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Originally opened as a guide to the parish’s Covid plans, this page now acts as an vehicle for Father Tim to keep parishoners abreast of the day-to-day activities of the parish. It usually includes links to the latest mass broadcasts.

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28/7/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link for the Mass at Wool today. Fr Tim

https://youtu.be/HCedFqzJnII

27/7/21

Dear Parishioners, this is the link for today’s YouTube Mass from Swanage: https://youtu.be/Y7I29_SuoPc

25/7/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Sunday Mass – just one, from Swanage: https://youtu.be/dtF4RB1hoVs

We have increased capacity at Swanage now, although we didn’t really need it this weekend. Thank you to all the stewards in all the churches for their dedication. It was also good to be able to sing again. We are just having a few hymns and a few simple Mass chants for the time being.

I hope you all are having a good weekend.

Fr Tim.

23/7/21

Dear Parishioners, A very Happy Feast Day, on this Feast of ST Bridget of Sweden, Patron of Europe.

Here is the Mass for this morning on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3rkVHsLc1-A

Also the newsletter for this weekend. FR Tim

22/7/21

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

https://youtu.be/u3iKB2RGW2E

We have celebrated the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen, apostle to the apostles.

21/7/21

Dear Parishioners, Welcome to today’s email. The Mass at Wool this morning was recorded onto YouTube and here is the link.

https://youtu.be/_01Vhung6-g

Apologies for the overheard conversation before Mass. FR Tim

When Jesus saw the sower at work, it reminded him of the way God works.

He sows the seed and there is a lot of waste – we might wonder why he wasted so much. Most of it never bore fruit. But the seed that fell on the good soil did yield an extraordinary crop.

Most of the effort that Jesus and the disciples put into spreading God’s word was the same. Through Jesus, God wanted to touch the lives of everyone, even those whom everyone else ignored and despised. 

As with the farmer in the parable, much of what Jesus scattered was lost; it met with little or no response. Indeed, his grace-filled words often met with hostility.

Jesus knew that some people were receiving the seed of his word, and that would be enough to bring about the harvest of God’s kingdom. Jesus may have been speaking a word of encouragement to his disciples, saying to them, ‘Despite all the setbacks, the opposition and hostility, God is at work and that work will lead to something wonderful’. In other words, ‘the seed is good and powerful. Whatever the odds against us, we must keep sowing’.

20/7/21

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

https://youtu.be/y9D35H_PbXc

In the gospel today Jesus surprises everyone with his response when he’s informed that his mother and brothers are outside. His response might seem to be a little off-hand. But he reason he responds as he does is that he wants to give his disciples a blessing and a teaching. “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.

in the Gospels when Jesus stretched out his hand it was a gesture of blessing or healing. He was blessing the disciples as his brothers and sisters.

He was also saying that to be a disciple all that is necessary is to do the will of God. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Mary is included in that blessing.

She not only had natural ties to Jesus, but she became the Mother of God and Mother of the Saviour by embracing the Father’s will – remember her response to the angel. Let it be done to me according to your word. 

18/7/21

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are enjoying the sunshine. Here are the links for the Sunday Masses:

Swanage: https://youtu.be/8uMqMnlNDNo

Wool: https://youtu.be/e41oT3HwI24

Please also find attached the step 4 guidance from the Bishops’ Conference, which I mentioned at the end of Mass. Here are the main points of it. We will be bringing in some of these recommendations next weekend.

Some churches might implement it slightly differently from others, but these are the main points:

The main thrust of the document is the pandemic is not over and we need to proceed with caution.

Keep sanitising at door

Strongly recommend face masks are still used

Track and trace must still be available

Cleaning surfaces after Mass to continue

Social distancing should continue – to increase capacity we might remove tapes to open up part of the church – and also keep part of it as we have it now

Doors still open for ventilation

Still No holy water, or sign of peace

Communion still in one kind only, but we can restore it to its proper place – and care should be taken to allow people space

Servers can resume their full duties

Singing can be reintroduced, but “phased in gently” is the phrase the guidance uses, and only beneath our masks. So maybe just a couple of hymns and the simple Mass chants to begin with?

Offertory can be resumed – baskets and procession

Mass books and hymn books allowed again

Sunday obligation still suspended – the Bishops hope it might be reintroduced at Advent. We will have to see.

I will still continue to live stream some of the masses, but not all of them – the numbers viewing these are much lower than they used to be.

If people would like refreshments after Mass, that is allowed – but we will have to see if people want it.

If anyone has any thoughts, let me know.

FR Tim

16/7/21

Dear Parishioners,

Please find attached the newsletter for this weekend, and a document from the Bishops’ Conference. We have also received the step 4 guidelines from the Bishops, and I will update you on what this means for us when I have had a chance to look at it properly, and consult with the parish CoViD stewards. I would be pleased to receive people’s views on how might go forward in easing restrictions. The watchword seems to be “caution”.

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This title honours the Blessed Virgin Mary as patron of the Carmelite Order. During the 12th and 13th century the Carmelites were hermits living on Mount Carmel in Galilee. They built a chapel between their hermitages which they dedicated to the mother of God.

If you want to know more about the Carmelite order, then visit : https://www.carmelite.org and https://carmelitenuns.uk

Here is the link to the Mass: https://youtu.be/C527EPmRd7M

Fr Tim

14/7/21

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

https://youtu.be/Jo98gPuNiSU

Who are the learned and the clever in the gospel today? Jesus is referring to the Pharisees, scribes, and other religious elite of his day. They are so full of themselves that they fail to notice God among them. They are so full of their own intelligence and learning that they are closed to the great wisdom from God that Jesus has come to reveal. The “mere children” then, must be his disciples, those whom he asked to become like little children so as to enter the kingdom of heaven. They know their dependence on God, their need of God, their poverty before God; they are poor in spirit. When it comes to matters of faith, we need to keep acknowledging how little we know, and how far we have yet to travel in coming to know God with our mind and our heart. This is what Jesus means by poor in spirit (see Matthew 5:3).

Jesus assures us in the gospel reading that when we receive the Lord out of our poverty, we will be enriched, because we will be taken up into Jesus’ own intimate relationship with God his Father.

Fr Tim

13/7/21

Dear Parishioners,

Mass link:   https://youtu.be/tFvk9AIzeHU

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus delivers some strong words of rebuke aimed at the townspeople who have refused to repent.

Jesus rebukes them because He loves them and He sees that they continue to hold on to their sinful lives even though He has brought them the Gospel.

They remain obstinate, trapped, confused, unwilling to repent, and unwilling to change their ways. 

Jesus chastises them out of love and out of a desire that they change. 

Today’s gospel invites us to ask ourselves, ‘How do we respond to whjat God is offering us through his Son?’

The answer to that question is simple. We need to listen to his words as if they were directed specifically at our own sins and open ourselves to his mercy.

FR Tim.

11/7/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the mass links for this weekend:

Wareham: https://youtu.be/dS_dl_ErJKQ

Swanage: https://youtu.be/FEYnsJ3ng3I

Wool: https://youtu.be/hbf8ekY3svI

I hope you are having a good weekend.

Fr Tim

9/7/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to today’s Mass on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gV0OR-N9lPc

I am sure many of our Wool parishioners remember George and his family – George came to Mass at Wool in a wheelchair with this sister, and mum and dad.

George needs a new all-terrain wheelchair, and so the family are raising the money via a crowdfunding sponsored walk, and they are asking the help of the parish.

The link is below:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/georgetogetout?utm_term=nkE6gG4aj

 Please help them get George his new wheelchair.

Also the newsletter for this weekend is attached.

Thank you everyone. Fr Tim.

7/7/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube video of today’s Mass at Wool: https://youtu.be/Pw84x__AdLA

In the first reading we heard part of the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. If you want to read the whole story, you will find it in Genesis chapters 37-50.

Joseph was the son of Jacob, a descendent of Abraham. He was one of twelve brothers, but they were jealous of him, because of the favour his father showed him. They wanted to kill him, so threw him into a pit, and left him for dead, but then thought better of it, and they sold him as a slave to some travellers, going down to Egpyt – for twenty silver coins

In Egypt his natural talents ensured that was noticed by the Pharoah who gave him an important role. He could interpret dreams, and he gave the Pharoah a message from God, about seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine. Eventually, Joseph had the responsibility for distributing food to the hungry in time of famine. Egypt’s reserves of food, built up during the years of plenty which Joseph had prophesied, meant that it remained a source of food for other peoples who were starving owing to the famine. So, it happened, that when Jacob’s brothers came from the land of Israel to look for food, it was Joseph who could meet their meet their need. He would be the one who would save them, though they had rejected him.

So as with many Old Testament figures we see in Joseph a foreshadowing of Christ – rejected by his own people.

But the rejection of God’s Son went on to serve God’s purpose for humanity. Among those who rejected Jesus was one of the twelve he chose in today’s gospel reading. Like Joseph’s brothers, he too sold him for money. Yet, even Judas’ betrayal of Jesus came to serve God’s greater purpose of revealing God’s unconditional love for all. He died for them all, including those who rejected and crucified him.

6/7/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link top YouTube to see the Mass today, at which we celebrated the memorial of St Maria Goretti.

https://youtu.be/upPdh1JJ2yg

She was a martyr to chastity who was murdered at the beginning of the 20th century. Her murderer, Alessandro Serenelli died in 1970, and wrote a letter before he died, as part of his will:

“I’m nearly 80 years old. I’m about to die.

Looking back at my past, I can see that in my early youth, I chose a bad path which led me to ruin myself.

My behaviour was influenced by print, mass-media and bad examples which are followed by the majority of young people without even thinking. And I did the same. I was not worried.

There were a lot of generous and devoted people who surrounded me, but I paid no attention to them because a violent force blinded me and pushed me toward a wrong way of life.

When I was 20 years old, I committed a crime of passion. Now, that memory represents something horrible for me. Maria Goretti, now a Saint, was my good Angel, sent to me by Providence to guide and save me. I still have impressed upon my heart her words of rebuke and of pardon. She prayed for me, she interceded for her murderer. Thirty years of prison followed.

If I had been of age, I would have spent all my life in prison. I accepted to be condemned because it was my own fault.

Little Maria was really my light, my protectress; with her help, I behaved well during the 27 years of prison and tried to live honestly when I was again accepted among the members of society. The Brothers of St. Francis, Capuchins from the Marche, welcomed me with angelic charity into their monastery as a brother, not as a servant. I’ve been living with their community for 24 years, and now I am serenely waiting to witness the vision of God, to hug my loved ones again, and to be next to my Guardian Angel and her dear mother, Assunta.

I hope this letter that I have written can teach others the happy lesson of avoiding evil and of always following the right path, like little children. I feel that religion with its precepts is not something we can live without, but rather it is the real comfort, the real strength in life and the only safe way in every circumstance, even the most painful ones of life.”

Alessandro Serenelli, May 5, 1961

4/7/21

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are having a good weekend. Here are the links for our Masses. FR Tim.

Lulworth: https://youtu.be/g72fMxzit8M

Swanage: https://youtu.be/COM31UFsUZk

Wool: https://youtu.be/q0J4js38R48

2/7/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for today’s Mass from Swanage: https://youtu.be/y3ejooQzwNQ

Today’s gospel describes the calling of Matthew, the writer of the gospel. He was a tax collector, so not exactly a popular choice.

His practice of having dinner with tax collectors and sinners prompts a question from his opponents:

Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ It is a good question and one that is worth our while pondering. Why did he enter into communion with those who did not keep God’s law?

In response to this question, Jesus quotes from one of the prophets of Israel, Hosea, telling the Pharisees that they should go and learn the meaning the words ‘What I want is mercy, not sacrifice’.

Jesus’ business is showing God’s mercy to sinners, bringing God’s healing presence to the spiritually needy. Mercy cannot be shown to those who are kept at arm’s length.

So when Jesus saw the tax collector Matthew, he knew that this man had probably exploited God’s people to enrich himself, as tax collectors often did. But Jesus also saw into his heart and saw his potential to be a true disciple.

He made him one of the twelve, and he gave us a gospel. All because Jesus saw into his heart, yes, he saw past his sins, which would have made others keep him at arm’s length. But gave him the opportunity to find God’s mercy.

Our failings do not drive Jesus away. Our sins do not mean that God will not accept us. He does not want to keep us at arm’s length just because we turn away from him. On the contrary, they can bring him closer to us, if we acknowledge them and open our hearts to the boundless mercy he offers us.

