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Parish of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton

The parish of Worth Abbey was started by Abbot Victor Farwell in 1965.  It was formed of four local villages – Turners Hill, Balcombe, West Hoathly with Sharpthorne, and Crawley Down.  Mass was celebrated in the four villages in one of the local churches, except for West Hoathly, where we had our own premises, a converted butcher’s shop. 

In 1975 the present Abbey Church at Worth was opened, and for the first time it was possible for parishioners to come to the Abbey for the celebration of Mass.  The congregation at the Abbey grew over the years, and now the Abbey is the one parish centre, offering Mass on Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 9.30am, as well as daily weekday Mass.

Today we welcome parishioners from a wide area, from Croydon to Brighton and from Kent to Surrey, and sometimes we welcome visitors from further afield.

We encourage members of the parish to become involved in one of the many activities which we offer as a way of integrating everyone into the parish community. In particular we welcome young families to the brunch on the second Sunday of each month, and to the Family Catechism groups on the third Sunday, following the Mass, at 11am.

Do please get in touch with the parish priest, Fr Paul, at parish@worth.org.uk, and visit our website to get the latest news, or to register as a parishioner - https://www.worthabbeyparish.co.uk/  You will be very welcome.