Coronavirus Archive

Archive – Fr Tim’s messages and Coronovirus advice 27/2/2020 – 16/2/2021


Dear Parishioners, today, Shrove Tuesday is the last day in Ordinary time before Lent, and so we will leave our continuous reading of St Mark’s Gospel and tomorrow we take up the Lent and Easter cycle instead. We leave St Mark on a rather depressing note, with that series of questions aimed at the disciples’ lack of perception. They just don’t get it, and Jesus is frustrated with them.

“Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you not yet understand? Have you no perception? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear?” (Mk 8:17-18)

As I said in my homily today, maybe Jesus gets frustrated with us, his priests and his people. Like the first disciples we too can demonstrate a lack of perception, a failure to hear what Jesus is really saying to us, a failure to see what Jesus is trying to show us. We need to keep coming before the Lord in the awareness that we do not see as he wants us to see or hear as he wants us to hear. Our eyes and our ears need opening, and, perhaps, the times when we think we see and hear well are the very times when we are most blind and deaf. We need the humility, the poverty of spirit, which keeps us praying, ‘Lord, that I may see’, ‘Lord, that I may hear’.

You can watch the Mass on YouTube here:

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here are the links to the YouTube uploads for Mass today. Apologies for the lack of sound on the Wareham stream, this was because I forgot to turn the microphone on (!) It wasn’t a problem with your computer. The other two this morning seem to be fine on YouTube.



If anyone would like to join the zoom meetings to look at the Sunday readings throughout Lent, then send me your email address to receive an invitation. Readers are especially encouraged to participate.

Have a good Sunday.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the mass from Swanage this morning.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a deaf man who had a speech impediment.

Mark tells us that he took him “off by himself away from the crowd.” Jesus then “put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (that is, ‘Be opened!’). That powerful word of Jesus, that Aramaic word EPHPHATHA has found its way not just into our bible, but also into the Rite of Baptism, and here, it has a hugely significant spiritual meaning.

It’s use in the rite is quite ancient as well, it first appeared in an eighth century liturgical book called the Gelasian Sacramentary, which tells the priest to touch the ears and nostrils of the child with spit, and say “Ephphatha….be opened.”; but in today’s baptismal rite, the priest just touches the child’s ear and mouth and says “The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak; may he soon touch your ears to receive his word, and your mouth to proclaim his faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father.” Why did the church include this ceremony in the rite of baptism? Simply because baptism is the starting point for every Christian life, and the Church’s prayer for the person being baptised is an essential one. We must be open to God’s message, we must listen to it; we must also proclaim it.

Please also find attached the newsletter for this weekend.

May God bless you. FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, and the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Lourdes is, as many of you know, the shrine of Our Lady in the southern French town, where our Lady appeared to St Bernadette, and asked her to tell the priests to build a chapel, and to “let the processions come”. And so they have come, many processions of pilgrims every year. I have had the privilege to be part of the Across pilgrimage, as a priest chaplain, saying mass for the pilgrims in some truly inspiring places, including in “la Grotte” itself, the spring beneath the rock where the apparitions took place.

The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that no pilgrimages have taken recently, and Across has been appealing for funds so that these can continue when restrictions are lifted. The bus, called the “Jumbulance” takes sick and disabled pilgrims, and it has all the special facilities they need. To find out more, and to donate, go to

Link for Mass today:

Please keep safe and well everyone, and warm in this bitter wind.

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to YouTube for the Mass from Wool this morning.

The gospel today calls to mind a text from 1 Samuel 7:16 “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart”. We have been reading from Mark chapter 7, where Jesus criticising the attitude of the Pharisees and scribes, the “experts of the day” when it came to religious issues. They are too concerned, Jesus tells them, with outward appearances, with religious rules and regulations. They thought that as long as you followed these rules, nothing else mattered. They could be unjust, mean, uncaring, but as long as they ate the correct foods, and observed the correct rituals, then they could be seen to be holy, when in fact they were corrupt.

So Jesus tells them that it is not what a man eats that makes him unclean, but a man’s sins, and Jesus lists examples of them. (Mark 7:21-23) These sins come from the heart, a heart that has decided to rebel against God.

Let us reflect, today, upon that which is inside our hearts. What motivates us? Why do we do the things we do? What is behind the decisions we make? Are they choices that come from an honest and sincere heart?  Or are they choices that are based more on how we will be perceived? What will others think of us?  Hopefully our motives are pure.  And hopefully those pure motives come from a heart that is deeply united to the heart of Christ. 

If not we ask him to forgive us and give us a heart more like his.

May God bless you all. 

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass this morning from Swanage:

Today we have the final discussion group zoom meeting on the Fratelli Tutti encyclical of Pope Francis. We have been meeting weekly on zoom since the beginning of Advent. It has been suggested that the discussion group continue throughout Lent, meeting every week to think about the readings for the Sunday following. (all who can get zoom can be sent an invitation). If there are any parishioners who would find this useful, it can easily be arranged. Just let me know.

There will also be a Swanage Churches Together discussion group – the York Course “Caring for Creation”. (Details will follow about therse)

It is a bitterly cold day here in Swanage, with that dreaded strong east wind coming off the sea.

I must be brave later and go out for a walk! Keep well, and warm, everyone.

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here are the links for the masses celebrated in the parishes this weekend:




May I wish you a blessed Sunday. FR Tim


Today is the feast of St. Agatha of Sicily, virgin martyr. Little is known about St. Agatha except that she was a young Christian woman, devoted to Christ. She was arrested and martyred during the persecution of the Emperor Decius in 251. She is one of seven female martyrs mentioned after the consecration in the Canon of the Mass, Eucharistic Prayer I.

While we know very little about Agatha, she has been honoured by the people of Sicily from very early Christian times. The word ‘martyr’ means ‘witness’ in our Christian tradition. Our Christian martyrs like St. Agatha give witness to their love and faithfulness to Jesus, even to death.

St Methodius I, Patriarch of Constantinople (9th century) was born in Sicily, and he wrote in a homily:

“Agatha, the name of our saint, means “good.” She was truly good, for she lived as a child of God. She was also given as the gift of God, the source of all goodness to her bridegroom, Christ, and to us. For she grants us a share in her goodness.

  What can give greater good than the Sovereign Good? Whom could anyone find more worthy of celebration with hymns of praise than Agatha?

  Agatha, her goodness coincides with her name and way of life. She won a good name by her noble deeds, and by her name she points to the nobility of those deeds. Agatha, her mere name wins all men over to her company. She teaches them by her example to hasten with her to the true Good, God alone.

Agatha, the name of our saint, means “good.” She was truly good, for she lived as a child of God. She was also given as the gift of God, the source of all goodness to her bridegroom, Christ, and to us. For she grants us a share in her goodness.

  What can give greater good than the Sovereign Good? Whom could anyone find more worthy of celebration with hymns of praise than Agatha?

  Agatha, her goodness coincides with her name and way of life. She won a good name by her noble deeds, and by her name she points to the nobility of those deeds. Agatha, her mere name wins all men over to her company. She teaches them by her example to hasten with her to the true Good, God alone.”

Here is the link for the Mass this morning:

Also please find attached the newsletter.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners,

Mass today was celebrated at Wareham, and here is the link.

Following yesterday’s gospel of the rejection at Nazereth, Jesus warns his disciples to expect the same response from some people. He sends them out in pairs to carry out the same mission and ministry as he has been proclaiming, the Kingdom of God, repentance, healing. Jesus knew that he needed the help of others to do the work he had been sent to do. He continues to need us today to do his work. We are to be his eyes, his ears, his hands, his feet and his voice. In spite of the experience of failure and rejection, the disciples did great good, proclaiming the gospel and healing the sick. The Lord encourages us to keep being faithful to our baptismal calling, in spite of the setbacks along the way, whether they are failings in ourselves or failings in others. We are to be more attentive to the Lord’s call and promise than to the negative voices that come to us from others or from within ourselves.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Mass today at Wool. We hear the account of how Jesus is rejected by the people of his own town. They cannot believe that someone they know is able to do what he has done, and teach with the authority of God himself. So they reject him. It must have been a sad moment when he left Nazareth. The gospels do not mention him returning there after this. He puts it behind him and moves on. May we not be discouraged by our failures, but put our hope and trust in the Lord, who is with is as we try to serve him, and witness to his truth.

God bless you all. FR Tim.



Dear Parishioners, a very happy Feast Day to you all. It is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, or Candlemas, so called because of the blessing of candles on this day, in recognition of Simeon’s words about the child Jesus “the light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel”. The candles we bless today, the candles we light in our church speak to us of that greater light from God, Jesus, our risen Lord.

Today’s feast invites us to keep opening our minds and our spirits to this light from God, which shines through Jesus. It is the light of love and the light of life. As Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the Temple, we are invited to keep presenting ourselves to the Lord, the light of whose presence is always shining upon us.

Link for the Mass:

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners,

Three masses to choose from this weekend, including the first live-streamed Mass from St Mary’s Chapel, Lulworth:



The music I played on the organ this morning was a Chorale Prelude by J.S.Bach. A Chorale prelude is a piece based on a hymn tune, this one is, in German “Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier”. The words of the hymn in English are:

Blessed Jesus, at your word
we are gathered all to hear you.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred
now to seek and love and fear you.
By your gospel pure and holy,
teach us, Lord, to love you solely.

All our knowledge, sense, and sight
lie in deepest darkness shrouded,
till your Spirit breaks our night
with your beams of truth unclouded.
You alone to God can win us;
you must work all good within us.

Glorious Lord, yourself impart;
Light of Light, from God proceding,
open lips and ears and heart;
help us by your Spirit’s leading.
Hear the cry your church now raises;
Lord, accept our prayers and praises.

I hope you are all well, and having a good weekend. FR Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the newsletter for this weekend, together with the leaflet from Right to Life, mentioned in the newsletter.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners,

Here is the link for today’s Mass on YouTube.

In the gospel we have two parables that will hopefully encourage us at this time when it seems that our church life is at a low ebb. God is still at work, the seed is still growing of its own accord. Those who first read these parables in Mark’s gospel were a church under persecution, and they could not have known that the seed they were sowing would bear fruit in places that they could never have known about.

There is some sad news today – the death of our parishioner Kathleen Norman of Swanage, please pray for the repose of her soul and for her family in their bereavement.

Also for the soul of our diocesan priest Canon Kevin Rea, who died yesterday. He was an elderly retired priest, and in 2019 he celebrated his 70th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. May the Lord reward him for his long and faithful life of service.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, today at our Wareham Mass we celebrated the Anniversary of the Ordination of Bishop Mark.


