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.


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

Prayer Requests

Please pray for Marien and all her intentions;  for all those affected by violence in Israel and Palestine; for the success of Mark’s studies, his job as a TESOL (Teaching English as a second language) teacher, for financial support and for healing; for David that he can find a suitable job which will free him from financial difficulties and problems; for the work of animal charities and their financial security as they provide protection and food for our pets; for Soo and for the repose of the soul of Jenny; for peace and healing for Robert; for a man who wants to regain his purpose in life and to see and understand what God’s plan is for him so that he may obtain some peace, stability and happiness; for Mufide Mary R, all her family, the repose of the souls of her parents, Mehmet and Nedime R, and for all her intentions; for Jayne, Claire, Paul, Joan, Ellen, Gerald,  Margaret, Cathy, Bev and Peter; for all children undergoing cancer treatment; for the special intentions of Brent, Stacey, Whitten, Asher, Steven, Nancy, and Michael Keith; for the repose of the souls of John H. and Lillian Cunningham and for Erwin and Ruth Keith; for Katy.

Laura’s progress May 2021 28th May marks two years since the beginning of Laura’s epic journey through Guillain Barre Syndrome (Miller Fisher Strain).  What a journey and amazing challenge for her (and the whole family!).

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

Circle Club (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions)

The Circle Club, for elderly people in surrounding areas of the parish, meets in Compass House on 48 Tuesdays in the year. Approximately 30 people are cared for in the Club and for many it is the highlight of their week. Tea/coffee is served at 11.00 and an excellent lunch is provided by chefs from the School. If for some reason Compass House is not available ample notice is given. If you or anyone you know would like to pop along to sample what is on offer you will receive a warm welcome. For more information please contact Heather Eves

If you have a car and a little spare time on Tuesdays the Club is looking for extra drivers to join the rota. Members need your help to come to Compass House for 11.00 am and to go home around 2.30 pm. If you can help please contact Anne on 01444 811431. Thank you.

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.

Lockdown Mums

Lockdown has affected many of us in different ways. For those of us with babies and very young children, staying at home can be  isolating when we might usually fill our day with baby groups or visiting family and friends. A couple of us from Worth Abbey have been meeting up on Zoom for a virtual Mother & Baby group and we’d love it if you could join us. If you are a mother of a baby or pre-schooler and you think you would be interested, please email me for more information on, I’d love to hear from you!