Year of Mercy, 8th December 2015 - 20th November 2016

'Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven


World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2016, "Dismantling Barriers", September 18th - 24th



The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel is an initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches. During this week we pray for our brothers and sisters in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory for an end to occupation and a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict

Spirit of the living God, come afresh on your holy land. Help your people to restore broken relationships. Give them patience to break down barriers of suspicion and mistrust; ability to discern personal prejudices and the courage to overcome fear. Teach them to respect each other's integrity and rights so that your kingdom may be established on earth. For Jesus' sake. Amen




Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Thursday, 29th September, Mass for St Michael and All Angels at 5.10 pm (Fr Thomas)


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A Visit to the Crawley Mosque, 29th October 2016 


A local iman has invited parishioners to visit the Crawley Mosque in Broadfield on 29th October. Would anyone like to come? The visit might be an expression of friendship and solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as a way to learn about a faith tradition of great importance around the world, and one with which we Christians have much in common. If you are interested in coming please contact the Parish Office  on 01342 710313 or parish@worth.org.uk

More details to follow 

Crawley Mosque, Broadfield            


Dates for Your Diary - Two Special Events


9th November 2016, 8.00 pm, Joe Swift - A Man About the Garden


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The Parish Events Group is planning to book 20+ tickets for an evening with Joe Swift in Clair Hall, Haywards Heath. The TV presenter digs deep to reveal his fascinating story from his rock 'n roll youth to becoming one of the UK's top garden designers. Joe is also a regular columnist for The Times and Gardeners World Magazine.

Get a behind the scenes look at the Chelsea Flower Show and Gardeners World and find out what it takes to win a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal

Ticket price £16 (make your own way to Clair Hall). Please contact Sarah Barclay-Hudson on 01444 461236 or email sbh0369@yahoo.com



8th January 2017, The Johan Strauss Gala, 3.00 pm



The Johan Strauss Gala in the Royal Festival Hall, London, promises an enchanting afternoon of music and dancers, all in period costume. Enjoy all your favourite waltzes, polkas and songs from the Strauss era. 

Ticket price £35 which includes luxury coach travel from and return to Worth Abbey. A minimum of 40 people is needed to make this one-off event possible so please contact Sarah (details above) as soon as possible.

Depart 12 noon, return approximately 8.00 pm





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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

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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) (



26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) 


"Good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted whilst you are in agony" Luke 16: 19-31

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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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


Crawley Interfaith Speaker Evening, Friday 23rd September

Canon Doris Staniford, the first female Anglican priest in Crawley, will speak on 'My Faith as a Christian Jew' in the Civic Hall, Crawley from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm (contact@crawleyinterfaith.net or 01293 883372)


Parish Confirmation Classes 



On Saturday, 24th September there will be an initial meeting for parents and children about the Confirmation Programme for 2016/17 at 6.15 pm in St Benedict's


Junior Church Bake Stall, Sunday 25th September


Following the 9.30 am Sunday Mass there will be a Bake Stall in the Narthex in aid of Macmillan. Donations welcome


 Saturday, 8th October

The Worth-Irundu Friendship Committee is organising a Mass to celebrate our friendship with the parish of Irundu at 5.00 pm, followed by a reception. A local Ugandan choir has been invited to help the celebration


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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