On this day in 2014 he became our Bishop and we join all the other churches in our diocese in praying for him today.

May he continue to live in your presence, to be steadfast in faith and know your love in such abundance as to continue to share it throughout his life.

We pray that young people will be open to the call of Christ to serve him in the Priesthood and Religious Life.  We pray for the two men who are currently studying for the priesthood in Oscott and Allen Hall and we ask the Lord to keep them faithful to His call.

We ask for your continued blessing on our priests, deacons and all  the families in our parishes especially those who have particular worries at this time.

We pray also for the repose of the souls of the former bishops of our diocese who have died, and our departed former parish priests who served us in the Purbeck Parishes, especially Fr Geoffrey Watts, whose anniversary was earlier this month.

May they now receive the reward of their labours, and be at peace with the Lord whom they have served so faithfully. 

And may the Lord keep us all safe at this worrying time.

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link for Mass today from Wool:

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, today, on the memorial of SS Timothy and Titus, a few of us gathered for Mass at Swanage. Here is the link to the video on YouTube.

Please pray for the staff and residents of Wordsworth House in Swanage, which has suffered a major outbreak of Coronavirus:

May God be with them and with us all, and bring us all through this terrible time.

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I hope you are enjoying a restful Sunday, and are keeping well in these perilous times. Mass links from this morning are:



Today, as I mentioned at the beginning of Mass is the Sunday of the Word of God – – a day when we thank God for the Holy Scriptures,  and pray for an openness to him as he speaks to us today. Also for all who proclaim and communicate God’s message. The following is a quotation from Pope’s Francis document “Aperuit illis”, in which he designated this Sunday as the Sunday of the Word of God:

“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:45). This was one of the final acts of the risen Lord before his Ascension. Jesus appeared to the assembled disciples, broke bread with them and opened their minds to the understanding of the sacred Scriptures. To them, amid their fear and bewilderment, he unveiled the meaning of the paschal mystery: that in accordance with the Father’s eternal plan he had to suffer and rise from the dead, in order to bring repentance and the forgiveness of sins (cf. Lk 24:26.46-47). He then promised to send the Holy Spirit, who would give them strength to be witnesses of this saving mystery (cf. Lk 24:49). The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians. Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to under- stand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible. Hence, Saint Jerome could rightly claim: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, Prologue: PL 24,17B).

Our Bishops of England and Wales have also used this Sunday of the Word of God to announce that we soon be receiving a new Lectionary (book of readings at Mass). You can read about this by going to the Liturgy Office website:

God bless you all. FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the newsletter for this weekend. Thank you to all those who responded so promptly to my request for testimonials on how the equipment bought with the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support fund has helped them. I was moved by some of the comments, and it’s good to know that all the effort that has been put into this have been worthwhile.

Thank you again, FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I hope you are all keeping well. Here is the link for this morning Mass, celebrated at Swanage:

I have a small favour to ask this morning, especially of those who are or have been isolating or shielding. As you may know, we are able to provide the streaming services as a result of the equipment bought with a grant from The National Lottery Coronavirus Support Fund. The fund organisers would like to know how we are getting on, and have asked for testimonials. So if the “project” (live-streaming and keeping in touch via YouTube, Facebook, Zoom) has helped you, please could you write just a few words to say so, and how it has helped you, and email this back to me.

Many thanks.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, Here is the link for Mass this morning from Wareham, where we celebrated the Memorial of St Agnes, martyred in the early fourth century.

As with so many of the early Roman martyrs, very little is now known about Agnes’ life. Because if you are martyred at the age of 12, your life has not really acquired that many details in any case. Agnes was filled with the love of God from an early age, vowed herself to celibacy.


She was, the tradition says, very beautiful and there were a number of young men who made advances to her, and she refused them. Snubbed and slighted, it is said that one of these reported her to the authorities for being a Christian, and she was arrested and beheaded.


St Ambrose, in his treatise on virgins, describes her final moments: 

 “You could see fear in the eyes of the executioner, as if he were the one condemned; his right hand trembled; his face grew pale as he saw the girl’s peril; while she had no fear for herself. One victim, but a twin martyrdom, to modesty and to religion. Agnes preserved her virginity, and gained a martyr’s crown.”


Because her name sounds like Agnus, Latin for lamb, the Pope blesses 2 lambs in Rome today. These lambs are then shorn in early summer, and the wool is used to make the pallia that the Pope gives to his newly appointed archbishops on the Feast of St Peter and ST Paul.

Here is a YouTube video of the Pope blessing lambs in 2016 :

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, I have uploaded two videos of the Mass today, so here are the links.



Many of you are shielding so I hope you are all managing and keeping well at this difficult time. Let me know if I can be of any help to anyone.

Have a good Sunday, FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, Here is the YouTube link for today’s Mass:

So many more of you are shielding, so that is why I live streamed from Wareham church this morning. Thanks to the lottery grant we have been able to buy 3 cameras.

Today’s readings are so appropriate for the situation we face at this time. The letter to the Hebrews says: Today, as long as this “today” lasts, keep encouraging one another. Let us all try and encourage each other, thinking especially of those who are shielding or isolating. Give someone a ring just to say “how are you?”.

We can also draw strength from the presence of the Lord, who reached out and touched the leper and healed him. Let us allow the Lord to reach out and touch us at this time of social distancing, and isolation.

God bless you all. FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, today our Mass from Wool commemorated St Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He lived in the fourth century,  born a pagan, to pagan parents, in that city in Western France.

He had a good education brought him into contact with Holy Scripture, where he found the truth he did not know he was seeking. He became a Catholic through reading. He was to then spend his adult life defending Catholic truth through writing.

St. Hilary was elected the Bishop of Poitiers, France, in about 350. His learning and intelligence inevitably placed him at the centre of the Arian controversy of the fourth century.

Arius caused immense confusion which lasted for decades, by saying

Jesus not equal than God the Father, had a beginning in time, and was of like substance to the Father instead of the same substance. Saint Hilary was the first theologian from Western Europe to see what a grave threat the Arian heresy truly was. 

St. Hilary spent the better part of his adult life studying, writing, speaking, and arguing to ensure that the Nicene Creed was understood and adhered to throughout the Church. He was even sent into exile by the Emperor for not conforming his views to Arian teachings, which were very popular, even in high places.

He died in 367. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1851.

Link to Mass :

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, we are back into Ordinary Time now (green vestments). 

Here is the link for Mass today:

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube recording of the Swanage Mass for today, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

And the Wool one:

Here, also, is the text of the hymn I mentioned in the homily, and which I recorded on the organ. Have a good Sunday, Fr Tim

Songs of thankfulness and praise, 
Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise, 
manifested by the star 
to the sages from afar; 
branch of royal David’s stem 
in thy birth at Bethlehem; 
anthems be to thee addressed, 
God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream, 
Prophet, Priest and King supreme; 
and at Cana, wedding guest, 
in thy Godhead manifest; 
manifest in power divine, 
changing water into wine; 
anthems be to thee addressed, 
God in man made manifest.

Manifest in making whole 
palsied limbs and fainting soul; 
manifest in valiant fight, 
quelling all the devil’s might; 
manifest in gracious will, 
ever bringing good from ill; 
anthems be to thee addressed, 
God in man made manifest.

Sun and moon shall darkened be, 
stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee; 
Christ will then like lightning shine, 
all will see his glorious sign; 
all will then the trumpet hear, 
all will see the Judge appear; 
thou by all wilt be confessed, 
God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see thee, Lord, 
mirrored in thy holy Word; 
may we imitate thee now, 
and be pure, as pure art thou; 
that we like to thee may be 
at thy great Epiphany; 
and may praise thee, ever blest, 
God in man made manifest.


Dear Parishioners, please find attached the newsletter for this weekend, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and also, here is the link for the Mass on YouTube.

Apologies, but it stops just after the Agnus Dei. This was totally my fault, because I did not check that the MacBook had enough charge, and it was too late to do anything once I had noticed, so the battery ran out. You need to be very organised to make a success of this technology, which I am not. 

This week we have been reading from the First Letter of St John–the famous passage about the love of God. God is love – so we must love one another. “God is love” – the simplest and yet the most profound statement about God. Not just God is loving and shows love, but that he IS love, it’s his very being, his very nature to BE love.

 In today’s passage, St John reveals the Christmas mystery in terms of love. ‘God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him’. The coming of Jesus into the world is the revelation of God’s love for us.

 God showed he was Love by giving us the most precious gift God could give us, his only Son. Out of love God sent him into the world.

In Jesus, we see God’s love revealed. As we move into ordinary time on Monday, we will see this Epiphany theme continuing in the Sunday readings – the revelation at the Jordan, and then the changing of water into wine. As we reflect on these scriptures, may we take to heart the truth about God’s immense love and care for us.

God bless you all. Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, May I wish you all a very happy feast day of the Epiphany. Here is the link from the Mass at Wool this morning:

I will also celebrate a Mass this evening at Swanage, and that will be streamed live onto Facebook. There is a new Pastoral Message from the Bishop – click here to view.

His message is also on YouTube, and the link is:

A wonderful hymn for the feast of the Epiphany is O worship the Lord in the Beauty of holiness, which I played on the organ.

1 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him the Lord is his name.

2 Low at his feet lay your burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for you,
comfort your sorrows and answer your prayerfulness,
guiding your steps in the way that is true.

3 Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth you would count as your own;
truth in its beauty and love in its tenderness
these are the offerings to bring to his throne.

4 These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

5 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him the Lord is his name.

I also made an arrangement of The Three Kings by German 19th century composer Peter Cornelius, which features a solo voice, accompanied by a choir singing a chorale. The words are as follows:


Solo: Three Kings from Persian lands afar
To Jordan follow the pointing star:
And this the quest of the travellers three,
Where the new-born King of the Jews may be. 
Full royal gifts they bear for the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

Chorale: How brightly shines the morning star!
With grace and truth from heaven afar
Our Jesse tree now bloweth. 

Solo: The star shines out with a steadfast ray;
The kings to Bethlehem make their way,
And there in worship they bend the knee,
As Mary’s child in her lap they see; 
Their royal gifts they show to the King; 
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

Chorale: Of Jacob’s stem and David’s line,
For thee, my Bridegroom, King divine,
My soul with love o’erfloweth.

Solo: Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem
The Kings are travelling, travel with them! 
The star of mercy, the star of grace,
Shall lead thy heart to its resting place. 
Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring;
Offer thy heart to the infant King. 