Fr Tim

30/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube Mass today. Sorry it went off during the Eucharistic Prayer. This was a flat battery on the camera – I did actually put the camera on charge yesterday, but omitted to switch the plug on (!!!!) . Sorry about that. 

https://youtu.be/y1ugTnZKqsE

Moira Minard’s funeral will be on Friday in St Joseph’s Church at 11am, and her body will be received into the church on the day before at 1pm.

Fr Tim

29/6/21

Dear Parishioners, today is the Solemnity of Saint Peter and St Paul. The YouTube link for Mass this morning from Wool is as follows:

https://youtu.be/c3j718uKmbA

Fr Tim.

25/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to today’s Mass on YouTube, and also the Newsletter for this weekend.

https://youtu.be/T8bVjUg-ayM

Today, at the Cathedral, a new priest is being ordained. He is Deacon Albert Lawes, and you may have seen him on the Cathedral website, and their YouTube channel. He has a lovely singing voice. Please pray for him. He will be going to Exeter, as Assistant Priest in the Sacred Heart Parish, and also the Chaplain to Exeter Prison and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. You can watch the ordination here : https://youtu.be/XcZqMf8oGqg It begins at 12 Noon. 

After a week of feasts, we return to our daily reading through St Matthew’s gospel. And we pick it up at the beginning of chapter 8, Jesus has finished his sermon on the mount, and he comes down from the mountain and meets a leper.

The leper did something very daring in approaching Jesus for healing. According to the Jewish Law he should have kept himself apart from everyone.

Those who suffered from this disease were not only physically afflicted. They were also religiously afflicted, many believing that their disease was a punishment for sin. They were not allowed to worship God. They were socially afflicted, in that they lived apart with other lepers.

Nevertheless this leper approaches Jesus in faith. It says that he bows low before him, as if in worship, and expressing great trust in the power of Jesus’ word, he says ‘if you want to, you can cure me’. He must have sensed that Jesus was approachable in a way that was unique.

What Jesus should have said (according to the law) was “don’t come near me, go away”.

But he doesn’t say that, he stretches out his hand and touches him, and says “Of course I want to, be cured.”

Jesus never turns anyone away. He wants to touch our lives, even the most unattractive parts of us he wants to reach and heal.

What we need in response is something of the strong desire of the leper, who is prepared to stop at nothing to come to the Lord. As the leper came up to Jesus and bowed down before him, we do the same whenever we pray.

I wish you all a very good weekend.

Fr Tim.

24/6/21

Dear Parishioners, today is the Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist. Here is the link to the Mass from Wareham:

https://youtu.be/PVqEOLsyCrs

We have received the sad news of the death of our dear parishioner Moira Minard from Wool. May she rest in peace.

Bishop Robert Barron has posted an excellent reflection on today’s feast, so I would like to share it with you. Fr Tim.

SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

LUKE 1:57–66, 80 

Friends, today’s Gospel celebrates the birth of John the Baptist. I think it’s fair to say that you cannot really understand Jesus without understanding John, which is precisely why all four Evangelists tell the story of the Baptist as a kind of overture to the story of Jesus.

John did not draw attention to himself. Rather, he presented himself as a preparation, a forerunner, a prophet preparing the way of the Lord. He was summing up much of Israelite history, but stressing that this history was open-ended, unfinished.

And therefore, how powerful it was when, upon spying Jesus coming to be baptized, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God.” No first-century Israelite would have missed the meaning of that: behold the one who has come to be sacrificed. Behold thesacrifice, which will sum up, complete, and perfect the temple. Moreover, behold thePassover Lamb, who sums up the whole meaning of that event and brings it to fulfillment.

And this is why John says, “He must increase; I must decrease.” In other words, the overture is complete, and now the great opera begins. The preparatory work of Israel is over, and now the Messiah will reign.

23/6/21

Dear Parishioners, A very Happy Feast Day to you all on the Solemnity of St Edward, Patron Saint in both parishes.

The Mass will be this evening at 6pm at Lulworth, and I have done a live schedule on YouTube.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/RgYq8g1oVx0

Fr Tim

22/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass on YouTube from Swanage on this Feast Day of the martyrs SS John Fisher and Thomas More.

https://youtu.be/svEPN7ggjIU

St John Fisher was born at Beverley (Yorkshire) in 1469, and died at London on this day in 1535. After a distinguished academic career at Cambridge, he was appointed Chancellor of that University and bishop of Rochester. He combined diligent pastoral ministry with continuing study and writing, especially in defence of Catholic doctrine.

Thomas More was born in London in 1478, and died there on 6 July 1535. He was an Oxford scholar, a noted humanist and apologist, an incorruptible judge and parliamentarian who served as Speaker and Lord Chancellor. He was married twice, and a loving father of four. Both were drawn into conflict with Henry VIII over his remarriage and ultimately over papal supremacy. Both were imprisoned and beheaded for treason. They are remembered for their intellectual acumen, for their devotion to the Church, and for their uncompromising integrity and courage.

Fr Tim

20/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links to the masses this weekend:

Lulworth: https://youtu.be/P81GjzuVsxg

Swanage: https://youtu.be/B7vY3PkgKyQ

Wool: https://youtu.be/KDx2gVFLPqQ

The hymn tune Finlandia was chosen because of the words we usually sing to it, they are appropriate ti the gospel today:

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;
bear patiently the cross of grief and pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in every change He faithful will remain.
Be still my soul: your best, your heavenly Friend, through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
to guide the future as He has the past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake, all now mysterious shall be clear at last.

Be still, my soul: the tempests still obey His voice, Who ruled them once on Galilee.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on when we shall be for ever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief and fear are gone, sorrow forgotten, love’s pure joy restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past, all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Also the attachment which I forgot to attach on Friday, which is mentioned in the newsletter.

Fr Tim.

18/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for this morning’s Mass from Swanage:

https://youtu.be/yfqU_rK_B0Y

We are challenged in the gospel to discern where our real treasure lies. What is most important to us? 

Earthly treasures? Such as our many attachments,  comforts and pleasures,  our self-esteem – the opinion of others about ourselves,  our personal ambitions and achievements, our security, our pride in material things. We may seek these, but they will not make us truly happy.

Our heavenly treasures are our faith and hope in God, and our desire to do good for others, our charity –  St. Paul has a good list in his letter to the Galatians:

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (5:22). If our pursuit of earthly treasure causes us to neglect the above qualities, then we know we have gone wrong.

Earthly treasures will not, in the end, satisfy the deepest longings of our heart.

We must seek something more, and that is to seek the Lord in prayer, in sacrament and the service of others.

Please find attached the newsletter for this weekend. There is no more news about how the extended lockdown affects us in the church – we just have to carry on with the restrictions for another month, which is very frustrating.

Fr Tim.

17/6/21

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

https://youtu.be/5eWuCov5rO8

Today in the gospel we hear Matthew’s version of the Lord’s Prayer. Before he gives it to the disciples he tells them not to babble like the pagans when praying to God – the implication being that by using many words they are trying to force God to listen, to put pressure on God, to manipulate God into doing what they want. The prayer Jesus taught his disciples is the complete opposite. It is short, and asks what is really needed. 

As Jesus says in the gospel reading, ‘your Father knows your need before you ask him’. Prayer is done not so much to get the attention of God, rather, it is about opening ourselves more fully to what God is already doing within us and among us. Many words are not needed; it is the attitude of heart that matters.

The petitions of the Lord’s prayer provide us with a pattern, a blueprint – God’s name, God’s kingdom, God’s will are the most important things. We don’t try to force God to do what we want; we surrender to what God wants. After doing that, as the prayer indicates, we acknowledge our dependence on God for our basic needs – for food for the day, for forgiveness, for strength when our faith is put to the test, deliverance from evil. The Lord’s Prayer is powerful in its simplicity. It is not simply one prayer among many; it is a teaching on how to pray always.

Fr Tim.

16/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the YouTube Mass today https://youtu.be/4L8WStkNvPk

Memorial of Saint Richard of Chichester (English National Calendar)

St Richard de Wych was born in Droitwich (Worcestershire) in 1197 and died in Dover on 3 April 1253. As a boy, he worked on his father’s farm, though he eventually went to the universities of Oxford, Paris and Bologna. He was not ordained priest until he was 45 years old. He was appointed bishop of Chichester two years later, but because of the king’s opposition he was unable to take over the see until 1247. Meanwhile he lived in a priest’s house, visiting the parishes of his diocese on foot, and looking after an orchard. He is remembered for his generosity to the poor, the mercy he showed to sinners, and the reform of the liturgical life of his diocese.

Fr Tim

12/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the Mass links for Wareham and Swanage masses. Sorry I had to leave Wool in a rush and had no time to upload it. Sorry about that. I wish a very good Sunday. Fr Tim.parishioners, here are the links to Mass this weekend:

Wareham: https://youtu.be/s4YqCsYy2MM

Swanage: https://youtu.be/R6wTa4hg7ZQ

11/6/21

Dear Parishioners, please find attached the newsletter for this weekend.

I am sorry that there was no streaming of Mass this morning. This is because I had forgotten to charge both laptop and camera, and the batteries were absolutely flat. I should have checked this earlier. This is not good enough, and I apologise. However, we had a good mass with a good number of people for a weekday. Here is the Homily which I gave:

The image of the Sacred Heart is one of the most popular images of Christ for generations of Catholics. Most of our churches have a Sacred Heart statue. It speaks to us of the love of Christ, a love which showed itself on the cross.  

This traditional image shows Jesus with a pierced heart. Such an image is influenced by today’s gospel reading, although the reference there is to the piercing of Jesus’ side rather than his heart. It is only in the gospel of John that we find this detail of a Roman soldier piercing the side of Jesus with a lance, resulting in a flow of blood and water. This scene is an echo of an earlier passage in John’s gospel (Jn 7:37-8). “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 

So we see in that gospel how much he loves us; that he poured out his lifeblood for us on the cross, even to the last drop of blood and water that came out as the spear pierced his side. A full-blooded love. Love that is prepared to sacrifice everything for the sake of others. 

The Eucharistic preface for this feast is wonderfully explicit reference to this: 

For raised up high on the Cross, 

he gave himself up for us with a wonderful love 

and poured out blood and water from his pierced side, 

the wellspring of the Church’s Sacraments, 

so that, won over to the open heart of the Saviour, 

all might draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. 

This is our invitation today and every day. To drink deeply of the living water of Lord’s love for us. 

As the psalm response says “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” 

Let us thank him. 

And let us share that invitation. with others. 

Fr Tim.

10/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to today’s Mass on YouTube (from St Edward’s) https://youtu.be/T2pZZR47vKg

Attached is a statement which the Bishop sent us, from Westminster Cathedral, about the Prime Minister’s recent marriage there.

Here is an excellent reflection on the gospel by Bishop Robert Barron:

MATTHEW 5:20–26

Friends, our Gospel for today is again taken from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus has symbolically established himself as the new Moses, giving a law upon a mountain. His “you have heard that it was said . . . but I say . . .” has revealed that he has authority even over the Torah.

To be clear, the Law is not being abrogated here; it is being intensified. The Law was always meant to bring humanity into line with divinity. In the beginning, this alignment was at a fairly basic level. But now that the definitive Moses has appeared, the alignment is becoming absolute, radical, complete.

And so Jesus teaches, “You have heard it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” Killing is an action, but that action is rooted in a more fundamental dysfunction: a hateful attitude, a disordered soul, a basic misperception of reality. To be utterly like God, we obviously have to eliminate cruel and hateful actions; but we have to go deeper, eliminating cruel and hateful thoughts and attitudes. For God is love, right through.

Fr Tim

9/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today: https://youtu.be/-eaeFHo264E

We celebrated the memorial of St Columba, from our English National Calendar. 

Columba was born Donegal in 523. He was educated in a monastery, and himself founded new ones. 

In 563 he left Ireland with twelve companions and founded a monastery on the island of Iona off SW Scotland, which became place of learning. Columba remained the rest of his life in Scotland, mainly Iona, returning to Ireland only for occasional visits. He was renowned as a poet and scribe as well as a spiritual guide and a man of peace. He lived in Iona for over thirty years and died on June 9, 597. Columba and his companions preached the gospel in the Western part of Scotland. They made the word of God fully known wherever they went. After his death, monks from Iona went to evangelize Northumbria, where they established monasteries at Lindisfarne and Whitby, the place where the Celtic and Roman traditions were united at the Synod in 664. 

Let us ask the prayers of St Columba for the people of our British Isles today, that we will be united by our proclamation of the same faith.

