Continually strengthening our knowledge of the mystery of God and the role of Jesus in our salvation is an essential part of the modern day parish. It is vital in developing the role of various ministries within the church – the catechist, the liturgy planner, the Eucharistic minister to name only a few. The Parish Library aims to provide resources which will further this development.
The library provides a selection of books to enable parishioners to deepen their understanding of their faith. It also has books of devotional readings and some related resources to support academic studies.
All parishioners are welcome to borrow books from the library which is situated in the sitting room of St Benedict’s, the Parish Office. You can visit any time from Monday – Friday between 9.15 am – 1.15 pm and books can be borrowed by signing and dating the Borrowing Book.
Worth Abbey Bookshop is situated in the Narthex of the Abbey Church and serves both the parish and the wider Christian community. It is used by visitors taking part in weekend, midweek and individual residential retreats, quiet Fridays and anyone who comes to enjoy the stillness and solitude of the modern Church and the Abbey’s ancient woodlands.
The shop offers a wide and varied range of religious and spiritual reading, especially titles which reflect the Benedictine atmosphere of the Abbey. Authors include C.S. Lewis and Thomas Merton and titles cover subjects ranging from contemplation and meditation to the most recent Vatican documents. There is also a small selection of children’s books, CTS booklets and prayer books.
Greeting cards for religious occasions include sympathy and Mass cards from Quidenham Carmelite Monastery. CDs, which include Worth’s very own Chants for Saint Benedict, are also available. Aid to the Church in Need supplies the bookshop with olive wood holding crosses, rosary rings and rosary beads from the Holy Land and Burchells of Brighton Ltd. supplies St Benedict key rings, medals, small icons and crosses. Brother David in the monastery produces icons of St Benedict, Our Lady and other religious themes.
The shop is unmanned but is always open and payments can be made either by cheque/cash through the safe in the wall or by credit card on the Dona machine. Please come and visit us or if you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org