Universalis Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Liturgical Calendar




Thursday, 17th August: Concelebrated Mass at 5.30pm


Saturday, 19th August. Golden Jubilee Celebration

Fr-Stephen1              Fr Stephen celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his priestly ordination with Mass at 11.00am, followed by drinks and nibbles. Fr Stephen advises that the weather will, of course, be fabulous! (Let's hope the weather forecasters will agree).      



Vacancy for Parish Book Keeper

The Parish is seeking to recruit a book keeper to handle all aspects of the Parish finances including Gift Aid. This is a paid position and the post holder would be expected to work 4 - 6 hours each week, day to be agreed by the Parish Priest. 

The Parish uses a diocesan financial package which is very easy to negotiate and full training would be given. 

If you are interested please contact Fr Paul (pfleetwood@worth.org.uk) or Paddy Hall (phall@worth.org.uk) for more information.


New President Elected by the English Benedictines


Abbot Christopher Jamison has been elected as Abbot President by the English Benedictine Congregation in succession to Abbot Richard Yeo.

Abbot Christopher was Abbot of Worth from 2002-2010 and since then has worked for the Bishops of England and Wales as Director of the National Office for Vocation.

"Benedictine monks and nuns have been part of English culture for over a thousand years", said Abbot Christopher. "My brothers and sisters have elected me to lead the Congregation in these times of great challenge and great opportunity. It is an honour and I look forward to helping our monasteries of monks and nuns in fulfilling their role as schools of the Lord's service."





Thursday, 31st August: Fiddler on the Roof





The Parish Events Group has secured 55 tickets for a matinee performance of a wonderful production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Chichester Festival Theatre at 2.30pm on the 31st August. The ticket price of £30 includes transport and a special treat after the performance!

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 Please contact Sara Barclay-Hudson as soon as possible to secure your seat, first come, first served (email sbh0369@yahoo.com or call 01444 461236)


Live-Simply-logo     In his encyclical Laudato Si Pope Francis highlighted the importance of localised renewable energy use, for example, when cooperatives can ensure local self-sufficiency and sell surplus energy. He said:"this simple example shows that, while the existing world order proves powerless to assume its responsibilities, local individuals and groups can make a real difference.They are able to instil a greater sense of responsibility, a strong sense of community, a readiness to protect others, a spirit of creativity and a deep respect for the land." 


CAFOD's Power to Be


Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of many of the world's children are too often a distant dream. Local renewable energy is often the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. Access to renewable energy not only protects the world we share but, also helps communities to escape poverty.

For more details of CAFOD's Power To Be Energy Campaign click on the image.



Wednesday, 16th August: Engaging with God's Word


Engaging with God's Word: a seminar explaining eight ways to engage with the Bible. Presented by Rev Andy Twilley, URC Southern Synod, Training and Development Officer.

The seminar will be held in Crawley URC, Worth Park Avenue, RH10 3DF. Refreshments at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.




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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.


Transfigured in Christ: Young Adults' Summer Retreat, 24 - 28th August, Worth Abbey 



The week will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine monastic tradition, with talks from monks, space for reflection, participation in the rhythm of prayer with the monastic community (Divine Office), Lectio Divina, walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside and time for building community and friendships. The retreat is offered by The Open Cloister, Worth Abbey in collaboration with the Wellspring Community.

Costs: waged £155, unwaged £125

To book a place, please contact The Open Cloister at toc@worth.org.uk, phone 01342 710318 or print a Residential Retreat Booking Form

Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.





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, 10.00am - 2.00pm.  She can be contacted by email on parish@worth.org.uk or by phone on 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) (



19th Sunday of the Year (A)


"Tell me to come to you across the water" Matthew 14: 22-33

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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Dom Bede at Worth


Father Bede is posting some of his recent homilies and reflections in an online blog. Do drop into his page and offer him a comment. 


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

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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