Newman: Meditation & Prayer : It will feature the world premieres of two new Genesis Foundation choral music commissions, as well as readings from the works of Cardinal Newman and poet and churchman John Donne (from Farm Street Church livestreamed on Thursday 10th June 7pm and on catch up afterwards): https://www.facebook.com/ClassicFM. 
The trailer itself is worth listening to, it highlights the universality of the meditation and its special relevance to the young and questioning as well as the music. https://www.cbcew.org.uk/newman-meditation-prayer-livestreamed-from-farm-street-church/ 

Finally some sad news. Some of you may have known Fr Peter Borrows, a priest of our diocese – he was in Poole in the 1990s. He had died today at Nazareth House in Plymouth. May he rest in peace.

Fr Tim

8/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube Mass for today: https://youtu.be/Ly9Tml01UHI

This week we have in our daily gospel readings the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount, which begins with the Beatitudes. Today’s gospel follows on from that, with the words about salt and light. These words are about the role of the Church in evangelising the culture. You are the light of the world, says the Lord, a city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden.

Jesus was saying to his disciples, and to us, ‘like a city on a hilltop you cannot be hidden’. The light of Christ has shone in our hearts; we are to let that light shine, rather than try to hide it. Jesus identifies letting our light shine with the doing of good works, the kind of works that the values of the beatitudes inspire, the works that are performed by the gentle, those who hunger and thirst for what is right, the merciful, the pure of heart, the peacemakers.

Within the circumstances of our own particular lives, we too are called to do the good works inspired by the values of the beatitudes, so that the light of Christ may continue to shine through us today. As we proclaimed in the Gospel Acclamation today: “You will shine in the world like bright stars, because you are offering it the word of life.”

Fr Tim.

6/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the link for today’s masses:

Swanage: https://youtu.be/rm2YECKstg0 (if you watch it to the end, there is a good close up of the painting high above the altar – thank you to the camera operator)

Wool: https://youtu.be/_lG7k9xIPXg

(Apologies for the lack of sound on the Lulworth stream – I forgot to turn the mic on!)

Also, here is “Take and eat” – a 10 minute video presentation for Corpus Christ from the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. https://youtu.be/bRcD9bOS87M

Since it’s Corpus Christi, the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, I hope to live-stream Vespers and Benediction at 6pm. I will go live with this on YouTube, and I have scheduled this in advance to see how it works – the link will be https://youtu.be/lnjwV1OUuUU.

Fr Tim

4/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for today’s Mass on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FaySDjQP6jo

This morning’s gospel reading is part of chapter 12 of St Mark’s gospel, a series of parables, questions and discussions, and is set in the Jerusalem temple in the days of Holy Week –

Jesus is confronting the teaching of the scribes according to which the Messiah will be the son of David. Jesus quotes from one of the psalms to show that the Messiah was to be not simply David’s son but David’s Lord. Jesus is called Son of David, for example in the Palm Sunday gospel, but this is another messianic title.

But Jesus is more than the Messiah of Israel, he is Lord, Son of God.

One of the great confessions of the early church was, ‘Jesus is Lord’. That was a very striking confession in a Jewish context, because up until the time of Jesus, the title ‘Lord’ was given only to God.

This morning’s responsorial psalm, a Jewish prayer, declares ‘My soul, give praise to the Lord’, to God. Jesus is Lord of Israel’s greatest king, David; he is our Lord, the Lord of the church. Our calling is to live our lives under his Lordship, to live as his servants, placing ourselves at the service of his purpose for our world.

I have attached the newsletter for this weekend, which is Corpus Christi.

Fr Tim.

3/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to today’s Mass for YouTube, from Wareham: https://youtu.be/_rAelxXsaFM

Here is Bishop Robert Barron’ s reflection on the gospel for today:

MARK 12:28–34

Friends, our Gospel for today features the Word of God himself telling us what stands at the heart of the Law. A scribe posed, as a kind of game, the following question: “Which is the first of all the commandments?” There were hundreds of laws in the Jewish system. So it was a favorite exercise of the rabbis to seek out the single rule that somehow clarified the whole of the Law.

So Jesus gives his famous answer: “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

What does that mean? The law is finally about love, and the love of God and neighbor are inextricably bound to one another. If we love God, but hate our neighbors, we’re wasting our time.

Why are the two loves so tightly connected? Because of who Jesus is. Jesus is not just a human being, and he is not just God. He is the God-man, the one in whom divinity and humanity come together. Therefore, it’s impossible to love him as God without loving the humanity that he’s created and embraced.

www.Wordonfire.org

2/6/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass today, from Wool, on the memorial of SS Marcellinus and Peter, early Roman martyrs, whose names are in the Roman Canon.

https://youtu.be/mVFnA_C2H6I

In the gospel we see Jesus’ encounter with a religious grouping known as the Sadducees, who did not believe in a bodily resurrection.

The Sadducees could not accept this hope because they thought it departed from the traditional teaching of the law of Moses, and so to test Jesus, they devise the question about the woman who marries seven brothers – whose wife will she be at the resurrection – the fact that this question is ridiculous is a proof for them that there is no resurrection.

In his answer, Jesus says that in this age, in our life here, the gift of marriage is the God given way for a husband and wife to express their love for each other and bring children into the world. In the life to come, there will be no need for marriage, no need for human beings to have children – we will enjoy a different quality of relationship with each other – Jesus says we will be like angels and will all be children of God. If we find this difficult to grasp, we have come against the familiar old problem when talking about the things of God – that human language simply cannot express the inexpressible.

But there is one truth that is very clear in Jesus’ teaching, not just here, but throughout the gospel – and that is that he promises eternal life and resurrection to those who believe in him  – it is a truth that has sustained the Church with hope in the face of the most terrible suffering – look at the heroic example of the martyrs, such as the early Roman martyrs we commemorate today, SS Marcellinus and Peter; they were prepared to die rather deny their faith.

Tradition tells us that Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist and that they were beheaded on the outskirts of Rome. They died in the year 304, during the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. A few years later a boy from Rome heard about their deaths from the mouth of the one who had executed them, who had repented and joined the Church.

The boy was named Damasus, and he went on to became Pope from 366–384. Decades later, remembering the story he had heard as a child, Pope Damasus honoured Marcellinus and Peter by adorning their tomb with a marble inscription recounting the details of their martyrdom.

A Church had been built over this spot by the Emperor Constantine, the burial place of his mother St Helena. On this same site now, 3 miles southeast of the Vatican are the famous catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter.

https://www.santimarcellinoepietro.it/english/

Fr Tim

30/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the YouTube links to Masses this weekend:

Lulworth: https://youtu.be/k7tvF-Ql_B4

Wool: https://youtu.be/8sEnLxkktDc

Apologies but the Swanage Mass failed to upload, although it is on Facebook.

Have a good Sunday. Fr Tim

28/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today. https://youtu.be/yzq3SVXvnsk

This week, in our Church’s Liturgical Calendar, we are back into Ordinary Time, and we have picked up in St Mark’s gospel the story of Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, with his disciples. Today we find Jesus in Jerusalem, so the setting of this passage is the week of the passion, a few days before the cross.

It’s quite a long passage, WE have accounts of two different events, and some teaching about faith, prayer and forgiveness.

We see how Mark links these stories together, the cursing of the fig tree and Jesus in the temple, the account of the temple sandwiched between the two fig tree incidents.

Jesus could not find any fruit on the fig tree, and so he curses the tree – it would never bear fruit again – it had no future.

Mark is implying that when Jesus entered the temple he found that it was not bearing the fruit it was meant to bear. Instead of being a house of prayer it had become a robber’s den. Like the fig tree, it had no future. The temple is to be replaced by a new house of prayer, a new praying community, the Church.

The church is also to be a community that is marked by forgiveness. When Jesus speaks about prayer at the end of that gospel reading, he links it to forgiveness. ‘When you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your failings too’. Such forgiveness will not always come easy to us, especially if we have been deeply hurt by someone.

As we open ourselves to God in prayer, may we at least try, at the same time, to open our hearts to others in love and mercy.

FR Tim.

27/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for today’s Mass on the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest: https://youtu.be/z3Z0Jsq5G1M

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.

From the Liturgy Office website: http://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Calendar/Sanctoral/May.shtml#OLJC

Fr Tim

26/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Mass today, the memorial of St Philip Neri. https://youtu.be/8JScSlFpVNE

Bishop Robert Barron has provided an excellent reflection on today’s gospel:

Friends, in today’s Gospel, James and John ask Jesus to place them in high places in his kingdom. They are asking for two of the classic substitutes for God: power and honor. Power is not, in itself, a bad thing, and the same is true of honor. Thomas Aquinas said that honor is the flag of virtue. It’s a way of signaling to others something that’s worth noticing.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that they are asking for these two things in the wrong spirit. The ego will want to use power, not for God’s purposes or in service of truth, beauty, and goodness, but for its own aggrandizement and defense. When honor is sought for its own sake or in order to puff up the ego, it becomes dangerous as well.

So what’s the way out? “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.” When you serve others, you are accessing the power of God and seeking the honor of God.

https://www.wordonfire.org

Fr. Tim

25/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today, the Memorial of St Bede the Venerable. https://youtu.be/W8QHnoFj_N8

The theme for both of today’s scripture readings is ‘generosity’. The first reading from the Book of Sirach repeats a number of times with various examples… be generous when you are offering anything to God. Don’t be stingy. God loves a generous heart. Be generous with me and I will be generous with you. Indeed, are we aware of God’s generosity to us? Are we aware of God’s blessings each day? Do we say ‘thank you’ to God each day, or are we too preoccupied with our own agenda, our own worries and fears.

In the gospel Peter asks Jesus… ‘What’s in it for us disciples who follow you? What’s in it for us who try to love you without reservations… with our whole heart and mind and strength’? Jesus’ response is… ‘Be generous with me and I’ll be generous with you!’ Jesus’ response is very similar to the message in the first reading. Perhaps we should ask ourselves: “Am I a generous and thankful person?”

Fr Tim

23/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the link to the Pentecost masses this weekend. Unfortunately there is nothing from Wool because I forgot to take the Netgear portable data router (which connects to the internet). So it’s just Wareham and Swanage.

Wareham: https://youtu.be/iw-JWzZSOZ0

Swanage: https://youtu.be/zcSNmKDM1bE

Also there was a Pastoral Message from the Bishop. I attach the file with the text, but the Bishop has recorded a version of it on the Diocesan YouTube channel. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/kByK-29Qd8U   –    Text

This weekend we were full at Wareham and had to turn people away at Swanage. We are really sorry about this, but we have no choice. This seems to be a pattern now, our smaller churches are filling up, and the churches with more space have fewer people attending. So if there are people who are thinking about returning to Mass soon, please consider coming to Wool, or Lulworth next Saturday (5th Saturday) and the following Saturday (1st Saturday). I will put a message to this effect on the answerphone so that visitors know the situation. Hopefully next month we can lift these restrictions.

I hope you are having a good Sunday.

Fr Tim.

21/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass from Swanage today: https://youtu.be/QBve_UNDEeI

In our gospel we have the final resurrection appearance of Jesus in John, the final chapter of the gospel. Jesus appears to the disciples of the shore of Lake Galilee (Tiberias). They have just witnessed the miraculous catch of fish, they have seen Jesus on the shore cooking fish on the charcoal fire, and they have shared the breakfast meal with him – loaves and fish. All these things would have reminded them of the times they spent with Jesus.

For Peter especially, the charcoal fire would have reminded him of that other charcoal fire, the one outside the high priest’s house, where Peter had stood warming himself, and denying his Master three times.

See how gently Jesus reminds him of this, asking Peter three times, Do you love me; it was upsetting for Peter to be asked the third time and so to be reminded of his infidelity, but Jesus needs to do it, so that Peter can be completely forgiven and restored; so Jesus forgives him, and also gives him the task of feeding and looking after his flock, his Church.

And that is what Peter does – we have been reading about it throughout Eastertide, in the Acts of the Apostles.

And we know what this meant ultimately for Peter, and for most of the others too. They would follow Jesus to death. Jesus spells it out for Peter in the gospel. ‘When you grow old you will stretch out your hands and somebody else will put a belt around you and take you where you would rather not go.’

What is being referred to here is the binding of the hands of one to be crucified and then him being led to the place of execution. We know that this was to be the fate of Peter and that he was crucified in Rome right next to where St Peter’s Basilica now stands.

This all happened because Peter and the apostles accepted the forgiveness of the Lord and moved on with the Lord’s work.  That’s the main message for those of us who have also have sinned and then sought forgiveness.  Jesus has forgiven us and restored us, and he has a plan for our life.

And Jesus is with us now, through the Holy Spirit, inspiring and guiding us, so that we can respond today to the command Jesus gave to Peter and the apostles on the shore of the Lake Galilee – Follow me. Feed my sheep.

