Welcome to St Joseph's

St Joseph's is the Catholic Parish Church for Dorking and surrounding villages in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. We are an active welcoming community, offering spiritual and pastoral support for everyone, helping each other to grow in knowledge and love of our Catholic faith. We hope that you find the information on our Parish and its activities useful.


If there is anything else you would like to know please do not hesitate to contact us via the Parish Office on 01306 882433 or email dorking@abdiocese.org.uk

Parish Office 

The parish office is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and on Sundays between the two morning Masses.  

Adoration on Saturday from 10am –11am will be a focus of prayer for Peace. Drop in, light a candle and pray for Ukraine and Russia.

Every Sunday at 7pm St Martin’s church invite everybody, of all faiths and none to a short prayer Vigil for Ukraine. 

Returning to Sunday Mass From Pentecost

This year the Bishops of England and Wales have decided to re-introduce our Catholic obligation to attend Sunday Mass. What does this mean? Simply put, as in each and every family or community we have certain privileges and responsibilities that bind us together and help us to grow. One of the greatest of these is that we gather together each Sunday (the Day of the Lord’s Resurrection and therefore a miniEaster) and celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Doing this enables us to Honour and Worship God, the Most Holy Trinity, in the way that He has shown us – the Mass. Secondly, allowing us to put an order and rhythm into our lives. Sunday and Mass are like the heart-beat allowing us to draw deeply from the wellspring of God’s Love. If I’m sick or housebound, if I’m unable for good reason not to be at Mass on Sunday I can still honour the Lord’s Day through prayer and rest. The Church doesn’t ask the impossible. Now is a good opportunity to reflect on what place the Mass has in my life…look forward to seeing you there. For the full text of the Bishops letter please pick up a copy from the church or visit abdiocese.org.uk

UKRAINE; The Boot Hole in Dorking is a collection point for the following items: First Aid Kits, Calpol, batteries, torches, wind up radios and torches, powdered milk, rice, pasta, dried fruit, sunflower seeds (very popular). Adoration on Saturday from 10am –11am will be a focus of prayer for Peace. Drop in, light a candle and pray.

Parish Giving

As a parish we accept cash and cheque donations and there is a collection basket out at each Sunday Mass, however if you would prefer to make a donation by bank transfer then please contact Penny via the parish office for details. If you are a tax-payer, Penny can also give you details of how to gift-aid your donation, which enables us to collect an extra 25% from the tax man.

The Diocesan Donation page is also available just make sure your donation is for Dorking St Joseph’s! Click here for link


Churches Together in Dorking

St Joseph’s is a member of Churches Together in Dorking (CTD) along with other churches in the town,

St Joseph’s plays a full part in a growing vision for interdenominational outreach and projects such as Soul Connect Youth Work and the food bank.

Members of CTD all pray for one church, congregation, organisation or initiative each week on a rota.  

A Video on Living Simply prepared by younger parishioners. For more information see our Live Simply Page.

Synod 2023


Synod: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission.

A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place in the Catholic Church that culminates in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The diocesan and national organisational reports were submitted to the Bishops’ Conference just before Holy Week this year, and since then, the National Synthesis Team has been working on producing the “National Synthesis” – reflecting on the reports received, discerning the main themes that have emerged from the conversations and collating them. The report is now available on the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales website.  click here.  For those without internet access there are some printed copies available in church.

Bishop Richard's Feedback Webinar

Our Parish Mission Statement

Together with our Priest, we are united in our Catholic faith.

We pray to the Holy Spirit to guide us in our service of God and our

service of each other.

As a parish we strive to be a warm, welcoming and forward looking community.