Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar






Tip for the Week

Do you have things in your home that you never use? Is it time to give them a new home?

There are several freecycle groups in our area (www.freecycle.org). The Emmaus Community in Portslade collect furniture (www.emmaus.org.co.uk/brighton_hove). Charity shops are always pleased to receive donations.

Enjoy clearing the clutter and helping others.


Friday, 6th October, CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

Click on the image to watch a video of how your donations will help a family in El Salvador

Harvest-2017   Your donations to this Harvest Fast Day Appeal will help farmers around the world to buy seeds, learn new farming techniques, grow a more abundant harvest and put food on the table. Pick up an envelope at Mass this weekend or donate online at Harvest Appeal.           
"We plant the seeds that one day will grow" The Romero Prayer              


Saturday, 7th October, Pope Francis' Vision for the Church 

Austen-Ivereigh   On Saturday, 7th October, we were privileged to receive a visit from Dr Austen Ivereigh who came to speak to the parish about Pope Francis. Stephanie Thornton kindly offers this summary of his talk. The texts which Austen quoted to illustrate his talk are available here    


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. Please contact Priscilla and Robin Williamson on 01444 811519 if you would like to know more and have a look at ways in which you can support Life.


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 the Worth Parish Re-lit Programme 2017/2018 click here




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 sbh0369@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



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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, 9.30 am - 1.30 pm. She can be contacted on 01342 710313 or by email parish@worth.org.uk

































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) (



28th Sunday of the Year (A)


"Invite everyone you can find to the wedding" Matthew 22: 1-14

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, 28th October 

The Vigil Mass will be celebrated for Irundu and will be animated, as in previous years, by the Uganda Choir. It will be followed by a party in Compass House. Everyone is welcome.


Dom Bede Hill


Fr Bede writes a blog on topical issues. Drop into his pages by clicking on his image to read what he has to say 

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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