Welcome to St Joseph's

Coming to Church 

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

  • Coming to Mass: Please remember to allow time to park, queue and register your attendance in order for Mass to commence in a calm, timely and prayerful atmosphere. You may enter and exit at either end of the church, hopefully this will reduce bottle necks. Relaxing restrictions: 

  • Although not a legal requirement, we ask out of respect for the more vulnerable or anxious members of our community that we continue to wear face masks at 6pm Mass on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. 

  • Hymn books will be placed on the pews. They are Covid secure as are only being used once a week at the 10am Mass. 

  • As a LiveSimply parish we are reluctant to provide single use face masks, however there seems to be a need for them, please dispose of them responsibly and if possible make a donation. 

  • Please continue to sanitise your hands. 

  • To meet the requirements of Track and trace you are required to check in for Sunday Mass either via the NHSApp or by informing the welcomers. Should you arrive at Mass and there are no welcomers please scan in or add your name to the register which can be found at either end of the church.

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

The link to download Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Letter for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be found here: https://vimeo.com/arundelandbrighton/download/617844060/7a8a4ceda4

If you would like to view the Letter and short film on our website, you can find them here: https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/diocese/pastoral-letters

Parish Office change of hours

From Monday 2nd August 2021 the parish office will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays only, from 9am to 2pm and on Sundays between the two morning Masses.

HELP!  Could you be the person who says yes this week!?


Do you have a couple of hours spare each week to support your parish community?


Current vacancies

• Church step sweeper

• Brass polishing

• Church cleaning

Please contact Penny in the parish office. Anyone can volunteer, whole families, secondary school age children can volunteer with a friend, individuals. 


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



Bee Team News - our bees have arrived! click here for more information.  (Updated 13.08.2021)

Message from Fr Simon


A few months ago I heard from Bishop Richard: ‘I am completing a jigsaw puzzle and you are one of the pieces’ said he. Little did I imagine that the ‘picture’ he had in mind for me was St Joseph’s, Dorking. I am delighted to have arrived now in our beautiful parish and town. Thank you for the kind welcome and prayerful support in these early days. I look forward to getting to know you all and serve the parish over the coming months along with our ecumenical friends, and the wider community of Dorking and surrounding area. We are definitely living through a time of transition as we re-negotiate life post-Lockdown and together discern where the Lord calls us. At the same time the Gospel this Sunday reminds us of He who is constant and never changes – Jesus Christ – the Bread of Life – the Eucharistic Lord. May our parish community and Catholic faith here in Dorking truly be a place where all who are hungering and all who are thirsting may find their place and their home. With the assurance of my prayers as we journey together building on the wonderful witness and wise leadership of Fr Tony.

Every Blessing,

Fr Simon

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

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.

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.

Parish Finance: The annual finance report is now available, Annual Finance Report, paper copies are available in church and those who receive an e-newsletter will have received a copy. Please take time to read and reflect on the report. The most urgent issue at the moment is the church central heating system which desperately needs money spent on it, otherwise it may be a long cold winter!! Not everybody is able to contribute financially but perhaps you could spare an hour or so a week to keep our church a safe and welcoming place which will reduce our maintenance costs or help to bring in income eg helping in the church shop.(yes we have one at the back of the church, also known as the repository!) or gift aiding any donations you make.