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CORONAVIRUS: the Parish Office is now open on Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. The Parish Office can be contacted by email parish@worth.org.uk

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.

Click here for COVID-19 updates

On Tuesday 27th October Mass will be celebrated at 8.00am and not 10.00am, as the monastic community will be holding discussions on that day.


On Monday 2nd November there will be a Mass for All Souls Day at 8.00am.

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

In the absence of printed mass sheets, and in response to the enthusiasm and interest of those who have asked for them, details of D’Arcy’s Organ Voluntaries will be posted monthly on the parish website.

Sunday 25th October is the 50th Anniversary of the Canonisation of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales

Bishop Richard writes : Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This day in 1970 marked a most significant moment for the Church in England & Wales. Saints John Fisher and Thomas More had been canonised in 1935, but on this day, forty martyrs of the 16th and 17th centuries were canonised by Pope St. Paul VI. This group of saints (laywomen and men, priests and religious) includes our own Diocesan Patron, St. Philip Howard. Read more in Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Letter for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) and the 50th Anniversary of the Canonisation of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, 25th October 2020  or watch the video 


National Rosary Rally, Saturday 31st October 2020 for Faith, Life and Peace to Prevail in Our Nations

October is the month of the Rosary and this year, more than ever we are being encouraged to pray for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to bring a strengthening of faith to our lands in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Bishop Richard will lead the Holy Rosary on 31st October between 9am-10am from Arundel Cathedral. This is part of the Rosary Whirlwind British Isles which ends on 31st October. The hour will be live streamed here

Church Action on Poverty ‘No child should go to bed hungry’

Government should support vulnerable children & #endchildfoodpoverty by implementing 3 recommendations from the National Food Strategy to expand access to Free School Meals, provide meals & activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger & increase the value of and expand the Healthy Start scheme. Please sign the petition


Pope Francis signs his encyclical on St Francis’ tomb in Assisi

Pope Francis’ third encyclical – Fratelli Tutti – is inspired by the life and example of St Francis of Assisi, his love for the poorest and his openness to all and was completed during the global coronavirus pandemic. You can read the full text here or for summaries go to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales website.

Twenty important quotes from Fratelli Tutti.




The Abbey Church Is Open for Public Mass

The Abbey Church is open for some celebrations of the Eucharist. These will take place each week on Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 9.30am and Tuesday at 10am. (To protect the health of vulnerable monks, the monastic Sunday mass is livestreamed at 11.30am).

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.

Details of audio live streaming of daily Mass and the Divine Office in the Abbey Church can be found here

Mass Sheet for the 50th Anniversary of the Canonisation of the 40 Martyrs 25th October 2020 and Credo VII,


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


If you are able to assist with counting the collections at Mass please see information here.



Prayer Request Form

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

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.

Prayer and Worship Resources

Resources for prayer and worship during the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus resources for children, young people and their families.

Diocesan Updates


Bereavement Supporters Course January 2021

There is a network of trained Bereavement Supporters across the Diocese who journey alongside the bereaved and the dying and are trained to offer supportive listening. Do you find it easy to empathise with people? Are you a good listener? Our next Bereavement Supporters course begins in January 2021 and will run on Tuesdays for seven weeks. Participants will be taught a wide range of important skills enabling them to work within their parish, supporting the clergy in meeting the needs of the bereaved.

To find out more about the Diocesan Ministry of Consolation speak to Father Paul (01342 710313) or contact the Marriage and Family Life Project Officer on 01293 651155 or email simon.south@abdiocese.org.uk

Closure of St John’s Seminary,Wonersh

Calling all Young Adults of the Diocese (20-30 somethings)

Before the current restrictions, our Youth and Young Adults’ Advisor had plenty of big plans for helping you get to know other Catholics of a similar age, to form communities where you are free to be yourself, to explore your faith, to grow in friendship, and to be in a safe place for you to realise your Catholic identity. However, this has all had to go on hold. We cannot have a Prosecco and Praise Night and remain COVID secure! What we would like to do is invite anyone who is interested to join a focus group. This group will meet virtually to discuss the needs and desires of young adults in the Church, and, if you would like, be involved in coming up with some creative ways to meet those needs. If this sounds like a project you would like to be part of, please contact the Youth Service Secretary Rosie at rosie.read@abdiocese.org.uk or 01293 651161

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.



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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention October 2020

The Laity’s Mission in the Church: We pray that by virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.