Fr Tim.

20/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass today from Wareham:

https://youtu.be/hhX2Yw8BGoo

During these days after the Ascension, we have been hearing Jesus’ prayer for his disciples from the Gospel of John chapter 17. Today’s gospel is the final part of that prayer. The setting is the Last Supper, on the night before the Lord died. He prays for those who are with him at the meal, but also for those who will come to believe in him through the words of his disciples. That includes all of us.

The prayer of Jesus in today’s gospel reading is ‘May they all be one’. For Jesus this unity among his followers is vitally important because without it those who do not believe will not come to faith. The goal of the unity that Jesus prays for is a missionary one, ‘so that the world may believe it was you who sent me’. As we grow in our communion with the Lord and with each other, we will become more effective missionaries – the future of our church depends on this – that we remain one with our Lord through our daily communion with him, but also that we draw others into that relationship of commmunion through the Church.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.

19/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass from Wool for the memorial of St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury.

https://youtu.be/O5-zK9vJtgI

The Bishop has sent a new set of guidelines from the Bishops’ Conference, a 12 page document to go with the move to stage 3 of the government’s roadmap, which I won’t burden you with, but the main points of it are:

The virus is still circulating, and the possibility that Indian variant might be circulating means we must still exercise caution, as we move towards stage 4, which may now be delayed beyond 21st June. We can expect another update from the Bishops as we approach that date. So we still need to wear masks at Mass and continue with sanitising and distancing. The restricted numbers in the churches must continue for now, and congregational singing is still not allowed. Communion in one kind only continues, and the sign of peace is to be a gesture only.

However, Funerals may now be celebrated with more than 30 people – the limit now will be the permitted capacity of the church.

Baptisms can be celebrated for up to 30 people.

The Bidding Prayers at Mass can be reintroduced from this Sunday. It would be best if the one who has read the scripture reads them, rather than have more than one person come up. So readers, please approach the ambo again after the creed.

Home visits are allowed, and communion at home. The Bishop suggested that Eucharistic Ministers who take Holy Communion to the sick at home can recommence this ministry. If there are any requests for Home Communion, please let Fr Tim know. Care homes still have their own rules – when I visited one on Tuesday I had to phone a week in advance to book a lateral flow test.

Let us hope and pray that the further easing of restrictions can continue as planned in June.

Finally our prayers are asked for emeritus Bishop Christopher who has received a cancer diagnosis – he is to undergo an important procedure next week, so please remember him next Wednesday in particular.

Fr Tim.

18/5/21

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

https://youtu.be/A-5DjAs_k3U

Also we have a link to the  recording of ‘A Church on Fire’, Michael Dopp’s presentation to the clergy/laity on May 1st, which is now on the Diocesan Website.

www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk or directly on

https://youtu.be/E8_O66UUM5s

Over 200 people joined us live for this great day, so here is your chance to listen again or hear this crucial talk for the first time.

It will help us as we work at a key objective of ‘A Precious Place of God’s Grace’ which is forming missionary parishes populated with missionary disciples.

Encouraged and inspired, you are invited to participate in our well established deeper formation in missionary discipleship through Mission Made Possible, provided by the Diocesan Vicariate for Evangelisation & Catechesis. 

Contact: 
Michele Thompson michele.thompson@prcdtr.org.uk
Joe Harrison joe.harrison@prcdtr.org.uk
Pippa Worth pippa.worth@prcdtr.org.uk
Julia Beacroft julia.beacroft@prcdtr.org.uk

Fr Tim

16/5/21

Dear Parishioners, I hope you are having a good weekend. The links for this weekend’s Masses are:

Lulworth: https://youtu.be/ab69oJIzIdo

Swanage: https://youtu.be/ZiFQbJklhzs

Wool: https://youtu.be/WDyiFMimtrE

We are between the great feasts of Ascension and Pentecost; during this time the apostles with our Lady waited in prayer from the coming of the Holy Spirit; so I included at the end a hymn to our Lady this morning; it is my favourite one to our Lady:

O lady, full of God’s own grace,
whose caring hands the Child embraced,
who listened to the Spirit’s word,
believed and trusted in the Lord.

O virgin fair, star of the sea,
my dearer mother, pray for me. (2)

O lady, who felt daily joy
in caring for the holy Boy,
whose home was plain and shorn of wealth,
yet was enriched by God’s own breath.

O lady, who bore living’s pain
but still believed that love would reign,
who on a hill watched Jesus die
as on the cross they raised Him high.

O lady, who, on Easter day,
had all your sorrow wiped away
as God the Father’s will was done
when from death’s hold be freed your Son.
(Words by Estelle White)

God bless you all, and may our Lady pray for us.

Fr Tim.

14/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass today from Swanage, on the Feast of St Matthias the Apostle.

https://youtu.be/uCQaUV4iUwo

Peter needed to find a successor for Judas, to make up the twelve apostles – so they pray and cast lots,  and it’s Matthias who is chosen –  through the operation of the Holy Spirit, God had been instrumental in their selection. He chose Matthias.

Relatively little is known of the subsequent life of Saint Matthias, though some traditions place him as a Bishop in Cappadocia (now in Turkey).   For us, though, his importance is mainly in showing the continuity of the apostolic tradition.  Soon, the apostles felt confident to appoint local leaders for the Churches they had founded, and in due course successors for the twelve would need to be chosen. They were called bishops (in Greek episkopoi).

Saint Matthias helps to assure us of continuity in the Church, and the continuation of apostolic witness.  May he pray for us today:  for the Holy Father, and the Bishops.  May those chosen as successors of the apostles today be faithful and true witnesses to the resurrection and bear fruit that will last.

I wish you all a good weekend.

Fr Tim.

13/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the mass links for the Ascension:

Wool Vigil Mass: https://youtu.be/l5L3–Ezsv8

Wareham Mass of the Day: https://youtu.be/MXjW4fTh3Vs

“Go out to the whole world – proclaim the Good News” (Gospel)

“You will be my witnesses…….to the ends of the earth” (Acts)

“Go make disciples of all nations – I am with you always, yes, to the end of time” (Gospel Acclamation)

The call of the gospel is urgent, today as it was then, and if we are going to recover from the damage that CoVid has done to our church, we have to respond to that call with urgency, like those first disciples did, and be on the lookout for new ways to proclaim the word of Christ to our society.

Let us pray on this Ascension Day for a renewed sense of urgency and zeal for the mission which Jesus gave to his Church.

“Go and announce the gospel of the Lord” (Roman Missal – words of dismissal)

The hymn played at the end was chosen to fit with this theme of mission:

I will be with you wherever you go. Go now throughout the world!
I will be with you in all that you say. Go now and spread My word!

Come, walk with me on stormy waters. Why fear? Reach out, and I’ll be there.

And you, My friend, will you now leave Me, or do you know Me as your Lord?

Your life will be transformed with power by living truly in My name.

And if you say: ‘Yes, Lord, I love You.’ then feed My lambs and feed My sheep.

FR Tim

11/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the YouTube Mass from Swanage this morning https://youtu.be/gYn-bv2XH_M

In the gospel reading this morning, Jesus describes his disciples as ‘sad at heart’ because he had told them that he was going back to the one who sent him, God the Father. He was speaking to them on the night before he died. However, we hear these words on these days of Eastertide  as we look forward to the Ascension and Pentecost – Jesus will leave his disciples, but he will also send the Holy Spirit.

There are times in all our lives when we are ‘sad at heart’ for various reasons. Like the sadness of the disciples, our sadness too can be related to some experience of loss, the loss a loved one.

Jesus understood the sadness of his disciples, so he wants to bring some light into their sadness, their darkness of spirit. He does so by assuring them that, in going from them, he will be able to do something for them that he would not otherwise be able to do. In returning to the Father, he will be able to send them the Advocate, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. In and through this Spirit, Jesus will be present to his disciples. That same Spirit is with us in all our dark and difficult times, in all our times of painful loss. The Spirit assures us of the Lord’s loving presence at such moments, so that even in our sadness we can experience something of that hope and peace, which is the fruit of the Spirit.

Fr Tim.

9/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the Mass link for this weekend’s Masses:

Wareham: https://youtu.be/d6f1OSknVFM

Swanage: https://youtu.be/Mhhol3pbtyk

Wool: https://youtu.be/A0uLD5pDXUk

The organ piece at the end is actually a Christmas song called Personent Hodie. In 1582, Theodoricus Petri, a Finnish student at the university in Rostock, compiled a song book containing 74 Latin church and school songs, of which this is one. But this tune is also used for the hymn God is love, which is very appropriate for today’s readings:

  1. God is love; His the care, Tending each, ev’rywhere. God is love, all is there! Jesus came to show Him, That mankind might know Him:

Sing aloud, loud, loud!Sing aloud, loud, loud! God is good! Good is truth! God is beauty! Praise Him!

  1. None can see God above; All have here man to love; Thus may we Godward move, Finding him in others, Holding all men brothers: Chorus
  2. Jesus lived here for men, Strove and died, rose again, Rules our hearts, now as then; For he came to save us

By the truth he gave us: Chorus

  1. To our Lord praise we sing – Light and life, friend and king, Coming down love to bring, Pattern for our duty, Showing God in beauty: Chorus

May I wish you a very good Sunday. Fr Tim.

7/5/21

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

https://youtu.be/1kSOy-Qz5us

Words from the gospel today: “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.” (verse 15)

“This is my command: love one another.” (verse 17)

Command and love. Friendship and Obedience.

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?

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.

Fr Tim

6/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube Mass for the Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter, from Wareham.

https://youtu.be/gntr1R41KpU

In today’s gospel reading, he speaks about joy. What does this word really mean, especially when there is so much suffering around today? Without Jesus, the word is meaningless. People look for joy and happiness in all kinds of places. Very often the human search for joy and happiness proves to be fruitless because it is looked for in the wrong place.

Just as he wanted to give his own peace to his troubled and fearful disciples in this setting of the last supper, so he wants his own joy to be in his disciples.

Jesus is offering this joy to his disciples, and to all of us, here and now, in this earthly life. In this life, we can experience a foretaste of the love of God that we will know in eternal life and, as a result, we can begin to experience something of the joy that awaits us in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus assures us that true joy, a joy that the world cannot give, is to be found in a loving relationship with himself, and in the readiness to share the love we have received with others, loving one another as the Lord has loved us.

We are called to remain in that love by opening our hearts to receive it and by allowing the love we have received to flow through us to others. When that happens, the Lord’s own joy will be in us and our joy will be complete.

I wish you all the Lord’s own peace and joy.

Fr Tim

5/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Mass today, the Diocesan Memorial of St Richard Reynolds, who came from Exeter, and was one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, executed in 1535, for refusing to take the oath of royal supremacy under Henry VIII.

O God, who in your goodness counted St Richard Reynolds among the glorious martyrs for the Apostolic See; grant, by his example and intercession that we may both lovingly live and devoutly die in fidelity to the same Holy See. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

https://youtu.be/WJSq14ZB0mA

God bless you all. FR Tim.

4/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass today, Tuesday 4th May, the Feast of the English Martyrs.

https://youtu.be/YxTy_Amn1BY

The English Martyrs, celebrated on the 4th May used to be called the Feast of the Beatified Martyrs of England and Wales; in this old calendar the 40 Canonised martyrs of England and Wales were celebrated on 25th October – these were brought together in the new English National Calendar of 2000, and today’s celebration was raised to the rank of FEAST in 2010.

In his homily for the canonisation of the 40 martyrs in 1970, Pope Paul VI said:

So we find among these Forty Holy Martyrs priests, secular and regular, religious of different orders and grades; and we have, amongst the laity, men of the highest nobility and those who rank as ordinary, married women and mothers of families. What unites them all is that interior quality of unshakeable loyalty to the vocation given them by God — the sacrifice of their lives as a loving response to that call.

  The high tragedy in the lives of these martyrs was that their honest and genuine loyalty came into conflict with their fidelity to God and with the dictates of their conscience illumined by the Catholic faith. Two truths especially were involved: the Holy Eucharist and the inalienable prerogatives of the successor of Peter who, by God’s will, is the universal shepherd of Christ’s Church. Faced with the choice of remaining steadfast in their faith and of dying for it, or of saving their lives by denying that faith, without a moment’s hesitation and with a truly supernatural strength they stood for God and joyfully confronted martyrdom.

St Cuthbert Mayne and the holy martyrs of England and Wales, pray for us.

FR Tim.

2/5/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links to the Masses this weekend.