Chorale: Thy word, Jesu, Inly feeds us,
Rightly leads us, Life bestowing. 
Praise, O praise such love o’erflowing.


You can hear a real performance of this at:

(Live streaming this version is not allowed)




Dear Parishioners, here is the Youtube link for the Mass today:

In the light of the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, that we are entering another lockdown, I offered the Mass in Time of Pandemic. You may have noticed a small congregation at Mass, and that is because this time, we are actually allowed to continue having Mass, although we must be very careful to maintain scrupulously the Covid secure procedures and regulations which we have been observing. (Social distancing, face masks, well ventilated church, sanitising, short mass, no singing) I would like to thank those who assist in this task, the stewards and sanitisers – your role is so vital in keeping us all safe.

There will be many who will now be following government advice to return to shielding until they are protected by the vaccine. Hopefully that will not be too long, but in the meantime, if anyone needs any assistance, then please let me know. 

I offer for us all the Opening Prayer of the Mass today:

Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger,

to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray

look with compassion on the afflicted,

grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,

healing to the sick, peace to the dying,

strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders

and the courage to reach out to all in love,

so that together we may give glory to your holy name.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here are the YouTube links for our Sunday Masses:



We are still in the Christmas season, and our mass liturgy today gives us the opportunity to reflect further on the mystery of the Word made Flesh. That is a phrase we hear repeated a number of times during the Mass; there is also a very appropriate solemn blessing for the New Year. Here is part of it:

May God, the source and origin of all blessing,

grant you grace,

pour out his blessing in abundance,

and keep you safe from all harm throughout the coming year.


Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, May I first of all wish you a very Happy New Year. Hopefully things will get better as it progresses. New Year’s Day is also the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Here is the link for the Mass:

Mother of God is our Lady’s greatest title, given to her in the year 431, at the Council of Ephesus (Greek : Theotokos). This feast is the octave of Christmas. In the modern Roman Calendar only Christmas and Easter enjoy the privilege of an octave.

So, on New Year’s Day, the octave day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God. The divine and virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a singular salvific event: for Our Lady it was the foretaste and cause of her extraordinary glory; for us it is a source of grace and salvation because “through her we have received the Author of life”.

We are also given the beautiful words from Moses to Aaron in the book of Numbers 6:23 – this is a good blessing for us all to start the year:

“May the Lord bless you and keep you. 

May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you. 

May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, I hope you are all keeping well. Here is the link for Mass at Wool this morning:

Wednesday Mass

It’s a worrying time as the new highly contagious strain of the virus spreads in our communities, so please stay safe, and pray for each other, the NHS and our vulnerable parishioners, relatives and friends.

May God bless us all. Fr Tim.It’s a worrying time as the new highly contagious strain of the virus spreads in our communities, so please stay safe, and pray for each other, the NHS and our vulnerable parishioners, relatives and friends.

May God bless us all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today:

It is the Feast of St THomas Becket, or St Thomas of Canterbury, who is patron of the Pastoral Clergy of England and Wales.

Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” (also expressed as “troublesome priest” or “meddlesome priest”) is a quote attributed to Henry II of England preceding the death of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170. While the quote was not expressed as an order, it prompted four knights to travel from Normandy to Canterbury, where they killed Becket.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for mass today:

You may be interested in the words of the hymns which I played on the organ. 

The Coventry Carol:

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, by by, lully lullay,
thou little tiny child, by by, lully lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do
for to preserve this day
this poor youngling, for whom we do sing,
by by, lully lullay?

Herod the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
his men of might, in his own sight,
all young children to slay.

That woe is me, poor child, for thee!
And ever morn and day,
for thy parting neither say nor sing
by by, lully lullay!


The words of this Carol come from the medieval Mummers Play tradition and was sung by the women of Bethlehem in a scene set on the night before Herod’s soldiers set out to slaughter The Holy Innocents, whom we venerate tomorrow (28th December). 

And God rest ye merry, gentlemen:

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

But when to Bethlehem they came,
Whereat this infant lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

A Happy Christmas Feast Day to you all.

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the newsletter for this weekend. Christmas continues for us, and offers us all the richness of the story for us to reflect upon – tonight and tomorrow we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, and the Church gives us the words of the old man Simeon “My eyes have seen your salvation”. If you weren’t able to come to Mass on Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, then I am sure there will be space in Church this weekend (it’s usually a very low attendance on the Sunday after Christmas).

Thank you again for all your kindness and generosity at this time. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, A very Happy Christmas to one and all.

Here are link for two of the Christmas masses:

Vigil at Wool:

Day Mass at Swanage:

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today from Wool:

Apologies, my phone (cats) went off after the homily – thought it was on silent! 

A birthday is a good day to think about the names your parents chose for you.

Mine, I feel, were well chosen for a future priest. Timothy means “honour God”, and John, my

middle name means “the Lord is gracious”.

John is also the name given to Elizabeth and Zechariah’s child. The angel

Gabriel had told Zechariah that he was to be given this name.


John the Baptist, then, true to his name would prepare the way for the Lord who

would inaugurate a time of grace, a new time of God’s favour. 

At Christmas time, we acknowledge the wonderful way we have been graciously

favoured by God’s giving his Son to us. Like the neighbours, in the words of

today’s gospel reading, we are filled with awe and treasure it in our hearts. The

neighbours also talked about the what had happened – they shared the

news of what God had done for this childless couple. This is also a time when

we are called to share with each other something of that grace and favour of God which

has come to rest upon us through the birth of Jesus.

FR Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today.

In these days before Christmas, the Church invites us to reflect on the faith of the characters who played their part in God’s plan of salvation with fidelity and love, enabling his purposes to be fulfilled.

This morning’s gospel reading is the prayer that we have come to know as the Magnificat. It is prayed every evening by those who pray the Evening Prayer of the Church. 

It is set within the context of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth her cousin. The visit was a real blessing for Mary. When Elizabeth greeted Mary, she declared Mary blessed because of the child she had conceived and also because, prior to her conceiving, she had believed the message spoken to her by the angel Gabriel. Mary’s response to this visit of Elizabeth and to the blessing it brought her was to praise God, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’. 

Mary’s prayer teaches us that it is only those who are aware of their need of God, those who know their poverty before God, who will experience God’s saving presence. At this time of the year, we are invited to come before the Lord in our poverty, in our neediness, like Mary, like the shepherds at the time of Jesus’ birth. If we do so, we will know the joy of his saving help.

Today, we also have a link to the Virtual Carol Service, which has been put together by parishioners from Wool. Thank you to Colin and Simon for all their hard work and technical know-how, and to all the contributors. 

We are invited to watch, to pray and sing, and also pass on the message of salvation contained in the readings and carols.    Here is the link:

May God bless you all, and all who watch the video. 

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, another link for you :

I celebrated Evening Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, with Benediction. I particularly like the reading from the writings of St Bernard of Clairvaux – the world awaits Mary’s Yes to God:

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. 
The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life. 
Tearful Adam with his sorrowing family begs this of you, O loving Virgin, in their exile from Paradise. Abraham begs it, David begs it. All the other holy patriarchs, your ancestors, ask it of you, as they dwell in the country of the shadow of death. This is what the whole earth waits for, prostrate at your feet. It is right in doing so, for on your word depends comfort for the wretched, ransom for the captive, freedom for the condemned, indeed, salvation for all the sons of Adam, the whole of your race. 
Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word. 
Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise, and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident. This is no time for virginal simplicity to forget prudence. In this matter alone, O prudent Virgin, do not fear to be presumptuous. Though modest silence is pleasing, dutiful speech is now more necessary. Open your heart to faith, O blessed Virgin, your lips to praise, your womb to the Creator. See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves. Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving. Behold the handmaid of the Lord, she says, be it done to me according to your word.
Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link for the Mass from Wool this morning:

Today’s reading reminds us that we can all have doubts, like John the Baptist. He wasn’t sure he had pointed out the right person. Was his life’s work all in vain? Jesus sends a message back to him – look at the good things that are happening to people in real need. When we are tempted to doubt God’s goodness we should perhaps be on the lookout for signs that he is at work in the world, and also, if we can, to play our part.

I hope you are all having a spiritually beneficial Advent. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for this morning’s mass

Sorry it’s a bit late. I had trouble with the one from Wool because all the data got used up. 



Dear Parishioners, here is the newsletter for this weekend. Christmas masses have filled up very quickly in Swanage and Wareham, but there are still some places at the Wool Christmas Eve Mass. If you are not able to come on the day itself, Christmas has an Octave, the days after Christmas, and there will be Mass every day except Monday at the usual times.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, we celebrated today the Solemnity of Our Lady’s immaculate conception, recalling that moment when God’s grace preserved her from original sin. The Liturgy today uses the phrase “prevenient grace”. 

What then is “prevenient grace”? This is a theological concept rooted in the thought of St Augustine, that refers to freely-bestowed divine grace that precedes any human decision or action. Prevenient grace exists prior to and without reference to anything human beings may have done.

While the phrase might be obscure, the meaning is important with reference to the Immaculate Conception. It means that Mary was preserved from original sin – not because of anything she herself had done or would do to merit such a blessing – but in anticipation of the redemptive death and resurrection of Christ. Mary was saved by Jesus, as we all are! But in Mary’s case it occurred at the moment of her conception, and before the saving act of redemption. While to us this might seem illogical or impossible, we have to remember the words of the angel to Mary, in the gospel of the feast, that nothing is impossible to God. It was a “singular grace” as the liturgy says, given only to Mary.

Here is the YouTube link:

Happy Feast day to you all, FR Tim


Dear Parishioners, it has been good to welcome so many of you back to Mass again this weekend.  Two different masses for today.



God bless you all, Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, it was wonderful to have people back in church again, and a great relief – I was getting fed up with the empty church day after day. With our new equipment it is now much easier to live stream the mass – I just need to get the setup right, so comments would be appreciated. Is the camera in the right place? Or would it be better on the font side of the church? I can more easily upload it to YouTube now as well, so here is the link:

I am so looking forward to Sunday Mass with you again. We still have the restrictions, but we make the best of it. The Lord is with us. 

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I went up to Wool this morning to celebrate the Mass, because its the anniversary of the Dedication of the Church, and also to try out some new equipment bought with a grant from the National Lottery COVID support fund. I hope it comes across OK

Here’s the link:

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the YouTube recording of Mass for this First Sunday of Advent.

