Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Live-Simply-logo       Would you consider giving a few hours each month to help distribute surplus food to people in need? Refugees Welcome - Crawley, SVP and other local groups need people who are willing to collect surplus food destined for waste and deliver it to those in need. The food is fresh, quality and in date surplus from the food industry.    



Vacancy for Parish Book Keeper

The Parish is seeking to recruit a book keeper to handle all aspects of the Parish finances including Gift Aid. This is a paid position and the post holder would be expected to work 4 - 6 hours each week, day to be agreed by the Parish Priest. 

The Parish uses a diocesan financial package which is very easy to negotiate and full training would be given. 

If you are interested please contact Fr Paul pfleetwood@worth.org.uk or Paddy Hall phall@worth.org.uk for more information.


Saturday, 7th October

Austen-Ivereigh     A talk by Austen Ivereigh, author of the highly acclaimed biography of Pope Francis, 'The Great Reformer - Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope'. Austen is a well-known writer about Catholic affairs. He will be speaking about his spirituality and Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si. All are welcome at the 9.00 am Mass which will be followed by coffee. Austen's talk will then begin around 10.00 am.       

Following the talk, lunch will be provided in the Unity Room. If you would like to stay for lunch please contact Maria in the Parish Office by 25th September parish@worth.org.uk


Friends of Life


Life's mission is to create a just society which has the utmost respect for all human life from fertilisation to natural death. Life believes that opposition to abortion has to go hand-in-hand with the provision of alternatives. Combining prolife advocacy and education work with nationwide services providing positive alternatives to abortion, Life is unique in the UK.

While Life is a secular charity it fulfils many of the livesimply principles adopted by the parish. Locally, there are Life houses in Haywards Heath and Crawley. Worth parishioners are being invited to become Friends of Life. On the weekend of 30th September/1st October Stephen Sharpe, Life's Chief Executive, will be at the Vigi Mass and the 9.30 am Mass to tell us more about how we can help.


There will be a display in the Narthex and support workers from the local Life houses will be there to tell you about the work of Life. Contact Priscilla and Robin Williamson on 01444 811519. if you would like to know more

For more information about Friends of Life click on the image. Details about the charity's resources and links to Pregnancy Matters and Life Matters can be found on the Life website or watch Life videos on YouTube


New Evangelisation - 'Re-Lit', "Evangelization is the mission of the Church, not just of a few, but my, your, our mission" (Pope Francis)



The Parish is launching Relit, a DVD programme that helps revitalise parishes by training groups to share the Good News with each other and those who do not yet belong. With practical tools and a fresh perspective, we can make all of our Parish activities and our programmes of sacramental preparation reach and inspire people more effectively. We will integrate evangelisation into everything we do at Worth as a Parish. For more details on the Parish New Evangelisation Programme click here



Praying with the Pope in September: Pope Francis encourages us to turn our attention to the work of parishes, that they may be animated by a missionary spirit, and may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

Sunday, 15th October, Parish Walk

A walk through the Sussex countryside, with its beautiful autumnal colours. Meeting times: 11.15 am to walk, 1.30pm lunch only. Details to follow soon. For more information please contact Trishia@aol.com or cfitzs3287@aol.com

Sunday, 22nd October, Autumn Walk with Sunday Lunch

Quiet-Garden     By kind permission of the Abbot, a rare opportunity to join a guided walk with Mark Tibble, Head of Forestry for the Balcombe Estate, exploring the nature, magnificent trees and natural beauty of the 500 acre estate. With time for a cup of coffee after Mass, we will set off at 11.00 am from the Piazza, before returning soon after midday for a traditional Sunday lunch in the historic Whitehead Room. Cost £10 per head or £8 for children under 12. Water provided but bring your own wine.    
Quiet Garden          

 The walk is unsuitable for pushchairs and no dogs are permitted. Please bring suitable footwear. Places are limited, so book early by emailing names and your contact details to Sara at sbh369@yahoo.com. Please make payment by cash or by cheque payable to Worth Abbey Parish to: Sara Barclay Hudson, Harvey's Farm, Warninglid, West Sussex RH17 5TQ or drop into the Parish Office in an envelope clearly marked AUTUMN WALK


Saturday, 23rd September, Dialogue and Unity Day, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Christian Education Centre (DABCEC), Crawley: Exploring How the Holy Spirit is Opening New Ways to Work for Unity. Please bring a packed lunch and a friend from another church. Book your place online here or call 01293 651164. For more details of the day see the Dialogue and Unity page on the DABCEC website.


Wednesday, 27th September, Invitation to Crawley Interfaith Network Evening, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Rev Canon Dr Andrew Wingate OBE. Hon. Interfaith Adviser to the Diocese of Chichester, will speak on 'Why Interfaith?' in the Longley Room, The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley RH10 6AD. Contact Iyadh Daoud on 01293 883372 or contact@crawleyinterfaith.net


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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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Parish Secretary: Maria Stribbling. Maria works Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 2.00pm.  She can be contacted by email on parish@worth.org.uk or by phone on 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) (



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"Why be envious because I am generous?" Matthew 20 : 1-16

Mass Times at a Glance

Worth Abbey


(First Mass
of Sunday)

Daily Mass:

8.00am and 5.30pm

Holy Days of Obligation:
7.30pm (Vigil Mass)
8.00am and 5.30pm

St Dunstan's

11.30 am

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Saturday, 1st October


There will be a Memorial Mass for Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor in Arundel Cathedral on Sunday, 1st October at 3.00 pm. Details to follow.

Biography of Cardinal Cormac


The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network


We are all invited to become Apostles of Prayer. This can be done by sharing the monthly intentions of Pope Francis and his new 'Urgent Action' intentions announced each month. Click on the image for more information and to watch the monthly video

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

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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