Lulworth: https://youtu.be/ArZhugEbFbM

Swanage: https://youtu.be/ePRPgIDxrt4

Wool: https://youtu.be/YYkpEaWQrGI

We were absolutely full to our permitted capacity this morning at Swanage, but Lulworth and Wool both had plenty of space.

I wish you all a very good Sunday and Bank Holiday.

Fr Tim

30/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass today for those of you who wish to view it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4vF21_Mbfc0

Also the newsletter for this weekend is attached.

We associate Thomas with that scene in John’s gospel where he refuses to believe the other disciples who announce to him that they had seen Jesus. He is clearly not afraid to speak his mind. He likes asking questions.

When Jesus says to his disciples, ‘You know the way to the place where I am going’, Thomas says, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’

We’re grateful to him for asking, because it prompts Jesus to give us another great “I am” sayings, that can leave us in no doubt as to his identity – who is really is, and why we must follow him and listen to his voice: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no-one can come to the Father except through me

In taking Jesus as our way, we will find truth and life, we will find God, both in this life and in eternity. He is the answer to our search for meaning and fulfilment in life.

Every day we must try to orientate ourselves towards Jesus, we keep taking him as our way day after day.

Fr Tim.

29/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the YouTube Mass for today, the Feast of St Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, and Patron of Europe.

https://youtu.be/RK82dU8BnL0

Catherine was born in Siena and, seeking perfection, entered the Third Order of the Dominicans when she was still in her teens. In 1370 she was commanded by a vision to leave her secluded life and enter the public life of the world.

She burned with the love of God and her neighbour. As an ambassador she brought peace and harmony between cities. She fought hard to defend the liberty and rights of the Popes and did much for the renewal of religious life. She also dictated books full of sound doctrine and spiritual inspiration. She died on 29 April 1380 at age of 33. In 1970 Pope Paul VI declared her a Doctor of the Church.

Don’t forget to order your ticket if you want to attend this Saturday’s Diocesan Online event “A Precious Place of God’s Grace”.

The Bishop has invited international speaker, Michael Dopp to present this to the clergy and laity of our diocese. Drawing on the message of missionary discipleship that was emphasized in the document, we will explore how to live this out in our own lives as a parish and throughout the Diocese. You are invited to join this two-part presentation this Saturday, 1st May: 11-12noon and 1-2pm. Please register through the following link and you will receive a further link to join the session: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-precious-place-of-gods-grace-michael-dopp-on-missionary-parishes-tickets-145433789379

FR Tim

28/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for today’s Mass, for those of you who would like to view it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YKqzfkkoJjI

Today, I read an excellent reflection on the gospel by Bishop Robert Barron (WWW.WORDONFIRE.ORG):

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER
JOHN 12:44–50

Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus makes it clear once again that he and the Father are one. God is not a force or an energy or a spiritual presence occupying the deep background of your life; he’s not something that you can tap into when you feel like it. Nor is God a distant supreme being who organized the universe long ago and now leaves it to its own devices.

Rather, God is the Lord. He is the commander, the ruler, the governor, the one who makes a demand and who then involves himself intimately in the affairs of the world.

More to it, this Lord is one. This is, as argued by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), a subversive statement, for it undermines anyone or anything else’s claim to be absolute. No country, no president, no prime minister, no culture, no book, no person or political party is absolute—only God. The unity of God, for Jews and Christians, is not simply a theoretical claim; it is an enormously important existential claim. Jesus and the Father are one God, who is the Lord of all creation.

Fr Tim

27/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass today, Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide, if you wish view this on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/1CDO1isjHy4

In the reading we meet Barnabas, who was a great encourager – we need to be like him and encourage each other in our faith as we try to rebuild and recover as pandemic restrictions are gradually lifted. We don’t have any news yet about the proposed date for lifting all restrictions (21st June), and whether we will be able to return to our normal seating capacity, or whether congregational singing will be allowed. At the moment, there are more people returning to Mass, and Swanage and Wareham churches are filling up again, almost to capacity, with only a few spare places. Wool and Lulworth, however, have plenty of space.

On a technical note, I am having trouble again, with emails bouncing back. I get the message that I have been rejected as “suspected spam”. Please can you go into your email program and mark my address as a safe sender (or mark it as “not junk”), and I am told that this should solve the problem. Or, if you don’t want to receive emails from me anymore, then just email me back asking to unsubscribe, and I will remove you from the list.

Many thanks,

Fr Tim.

25/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links for you if you wish to view the Masses this weekend on YouTube.

Wareham: https://youtu.be/pi_X_4Qv8no

Swanage: https://youtu.be/JtEcVAn1y-g

Wool: https://youtu.be/E4bmwYd-2ts

The Bishop has asked me to invite parishioners to an online event to be held this coming Saturday 1st May.

You will remember that A Precious Place of God’s Grace was an initiative launched by Bishop Mark before the pandemic and many people in our parish responded to the initial request for responses to the document. It is now time for the next step. The Bishop has invited international speaker, Michael Dopp to present this to the clergy and laity of our diocese. Drawing on the message of missionary discipleship that was emphasized in the document, we will explore how to live this out in our own lives as a parish and throughout the Diocese. You are invited to join this two-part presentation next Saturday, 1st May: 11-12noon and 1-2pm. Please register through the following link and you will receive a further link to join the session:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-precious-place-of-gods-grace-michael-dopp-on-missionary-parishes-tickets-145433789379

The Bishops have also written a reflection entitled “The Day of the Lord” which I have attached to this email.

Fr Tim.

24/4/21

Dear Parishioners, please find attached our parish newsletter for this weekend. It contains the sad news of the death of our Wareham parishioner, Dawn Russell. May she rest in peace. We pray for her husband Malcolm at this time of sadness.

God bless you all.

Fr Tim.

23/4/21

Dear Parishioners, a very Happy Feast Day to you all on this Solemnity of St George our National Patron Saint.

The most important thing about St George is that he was a Christian, a martyr for the faith – that is pretty certain, and he died during the savage persecution of emperor Diocletian at the beginning of the fourth century. Christians at that time were killed for one reason only – for refusing to deny their faith when ordered to by the Roman authorities. When called upon to sacrifice to the pagan God, George, it is said, refused. Indeed, the story goes further – as a soldier serving in the Roman army he was called upon to implement the policy of emperor. He refused to obey his orders, and complained directly to the emperor, telling him his policy of persecuting Christians was wrong. For this, George himself was tortured and executed. He refused to go along with an evil policy, and so came into direct conflict with a regime which was both tyrannical and deluded.

So St George, as patron saint of England is a good patron for all those who stand up for their Christian beliefs in the face of delusion, intolerance and evil – it’s perhaps in this context that we can interpret the dragon story, which became associated with St George from the eleventh century – for this mythical creature, resembling as it does an enormous reptile, can be seen as a symbol of George’s struggle with the power of evil, or the devil whom he overcame in his martyrdom, not with a sword, but with the weapons of integrity, courage, honesty, and faith.

Here is the link to the Mass. https://youtu.be/VKWKGSTfnoA

I have checked it and there is sound on it, unlike yesterday! This was totally my fault – I forgot to switch the microphone on for the Wareham Mass. There are so many things to remember and check with this live-streaming business. But without sound all the effort is useless. So I am very sorry to those who have tried to view it. I have deleted it now. Sorry again. (would anyone else like to take it over? – Wool’s setup would benefit from a cameraman (or woman).

Fr Tim.

22/4/21

Dear Parishioners, 

We are reading this week from St John chapter 6, known as the Bread of Life discourse. Jesus tells us “everybody who believes has eternal life” and “anyone who eats this bread will live for ever”. In one sense, eating Jesus the bread of life is an image for believing in Jesus. He also says (see Tuesday gospel) “he who believes in me will never thirst.” But when Jesus goes on to say, ‘the bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world’, the term ‘bread’ begins to acquire a Eucharistic meaning. It’s clear that he’s really talking about the Mass, which he will give to the Church before his passion. As this discussion progresses, the language Jesus uses becomes even more explicit “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you can have no life in you…..…my flesh is real food…..” (his Body under the form of bread) “…………my blood is real drink” (his Blood under the form of wine). Many of those listening see this as intolerable language, so much so that many to him decide they will leave him.  When Jesus saw this, he said to the twelve who remained: “You do not want to leave too, do you?”. It was Peter who replied “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6: 68-69)

Fr Tim.

21/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Wool Mass today: https://youtu.be/cjaizBjER9M

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus says, ‘whoever comes to me I shall not turn away’. Jesus is always looking to welcome us into his presence, to seek his face. The opening invitation of Jesus in this gospel is ‘Come and see’. He invites people to come to him and he promises those who do so that he will never turn them away. In this he is being true to God’s will which is, according to the gospel reading, that all who see the Son and believe in him shall have eternal life’. It is as the source of life, as the one who can satisfy our deepest hungers and thirsts, that Jesus invites people to come to him. It is good to see more people returning to Mass at the moment on Sundays and weekdays, and we hope that as restrictions ease we will be able to welcome more and more people. The Lord asks us to make everyone welcome as he did.

Fr Tim.

0/4/21

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

https://youtu.be/LXAiHiwnVQk

This week we are reading from John 6, known as the Bread of Life discourse.

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst”

We see that Jesus uses natural hunger and thirst to teach us that we long to be satisfied spiritually.  And there is only one way to satisfy these spiritual longings…through Him.

We regularly get hungry and thirsty.  This is natural. We eat and drink, but several hours later we hunger and thirst again.  This is a cycle we cannot avoid.  Our body continually needs food and drink or we will starve to death.

The same is true on a spiritual level.  We cannot pray just once and satisfy our spiritual longings for ever.  We cannot simply believe in Jesus and then be satisfied forever.  Why?  Because prayer and unity with Jesus is something that must take place daily .

Some of the Sacraments are given to us only once (Baptism and Confirmation).  But the Eucharist is a gift that we must continually consume and long for.  The fact that we must continually go to Mass and receive the Eucharist tells us that our Christian life is not something that can be fulfilled by one definitive decision, or one sacramental event such as First Holy Communion.  Rather, it’s something that needs regular nourishment. Hopefully, as the restrictions ease regular Mass and communion will become possible for more and more of us. Let us pray for that.

Fr Tim.

18/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links for Mass at our churches this weekend.

Lulworth: https://youtu.be/zXi5IEdpI4g

Swanage: https://youtu.be/PV7zUkaAPBA

Wool: https://youtu.be/VxFVMTYnT6E

The organ voluntary this morning was “Erbarme dich mein, O Herr Gott” by J.S. Bach (BWV 721)

In the gospel we heard the call of Jesus to be witnesses to the gospel, as Peter and the apostles witnessed to the resurrection. Without their witness, we would not be part of the Church today. The call is addressed to us as well, because without our witness there will not be a Church in the future. So it is that at the end of mass we sometimes hear the command “Go, and announce the gospel of the Lord.”

I wish you all a very good Sunday.

FR Tim.

11/4/21

Dear Parishioners, the links for Mass this weekend are as follows:

Wareham: https://youtu.be/jeIrO-Icx60

Swanage: https://youtu.be/aXw4Flverfc

Wool: https://youtu.be/9VbVuaoEJSw

The gospel from John 20 is read on this Sunday in every year of the cycle, because the Octave day of Easter is referred to in the passage “Eight days later……….” This was when Thomas saw the risen Lord Jesus, and touched his wounds, having refused to believe the report of the disciples who saw him on the first Easter Sunday.

The music I played was an arrangement of Adoro Te Devote (St Thomas Aquinas) , chosen because of its reference to St Thomas the Apostle, and to the fact that we see, touch and taste Christ’s body through the Church, and through the Mass – see verses 2 and 4 of the translation below by the English priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89):

Godhead here in hiding,

Whom I do adore,

Masked by these bare shadows,

Shape and nothing more,

See, Lord, at thy service

Low lies here a heart

Lost, all lost in wonder

At the God thou art.

 

Seeing, touching, tasting

Are in thee deceived:

How says trusty hearing?

That shall be believed;

What God’s Son has told me,

Take for truth I do;

Truth himself speaks truly

Or there’s nothing true.

 

On the cross thy godhead

Made no sign to men,

Here thy very manhood

Steals from human ken:

Both are my confession,

Both are my belief,

And I pray the prayer

Of the dying thief.

 

I am not like Thomas,

Wounds I cannot see,

But can plainly call thee

Lord and God as he;

Let me to a deeper faith

Daily nearer move,

Daily make me harder

Hope and dearer love.

 

O thou our reminder

Of Christ crucified,

Living Bread, the life of us

For whom he died,

Lend this life to me then:

Feed and feast my mind,

There be thou the sweetness

Man was meant to find.

