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

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Leading UK charities have launched a joint winter appeal to save the lives of 8 million people at risk of starvation in Afghanistan, as aid workers in the country warn of a “small window of opportunity” to intervene. A combination of conflict, economic collapse, drought and the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the country to a tipping point, according to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the umbrella group of 15 aid agencies behind the appeal. There is a very small window of opportunity for us to support the population of Afghanistan with icy cold winters on the way. https://donation.dec.org.uk/afghanistan-crisis-appeal Please use this link to support the work of DEC

Parish Office 

The parish office is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays, from 9am to 2pm and on Sundays between the two morning Masses.

Under the latest Covid plan advising people to work from home where possible, the parish office will continue to be open as usual but email or telephone contact is preferable to personal visits.

Coming to Mass - latest updates

It is a wonderful blessing that so many people are returning to Mass on Sunday. 

  • Masks covering nose and mouth are to be worn at all Masses, we have a limited supply of spare masks, please ask a welcomer for one. 

  • Please sanitise your hands on entry and exit. 

  • Do not use the organ loft for seating at Mass when the organist is playing. There is a No Entry sign on door. 

  • If you wish to receive Communion on the tongue, please join the end of the Communion procession. 

  • Your attendance will no longer be recorded. However , please continue to check in with the NHS App if you are able. 

  • Wrap up warm when you come to Mass, a well ventilated and cool church is healthier!!!

  • Currently we will continue with refreshments after Mass and the children’s craft activity after 10am Mass next weekend, unless guidance to the contrary is given.

Each of us need to make our own decisions about living with the pandemic. We all have a part to play in keeping the church a safe and welcoming environment. We would encourage people to take a lateral flow test before coming to our busiest Masses and to attend Mass virtually if they or their children have any symptoms or are at all unwell.

Churches Together in Dorking

St Joseph’s is an active 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.  This week we are praying for the volunteers work of Christians against Poverty.

Synod 2023


A two-year 'synodal' process is taking place in the Catholic Church beginning October 2021. It will culminate in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The overall theme is "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission".

The Participant's Guide for responding to the Synod questions is now available, at https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/synod. The Guide offers three sessions to look at the questions and are based on the Synod principles of Mission, Participation and Communion. Each session will be a maximum 2 hours long. The questions asked of each and everyone are challenging and thought provoking. As an individual or group of friends you can discuss and answer the questions yourselves, you do not have to be part of a formal group to participate. The most important thing is that people make a response.

Session 3: Communion Saturday 22nd January 2022 at 10.30am in presbytery and 4.30 pm  via zoom. Please contact office for zoom links, if you already receive the zoom Mass links you will automatically get the Synod link too.

More information is available on the Diocesan Website; Synod

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


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

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.