Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Thursday, 25th May: Concelebrated Mass with the School at 5.30pm

Please note that there will be no Mass at 9.00am on Saturday, 27th May. The School Speech Day Mass will be at 12 noon.


Position of Parish Secretary 

Worth Abbey Parish is wishing to recruit a Parish Secretary. Letters of application, enclosing a Curriculum Vitae marked "Application for Parish Secretary" should be sent by post to: Fr Paul Fleetwood, OSB, Parish Priest, Worth Abbey Parish, Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, RH10 4SB. 

For a job description with full details and qualifications required, please click on the link HERE

Alternatively, please contact the Parish Office by telephone on 01342 710313 or by email to parish@worth.org.uk. Closing date for applications is Friday, 26th May, 2017.


General Election 2017: Thoughts for Consideration Before You Vote on the 8th June



The 2017 General Election is a chance to speak up for the poorest communities and the common good.

Pope Francis says "Love is civic and political and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world". Read CAFOD's campaigning news about how we all have a role to play in shaping a better world.

A letter from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales encourages all Catholics to play an active part in the election.

Church Action on Poverty and the Poverty Alliance have visited centres working with people facing severe disadvantage. Listen to Voices from the Margins: alternative voices in the 2017 General Election.



Archbishop of Canterbury's Global Prayer Initiative. 25th May - 4th June 

Thy-Kingdom-Come-logo     The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Christians of all denominations to #Pledge2Pray as part of a 10-day global prayer initiative, Thy Kingdom Come, a time of focused prayer from 25th May - 4th June, Ascension Day to Pentecost. What began in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.      


Friday, 26th May, Summer Concert 

Parishioners and friends are invited to the Summer Concert by Worth students, taking place in the Abbey Church at 7,30pm. Students are keen to showcase the pieces they have been working on this year and the standard of musicianship will be high. The programme, which is expected to last about an hour and ten minutes, will include orchestral favourites as well as a lighter repertoire from the Concert Band and the School's stylish sax ensemble, plus fabulous viola playing from a student who has a place at the Royal Academy of Music for this September. Entrance is free for all. Refreshments will be served in the Narthex after the concert. 


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






Spend a 3-Minute Retreat with God Each Day



Daily Prayer with Sacred Space



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.


Episcopal Ordination of Bishop John MacWilliam on Saturday, 20th May in the Abbey Church



Photo courtesy of Howard Griggs 



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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The post of Parish Secretary is currently vacant. If you wish to contact the Parish Office please 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) (



6th Sunday of Easter (Year A)


"I shall ask the Father, and he will send you another Advocate" John 14: 15-21

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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Dates for Your Diary


Asylum Monologues, 7.30pm, 20th June, Studio, The Hawth, Crawley, An account of the UK's asylum system, using the words of people who have experienced it. Click on the image for further details

Saturday, 24th June

A meditative walk during Refugee Week, around the grounds of Worth 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 on 01342 710313 or email parish@worth.org.uk. Everyone is welcome to all or part of this event

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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