I hope we all have a very blessed and fruitful Advent, and I look forward to seeing many of you at our Masses when we restart after this lockdown. 

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for todays Mass, uploaded to YouTube, a Requiem Mass for the repose of the souls of the friends and benefactors of our parish communities.

I hope you are all keeping well. At least the end of the lockdown is in sight now, and we will be able to gather for Mass again. 

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link for Mass :

We have good news today, that we will be allowed to return to public Mass next Thursday. It’s been especially tough over the last few weeks being deprived of our Mass and communion for the second time this year. As I said in my homily today, God always brings new life and growth out of situations that seem hopeless. Today’s memorial reminds us of what the martyrs had to endure for the sake of the gospel, and they remained steadfast in their faith. Let us take our inspiration from them.

We still have to cope with the restrictions, but at least we can be together again. I hope to see many of you soon.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, a very happy feast of Christ the King to you all. Link for Mass:

Today is the last Sunday of our Church Liturgical Year, and next Sunday we begin again in Advent. Our Bishops have asked us to have a time of adoration this weekend for an end to this pandemic, so this evening I will celebrate Evening Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and will be live on Facebook at 6pm – the YouTube link will follow as soon as that is possible. The Bishop has also asked that we make the attached statement on Safeguarding available this weekend. He also asks that the following statement from the Bishops’ Conference is shared:

Since the Spring we have faced some serious challenges in our country: for some the loss of a loved one, of a livelihood, of contact with friends and family.  As a Catholic community we have also suffered the closure of our churches for communal worship and fellowship.  Particular challenges have been in caring for the sick and dying in our hospitals and care homes, and for those in prisons where access has not always been easy or indeed possible.

While the Bishops are thankful to all healthcare staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic, we would like to acknowledge the work of our healthcare chaplains.  Bringing the solace of the Sacraments and praying with the sick, spending time with families and supporting medical staff has been and continues to be greatly valued across the healthcare sector and beyond.

We understand from our chaplains how difficult conditions are in prisons at this time.  The role of the prison chaplain brings consolation to many of those who can suffer from isolation, mental difficulties and fear.  They also support prison staff and all who work in this sector. Their presence is a true sign of the Gospel.

We encourage all our chaplains to persevere in their vital and varied ministries and thank them for all they do in bringing the hope and peace of Our Lord to those in need.


Dear Parishioners, Here is the YouTube link for Mass today –

Bishop Mark O’Toole and his Bishop’s Council – a group of priests who assist him in the Governance of the Diocese of Plymouth – have issued a reflection document titled, “A Precious Place of God’s Grace”, Looking to 2025 in terms of parish structures, availability of priests, provision of sacramental life and the resources needed to meet the evangelising mission of the Church in the Diocese of Plymouth.

It invites the Catholics of the Diocese to be “disciple-making-disciples”, and to be focused on mission as they face the challenges of living the faith today. The publishing of the document marks the beginning of a journey of discernment and development, which will involve the wider and active collaboration of the clergy, those living a consecrated life and the lay faithful.  This process will then feed into a revision of the document, which will, in turn, lead to the formulation of some more practical proposals regarding pastoral provision for each Deanery of the Diocese.

Please find document attached. For a commentary on the document on the Bishops’ Conference website, go to:

Any thoughts, comments and reflections on this would be useful, because I am required to feed these back to the Bishop.

Thank you. FR Tim.



Dear Parishioners, Here is the link for the YouTube Mass stream today. Something went wrong with it during the consecration – I think it might have been the internet “dropping out” – it’s been doing that lately.

We have received the sad news recently of the death of our parishioner from Swanage, Albert Norman. May he rest in peace, and his wife and family know the consolation of God’s mercy and love at this difficult time for them.


God bless you all, Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, I have uploaded todays video. The link is :

Regarding sound many said it was just right, but there were a few who felt it was too loud, so I have turned the record level down a bit. I hope it is OK. I am an amateur when it comes to recording and video, so please bear with me as I try to get this right.


FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube Mass for this Sunday.

We were trying out some new equipment, which was provided to us by means of a grant from the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund. So let me know what you think – especially with regard to the sound, because that is the most difficult bit of the setup to get right. Many thanks and have a good Sunday.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, quite a few attachments this morning. The newsletter is attached, but also two documents from the Bishop – (Letter from Bishop), (Safeguarding contacts), following the report from IISCA which was in the news this past week.

Finally, here is the link for the Mass:

The gospel today has an important message for us, holding out to us the example of the woman, whose persistence was rewarded. We need he same persistence, courage and tenacity in order to keep faithful in these difficult times.

I hope you are all keeping well. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help anyone. Confession can still be arranged, but it would need to be outside in a public place (not a garden). We are delivering newsletters to try and keep in touch with those not on the internet. If you know of anyone who is not receiving one, let me know.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for this morning’s Requiem Mass for the Holy Souls. I will be offering more during the month, including one requested for departed benefactors who have left legacies; if you would like any names added, then please let me know.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for today’s Mass from Swanage on the Memorial of St Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr:

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Mass today, the Memorial of St Martin of Tours.
Also the Bishop has placed a video about the forthcoming World Day for the Poor

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, sadly we had to celebrate Mass without any congregations, but you can watch the Swanage Mass if you wish on There will not be a live stream on Tuesday because of the Funeral Mass at Lulworth, but thereafter, it will be at 10.30am every day except Monday for the duration of this second lockdown. Let’s hope we can all be back together again in December.

Have a good Sunday.

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, once again I am saying a solitary Mass. Although it was good to sing again!! Here’s the link.

It was a requiem for our departed clergy – we usually go to Plymouth for the Clergy Requiem, but we can’t, obviously, so the Bishop asked us to say our own masses for our departed brothers. We think particularly of Fr Keith Collins, whose funeral mass I will be attending (and acting as solitary cantor) tomorrow at 12noon in St Mary’s Poole. I think the mass will be live streamed.

The Bishop has written and has asked that we make available a statement from the Bishops Conference, which I attach.      You will note that there is a reference to a “shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm”.  This is an invitation to all people of faith, to pray, where they are, at this time, for an end to the pandemic.  For Catholics, this is a traditional time, to pray the Angelus, and I recommend this to you.  During times of great hardship or upheaval, in history, Our Lady has often appeared to her people carrying the rosary.

The Bishop writes: “I know that we clergy, and our people, feel that faith, and the public worship of God which goes with it, are essential dimensions of human life.  We have a way to go before those in Government, or in charge of our public institutions, fully understand this.  It is a reminder of how we need to continue to “look outwards”, not just, in the good that we do, but in bearing witness to our discipleship of Jesus, when there are opportunities to do so. 

The Bishop also says the no visits to the sick and housebound are permitted during this period of the second lockdown, except to give the “last rites”. However, the diocese has produced a “lockdown questionnaire” which I attach, so that people have the opportunity to ask for help, and so that we can identify volunteers to provide that help. One thing that we will need is volunteers to deliver the newsletter, and this lockdown form to those with no access to the internet, those we know locally. I have been delivering to households in Swanage and will continue to do so during this second lockdown.

Let us hope the lockdown does not continue in December, and that we can see each other again soon.

But for now, may God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link for Mass today.

Very Happy All Saints’ Day to you all. On a sadder note, we mourn the death of three of our parishioners who have recently died : Monthea Bransford, James Selby Bennett and Maureen Dormoy. Also our diocesan priest Fr Keith Collins. May they rest in peace.

You will all have received the communication this morning from the Bishops’ Conference about the lockdown and closure of churches.

As the President and Vice-President make clear in their statement, the Government has a profound responsibility to show why it has taken this particular decision to prohibit the public celebration of the Liturgy; to do otherwise, would risk losing the good-will and unity needed at this difficult time.

For Catholics, loving our neighbour and loving God are realised perfectly in our celebration of the Eucharist, through which the Lord Jesus shares himself in his risen life. This is the loving mystery which we, as disciples of the Lord Jesus, take out in service to the world.

In order that we might do as the Lord has commanded, we have acted with great care and responsibility in the way churches have reopened, thus enabling the essential worship of God to be celebrated in a safe and organised way. Our churches are safe places.  It has not been shown that they are hotspots for the virus to spread. The Government should treat us fairly by indicating what scientific data it has which indicate that ceasing acts of worship is necessary. 

The draft legislation is due to be brought before Parliament on Monday 2 November. In this short timeframe I invite you to raise this matter with our constituency MPs, asking that questions be raised in the House regarding the publication of the data which has driven this regrettable decision to cease public common worship.

Thank you.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I am sure you will have heard the Prime Ministers message last night. The Bishop has been quick in writing to us, with the depressing news that we have to close our churches for worship again, from Thursday for a month, until Monday 2nd December. Only funerals in church or crematoria, for up to 30 people, and burials, including burial of ashes, will be allowed. All other public services must stop, so there will be no public mass in any of our churches from Thursday onwards. I attach the document from the Bishops’ Conference.

The Bishop has asked that we pray the Holy Father’s prayer for protection :

Pope Francis’ Prayer for Protection during the Coronavirus Pandemic

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Let us entrust ourselves and all God’s holy people to the intercession of All the Saints.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is a Pastoral message from Bishop Mark, for the 50th anniversary of the Canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. The Bishop has also recorded the message which can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

FR  Tim. 


Dear Parishioners, please find below a Covid update from the Bishop:

“You will be aware that the Prime Minister made a Commons statement on the new three-tier system for England on Monday.  The full text of the Prime Minister’s speech can be found on Hansard, and a shorter summary which outlines the three Local COVID Alert Levels can be found on

You will see the intention is that Places of Worship remain open and that Weddings and Funerals can continue to take place.   Regarding the position of churches in the event of escalation, Public Health England has stated to the Bishop’s Conference Secretariat that Places of Worship pose a low to medium risk of virus transmission and they have high confidence in this assessment.  Particularly, when questioned about potential future changes, they reiterated the fact that churches in the main do not pose a high risk because of the Covid security that has been adopted.  It is important we continue to be vigilant in those protocols.”

We are filling to capacity every week in Swanage and Wool on a Sunday, but the Saturday evening Mass at Lulworth has had plenty of spare space. Wareham has been nearly full most weeks. It looks as though the present restrictions will continue for some time yet. We are doing well as regards keeping the protocols, but we do need more stewards – it’s down to just a few to do the monitoring and sanitizing. Thank you to all of you. There is another online session organised by the safeguarding office this Friday. Please consider watching it and offering yourself as a steward. The details are:

Friday 23rd October 2020 starting at 1830hrs.

