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CORONAVIRUS:  From Saturday 5th December, Masses will be celebrated on Saturdays at 5.00pm, Sundays at 9.30am, and on Tuesdays at 10.00am. The Abbey Church will be 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 will also be 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.

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.

Abbot Luke writes: Welcome to the Ordination to the Diaconate of Dom David Jarmy

I am delighted to inform you that Bishop Richard Moth will be ordaining Br David to the Diaconate on Thursday 17th December 2020, at the 5.30pm Conventual Mass.  Continue reading



Fr Aidan, Fr Roderick, Br Anthony and Fr Gabriel in Brighton from January 4th 2021 Abbot Luke writes: We initiated a new venture in 2019, when Fr Peter and Fr Roderick went to live alongside the Wellspring Community – a community of young lay people formed in their Benedictine spirituality by the Worth monastic community. Building on that experience, we are launching a new phase of our monastic presence in Brighton Continue reading 


Can you help the NHS deliver a large-scale vaccination programme? The NHS is recruiting health professionals and volunteers to join the NHS COVID-19 team. Find details of the recruitment process here.

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

A Thank You letter from the Haywards Heath Food Bank 25th November 2020

Prayers, anniversaries, readings 28th November 2020

Sunday Mass Sheet  for the 1st Sunday in Advent (Year B) 29th November 2020  and Credo VII

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

Find resources for prayer, reflection and celebration during the Season of Advent in Latest News

Details of Advent retreats in The Open Cloister can be found here 



Update on Laura’s progress November 2020

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

Worth School Wednesday Worship 25th November 2020

Bishop Richard’s Podcast for the 1st Sunday in Advent (Year B) 29th November 2020  ‘Openness to grace enables us to be real people in the fullest sense of of the word.’

The Parish Traidcraft stall is open for sales and home delivery. This year has been a difficult one for so many and has presented challenges for everyone, including charities, such as Traidcraft. With the church closed and no after Mass socialising for much of the year, we’ve sadly not been able to open the Traidcraft stall. However, we do have a small number of items in stock for sale. If you would like to purchase any of these please email Beryl McNulty, giving your address and telephone number. Sr Jo has very kindly offered to deliver orders to your door. Payment can be made by cash or cheque on delivery. Cheques should be made payable to Worth Abbey Parish. You will find details of items available here. Shop Traidcraft’s Christmas products online here

Sunday 29th November, the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, is  observed annually on or around 29 November, solemnly commemorating the adoption by the Assembly, on 29 November 1947, of resolution 181 (II), which provided for the partition of Palestine into two States. Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice, a broad network of allies including Palestinian Christians and international friends of Kairos Palestine, issue Cry for Hope  an urgent call to end the oppression of the Palestinian people.


Roses in December Festival:  Remembering 4 women of El Salvador, Tuesday 1st December – Wednesday 2nd December. December 2nd marks the 40th anniversary of the Roses in December martyrs, Dorothy Kazel, OSU, Maura Clarke, MM, Ita Ford, MM and Jean Donovan who were brutally murdered by the U.S.-supported Salvadoran military for their ministry and for their dedication to those living in poverty. They were called “subversives” because they were accompanying refugee families who had fallen victim to the escalating violence and oppression that eventually led to civil war.


Prayer Request Form

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

Please pray for Geraldine who is anxiously waiting a diagnosis of her illness.

Please pray for Nick, Sam, Harriet, Marianna and Margaret.

Please pray for Kangmin Men and his family. Kangmin suffered a stroke in May and remains in a coma in hospital in China. His family are unable to visit him because of coronavirus restrictions.

Please pray for the return to good health of Katherine Silsby.

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.

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 November 2020

We pray that the progress of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence may always serve humankind.