 

Bring the tender tale

True of the Pelican;

Bathe me, Jesu Lord,

In what thy bosom ran

Blood whereof a single drop

Has power to win

All the world forgiveness

Of its world of sin.

 

Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,

I beseech thee send me

What I thirst for so,

Some day to gaze on thee

Face to face in light

And be blest for ever

With thy glory’s sight.

Finally we pray for the repose of the soul of Rev Carol Langford, Vicar of Wool, and send our thoughts and prayers to her family, and to the people of her parishes.

God bless you all. Fr Tim

9/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Mass today, the Friday in the Easter Octave:

https://youtu.be/Sjv_xMzfmzY

Apologies that you didn’t get a link for yesterday’s Mass, but this was my fault. I can’t blame the technology because I forgot to check the camera battery was charged, and it ran out halfway through. So that’s totally my fault and I am very sorry.

Please also find attached the newsletter for this weekend and next weekend (one edition covering two weeks).

Thank you.

Fr Tim

7/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here the link to the Mass on YouTube for today, the Wednesday in the Octave of Easter.

https://youtu.be/LJCwNHLnIX4

In the gospel we have the famous and much-loved story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus –  this is the first appearance of the risen Jesus to his followers in Luke’s gospel. So far the angel’s message to the women is the only pointer to what has happened on that Sunday morning and the eleven have refused to believe what they have been told (24; 11). That was until Jesus appears to them. He comes up and walks beside these the two “downcast” disciples. Their report to Jesus of what has been taking place begins with the wonderfully ironic statement of Cleopas, “You must be the only person who does not know what has been happening.” He is the only one who really does know what happened and why!! They carry on with a description of the life and ministry of Jesus, and his death without the resurrection. The hope held out by the words and deeds of this “great prophet” appears to have been merely a delusion. Side by side with their version of the events is set Jesus’ explanation of what happened, in the light of the scriptures (the Old Testament) His words rekindle their hope and leave their hearts burning within them. Jesus reveals himself as the crucified and risen Lord who is always with his Church on the journey, and above all in that celebration of life over death which is the Eucharist, the “breaking of bread”.

FR Tim.

5/4/21

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

https://youtu.be/yrhB9whyDVg

The Gospel of John begins with a question – the first words of Jesus in John to the two disciples of John follow him – What do you want – What are you seeking; now in the garden he addresses a similar question to Mary Magdalene, who are you looking for – the same question right at the beginning and right at the end of the gospel – and the answer is the same – Jesus – the whole of the gospel is summed up in the answer to that question – Jesus is the answer, and he says to the two disciples, “Come and see – and to Mary, he simply calls her by her name.

In Jesus’ response to Mary Magdalene, we learn the answer to life’s most fundamental question: What do we long for? In the end, we long for just one thing, to hear God, lovingly and individually, call us by name.

Fr Tim

4/4/21

Dear Parishioners,

A Happy Easter to you all. We have been blessed with a glorious spring day to celebrate the resurrection. Easter wishes from our schools too, Easter cards from Swanage (which the children made for our  housebound parishioners), attached, and a spring song from the children of Wool: https://youtu.be/rw_DmWDsTac.

Quite a few links for you, if you missed our Easter broadcasts. Sorry but the links in the previous email don’t work.

Swieconka: https://youtu.be/Wb2ckVJ9H34

Easter Vigil: https://youtu.be/6Cha8f442Yg

Easter morning at Wareham: https://youtu.be/BKghlUxmDBk

 Easter morning at Swanage:  https://youtu.be/6bboa5RAjx4

Fr Tim

2/4/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links for the Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion, also the newsletter for next week, the Easter Octave. For Mass on Easter Sunday morning, there are still places available for the 8am Mass at Lulworth, but no spaces left at either Wareham or Swanage.

Swanage https://youtu.be/A629W04Tyvw

Wool https://youtu.be/iu3QsUPCIjI

FR Tim.

30/3/21

Dear Parishioners, we are now in Holy Week, and the Mass today came from Swanage. Here is the YouTube link:

https://youtu.be/KuIA6E0EEEo

The gospel sets the scene for the Passion story to begin. Judas has decided to betray the Lord, and so it begins. Night has fallen, not just literally, but for Judas, spiritually. For Jesus, it is the moment of glory; the glory which Jesus speaks of refers to the cross, an emphasis on the cross which in only present in S John’s gospel – the cross is a glorious triumph of good over evil. Jesus then tells Peter: You will deny me.

There was a vast difference between Judas and Peter – Judas’ betrayal of Jesus was carried out deliberately, as a result of careful thought and planning, but Peter’s denial was anything but deliberate, rather it was the result of a moment’s weakness. There is always a difference between a sin which is coldly and deliberately calculated, and a sin which overcomes a person in a moment of weakness. And the other difference between Judas and Peter was that Peter was able to accept Jesus’s forgiveness for his sin, to accept that he was worthy of redemption. Judas could not accept this.

Jesus saw that potential in Peter, despite his failings, and he sees it in us; he sees not only what we are, but what he can make us, if we will allow him to work through us.

The question is: will we allow him?  In this holiest of weeks, we should reflect on the fact that Jesus, by his death and resurrection conquered sin; and it is sin which prevents us from accepting God’s invitation to follow him, like it was sin which reigned in Judas’ heart, and sin which made Peter deny Jesus. Let us pray that as in this Holy Week we are drawn to the saving cross of Christ, we may, through the power of the Spirit, be given the grace to live new lives, lives of repentance, lives given to loving service and obedience to God.

For our final Lent in Lockdown link, I found this very useful video on the gospel of Mark, whose accounts of the Life, teaching, and Passion of Jesus we are reading in this year of the three year lectionary cycle: https://youtu.be/OVRixfameGY

The Chrism Mass takes place tomorrow in the Cathedral – I hope to be present, (no Mass at Wool) and I will be thinking of you all, as I renew my priestly promises, and bring back the holy Oils. You can watch it on the Plymouth Diocese YouTube channel.

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

Fr Tim.

28/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for this evening service from Swanage.

https://youtu.be/3Jyy4hwnzKk

Fr Tim

28/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links for the Passion/Palm Sunday Masses:

Wareham: https://youtu.be/QGYhZuSB6pQ

Swanage: https://youtu.be/o58mHFDhvBY

Wool: https://youtu.be/uJ46ZvLicQU

The hymn was the beautiful Vexilla Regis prodeunt by the 6th century Christian poet and saint Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers.

The royal banners forward go, 
the cross shines forth in mystic glow; 
where he in flesh, our flesh who made, 
our sentence bore, our ransom paid.

Where deep for us the spear was dyed, 
life’s torrent rushing from his side, 
to wash us in that precious flood, 
where mingled water flowed, and blood.

Fulfilled is all that David told 
in true prophetic song of old, 
amidst the nations, God, saith he, 
hath reigned and triumphed from the tree.

O tree of beauty, tree of light! 
O tree with royal purple dight! 
Elect on whose triumphal breast 
those holy limbs should find their rest.

Upon its arms, like balance true, 
he weighed the price for sinners due, 
the price which none but he could pay, 
and spoiled the spoiler of his prey.

To thee, eternal Three in One, 
let homage meet by all be done: 
whom by the cross thou dost restore, 
preserve and govern evermore.

The second reading, from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians was probably an early liturgical hymn which Paul has included in his letter – I found a very nice setting of it on YouTube – I think they are singing in Polish(?)

https://youtu.be/FzpKkWiiUUE

I will be live-streaming this evening at 6pm. Exposition, Vespers, Homily/Reflection on the Mass readings today, and Benediction.

Have a Good Sunday. Fr Tim

26/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Mass today at Swanage: https://youtu.be/bGB_CWD4dcg

In the gospel today the Jewish religious leaders try to stone Jesus because of his claim to be God.

You are a man and you claim to be God, they say. This is in a sense, understandable. There is something scandalous about a human being claiming to be God. If we met someone on the street who claimed to be God we would be very wary of them.

Yet, that statement expresses the full mystery of Jesus, the mystery of the incarnation. Yes, he is a man, but he claims to be God, and not only claims to be so but is so. Before Abraham ever existed, the divine Son was with God. He is the great “I am”, the name of God, the Word who became flesh. Jesus is God in human form.

C S Lewis, we know as the author of the Narnia Chronicles, in his youth, an atheist, but converted to Christianity and became one of the great Christian apologists of the twentieth century.

One of his books, Mere Christianity, lays before the human race as stark choice, Jesus is either bad, mad or God.

“I am trying to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to….”

So which is he? Liar, lunatic or Lord? Bad, mad or God? The religious leaders thought he was bad and mad, and they had him crucified.

If he is bad or mad, then we can ignore him, as most of society does; but if we believe he is God, then we must listen to his words and obey his voice in everything.

Lent in Lockdown – this evening at 5.30pm the St Joseph’s CAFOD group will present the Stations of the Cross on Zoom:

Bernard White is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Stations of the Cross Time: Mar 26, 2021 05:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81937049502?pwd=bFJUNVhKa252WHdQcVhmVWtFSGoxZz09 Meeting ID: 819 3704 9502 Passcode: 966244

Fr Tim

24/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for today’s Mass from Wool: https://youtu.be/CLcfDTUAG1g

In this morning’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks of himself as the source of true freedom. He says, ‘if you make my word your home… you will learn the truth and the truth will make you free’, and again, ‘if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed’. Some people see religion, and Catholicism in particular, as a threat to freedom, as undermining of human freedom. Yet Jesus says in the gospel reading today that if we make his word our home we will be free.

Jesus was the freest person who ever lived because he was the most loving person, the fullest revelation of God’s love. He calls us to share in his freedom through the power of the Holy Spirit.

True freedom is the freedom to love, the freedom to give of ourselves to others as Jesus gave of himself to us.

Jesus frees us to be the person that God created us to be and desires us to be, an image and likeness of God who is Love. Freedom consists not so much in being free to do what we want, but in being free to do what God wants and desires for us. It is Jesus, through the Spirit, who gives us this freedom.

Fr Tim.

23/3/21

Dear Parishioners, Today our Mass came from Swanage, and we are observing the National Day of Prayer and Reflection on the anniversary of the pandemic lockdown.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/DYhXSHb1_LY

In today’s Gospel we see Jesus arguing with his enemies, the Pharisees who want to do away with him – an argument which would end up with Jesus nailed to the cross. Notice what Jesus says:

……When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I AM he… (Jn 8:29)

To understand this we need to look at the first reading:

Moses is told by God to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole – so that those who looked at this would be saved from the poisonous snake bites.

We also need to remember the words of Jesus to Nicodemus in John 3:

“as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

So this lifting up of the Son of Man refers to the cross.

In these difficult days, we all need to look upon something or someone that will give us hope. As our Bishops have said in the statement accompanying the Day of Reflection, it is our prayer that has given us hope. “Throughout this difficult year, so many have been inspired by prayer, so much effort sustained in prayer, in every place……….Christian prayer is, of course, centred on Jesus Christ, the one who is “lifted up” before us “so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3.13). We pray with Jesus, in him and through him, for he is the one who carries us, and our prayers, into the embracing presence of his Father.”

In the gospel reading, Jesus says, ‘he who sent me is with me’. Jesus was very aware that God his Father was always with him. Jesus, our risen Lord, is always with us, and, through him, God is always with us. We can each say with Jesus, ‘he who sent me is with me’. Having a cross or a crucifix is one way of looking upon the Lord. Such a looking upon the Lord is always life-giving for us, because the Lord is the Lord of life, who is always working to bring new life out of death. The Lord is always looking upon us and he calls out to us to look upon him, so that we may draw strength from the power of his risen presence.

Lent in Lockdown: Today I found a short video from St Elisabeth’s Orthodox Convent in Belarus, showing the Rite of Exaltation of the Holy Cross:https://youtu.be/Zbtn5isqITY

Fr Tim.

21/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links for Mass this weekend. Unfortunately, I omitted to check that the camera battery was properly charged for the Lulworth Mass, so it ran out during the Eucharistic Prayer.

Sorry about that. Here is the link:  https://youtu.be/sMq9pnAxJMg

Swanage: https://youtu.be/bzhtyXOmEPk

Wool: https://youtu.be/kXb8Zdkxwcc

The organ music I played was the Passion Chorale, harmonised by J.S Bach
The words in our hymn book that go to this tune are:

O sacred head, sore wounded,
Defiled and put to scorn:
O kingly head, surrounded
With mocking crown of thorn;
What sorrow mars thy grandeur?
Can death thy bloom deflow’r?
O countenance whose splendour
The hosts of heav’n adore!

