father Paul he is available each day, except Sunday, from 10.00am – 11.00am. Please call him on 01342 710313.

About The Parish

We, the parish of Worth Abbey, in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, welcome parishioners from a wide area.  We benefit from a unique location among the Benedictine monastic community of Worth.  We wish to become, by the grace of God, a strong Community, united in prayer to Jesus and to one another, by relations of love and commitment.

Our mission is to foster values of welcome and hospitality towards our fellow Christians, and to those of other faiths and none.

We are committed to service and outreach to the poor and those in need; to evangelisation; to the young; and to the protection of God’s Creation.

We seek to build upon existing work to nurture a flourishing parish community.



West Sussex County Council are beginning to work with local communities to create less manicured roadside verges in a process known as ‘wilding’. These verges will attract pollinators and encourage wildflowers. This is part of the ‘Improving Local Places and Spaces’ initiative, empowering neighbourhoods to focus on local needs and priorities. Click here to find out more.

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention January 2021

Human Fraternity

May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.