Welcome to St Joseph's

Coming to Church 

The latest guidance from the Bishops means that the following things will be happening from this weekend (not necessarily all immediately).

At Mass

  • Bidding prayers have beene re-introduced.

  • The Offertory Procession will be re-introduced. 

  • The priest will return to saying “The body of Christ” to individual communicants.

  • Communion on the tongue is once more permitted.  If you wish to receive communion on the tongue, please come last, after the steward has guided everyone else to communion.


  • Gatherings of up to 30 are now allowed outdoors, so we are offering refreshments after the 10am Mass outdoors. Please continue to observe social distancing.

  • ·The parish office has resumed in the presbytery from this Tuesday, 1st June, with the normal hours of 10-2, Tuesday-Friday. Please sanitise your hands on entry, and wear a face covering if you are not exempt.

  • We no longer need to have stewards present when smaller numbers of people are present, so from this Wednesday 2nd June the church will return to being open all day, from around 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday. Please continue to take a sheet when you come into church and leave it where you sat.

  • Because of the church being open unattended, we cannot leave the streaming equipment out during the week, so the streaming of weekday Masses on YouTube has ceased The Sunday 8am Mass will continue to be streamed on YouTube, and the 10am via Zoom. Particular Masses can be streamed on request.

To access the YouTube channel, click on the red YouTube icon on the top right of this web page. For further details of services see the Mass Times etc. Page. For booking Sunday Mass and other ways in which we are keeping going under current restrictions, visit our COVID-19 page

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

A Message from Fr. Tony

In September 2013 I arrived in Dorking to take a year’s sabbatical in order to complete my doctorate. Nearly eight years on I am still here! However the bishop has asked me to take on what he referred to as a ‘new challenge’.


So at the end of the Summer Term I shall be moving to the South Coast, to take on the parish of Southwick, Portslade and West Blatchington. (Basically the bit between Shoreham and Hove!). My last Sunday Mass here will be on 18th July.


Part of the reason for the move is that our ‘next door neighbour’, Fr. David Osborne, in Cranleigh, is stepping back from running a parish in order to look after his wife, Helen, who has a serious ongoing illness. Please keep them in your prayers. Fr. Alistair Simmonds is coming from Southwick to Cranleigh, and I am replacing Fr. Alistair.


Fr. Simon Hall has been appointed as your new Parish Priest, and he will be with you from the weekend of 24/25 July. I know Fr. Simon well , having worked with him in Crawley for two years, and  I am sure will be a great Parish Priest. I hope he will be able to visit the parish in the coming weeks so I can introduce you to him. He is currently in Woking parish


I have had a wonderful 8 years here (which are not quite over yet!), and I thank you all for your kindnesses, generosity, faithfulness and prayers. I know you will welcome Fr Simon as warmly as you welcomed me, and that with him you will continue to build the Kingdom of God here in Dorking.


God bless and assurance of my prayers

Fr. Tony

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 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 Just Giving page is also available just make sure your donation is for Dorking St Joseph’s! Click here for link


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.

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.

A Time of Fellowship and Praise Sunday 4th July, 5-7 pm  in St Martin's Churchyard. The churches in Dorking are hoping to gather together in the open air at St Martin's on Sunday 4th July. Bring a picnic and we will gather for fellowship from 5pm, then there will be a time of worship (including singing (which is allowed outdoors!) from 6-7pm.