Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Thursday, 30th March: Conventual Mass is at 5.30pm


            Live Simply           


Inspired by Pope Francis' message to care for our common home in his encyclical Laudato Si' parishes are reflecting on what it means for their own lives. CAFOD has created the livesimply award to enable parishes to respond in a practical way to his message by living more sustainably, living more simply and living in solidarity with the poor. For more details of CAFOD's award click on the image and for more information on the Livesimply Network click here




Pope Francis' Message for Lent 2017 "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift."

His message focuses on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in the Gospel of Luke (16: 19-31). The parable calls for sincere conversion and "provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happines and eternal life".        

Click on the image to read his message




Keeping Lent Holy









Silent Adoration each Friday of Lent in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from 1.00pm - 5.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Please contact Fr Rod (rjones@worth.org.uk) for more details 

'Holy Hour' from 7.00pm - 8.00pm followed by Stations of the Cross in the Abbey Church, starting on Friday, 10th March until Friday, 7th April. The service ends before Compline

Prayers, reflections and Stations of the Cross are available in the Abbey Bookshop

Study the Passion narratives together in St Benedict's on Wednesday evenings, beginning 8th March at 7.30pm





Fasting3     Hal and Rory Clarke are hosting Lenten soup lunches on Mondays at 12.30pm at their home, Cinderhill House, Sharpthorne, RH17 7BD, beginning on 6th March and concluding 10th April. No need to book, just come along and sample the delicious soup of the week, meet and enjoy conversation with other parishioners and put your donation in the 'can'. This year all funds raised will go to CAFOD's refugee support initiative. CAFOD postcards will also be available on which you can write a message of support and hope to a refugee.        



"Lent is a favourable season for opening doors to all those in need and recognising in them the face of Christ" Pope Francis


This year the focus of CAFOD's Lent Appeal is on an initiative in Zambia where CAFOD is empowering farmers to switch from inefficient farming of land crops to productive fish farming. Florence (pictured) is a hard-working mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago she was only just making enough to feed them. Seeing that she was determined to stand on her own two feet CAFOD's partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future - she was able to send them to school.

Thanks to your support and Florence's determination, something as small as the size of your thumb - a tiny tilapia - became something amazing: a future for her children. Click on the image to donate to CAFOD's Lent Appeal



Easter Triduum Retreat for Young Adults, 13th - 16th April


Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (18 - 35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth Abbey. You are also invited to take part in a 'Cross Walk' from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat.

Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.co.uk for more details or a booking form

For more information on The Wellspring Community click on the image



For a daily reading of the Rule of St Benedict click here 





Spend a 3-Minute Retreat with God Each Day



Daily Prayer with Sacred Space



Centred on the Benedictine monastic community at Worth Abbey, our parish is in the Sussex Weald near the village of Turners Hill, just south of Crawley. A parish of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, it is a living and learning community where faith can develop and the lives of its people be enriched.


Worth Abbey Parish is a friendly Christian church, a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can discover  a way of living life more fully through developing a closer relationship with the person of Christ in a community of believers. Our common faith tells us that we are the loved people of a God who stops at nothing to show us this love; and through the mysterious working of the Lord Jesus in his Church we are allowed to share His Divine power.>


Worth Abbey is a community where people worship, learn and  share and where the important milestones of faith are celebrated. There are many opportunities in the parish for individuals of all ages, and families, to develop and explore faith and to learn more about the Church. All are welcome – whatever their background, knowledge and experience. You don’t have to have all the answers…but you can ask the questions.




Father Paul Fleetwood is the Parish Priest. He ws born in 1951 on the kitchen table of a farm house in a remote part of North Yorkshire where there was no electricity but many fleas! He was educated at Belmont Abbey School, a Benedictine school on the outskirts of Hereford. Here he loathed rugger, at which the School excelled, and loved music, in a minority of one. He then completed 4 years of higher education, studying Classics and Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse, and is still looking for a conversation partner. While at university he began to visit the Lay Community at Worth Abbey, being attracted by what he had heard of their mission in Peru. Read more ...

Fr Paul can be contacted on Tel. no. 01342 710313 or Mobile no. 07764260216

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    Mandy Horton is the Parish Secretary.
Mandy works Tuesday to Friday in term time from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. In the school holidays she works for 3 hours, 3 days a week

Tel. no. 01342 710313


Worth Abbey Parish, Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4SB Tel. no. 01342 710313
The parish is part of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton (Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust  registered charity 252878) (



Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A)


"The blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored" John 9: 1-41

Mass Times at a Glance

Worth Abbey


(First Mass
of Sunday)

Daily Mass:
(Except Thur)

8.00am and 5..30pm

(for changes see In Touch)
Holy Days of Obligation:
7.30pm (Vigil Mass)
8.00am and 5.30pm

St Dunstan's

11.30 am

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Dates for Your Diary


Tuesday, 18th April

Refugees Welcome - Crawley AGM and shared meal at 7.00pm in the United Reform Church, Pound Hill


Refugee Week, 19th - 25th June 2017


Asylum Monologues, 7.30pm, 20th June, Studio, The Hawth, Crawley, An account of the UK's asylum system, using the words of people who have experienced it. Click on the image for further details

National Justice and Peace Conference 2017 "A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: the Challenge of Pope Francis"



 Click on the image for details and a booking form



Pray As You Go is a daily prayer download for MP3 players, combining music, Scripture, and some questions for reflection. Click on the image to to take Pray As You Go wherever you go! 

Ask for a Prayer

You are welcome to submit your requests for prayers for your intentions, however great or small. Please contact Fr Paul at parish@worth.org.uk

Parishioners' Corner


Notes from Rome by Bob Eade


Refugees Welcome-Crawley

Now and for the foreseeable future simple basic items are needed for refugee families and individuals passing through Crawley on a short-term relocation basis. Click here for a list of suggested items.  Your help will be much appreciated and items can be left in the porch of the Parish Office


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 parish@worth.org.uk or call 01342 710313 










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