It will take the form as last time with me using the ZOOM conferencing platform and fighting with the IT and PowerPoint.

These are the login details:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 386 370 6996
Passcode: Argyle0920

With all good wishes and blessings to you all.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners here is a link to the Bishop’s  Pastoral-Message-to-the-Diocese-on-Fratelli-Tutti

I hope you are all keeping well.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, please find attached the newsletter for this weekend, and the mass link for the YouTube video of the Swanage Mass. I hope you are all keeping well and having a good weekend.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I hope you are all enjoying the weekend, and the fine weather. Here is the YouTube link for the Mass at Swanage this morning.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.


UPDATE ON THE NEW GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIAL GATHERINGS – The Government has announced new measures banning social gatherings of more than 6 people in a range of settings. The Bishop has asked me to inform you that it has been confirmed that this new measure does not apply to places of worship, so we can continue to celebrate Mass as we have been doing for the past ten weeks, as long as we observe all the guidelines and procedures.


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link from our Sunday Mass at Swanage this morning: Also a document from our parish CAFOD group.

Have a good Sunday. FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, The link for the YouTube Mass is as follows :

News about the Lulworth St Mary’s Chapel. As you will have seen from the newsletter, the chapel will be open for a funeral on Tuesday. We hope to recommence Saturday Masses at Lulworth on Saturday 19th September at 6pm. I will confirm this in the newsletter next week because some discussion is still needed about how to facilitate entry/exit/communion safely. So the Mass on Saturday 5th will still be at Wareham.

CAFOD has asked us all to join in a Novena to St Francis from 1st to 9th September and offer a short prayer of support and hope for those living in the Amazon region. Threats to the environment through destruction of the land and resource exploitation are intensifying. Covid 19 has increased dangers to the Amazon peoples; and the wondrous worlds they protect. If you have – literally – 5 minutes to spare at any time over the 9 days, the prayers can be found by following the link: They are lovely and very short: and allow the wide world into our hearts for a few moments. Stay safe and prayers from the CAFOD group.

I hope you have a good Sunday and Bank Holiday. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, We are back in Swanage and on day 4 of our quarantine. It was an odd experience having to say Mass in the dining room, with mass going on at the same time in the Church. But here is the link.

We have had some sad news – our parishioner Maureen Cowan from Swanage has died. We pray for the repose of her soul, and for her family and friends.

God bless you all.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, a very happy feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady to you all. We celebrated Mass from our terrace here, but it did drizzle a bit. 

Here is the link :

I wanted to give you an update on our situation here. We are in a very safe part of France (Charente), and have been mostly isolating here, except for going to the supermarket. WE managed to change our ferry crossing, and are driving up to the coast (Ouistreham) on Wednesday to catch the night ferry to Portsmouth. But we could not get back in time to avoid the quarantine rule, so it means we will have to stay in the presbytery for 14 days, and not go out, and we can’t have any contact with people (except on the phone). Mass next weekend is being celebrated by Fr Tony Pennicott, and I will try and get some supply for the week after.

I won’t be able to celebrate a Mass with you until Thursday 5th September. D

I am not looking forward to this period of isolation, but there’s nothing we can do about it, so I look forward to seeing you all again in September. In the meantime please keep safe and well.

Please keep the family of Andrew Cooke in your prayers. His funeral is tomorrow (I sent information about this earlier this week.)

God bless you all.

Fr Tim and Judith


Dear Parishioners, I have been asked to send these details about Andrew Cooke’s’s funeral :

It is on Monday 17th August at 2pm, a private service. It will be live-streamed and it can be accessed through the link below.
Username is Mome8002
Password is 494220
There is a test run on the page for people to try beforehand. Some may want to join in live, or it is available for the following 28 days. 

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, this email comes with our greetings and best wishes from France. It is a lovely warm day here so I said Mass with Judith on our terrace. 

Here is the link :

God bless you all, and as they say here “Bon dimanche”

Fr Tim and Judith


Dear Parishioners, I have uploaded the Mass from Swanage today, and the YouTube link is

We were absolutely at capacity in Swanage, with people outside the church, they had to be told there was no space, which is unfortunate. We counted 48 people (including those outside who came for communion at the end. Wareham and Wool did however have some free spaces. I am away now for three Sundays, and we will have Bishop (Emeritus) Christopher with us for two weeks, then Fr Tony Pennicott for one week. Sorry, but there will be no weekday Masses. I will however continue to stream the Sunday Mass at the usual Swanage time (9am). I would like to thank especially the stewards and sanitizing volunteers in all three churches, without whose we could not have opened for Mass.

I hope you are enjoying the fine weather and keeping safe. God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I am very sorry to bring you the sad news of the death of Andrew Cooke, this morning, after a three-and-a-half-year struggle with cancer. May his soul rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and their family members at this time of sadness.

Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

God bless you all.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, Here is the link for today’s Mass on You Tube:

Also some good news to share about Greg, for who we have been praying. After months in hospital, he has finally been discharged. His sister has shared this video of him leaving the ward :

He is not fully recovered, and still need our prayers. 

God bless you all.

FR Tim


Dear Parishioners, I attach a flyer from the Wareham Food Bank, offering help to those who might be in need over the summer. If there are any people who might benefit from this whom you know in your area, please pass this on to them.

Also, with low numbers at Mass, we are short of readers, especially at Swanage. So if you would like to read (and be filmed at Swanage for the live-stream), then please let Fr Tim know. 

Thank you.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link from the Swanage Mass this morning.

We also had our first Mass back at Wool, with quite a few spare places. In fact, we have not reached capacity at all, so we will keep the present pattern of Masses (Saturday 6pm at Wareham, Sunday 9am at Swanage, and 11am at Wool) for the time being, until it becomes possible to open St Mary’s Chapel in Lulworth.

I hope you are all keeping well. Have a good Sunday. FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, as you will see from the newsletter, we have three masses this weekend. Wool is open and ready, and has the highest capacity of our three churches, a maximum of 52 people, fewer if the are individuals who  sit on their own, rather than couples and family groups. If you are coming to Mass, please fill in a Track and Trace form and bring it with you. These have to be collected from all people who come, every time they come. They will be kept for 21 days, then destroyed.

I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend. I know it can’t be everyone – if there is anyone who would like to receive communion, this can be arranged; a short visit, outdoors in a garden is the safest way. Just let me know. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here are the YouTube links for Dulcie Horton’s funeral yesterday:

and the Wareham Mass this morning:

If anyone has received an email from my purporting to be from me, and asking for money, it is a scam, please ignore and delete it. Let me know if anyone has received such an email, because I need to inform the diocesan technical person. It is not from this email address (, but my personal diocesan one (

Thank you.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, so we have celebrated the first Sunday back, with small congregations at both Masses. WE weren’t quite at capacity – at Swanage we had about 25 people, and could have accommodated perhaps another 10. At Wareham the number was similar, with just 5 spare places. 

So if all goes to plan, we will open Wool next weekend, and I have a provisional plan for Masses next weekend, as follows : Saturday 6pm at Wareham; Sunday 9am at Swanage and 11am at Wool. We will see how this goes, and review it in a few weeks when we know how many Wool can accommodate, and if we reach capacity next weekend.

Thank you to all stewards and cleaners who helped out.

I live-streamed the Swanage Mass, and the YOu Tube link is :

God bless you all. “Bon Dimanche”, as they say “en France”.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I have hopefully said my last Mass on my own this morning. The Chideock Martyrs, Blessed John Cornelius and his companions were executed at Dorchester on 4th July 1594.

Mass link for YouTube is :

Now we are looking towards welcoming people back to Mass tomorrow.  Details in the newsletter, attached. Click here to link to a form which, if you can come to Mass, you should bring with you, filled in, to put in the box provided. Also please wear a mask. If you are not wearing one, a steward will give you one, because we are indoors together for longer than 15 minutes, and we are not 2 metres apart on the benches. Sorry the restrictions are the way they are, but we must keep the people who come as safe as we can. Please follow the advice of the stewards, especially at the end, when coming for Holy Communion.

I know we can’t all be together as normal tomorrow, but I look forward to seeing some of you. God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link for the Mass of St Thomas the Apostle.

Also our children from St Mary’s School in Swanage have made some flower cards to send to parishioners. Thank you children, they are lovely.

God bless you all. FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, today was Vera Barter’s funeral in Poole. May she rest in peace.

I also said the Mass for her this morning – see it on YouTube at :

We have had permission to open Wareham Church for Mass. Wareham Church will sit 27 individual people. We may fit a few more in by having family groups on one bench. Wool Church remains closed, and will have a thorough clean next week, and then we will be able to use it. 

So this Sunday I will say a 9am at Swanage and an 11am at Wareham. Mass times and venues are not going to be the same as before whilst social distancing restrictions remain in force, but I will try to keep you informed. Numbers will be limited, so if you can come to Mass in the week, leaving Sunday free for those who can’t come in the week, then more will be able to attend. The Sunday obligation to attend Mass does not apply for the time being. All those coming will be required to leave that contact details under the government’s Track and Trace measures. Please
download this link , fill it in, bring it with you and put it in the box that will be provided. Or there will be copies of it in church. Please bring your own pen, because we can only provide single use pens.

I hope to see some of you on Sunday or in the week. It will be lovely to celebrate mass with a congregation again. But no singing 😢

FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass for today :

There are a few of us working at the moment to try and get the churches ready for Mass. Swanage is now ready, and so there will be Mass here this Sunday at 9am. There will also be weekday masses on Tuesday and Friday at 9am. Thank you to Roger for all his help, but we still need more stewards and cleaners for Swanage (church must be sanitised after every Mass). The maximum number allowed in at Swanage will be something like 30 to 40, depending on how many families come (because each bench can sit only two people, whereas a family of 4 or 5 can share one bench.) There will be a one-way system, in through the main door, and out through the back door, or side door. Holy Communion will be administered as people leave. No entry through the back door, even for those with keys. The toilet will not be available. 

I will let you all know as soon as I have any news on the other churches. Unfortunately, Lulworth will stay closed for now. 

God bless you all. Fr Tim


Happy Feast Day, and some items from the Bishop

Dear Parishioners, Today we celebrate the solemnity of SS Peter and Paul, which in our country is transferred from 29th June. Let us ask the prayers of these two pillars of the Church, as we move into a different situation. The icon attached is called “The embrace of the Apostles Peter and Paul” (as mentioned in homily)

Here is the Mass link for today:

I would hope to be able to celebrate the first public Masses next Sunday, and I am meeting with a few individuals in Swanage and Wool this week, to prepare our churches and to try and make them as safe as possible. Lulworth and Wareham have not yet received permission to open. Thank you to those who have agreed to help, but we still need more volunteers.

