Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar



Thursday, 29th June: Concelebrated Mass with the School for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul at 5.00pm


A very warm welcome to Maria Stribbling, our new Parish Secretary. Maria will be working Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 2.00pm 


Sunday, 25th June

Confirmation2   On Sunday 25th June at 3.00pm in the Abbey Church Bishop Richard Moth will confirm Evelyn Champain, Max Fitzgerald, Jessie Gallagher, Abigail Horton, Rosa McKechie, Poppy Owers, Harriet Record, Jason Horton, Chloe Roberts and Marco Fernandes. Please pray for them, their families and their sponsors.        

Grenfell Tower Fire: Message from Bishop Richard

I have been contacted by people asking how we as a Diocese can contribute practically to the support of those who have lost their homes and possessions in the Grenfell Tower Fire.

In this crisis situation I would encourage direct donations to support Catholic organisations already engaged in the relief work.  The Diocese of Westminster has set up an Emergency Relief Fund to accept these donations and pass them on.  The funds are being shared between Caritas Westminster and the Catholic Children's Society, who are both present in the community providing assistance to individuals and families affected by the disaster. 

The Diocese of Westminster website www.rcdow.org.uk home page has a prominent link to the Emergency Relief Fund.  Donations can be made online and Gift Aided.    


Finsbury Park Mosque Attack


In the aftermath of the Finsbury Park attack Cardinal Vincent Nichols offered prayers for the victims and issued the following statement.  On Vatican Radio Bishop Paul Hendricks, auxiliary bishop of Southwark Diocese and co-chair of the UK's Christian-Muslim Forum called for interfaith solidarity in the wake of the recent terror attacks.


Sunday, 2nd July: Come on Down!! UK Skydive Challenge




Erica Ballard, our intrepid In Touch editor, will be taking part in a tandem skydive for the children's charity Barnardo's. Barnardo's work with some of the UK's most vulnerable children and believe a child's future should never be defined by their past - no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. To sponsor Erica, please visit her justgiving page. Good luck and safe landing, Erica!



Live-Simply-logo     "A change in lifestyle could bring a healthy pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power ... This shows us a great need for a sense of social responsibility on the part of consumers." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si)


We are trying to become a Fairtrade parish and at St Benedict's (the Parish Office) we use Fairtrade coffee, tea and biscuits.We also use Fairtrrade wine for our events. By buying Fairtrade products you are helping farmers get a better deal and that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life that everyone deserves. Please choose to buy Fairtrade products when you do your shopping; they are widely available in most supermarkets and, of course, we are fortunate to have a regular Fairtrade outlet at Worth. For more information visit the Fairtrade website


Refugee Week, 19th - 25th June

Refugee Week takes place every year throughout the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20th June In the UK there is a wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and promote better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.                  

Refugee-Week   In Worth Abbey Parish on Saturday, 24th June there will be a Meditative Walk around the grounds of the Abbey, with prayer and with the Lampedusa Cross, beginning at 3.00pm from the Narthex, followed by Mass at 5.00pm, with prayers for refugees, and then supper. Please let us know if you can come by calling the Parish Office or emailing parish@worth.org.uk. Everyone is welcome to all or part of the event      


Local Events for Refugee Week in Crawley and Horsham

"I Welcome Refugees": a compelling exhibition of powerful evocative images giving glimpses of the individual human stories which lie behind any refugee crisis, The exhibition is organised by Amnesty International Horsham Group in Horsham Library, June 17th-24th, All Day

Asylum Monologues: an account of the UK's asylum system, using the words of people who have experienced it June 20th, Studio, The Hawth, Crawley at 7.30pm. The performance will be followed by an opportunity to hear about the work of local organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Tickets £4.00, Box Office 01293 553636

Read the latest issues of the Diocesan Refugee Crisis Newsletter (Summer 2017) and the Refugees Welcome - Crawley Newsletter no. 5


Monday, 19th June

Aung-San-Suu-Kyi     June 19th is the 72nd birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi. We pray for her and for the suffering people of Burma. We pray that the government of Burma will bring peace, justice, democracy and freedom to its people, especially to ethnic minority groups and the persecuted Rohingya and Muslims.      




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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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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) (



12th Sunday of the Year (A)


"So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows" Matthew 10: 26-33

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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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul



There will be a Vigil Mass on Wednesday 28th June at 7.30 pm. On Thursday 29th June there will be Masses at 8.00am and 5.30pm


July 1st/2nd Fatima Centenary


Visit of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco, with Mass at Arundel Cathedral. Click on the image for further details or visit World Apostolate of Fatima England and Wales

Refugee Tales Walk, 1st July - 5th July 2017


A walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants to highlight the reality of being a refugee and in particular to raise awareness of the harms done by the UK's policy of indefinite detention. Further details and a link to a booking form can be found on the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group page

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


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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