Thursday, 8th December, Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is at 5.00 pm

Father Paul is away from Monday, 5th December to Friday, 9th December 


Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Christmas Gifts that Make a Difference

World-Giftsb       Pursue the true spririt of Christmas giving. World Gifts are CAFOD's charity gift range of virtual and ethical presents that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries. Donate a Queen Bee for £4, put wiggly worms to work making compost for Bolivian farmers for £12, buy a pig for £65 or support a medical team for £300. These are just some of the ways you can benefit CAFOD's projects in the Christmas season. Click on the image for more details of gifts    


Jubilee Year of Mercy Ends, 20th November 2016



Pope Francis closes the Holy Doors of St Peter's Basilica to mark the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Around 20 million pilgrims have passed through the door since it was opened on December 8th 2015. In his homily at a Mass before 70,000 people in St Peter's Square he called for the spirit of hope and mercy to continue.

Read an anonymous Meditation on the Year of Mercy and a poem on the Door of Mercy by Sister Mary Wickham, a Sister of Mercy from Melbourne, Australia



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






Saturday, 3rd December: Advent Children's Mass at 5.00 pm 


Sunday, 4th December: Advent Ecumenical Service at 10.30 am in St Leonard's, Turners Hill. Canon David Tickner is presiding and Fr Paul is preaching. Mulled wine and festive nibbles after the Service. All are welcome


Sunday, 4th December: Music for Advent

Darcy3           On Sunday, 4th December, in the Abbey Church at 7.30 pm, D'Arcy Trinkwon, Worth's accclaimed organist, performs a programme of music focusing on the Advent season. It includes Bach's three preludes on 'Come Now, Saviour of the Heathen' and some virtuoso works in honour of Mary. He will be joined by the Modulus Quartet, who champion music by modern composers. They will contribute 2 works, both with visual effects. Voluntary contributions      


Saturday, 10th December, Parish Christmas Party 

Christmas-Party   On Saturday, 10th December from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm in Compass House. The Parish will provide wine and soft drinks. Please bring a plate of food/cakes to share; feel free to bring hot or cold food and, if relevant, clearly label if it contains nuts/dairy/gluten free, etc.        


Sunday, 11th December, Cake Sale

Cakes     Caling all bakers! There will be a cake sale following the 9.30 am Mass in aid of Chestnut Tree House, the children's hospice for Sussex and Surrey, in memory of Lady Sarah Clutton. Donations, please, after the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening or to the Narthex on the Sunday morning. Contact Sara Barclay-Hudson on 01444 461236      


Tuesday, 13th December

Carol-Service     A Joint Carol Service by Worth School Choir and Ardingly College Schola at 11.30 am in the Abbey Church for the Circle Club and the local community. All are welcome      


Tuesday, 13th December, Advent Reconciliation Service at 7.30 pm in the Abbey Church


Sunday,  18th December, Traditional Advent Carol Service

Advent-Carol-Service     Come and join us for our ever popular and traditional Carol Service in the Abbey Church at 4.00 pm. With our choir and acclaimed organist, D'Arcy Trinkwon, experience an hour of carols, readings and wonderful music. The retiring collection will be donated directly to those on the ground overseas, who are caring for refugees suffering the effects of civil war. Refreshments in the Narthex afterwards      


Christmas 2016 Liturgies



Saturday, 24th December, Christmas Eve:

9.00 - 9.40, Concelebrated Mass of 24th December

18.45 - 19.10, Ponitifical Vespers (of Christmas)

22.30 - 23.00, Carols and Organ Music to prepare for Concelebrated Midnight Mass at 23.00 (followed by refreshments in the Narthex) 

Sunday, 25th December, Christmas Day:

10.00 - 11.00, Concelebrated Christmas Day Mass

11.15 - 12.00, Christmas Parish Mass in St Dunstan's, West Hoathly

18.00 - 18.30, Pontifical Vespers (of Christmas)

Further details at Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017 Liturgy Times 



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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) (



Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)


"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand" Matthew 3: 1-12

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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 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


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


Saturday/Sunday, 3rd/4th December 


Sale of jams and chutneys to meet Irundu medical expenses, following the Vigil Mass on Saturday, the 9,30 Mass at the Abbey and the 11.30 Mass at St Dunstan's on Sunday


Sunday, 4th December: Parish Walk and Pub Lunch

Meet at 11.15 am at free car park behind The Bent Arms, Lindfield or 1.30 pm in the pub for lunch. 4.5 mile gentle walk with good views and woodlands. Please contact Trisha (TrishiaSOL@aol.com) or Christina (cfitzs3287@aol.com


Saturday, 10th December, 2.15 pm


A local imam has invited parishioners to visit the Crawley Mosque in Broadfield on 10th December. 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


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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