Bishop Mark has sent us some more information, together with a lovely reflection for us at this time, which I attach. He has also recorded the reflection, and it can be viewed here :

I attach the guidance document for Mass from the Bishops’ Conference, and also a decree from the Bishop, which make this document a law in the diocese that has to be followed.

2020.06.25 – Guidance for Acts of Worship – Mass – Revision 6

Celebration of Public Mass and of the Sacrement of Penance in times of Covid-19

The Bishop has also said that all halls, toilets and kitchens must remain closed, and we are not allowed to gather after Mass.

This is a strange time, but at least we are moving forward now with this easing of restrictions. I hope to see some of you at Mass, but if you feel unable to come, that too, is quite understandable. Please contact me if I can be of any help or support in any way.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, Here is the YouTube link for Mass this morning, the Memorial of St Cyril.

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Please let me know if I can do anything for anyone.

Also, if there are any parishioners willing to help out with the requirements (Cleaning, sanitizing, stewarding, see yesterday’s email) so that we can open our churches for Mass, then please let me know. As soon as I have information on dates and times of Masses, I will let you know. I think there is a document from the government, which I haven’t seen yet, but which we need to abide by.

Fr Tim


A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England – click here


Dear Parishioners, I begin this morning with some very sad news, that Dulcie Horton, our dear parishioner from Wareham, died last night. May she rest in peace and may her family know the Lord’s comfort and strength in this time of bereavement. 

This morning’s mass link is :

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, I offered a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Mary Bernadette Warrington, who died recently in Swanage. Her funeral is today in Poole.

 Here is the link :

On Saturday I will also be offering an early mass, and won’t be able to do the live stream at 10.30. It will be available to view before then. 

If you like this warm weather, I hope you will be able to enjoy it. 

God bless you all. FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, A Happy Feast day to you all on this Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist. He is the one who pointed to Jesus.

“He must increase, I must decrease.” (pointing to the Lord on the Cross)

 “John is born of an old woman who is barren; Christ is born of a young woman who is a virgin. That John will be born is not believed, and his father is struck dumb; that Christ will be born is believed, and he is conceived by faith………John is the voice, but the Lord in the beginning was the Word. John is a voice for a time, but Christ is the eternal Word from the beginning.”

(St Augustine of Hippo)

Mass link :


God bless you all, FR Tim.


Dear Parishioners, A very happy patronal feast day to us all. St Edward. King and Martyr, who lived in the 10th century, and was King of England for just 3 years, before being murdered at Corfe in 978.

A couple of very interesting links below, telling the story, and how his relics ended up in a cemetery in Woking, under the care of an orthodox community.

Mass this morning :

Let us ask the prayers of our parish patron saint for all the people who live in Purbeck, for all the churches, and especially for those who need our prayers at this time.

St Edward, King and Martyr, pray for us.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass this morning :

For those who live or shop in Swanage, here is an update from the Swanage Food Bank.

As soon as we at Swanage Food Bank update suggested ‘needs’ for food items, we seem to have others to add to the list. That’s how it is, but thanks for your patience and generosity. So – very latest update on 18th June – we need the following in particular :

* sugar * teabags *instant coffee * shop jam and marmalade *longlife fruit juice * savoury crackers *crisps and snack packets

* desserts (other than tinned fruit and milk puddings) e.g. jelly, Angel Delight, microwave sponge puddings, Mr Kipling tarts, etc.

* Marmite and savoury spreads * shampoo *shower gel *toothpaste * small-medium washing detergent *And lots and lots of empty egg boxes!

Thank you all so much – and keep safe and well.

(Items can be put  in the Blue Bins in the supermarkets)

Have a Good Sunday. Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, a very happy feast day to you all on this Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (no Friday abstinence!!). What a beautiful feat this is, speaking to us of the love. mercy and compassion in the heart of God. Mass link:

Also the Bishop has uploaded a reflection for today, and it can be found at:

God bless you. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass today. It was a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Gerard Dwyer, whose funeral is this morning at Poole Crematorium.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, Today is St Richard’s Day – he was Bishop of Chichester in the 13th century. He is said to have uttered the words of a prayer on his deathbed, that has become very well-known:

St Richard’s Prayer

Thanks be to thee, O Lord Jesus Christ

for all the benefits which thou hast given us,

for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us:

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,

may we know thee more clearly,

love thee more dearly,

and follow thee more nearly. Amen


Link to Mass :


God bless you all, Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, A Very Happy Corpus Christi Feast Day to you all. Here is the link to Mass :

There will also be Vespers and Benediction this evening, not lived-streamed, but recorded, and I will post another email and Facebook with the link at about 5.30pm this evening.

I have now received a decree giving permission from the Bishop to open Wool Church for private prayer. It will be open on Tuesday for one hour from 11am-12noon. We have had to comply with many procedures and guidelines to cover every eventuality, and only a small section of the church will be used. We are not allowed to have any public devotions, such as Rosary or Benediction, no-one leading prayers. Two stewards are required to be present throughout the whole time of opening, so thank you to those who have volunteered and made this possible. I will now begin the process, to see if we can get permission for Swanage. The Bishop has said that about one third of the churches in the diocese are planning to open for private prayer next week.

God bless all of you on this great feast.

FR Tim


Dear Parishioners. Today is St Anthony’s Day. Patron saint of lost items. (please pray to him that I will find my church keys). Link to Mass is :

God bless all of you. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, Here is today’s upload – sorry it got cut off at one point, that was someone trying to phone my mobile. I didn’t have it on silent, so the ringtone sounded.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today, the Feast of St Barnabas the Apostle.

We have also received some sad news overnight, and that is that our dear parishioner Vera Barter of Swanage has died. Please pray for the repose of her soul and for her family at this sad time. Vera was a devoted servant of this parish for many years, helping out in so many ways, especially as a member of the Finance Committee.

Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

There is also some good news, and that is that Greg Wain, for whom we have been praying for many weeks, is now out of the critical care ward, and in a rehabilitation ward in Poole Hospital. His sister thanks all parishioners for their prayers and concern.

God bless you all, Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube Mass for today, Wednesday in the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time.

I enjoyed reading the account of Elijah’s battle of wills with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-39). Very dramatic, with a touch of humour as well. It presents a choice – follow a false god, or worship the Lord. With the many false gods that humanity creates for itself today, the choice is still as real as ever. I was reminded of the beautiful aria from Mendelssohn’s  Elijah, where Elijah sings a prayer calling upon God to hear him, and answer his prayer, that the hearts of the people who have gone astray may return to him. 

“Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel……………..” I invite you to listen to it and pray the prayer for our world and nation today.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, Here is the link to the You Tube Mass celebrated this morning.

You will probably have seen the news that churches will be allowed to open for people to come in and pray individually from Monday 15th June. (for private individual prayer only, not public services). I need to assemble team of volunteers to act as stewards and cleaners, preferably not from a vulnerable group.

(for details of vulnerability see

If anyone can help, please let me know. If it can be arranged, I will publish times of opening in this week’s newsletter.


Thank you, Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, I offered another Mass in time of Pandemic this morning. Here is the link :

Also, a few attachments.

  1. Bishop Mark’s Message for St Boniface’s Day
  2. The newsletter for this weekend.

We have received some information from the Bishop about possible re-opening of the churches, for private prayer in the first instance, and later for public mass. However, we have to meet certain requirements. The Bishop has said that the Government have still not given us a date to ‘go ahead’ with the opening of churches.  You will have seen that we are putting pressure on them, in the hope of being able to open, at least some of them, on 15th June, just for private prayer. Any publicly led prayer will not be allowed.  The Bishop is aware that many priests are looking after more than one Church, and some have oversight of three or four. He says that it is not realistic to be able to open all churches in such situations and it would be worth parishes working through which churches they believe it would be possible to open, and to begin to make that known also, just so unrealistic expectations are not raised in local communities.  The Bishop asks that we support one another in this so the burden is not too great for any priest.  When churches open for private prayer, stewards, a minimum of two, must be present at all times when churches are open, to make sure the safety guidelines are observed. Churches also need to prepare their buildings with plastic tape on the seats, and signs telling people to observe social distancing. We must provide sanitizers, and surfaces must be cleaned regularly , by stewards in masks, gloves and aprons.

The Bishop also provided this link from a church in France :

If anyone would like to volunteer in providing help to make our churches safe to open, then please let me know. I have a more detailed document from the Bishops Conference, if anyone interested in being a steward wants to read it. Let me know.  May thanks. Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, Today is the Solemnity of St Boniface, Apostle of Germany and Principal Patron of our Diocese of Plymouth. 

Here is the link for the Mass :

Also another link, to Bishop Mark’s Message to the Diocese today :

Here is a picture of the site of Boniface’s martyrdom, in Dokkum, in the Netherlands, the spot on which, on 5th June 754 he was martyred.

His statue shows how he is shielding himself from his attackers with the bible over his head – but one sword thrust cut right through the book and killed him.

As well as trying to protect himself, physically and spiritually, with the Word of God, the gesture is also one of offering the Good News of Christ to his murderers.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, Happy Feast. Link to Mass :

This is a new feast, which we’ve been observing for just a couple of years. 

The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. In him the Father has been well pleased from before all time. As Mediator between God and human beings, fulfilling his Father’s will, he sacrificed himself once on the altar of the Cross as a saving Victim for the whole world. Thus, instituting the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice, with a brother’s kindness he chose, from among the children of Adam, men to augment the priesthood, so that, from the sacrifice continually renewed in the Church, streams of divine power might flow, whereby a new heaven and a new earth might be made, and throughout the whole universe there would be perfected what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the human heart.

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass today :

It is the memorial of the Ugandan Martyrs, Ss Charles Lwanga and Companions. Bishop Robert Barron has done an inspiring video on this.

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Let me know if I can do anything for anyone. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, with Pentecost and Eastertide over we are back in Ordinary Time. On Pentecost Sunday the Pope shared a message as part of the “Thy Kingdom Come” event. You can see it here

Many Swanage parishioners will have known Jim Tubb, who sadly died yesterday in Poole hospital. We pray for the repose of his soul and for his wife and family at this sad time.

Finally here is the link for Mass today.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, A Happy Pentecost to you. I have celebrated Mass at Swanage this morning and here is the link to view it on You Tube. We sung Veni Creator Spiritus in Latin at Communion, so here is the text and translation.

