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Welcome to St Joseph's Catholic Parish, Dorking

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

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 Office 

Parish Finance Committee met this week and one item on the agenda was a job description for a new parish secretary. We would hope to advertise the position very soon, but we will have to seek the advice and support of the Diocese before doing so. We can say the position will be part time and may be of interest to someone seeking hours around the school day. 



As a Christian response to the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ Churches together in Dorking are working together to provide warm spaces for people this winter. A warm space is a drop in space where people can meet up, have a hot drink , read a book etc. They are not ‘serviced cafes’ but a welcoming space.  St Joseph’s have made the commitment to be a warm space every Tuesday from 10am to 12 pm in the small hall. People can come and go as they want, help themselves to a drink etc. If you would like to be a welcoming face please contact the parish office.

Going into hospital? Please remember if you or a member of your family is taken into hospital you need to inform the ward staff that you are a Catholic and would like to see the Catholic chaplain. Under data protection law chaplains do not have automatic access to patients so please inform us at the earliest opportunity or any such situation.  This also applies if you have a relative or friend in a nursing home or going into a residential home , let us know!.  

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.  

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

Card Readers: You can now Gift Aid your donations via the card reader:

1. Decide which card you are going to use.

2. Choose amount

3. A new screen will open asking if you would like to Gift Aid your donation

4. Choose YES or NO

5. Complete the form

6. Done.

Assuming you use the same payment method you only have to register once. The card reader software is run by GiveALittle which is completely different to the church Gift Aid system so even if you have registered with the parish you will need to register again on this system. The card readers are available whenever the church is open so you do not have to wait for the weekend to use them!.

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