Pastoral Care

Bereavement Care

“Come to me all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

The Worth Abbey Parish Bereavement Support Team – Marian and Clare – are available to meet you either at St Benedict’s (Parish Office) or to visit you at home. Please contact the team by telephone via the Parish Office 01342 710313 or email;
Clare Harper on or
Marian Killick on


The Art of Dying Well offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. Professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy and history have informed the website content.

Diocesan Advice on Planning Your Funeral

If you are concerned about your own or a relative’s funeral Mass or the choices of care towards the end of life an information leaflet on ‘Instructions for My Funeral Mass‘  may answer your needs.

Prayer Requests

Please pray for Binoy Jude and his family issues, especially for his 7-year old son, Joshua who is unable to speak and needs a special school placement; for a young man whose life is full of troubles at home and at work; for Tony Wright who is in hospital following a stroke; for Andrew and his family and for all his intentions; for Radek and his sons, Jake and Toby; for Juan Pablo and Maria Isabel that they will settle into nursery school; for Immanuel who has been bullied at school that he will find joy and peace in his life; for Catherine who is waiting for hospital test results; for Katy; for a family looking for a new home, for their baby’s health and for the healing of an old friendship; for all those people, known and unknown to us, who ask for our prayers; for the repose of the soul of Ruth Hilda Turner and for her son, Andy; for Claire and family, Ellen, Debbie. Lucy, Keith, Cathy and Peter; for Carla who lives in supported housing and is fearful for her safety and well-being; for a family that their house-buying will be successful; for Phil, his mother, Lorraine, and for his relatives; for Diana who is experiencing a major crisis of faith and for recovery from depression as a result of the crisis; for Angelica and for her mother; for Magda and all her intentions; for David; for Soo, Claire and Margaret; for Derek; for Tatiana and Javier-Maria and all their intentions; for Mark that he will fully recover from cancer surgery and that his diabetes will be brought under control; for Melisa that she will be able to find a full time job; for Claire and Joshua; for Lorraine’s health and financial security and for the health of Seve, Jackie and Joe; for David; for Agustin and all his intentions; for the repose of the soul of Ursula Stockton; for Rebecca Atherton and Michael Phillips that they will be safe in their lives in the coming months; for Sue Munnery; for Anton that he may be eased from his suffering with tinnitus; for Marien and all her intentions Read more

Laura’s Christmas update November 2021

Where do you go …: a parishioner shares her experience of mental illness and the events that drove her into this, hoping that this may be of help to others who may find themselves in the same place.  Please call the Parish Office if you would like to get in touch with the author.

Holy Communion

Eucharistic Ministers take Holy Communion to parishioners who are ill or otherwise unable to attend Mass. If you know of someone who would like a home visit please contact the Parish Office at or call 01342 710313

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single, widowed, separated and divorced Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further details contact, phone 0161 9413498 or text 07895051103.


For people with intellectual disabilities going to church is both a spiritual and social space to share their lives and faith.  SPACE (Sacred Place for Accessible Communication and Empathy) is a resource of the Kairos Forum providing online resources for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. It encourages prayer, sharing stories and accompaniment across the world, and includes bible stories, small films with music, small prayer films, singing prayers, shared worship.

Youth: Action for Mental Health Support for children and young people living in and around Crawley. Supporting a child with mental ill health can be exhausting, demanding and frustrating. Often, it is difficult to find the help that they need and it is easy to end up feeling isolated. Our Parent Support group is for parents and carers of children and young people with mental ill health in the Crawley area and aims to provide a calm, relaxed and non-judgemental space to get away from it all for a short time and find support from people who ‘get it’. The group will run every Saturday morning from 9.30 – 11.30, in The Footlights Room at the Hawth in Crawley. You can come along anytime without the need to book. There is free parking and free refreshments will be provided.