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, please find attached the newsletter for this weekend, Pentecost Sunday. Such a wonderful feast, such a shame we can’t be together for it. There is a possibility that we might be able to open our churches for private prayer only fairly soon, maybe in a couple of weeks. But no public worship can be scheduled, and opening is conditional upon us being able to do so safely, observing all the guidelines laid down. Volunteers will be required to make sure guidelines are being adhered to while churches are open. I will give further information about this when it becomes available.

Also tomorrow is the Pentecost National Rosary Rally – every Diocese in the UK has been allocated an hour this Sunday to pray the Rosary, so that a great ROAR of prayer ascends before the Throne of God for conversion, help, protection and deliverance from this global pandemic and much more.  The initiative has been supported by our bishops.  This is a wonderful way to end this month of Mary, when Pope Francis is encouraging praying the rosary for deliverance from Covid-19.  Plymouth Diocese has been given the slot of 11am-12noon.

The Link to Mass and the final day of the Novena is :

Happy Pentecost

Fr Tim

29th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, here are the links for today’s Mass and Novena. Apologies for the sound quality yesterday. The microphone I bought recently is malfunctioning, and I will need to send it back. 

I used a different setup today, more complicated and difficult to connect – so I would be interested to know how it sounds. Many thanks. Fr Tim.

Friday Mass Easter 7

Novena day 8

24th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, A very happy Sunday to you all. Here are the links for Mass today and the Novena recording:

Sunday Mass Easter 7

Novena Day 3

23rd May 2020

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are all keeping well. I attach the newsletter for this Sunday, the 7th Sunday of Eastertide.

Also here is a link from St Mary’s School in Swanage, the song is St Mary’s children singing one of their songs and then there are 3 pictures from work we have been doing which illustrates a response to Laudato Si! Well done children.

Congratulations to Liz and Bernard White on the occasion of their golden wedding. And more good news about Greg, in intensive care in Poole hospital, but is greatly improved, and will hopefully be able to come off the ventilator soon. His sister thanks all parishioners for their prayers and concern.

And finally, the YouTube link to Mass today – sorry about the sound interference – I have no idea what is causing this.

Have a good weekend. Fr Tim

22nd May 2020

Dear Parishioners, here is today’s link. Sorry about the sound at the beginning, but it is OK after about two minutes. I don’t know why that happened. Also I recorded the Novena prayers, but it came out the wrong way because I moved the camera iPhone. I don’t know why, nor do I know how to get it back the right way again.

21st May 2020

Dear Parishioners, A Very Happy Ascension Day to you all. Mass was celebrated in Swanage this morning, and here is the link:

Following my invitation yesterday to pray a Pentecost Novena, I attach another resource, with daily prayers tailored particularly to this present crisis. It could be used on its own or in conjunction with one of the others. A Novena is nine days of prayer, so it begins tomorrow (Day 1) and goes through to next Saturday (Day 9). Please do take this opportunity to join our parish in this prayer; united with each other, and with Our Lady and the Apostles let us ask God for a new outpouring of the grace of the Holy Spirit upon our church and our world. 

God bless you all. Fr Tim, your priest.

20th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, tomorrow we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, and as is traditional during this time, I invite you to pray with me in these days between Ascension and Pentecost. I attach two options for doing this – the Pentecost Novena which focusses on Evangelisation and the Journey with MaryIn the book of Acts, once the apostles see Jesus ascend into heaven, they gather in continuous prayer with Mary the mother of Jesus. Who better than Mary to accompany us as we too pray for a new Pentecost.

Also, here is the link for the Mass today.


19th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are all keeping well, as we go through yet another week of lockdown. At least it’s eased somewhat, and we can meet one other person outdoors; and I was thinking that confession might be more possible, as long as social distancing is respected, and it is done out of doors. I heard a confession in the garden at Swanage last week. So if any one would like to go to confession, then ring me, and something, I am sure, could be arranged.

Here is the link to today’s Mass.

16th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, please click here for a link to another file from the Safeguarding Office.

Today’s Mass for our YouTube followers :

I have also been requested to send out this link to the Laudato Si’ Week – 16-24 May 2020

Have a good weekend in this lovely sunshine.

Fr Tim.

15th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, the link for the YouTube video of Mass today is :

I left the text of my homily on the printer today, so when it came to the homily time, I couldn’t think what I was going to say. So here it is:

In just few verses in John’s Gospel we have the essence of Jesus’ teaching.

“This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” (verse 12) This statement could hardly be any clearer.  Jesus’ whole ministry was love: teaching, healing, forgiving, feeding and laying down his very life.

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (verse15)

What does He command? “This I command you: love one another.” (verse17)

Command and love.

They don’t sit well together do they – the idea of love in the same sentence as the idea of obeying commands and rules. To many modern ears, it will sound out of date. In the words of the famous song “All you need is love”. Doesn’t true love liberate us from the need for obedience to commands?

Part of the problem for us is that we tend to think of love as a purely emotional response. It can be this, of course, but it is not just about feelings, it is also about doing – so when we are faced with a choice between doing something that we know is right and not doing it, when we make the right choice we are actually loving God, because we are doing something that is right, we are following his teaching.

Loving Jesus therefore is not just something purely emotional; loving Jesus means changing our lives, reforming our lives, working on our personalities and characters, overcoming sinful habits, stretching ourselves to love as Jesus loved. Trying to say no to all those things which would draw us away from him. What do we allow to influence us? Is it the view of love that is presented to us through the media driven celebrity culture? If we do then it becomes more difficult for us to love God. WE should fill our minds instead with the thoughts of Jesus, which we can read in the gospels.

Sorry you didn’t get this in the Mass. FR Tim.

14th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, todays Mass link :

Also, a statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in response to lockdown easing

12th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube Mass for today, Tuesday of the Fifth week of Easter.

There is a message for us in the gospel, as we are perhaps becoming weary of this lockdown, and that is we must pray for the peace of the Holy Spirit, a peace the world cannot give. Bishop Mark, in a recent letter to encourage us said that we must “dig deep into our personal reservoirs of interiority in order to live through this time”

Let us continue to pray for each other. FR Tim.

10th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, the link for the Sunday mass is :

I will be live again at 6.30pm this evening for Vespers and Benediction (YouTube link will follow soon afterwards).

We are asked to join 24 hours of prayer organised by Swanage Churches Together for the people of Purbeck at this time of crisis. Click here for details.

We have also had a communication from the Swanage Christian Aid Committee about this forthcoming week.

Thank you and Have a Good Sunday.

FR Tim.

9th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, please find attached the document from Caritas, mentioned in the newsletter.

Also the link to Mass today.

Tomorrow I will say Mass as usual at 10.30, and will also celebrate Evening Prayer with Exposition and Benediction tomorrow evening at 6.30pm.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.

7th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, I have offered this morning a Mass to beseech God’s mercy upon us and the world in this time of global pandemic. The mass was promulgated by the Holy See in March, and has specially chosen readings and prayers.

I hope you are all keeping well, and wish you God’s blessing.

FR Tim.

5th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass today on YouTube:

Also, for those who live and/or shop in Swanage, there is the following urgent request from the Swanage Food Bank :

The Food Bank has been so busy this week they’ve run out of all desserts – tinned fruit, custard, milk puddings, instant puddings. They’ve also no meat products left, including Frey Bentos pies, cold meats and tins of minced beef, stew, chilli con carne, chicken in sauce etc. Packets of rice, and tinned vegetables are also low in stock. The luxuries of sweets and chocolates have been used up, which aren’t strictly necessary but lift the clients’ hearts a bit at this difficult time.

Gifts can be left in the Food Bank containers in the following locations

  • Co-op
  • Budgens
  • Costcutters
  • Spa (Arkwrights)
  • at the Food Bank (the Food Bank which is open from 12-2 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Salvation Army Lower Hall in King’s Road East)
  • in the porch just inside the All Saints building.  

All contributions will be really appreciated.  

Fr Tim

3rd May 2020

Unfortunately the live stream kept cutting out today. This is due to a problem with the connection here at the presbytery in Swanage – we have had problems over the last few weeks with the internet cutting out regularly. At the moment I am using two devices, an iPad and an iPhone, one for live streaming to Facebook, the other for recording to YouTube. 

Congratulations to James and Mary Wetherill, celebrating their Golden Wedding – I am sorry you missed your “virtual blessing”, because the live stream failed. But it is there in the you tube version. There is sad news today as well – Peggy Baker, Colin’s mother, has died at the age of 96. Please pray for the repose of her soul, and for Liz and her family.

Also today, I include a communication from the five Archbishops of England and Wales, entitled “A people who hope in Christ.”

Have a good Sunday. God bless you all. Fr Tim.

2nd May 2020

Many congratulations to James and Mary Wetherill, who celebrate their golden wedding today. Mass tomorrow is for their intentions. 

We have also received the sad news of the death of Fr Cadoc Leighton, parish priest of Camborne and Redruth (Cornwall). May his soul rest in peace.

Fr Tim.

1st May 2020

Dear Parishioners, today is the Memorial of St Joseph the Worker, and here is the link to the Mass :

I went up to St Joseph’s Church in Wool yesterday to get some more altar breads for our masses. It was sad going in there to see it empty and not used, the altar bare. We haven’t had mass there for six weeks. We haven’t been able to make it look lovely with Easter flowers.

Let us call upon our patron saint to help us at this time.

O GLORIOUS St. Joseph, thou who hast power to render possible even things which are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress.

Take this pandemic under thy protection, that it may soon be over.
O dear St. Joseph, all our confidence is in thee. Let it not be said that we would invoke thee in vain; and since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary. Show that thy goodness equals thy power. Amen. St Joseph the Worker, pray for us. Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs. Pray for us. St Edward, pray for us.

God bless us all and keep us safe.

FR Tim.

30th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, here is the You Tube link for the Mass today, I am still trying to find different ways to improve the sound.

You will hear me mention Greg again. He really needs our prayers at the moment. He is still in critical care; his family really appreciate the fact that so many people in the parish are supporting them at this time.

May the Lord give us all his blessing. 

FR Tim.

29th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, this is the YouTube link for Mass today on this Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. YouTube has a volume control (at the bottom of the window on the left) so if it’s too quiet, then turn it up to full – computers also have volume controls, usually in the software (for example, in Windows 10 it’s at the bottom right of the screen, next to the time and date) – perhaps if you can’t hear, yours is not turned up fully. 