Thy beauty, long desired,
Hath vanished from our sight:
Thy pow’r is all expired,
And quenched the light of light.
Ah me! for whom thou diest,
Hide not so far thy grace:
Show me, O Love most highest,
The brightness of thy face.

In thy most bitter passion
My heart to share doth cry.
With thee for my salvation
Upon the cross to die.
Ah, keep my heart thus moved
To stand thy cross beneath,
To mourn thee, well-beloved,
Yet thank thee for thy death.

My days are few, O fail not,
With thine immortal pow’r,
To hold me that I quail not
In death’s most fearful hour:
That I may fight befriended,
And see in my last strife
To me thine arms extended
Upon the cross of life.

Have a good Sunday.

Fr Tim

19/3/21

Dear Parishioners, a very Happy Feast Day to you all on this Solemnity of St Joseph, especially to our Wool parishioners. Even though it’s a Friday in Lent, abstinence is not required on such a high Feast Day, so we are allowed to eat meat today.

Here is the link for the Mass from Swanage, which is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/73uGQKDYi9A

On the 8th December, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter called “With a Father’s Heart”, in which he recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. He also proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8th December 2020, to 8 December 2021. In his Apostolic Letter, the Pope describes Saint Joseph in a number of ways – as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. He wrote the letter against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, although far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, the Pope says, they resemble Saint Joseph, whom he describes as “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” and, yet, played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

At the end of the letter, the Holy Father offers us a Prayer to St Joseph:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man. 

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

Lent in Lockdown: Here are the links to the final two reflection by our Cathedral Clergy for the Novena to St Joseph:

https://youtu.be/zj20T9u_e2o

https://youtu.be/v96Z4dCkQa4

And finally, the newsletter for this weekend is attached, containing details about the Easter Triduum, and the booking system for these liturgies.

Fr Tim.

18/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the Mass today from Wareham:

https://youtu.be/JycC4q-wg30

Very few of us probably could say with Jesus in this morning’s gospel reading, ‘As for human approval, this means nothing to me’. Very few of us are indifferent to what other people think of us. If we meet with disapproval, we tend to think that there is something wrong with us. We sometimes measure our worth in relation to how others see us.

In the gospel reading, Jesus goes challenges his critics, ‘How can you believe, since you look to one another for approval and are not concerned about the approval that comes from the one God?’ Many of Jesus’ critics went along with undermining Jesus’ ministry because this is what they saw others around them doing, powerful people, influential people – people it was good to keep on good terms with.

We can all find ourselves going along with the emerging consensus, because not to do so would be to risk the disapproval of others. Yet, Jesus suggests in the gospel reading that the more important question is not ‘What do others think?’ but ‘What does God think?’ and ‘How does God see me?’

Lent in Lockdown:

https://thepopevideo.org/december-for-a-life-of-prayer/ includes a summary of the Pope’s teaching on prayer through 2020.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Harry God, being laid to rest today.

Fr Tim

17/3/21

Dear Parishioners, A very Happy Feast day to you all of this St Patrick’s Day. Here is the Mass from Wool: https://youtu.be/GR_Gt5UsV8c

Also, continuing the “Lent in Lockdown” series of recommended links, I had a look on YouTube for some videos about the Life of St Patrick, and I found these, which looked quite good:

https://youtu.be/YnJt7SvkL3g

https://youtu.be/zA-Gt5fMnEc

St Patrick, pray for us.

Fr Tim.

16/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass today from Swanage: https://youtu.be/T0Ahyw4p6No

There is also a letter from the Bishops’ Conference President (Cardinal Nichols) about the proposed Day of Reflection next week. Please find attached.

The paralyzed man in the gospel reading seems to have been very alone in his illness. He lay beside a pool in Jerusalem that was believed to have healing properties, if one entered the water after it was disturbed. However, this paralyzed man says to Jesus, ‘I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is disturbed’. No-one was there to him when he needed help.

Illness can be very isolating, especially in these Covid times. To be ill without friends is especially isolating. However, Jesus entered this man’s isolation, without being invited. He saw him, knew his situation, went over to him and addressed him directly. Having first asked him, ‘Do you want to be well again?’ Jesus healed this desperate man of his paralysis. The question Jesus asks may seem strange to our ears, ‘Do you want to be well again?’ Surely, the answer to that question is obvious. Why wouldn’t a man who had been paralyzed for many years want to be well again? However, this may have been Jesus’ way of entering into a genuine dialogue with this stricken man. Rather than just heal him without reference to him, as it were, Jesus engaged him in a personal way, in a respectful way, in a manner that took him seriously, inviting to share something of him story. In so doing, he shows us how we are to relate to one another. He also reveals how he wants to relate to each one of us.

Lent in Lockdown: The Plymouth Cathedral Clergy are continuing their daily reflections for the Novena of St Joseph, here are the links for Day 6 and Day 7:

https://youtu.be/SC3bHPXxinY

https://youtu.be/4fIC-3GcWYg

Fr Tim.

14/3/21

Dear Parishioners, and especially mothers, Happy Mothering Sunday. Here are the linkS to weekend masses. Unfortunately, the Swanage stream dropped out and is incomplete, so I have not included it.

Wareham : https://youtu.be/7hsK7qj9GkE

Wool:https://youtu.be/a5mgbGUiSPU

The voluntary I played on the organ, by J S Bach, is based on a hymn tune in German O Mensch, Bewein Dein Sünde Groß, BWV 622

IN English the words of the hymn are :

O man, weep for your great sins
Because of which Christ left his Father’s bosom
And came upon the earth;
From a young woman pure and gentle
He was born here for us.
He wanted to become our mediator,
To the dead he gave life
And removed in this way all sickness
Until the time came
When he was sacrificed for us,
Bore the heavy burden of our sins
For a long time on the cross.

Donate the cost of your vaccine so our good fortune here in Britain may be shared more equally across the world:

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has organized a campaign to 
donate the cost of our individual Covid 19 vaccine in order that poorer nations can access PPE and basic essentials like hand gel in preparation for their forthcoming vaccine programmes. 

LSTM suggest a donation £25 as this is the manufacturing cost of our free NHS vaccine, but any donation will be gratefully received. Here is the LSTM link:

https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/support-us/bump-it-forward

Lent in Lockdown – the clergy at the Cathedral are doing a daily novena in the run up to the Solemnity of St Joseph, in this Year of ST Joseph. Here are some links to their reflections:

https://youtu.be/1V6laU_K6p8

https://youtu.be/X0d-TKpoC5Y

https://youtu.be/lmfrZU2HGXk

https://youtu.be/RPbiGDMM6Og

https://youtu.be/K2AbcT4d6dc

ONCE AGAIN, HAVE A GOOD MOTHERING SUNDAY. FR TIM.

12/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link to the YouTube Mass from this morning at Swanage. https://youtu.be/JMtBxlXeQ6E

In the gospel we heard the Lord’s summing up of the commands of God. Here is the reflection given by Bishop Robert Barron on this passage:

Friends, in today’s Gospel, the Lord says that the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Love is not primarily a feeling or an instinct; rather, it is the act of willing the good of the other as other. It is radical self-gift, living for the sake of the other. To be kind to someone so that he might be kind to you, or to treat a fellow human being justly so that he, in turn, might treat you with justice, is not to love, for such moves are tantamount to indirect self-interest.

Truly to love is to move outside of the black hole of one’s egotism, to resist the centripetal force that compels one to assume the attitude of self-protection. But this means that love is rightly described as a “theological virtue,” for it represents a participation in the love that God is.

Since God has no needs, only God can utterly exist for the sake of the other. All of the great masters of the Christian spiritual tradition saw that we are able to love only inasmuch as we have received, as a grace, a share in the very life, energy, and nature of God.

Reflect: Examine how you love others, searching out any move to indirect self-interest that may exist. How can you make sure your love “wills the good of the other”? 

Lent in Lockdown: Bishop Barron’s website also contains his own virtual Stations of the Cross. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/pJNjtA-Awb4

Apologies, but the newsletter is delayed this week. This is totally my fault – I thought I had sent it to Sally yesterday lunchtime, but found it was still in my drafts folder. Sorry.

Fr Tim.

11/3/21

There is more sad news today – I have just heard of the death of our parishioner Angela Walters. May her soul rest in peace, and we pray for her family at this sad time.

11/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link to the mass from Wareham this morning https://youtu.be/PkNxaLuFeLs

You may have noticed the pause before the gospel – I was looking for my glasses, which (it turned out) were on my head all the time. I was reminded of this hilarious scene from Fawlty Towers:

https://youtu.be/NGWYFDRgZM8

In today’s Gospel we learn of a person possessed by a demon. Jesus meets the man and drives out the demon, but then is immediately accused of being in league with Satan. Some of the witnesses said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”

Jesus points out how illogical this statement is:  “If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last?”  He ends by saying, “The one who is not with me is against me.”

Jesus is telling us that there is no such thing as a neutral position when it comes to our Christian life.  If we really belong to Christ then we have to commit ourselves to him wholeheartedly.  We have to open ourselves to Christ deep in our hearts and to the Spirit’s promptings in our life.  May the Holy Spirit help us to stand up for Jesus, and choose to be with him, today, and every day.

Lent in Lockdown:  Today I would like to recommend a series of reflections, given recently during these first couple of weeks of Lent, by Canon John Deeny of Launceston, our Vicar General.

https://youtu.be/BED6TySAOHI

https://youtu.be/V0wBHJFfNMc

https://youtu.be/2JPZNRRypkc

https://youtu.be/kN7Pv3YG8LE

https://youtu.be/QdKaaFREDw8

Fr Tim

10/03/21

Dear Parishioners, today there is more sad news for our parish. John Ackerman from Wool has died at home after a fall; we pray for the respose of his soul and for his family in their bereavement.
The Mass this morning came from Wool, and here is the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/57fPawYtTDE

Jesus was often critical of the religious tradition to which he belonged. He had
heated arguments with the religious leaders of his own tradition. Yet, he did
not reject his own Jewish religious tradition, even though it was not perfect.
And so in the gospel today he says “I did not come to abolish the Law and the prophets, but to bring them to completion, to fulfilment.
If the Jewish Law contained great wisdom, Jesus’ teaching embodied an even
greater wisdom because Jesus himself was the Wisdom of God. If the Jewish
Law was the way to life, Jesus’ teaching was life-giving to an even greater
extent, because it is the way that leads to eternal life beyond this earthly life. If
according to this morning’s first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, the
people of Israel are blessed – we are even more blessed. As Jesus says in this
morning’s gospel reading, those who keep Jesus’ words and teach others to do
the same will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven. We thank God for
what we have received through his Son, and we pray that we may always
treasure it and seek to pass it on to others.

Lent in Lockdown:  Jesuits in Britain (in conjunction with the BBC)

This Lent, BBC Radio 4 will explore aspects of Ignatian spirituality and point listeners to ‘Knowing Jesus’, an online retreat being offered by the IgnatianSpirituality Centre in Glasgow. This retreat is available to anyone in the world with access to the Internet who wants to immerse themselves in the spirituality of St Ignatius.

https://www.jesuit.org.uk/bbc-and-jesuits-britain-bring-you-special-lent-retreat

Also, the Bishop has sent an attachment which may be of interest to you, about the Pope’s recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, which some of us studied during Advent and Christmastide.

FR Tim

9/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Youtube Mass at Swanage this morning: https://youtu.be/G00569263IE

The question that Peter put to Jesus in this morning’s gospel reading suggested that there was a limit to forgiveness. ‘How often must I forgive? As often as seven times?’ Peter’s round figure of seven seemed very reasonable. Seven was considered the perfect number; to forgive seven times was perfect forgiveness. However, Jesus goes further that Peter’s suggested answer, ‘seventy-seven times’. In other words, forgiveness must be limitless.

In the parable which follows the first servant owed the king ten thousand talents, which was an astronomical sum. In cancelling the debt the king shows extraordinary generosity; a God-like mercy. The parable is reminding us that God’s readiness to forgive is limitless, so when people are in debt to us, it is nothing compared to how much we are in debt to God, and if God is endless in his mercy towards us, we must be limitless in our mercy towards others.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had called on his disciples to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. He calls on us to be as merciful as God is merciful, as forgiving as God is forgiving. We certainly need the help of the Holy Spirit, of God’s Spirit, if we are to respond to that call, if we are to be God-like as Jesus was.

Lent in Lockdown : Jesus outside the New Testament – how Jesus was written about by non-Christians in the early days of the Church, and St Mark’s Gospel. Two talks given recently by Fr Brian Kenwrick from St Mary’s Falmouth.