Link is:

Bishop Mark has also sent a Pastoral Message to the diocese. Follow this link for the text or watch him delivering it on You Tube. The link is :

God bless. Fr Tim.

24th April 2020

This is a new mass, recently promulgated by the Holy See, to be said at this time of crisis. I will be offering this mass regularly for as long as the pandemic continues. 

The decree that came with the mass quotes words from Psalm 90 – You will not fear the plague that prowls in darkness – these words are an invitation to have great faith in the steadfast love of God, who never abandons his people.

That is really the theme running through the prayers and readings of the mass – that God has not abandoned us, we are not alone.

May God bless you all. FR Tim

23rd April 2020

Dear Parishioners, Happy Feast Day. I celebrated Mass this morning for this National Patronal Feast. The link is :

Thank you to those to say they had received emails – I had had about 30 bounce back twice now – most of them seemed to be from yahoo and btinternet addresses.

The swanage one seems to work OK, let’s hope. So I will use this one this time. 

St George, pray for us all. 

God bless.

FR Tim.

22nd April 2020

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Caritas Newsletter April 2020.

Dear Parishioners, the link for the You Tube version of Mass, today, Wednesday 22nd April is

As I mentioned in the Mass, we have received the sad news of the death of Fr Michael Downey, of Sherborne. May his soul rest in peace.

Also I have been asked to forward the attached document from our diocesan Caritas Network.

God bless. Fr Tim.

21st April 2020   

Dear Parishioners,

The Mass today was uploaded on to you tube – link is

Just a word of explanation about this. The YouTube channel does not allow me to broadcast live, (I need 1000 subscribers for this) but the Facebook page does.

So I stream live on Facebook.

The link to this page is

You can only watch it live using the above link.

If you are looking for it on You Tube, you won’t find it live. It takes time to upload and process. It is usually available to watch about an hour and a half later.

So tomorrow I will celebrate the Mass at about 1030, but you won’t be able to watch it on You Tube until about midday.

Sorry that there has been some confusion about this.

Fr Tim.

19th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are well this Sunday. I received a request for prayer last night and mentioned it in Mass today – one of our parishioners from Swanage, Greg, is in critical care in Poole with the virus. Please pray that he will come through this, and for his family at this worrying time.

The youtube link for this morning’s mass is

God bless you all. Fr Tim

18th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter Saturday. Two links for you today :

Bishop Robert Barron on “sitting quietly alone”.

Mass for Easter Saturday

17th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are all having a good Easter week despite the continuing lockdown, and the upsetting news each day. I attach our newsletter for this weekend. I am usually live-streaming the daily mass using Facebook, but I do continue to upload these to youtube. The links are

Easter Tuesday

Easter Wednesday

Easter Thursday

Easter Friday

Fr Tim.

14th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, the Easter Octave continues – we share the joy of the Resurrection, but with the cloud of Coronavirus still hanging over us. The news seems to be that this is going to continue for many weeks yet. I found the following lovely youtube videos which really cheered me up. Nicky Gumbel, from Holy Trinity Brompton, and Bishop Robert Barron’s Easter Homily.

Also Mass for today has been uploaded on to YouTube and is also on Purbeck Catholic Parishes.

Thank you and God bless, Fr Tim.

12th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter to you all. Having celebrated all the Triduum Liturgies live, I have put them on You Tube (having learned how to do this), just in case any of you missed them and would like to see them. Links are :

Holy Thurdsay

Good Friday

Holy Saturday Swieconka

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday Morning Mass

I will also be celebrating Easter Sunday Evening Prayer with Benediction this evening at 6pm. I will do it live on Facebook, and then put it on You Tube.

Thank you for all you kindness in sending me cards, donations for the parish, and Easter Offerings and good wishes, thank you to the new and continuing standing order donors and also thank you to the Swanage parishioners who sent flowers.

Once again Happy Easter. Gaudium Paschale! Fr Tim.

11th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, please find attached the Easter Newsletter. Thank you to Sally for improving vastly what has been my rather poor effort over the past few weeks. We go live again at 11am for the blessing of Easter Food baskets. (it will only be our household basket, but the Lord will supply the blessing to your food at home. If you have some holy water at home, then you could sprinkle it on your basket).

Then this evening at 8.30pm, the Easter Vigil. These will be on Facebook, live streamed. Link is:

The children of St Mary’s School Swanage have made some beautiful Easter cards which we are delivering to those without internet in Swanage.

If you can print the newsletter and deliver it to anyone you know in the same situation near you, then I am sure they would be grateful. I attach a sample of the children’s cards.

Have a blessed Holy Saturday. FR Tim

8th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, today is Wednesday in Holy Week, the usual day of the Chrism Mass, the Mass of the Holy Oils, celebrated by Bishop Mark at the Cathedral. Some of us a had a good day in Plymouth last year, with the parishioners of St Mary’s Poole, on their coach. But this year, it has been postponed to a later date. It is at this Mass that we priests make our annual renewal of commitment to priestly service. I would like you to know that we are all requested to do this tomorrow, before the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Thursday Mass will be live-streamed, but not on You Tube, because it needs to take place at a certain time of day, in the evening, so it will start at 7pm. To watch it live, click onto the Purbeck Catholic Parishes Facebook page :

For today’s Mass for the Wednesday of Holy Week, Spy Wednesday, the link is

God bless you all, Fr Tim.

7th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are having a good holy week and keeping well. I have uploaded today’s Mass:

Also a couple of parishioners have mentioned a few fruit and vegetable delivery services which some might find useful:


God bless, Fr Tim.

6th April 2020

Pope’s message for Holy Week

5th April 2020

Dear Parishioners, Our small household of 3 celebrated Mass together this morning (just enough to do a dramatized passion), and I have uploaded it – still on You Tube at the moment.

I have also recorded the Matthew Passion reflection.

The drawback with You Tube is that it takes time to process the material, and we can’t watch it live, only after a few hours (the time it takes to upload and process it). They were both still processing when I sent this email.

This is obviously no good for the Triduum, hence the creation of a Facebook page where this is allowed.

There is some sad news, received yesterday. Susan Gow, a parishioner from Wool has died. May her soul rest in peace, and may her family be comforted in their bereavement.

I would like to wish you all the blessings of this sacred time.

Fr Tim, your priest.

4th April 2020

Message from Bishop Mark at the beginning of Holy Week

Dear Parishioners, please find attached the newsletter for this weekend. If you know of anyone without internet who lives near you, then please print a copy and put it through their door. Many thanks (I am doing this for Swanage, with the help of Becs from St Mary’s School). Also there is a letter from Bishop Mark.

If you haven’t found the Parish Facebook Page “Purbeck Catholic Parishes” please follow the link in the newsletter because the Holy Week services will be live streamed onto that page, and not onto You Tube (I need 1000 subscribers to live stream onto You Tube).

Yesterdays mass is up on You Tube

Today’s Mass will be up soon, but it has a problem in that for some reason it stopped recording during the Sanctus. You can still hear the Liturgy of the Word.

It is still processing, but the link is

A lovely idea for Palm Sunday is that we put a leafy branch on our front door. Click on:

Another useful reflection for Palm Sunday from the same website:

May a wish you all the blessings of this sacred time.

Fr Tim, your priest.

April 1st 2020

Dear Parishioners, I have said mass today. To see it click on this link :

Apologies for not sending the link yesterday, but the video was uploaded and appeared upside down. I have tried to correct this, but it’s a long processing time. (it’s been doing it all night)

A very important message has also appeared from Cardinal Nicholls, about confession and Easter duties. To view this, click on the link:

I hope this email finds you all well.

God bless,

Fr Tim.


March 29th 2020

I have been advised of the following link for vulnerable people to register with the government to get priority delivery of essential supplies:

It was a windy day in Swanage yesterday. I enjoyed a blustery afternoon walk (delivering newsletters to those without the internet)

Blustery day in Swanage (Sunday afternoon)

If we read Job 38, we realise the wonder and power of God’s creative genius. We cannot know his purposes, and we are all in his hands. The bit about the sea …

Bishop Mark’s rededication of England:

March 27th 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Please find attached my newsletter for this weekend. In order to get it to vulnerable parishioners, then perhaps we could, if we know someone, print it off and put it through their letterbox. 

This evening The Holy Father will preside over a time of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in St Peter’s Square, without a congregation. 

Friday 27th March at 5pm (UK time, 6pm Rome time).  

Let us join with him in this via Satellite Television or through Vatican News on the internet.  

He will give an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing, which carries with it the possibility of a plenary indulgence. See:

Please join in this live, if you can. God bless you all.

FR Tim.

March 26th 2020

Message from Fr.Tim

Dear Parishioners,

There is a new message from the Bishop on our diocesan website:

I also came across these links with information about St Corona, yes, there is a St Corona.

Also, there is St Rocco, patron saint of infectious diseases and epidemics

I did upload yesterday’s mass, but something went wrong with the email. The link is

I have also put today’s Mass up:

God bless you all. St Corona, St Rocco, pray for us.

Fr Tim

March 24th 2020

Letter from Fr Tim:

Dear Parishioners,

Things are certainly moving at a pace with ever more severe restrictions on our way of life. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, it is now necessary to close our churches completely. Travelling to a church for private prayer or even for confession is not a good enough reason to leave our houses. Cardinal Nichols has this morning placed another message, and it can be accessed here :

I have however managed to record the Mass a put it on the You Tube Channel named Canon Tim Lewis. The link to the mass is :

Hopefully I will be able to upload material to this channel regularly. Please pray for our parish at this difficult time, and especially for our parishioners who don’t have internet or email. We can hopefully keep in touch with them by phone and make sure they have what they need. Or why not, if you are able and well enough, print off the following offer of help, and offer help to someone elderly and vulnerable – one of the reasons the Prime Minister has said we can go out is to help a vulnerable person.

If I can be of any help in this way, to you or anyone else you know about, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 01929 422491 or 07581068555

May God bless you all,

Fr Tim, your priest.

March 23rd 2020

Father Tim has been compiling a list of parishioners with email addresses, to keep in contact, and send information. It is already 120 names long, but I am sure there are more I haven’t got. So if you would like to be included, send your address to Father Tim, and he will add you to the list.

March 18th 2020

Please note that from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice, all public litergies in Purbeck parishes will cease.

A letter from the President and Vice-President
on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference

Letter from Bishop

Decree suspending religious services

March 5th 2020

Updated Coronavirus Guidance

February 27th 2020

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Concise advice for Parishes on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Version 2