First Talk: https://youtu.be/tSZfS_m1hWY

Second Talk: https://youtu.be/fyAufj3pg84

FR Tim.

7/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here are the links to the YouTube recordings of Masses this weekend, the Third Sunday of Lent.

Lulworth: https://youtu.be/Mk7F7DEsGKY

Swanage: https://youtu.be/nY1da72Xenk

Wool: https://youtu.be/u9ntkURtagc

I am beginning to think about Holy Week and Easter services having received an email from the Bishop about what restrictions we must have in place to minimise the risk of infection. Palm Sunday will be scheduled as per normal (with a 6pm Wareham Mass on the Saturday evening) but we won’t be able to have a gathering outside the church, or a procession, but Palms will be blessed, and readings will be shortened.

Holy Thursday will be in Swanage, but with no singing, no-foot washing and no procession.

Good Friday will be in Swanage then in Wool – two liturgies, but no individual veneration of the cross.

The Easter Vigil will be at Wool, but will be shortened and simplified. (No fire)

Then on Easter Sunday Morning I will say three Masses – 8am at Lulworth, 930 at Wareham, and 11am at Swanage.

I am also considering whether a booking system is needed, as we had at Christmas.

Easter is a month away now, so I will confirm these arrangements next week, hopefully.

Confessions before will be available on request, preferably out of doors if possible. We can’t offer a Penitential Service with General Absolution.

Have a good Sunday. Fr Tim.

5/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link to our Mass this morning at Swanage:

https://youtu.be/nb0rXYZNKAs

In this morning’s gospel reading, Jesus tells a parable in which the son of a vineyard owner is killed by the tenants, pointing ahead to his own rejection and death. He then quotes from one of the psalms, ‘It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone’. (Ps. 118: 22-3) Here Jesus points ahead to his resurrection. Although he was rejected by the religious and political leaders of the day, Jesus rose from the dead and in so doing became the cornerstone of a new temple, the temple of the church, the community of those who believed in him.

This is a powerful image of how God can work powerfully in situations of weakness, to use the language of St Paul – looking ahead to this Sunday’s second reading from 1 Corinthians chapter 1 – God worked powerfully through the weakness of Christ crucified on behalf of all humanity. God can turn our own rejected stones into keystones. God can work powerfully through those experiences in our lives which we reject as useless, worthless, of no value. The cross seemed like weakness, foolishness, St Paul says, but God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Lent in Lockdown: My Catholic Life presents the beauty and splendour of our Catholic faith in a down-to-earth and practical way.  Enjoy daily reflections, Q&A, online books, prayers, inspiring quotes and more.  May these free resources assist you on your journey of personal conversion!

https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fmycatholic.life%2f&c=E,1,Z3azA7LRny4f8cjskMi5MeXTgKYa26ZoDU739s_kNcJZ83KSYABNDp1yv0OOdt7RUtKOFYN2nTxq14co7s-xbudHgeeugdt5OKRn_cuwz8P_5WfTlc0,&typo=1

Please also find attached this weekend’s newsletter.

God bless you all. Fr Tim

4/3/21

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

https://youtu.be/tG6RlhKNy2g

Fr Tim

3/3/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the YouTube Mass this morning : https://youtu.be/_-o7YDNdFeQ

In the first reading we heard from the prophet Jeremiah. In response to those who are plotting his downfall, Jeremiah asks God, ‘Should evil be returned for good?’ Although we would want to answer ‘no’ to Jeremiah’s question, in practice we are all aware when confronted with goodness, people often respond with evil – eg. jealously, often leading to violence.

It happened to Jesus. He was God’s goodness personified and, yet he suffered the evil of crucifixion. In the gospel reading, Jesus attempts to get his disciples to face this prospect, ‘The Son of Man is about to be handed over to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death…’

Yet, the remainder of the gospel reading shows that the disciples could not imagine that evil would be returned for good, in the case of Jesus, or themselves. James and John express their desire, through their mother, for a significant share of the presumed reward that God would give Jesus for his goodness. The other ten were probably of a similar mind-set. Jesus’ response to this preoccupation is sobering for his disciples, and for the church today. Goodness itself is to be the concern of his disciples, not the reward for goodness. Jesus understands goodness here in terms of the loving service of others, after the example of the Son of Man who came not to be served but to serve.

Lent in Lockdown link: God Matters – videos explaining the Catholic faith : half hour talks mostly by Dominican priests and nuns on subjects including God, prayer, science, feminism ….

https://www.english.op.org/preaching/god-matters.htm

The same web site has the text of homilies if you click on the “Preaching” heading.

Fr Tim

2/3/21

Dear Parishioners, we have some sad news today, the death of our parishioner from Wool (Weymouth), Harry Gow, nearly a year after his wife, Susan died last March. He was taken in Dorchester Hospital a few days ago and died on Sunday. May his soul rest in peace, and we remember his family at this sad time. 

Here is the link for Mass this morning:

https://youtu.be/pLqUP_E3wdE

and also the link for Benediction on Sunday evening:

https://youtu.be/hQYvM4iNpHI

Lent in Lockdown: Finally, a link to the blog of one of our priests in Plymouth, who offers us a series of scriptural reflections for Lent, on the theme of worship:

https://peverell-st-edward.blogspot.com

I hope you are all enjoying a fruitful Lent.

Fr Tim.

28/2/21

Dear Parishioners, the links to the YouTube uploads for Mass this weekend are as follows:

Wareham: https://youtu.be/IdJsEQ97f0Y

Swanage: https://youtu.be/hMC07jOQXT4

Wool:https://youtu.be/Vd2zIj7FMaM

The chant I sung at the end is an ancient plainsong hymn, the original Latin ascribed to St Gregory the Great:

Again we keep this solemn fast
A gift of faith from ages past,
This Lent which bids us lovingly
To faith and hope and charity.

The law and prophets from of old
In figured ways this Lent foretold,
Which Christ, all ages’ Lord and Guide,
In these last days has sanctified.

More sparing, therefore, let us make
The words we speak, the food we take,
Our sleep, our laughter, ev’ry sense;
Learn peace through holy penitence.

Let us avoid each harmful way
That lures the careless mind astray;
By watchful prayer our spirits free
From scheming of the Enemy.

We pray, O blessed Three in One,
Our God while endless ages run,
That this, our Lent of forty days,
May bring us growth and give you praise. Amen.

Text: Ex more docti mystico; ascribed to Gregory the Great, c. 540–604, tr. Peter J. Scagnelli (b. 1949)

It’s a hymn for the season of Lent which reminds us of the penitential character of the season, and the need to deny ourselves; but the words of the second verse are appropriate today – as I was explaining in my homily how the Old Testament prefigures the New (text on the website). Moses and Elijah, of course, represent the law and the prophets, and they appear in the gospel.

I wish you all a very good Sunday. Fr Tim

26/2/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube upload link for the Swanage Mass this morning https://youtu.be/ZAheYCKqrME

A few more links – Lent in Lockdown: today is the CAFOD fast day, so it would be good to look at the following from CAFOD’s website:https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/Fast-Day-prayer-for-Lent

Don’t forget the St Joseph’s CAFOD Group Stations of the Cross this afternoon:

Topic: Purbeck Parishes Stations of the Cross on Zoom
Time: Feb 26, 2021 05:30 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85680608439?pwd=L0FnaXpKTkk4MjZpNlJuRHZ1Mlp5UT09
Meeting ID: 856 8060 8439
Passcode: UFMK76

Finally, I hope you received in yesterday’s email the details of the zoom discussion group this morning at 11am, together with the readings that we will be looking at, in preparation for weekend Mass. Here they are again.

Topic: Timothy Lewis’s Personal Meeting Room

 Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/8842953486?pwd=aGtHdVltOHBVVEhXNjkxYnltMHF1Zz09

Meeting ID: 884 295 3486

Passcode: 3ikhc3

Finally, please find attached the newsletter for this weekend. FR Tim.

25/2/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for Mass at Wareham today. https://youtu.be/xxm8uX5hN3c

In the gospel Jesus says that when we ask, we will receive, when we seek, we will find, and when we knock, the door will be opened.  But sometimes we can ask, and ask, and beg, and it appears that our prayer goes unanswered, at least in the way we want it to be answered.  

So what does Jesus mean when He says to “ask…seek…knock” and you will receive? He says God will give “good things to those who ask.”  He doesn’t promise us whatever we ask for; rather, He promises that which is truly good and good for us, in particular, good for our eternal salvation.

 Then how do I pray and what do I pray for?”  Ideally, every prayer of intercession we utter should be for the Lord’s will to be done, nothing more, and nothing less. 

That can be hard –  Too often we tend to pray that “my will be done” rather than that “Thy will be done.”  

But if we can trust, and trust on a profound level, that God’s will is perfect and provides us with all “good things,” then seeking His will, asking for it and knocking at the door of His heart will produce an abundance of grace as God desires to bestow it.

Lent in Lockdown : Pray as you go  https://pray-as-you-go.org/  provides a daily prayer session lasting between ten and thirteen minutes combining music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Apologies to the people I forgot to invite to zoom discussion last Friday. Organising my emails can get me into a bit of a muddle with four different inboxes. So am sending the link to everyone on my email list, to make sure no-one misses out. (it seems to be the same as last week’s one, I hope that’s right.) The session begins tomorrow at 11am. I also attach the readings for Sunday. 

Timothy Lewis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Timothy Lewis’s Personal Meeting Room

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/8842953486?pwd=aGtHdVltOHBVVEhXNjkxYnltMHF1Zz09

Meeting ID: 884 295 3486

Passcode: 3ikhc3

I hope to see some of you there. FR Tim.

24/2/21

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

https://youtu.be/igWqhaJxjSo

In the gospel reading Jesus is frustrated with the people following him – they just want to see a miracle, and they don’t understand what the miracles (signs) point to – they do not recognize the significance of his person, his presence, someone greater than Jonah, greater even than Solomon. If the people of Nineveh responded to Jonah and if the Queen of the South responded to Solomon, how much more should Jesus’ contemporaries respond to him. The same Jesus who was present to his contemporaries is present to us as risen Lord. We too can fail to appreciate the Lord who stands among us. Like Jesus’ contemporaries, we can look for signs without recognizing the powerful signs of his presence that are all around us. The greatest sign of the Lord’s presence, a sacred sign or sacrament, is the Eucharist. In the Eucharist the Lord is present to us under the form of bread and wine, saying to us, ‘This is my body… This is my blood’. In coming to the Lord in the Eucharist we are coming to someone greater than Jonah or Solomon. The Lord is present to us in other ways also. We take his presence seriously by responding to his call and following in his way, as the people of Nineveh responded to Jonah’s call. Having been blessed by the Lord’s presence, we are to respond to his presence by living in way that reflects that presence.

Lent in Lockdown: https://www.sacredspace.ie/ has a variety of prayer resources including daily prayers, commentaries on the day’s readings, retreats and novenas.

Our CAFOD Group are organising Virtual Stations of the Cross on Friday. Details below:

Topic: Purbeck Parishes Stations of the Cross on Zoom

Time: Feb 26, 2021 05:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85680608439?pwd=L0FnaXpKTkk4MjZpNlJuRHZ1Mlp5UT09

Meeting ID: 856 8060 8439

Passcode: UFMK76

Fr Tim

23/2/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for today, sorry it’s late but I have had a busy morning, FR Tim

https://youtu.be/kUHNUQhUSQQ

21/2/21

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

Swanage: https://youtu.be/26y7s0VGpCM

Wool: https://youtu.be/NKjiVD55U2w

The chant I sung at the end was the English version of “Attende Domine….” sometimes called the Lent prose. It is a hymn of sorrow for our sins, and a heartfelt plea for God’s forgiveness, deriving from a Mozarabic Rite hymn composed in the 10th century – Mozarabs were Iberian Christians living under Islamic rule in Andalusia.

Refrain:
Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us:
for we have sinn’d against thee.

1 To thee, Redeemer, on thy throne of glory:
lift we our weeping eyes in holy pleadings:
listen, O Jesu, to our supplications. [Refrain]

2 O thou chief Corner-stone, Right Hand of the Father
Way of Salvation, Gate of Life Celestial
cleanse thou our sinful souls from all defilement. [Refrain]

3 God, we implore thee, in thy glory seated
bow down and hearken to they children
pity and pardon all our grievous trespasses. [Refrain]

4 Sins oft committed now we lay before thee
with true contrition, now no more we veil them
grant us, Redeemer, loving absolution. [Refrain]

5 Innocent, captive, taken unresisting
falsely accused, and for us sinners sentenced,
save us, we pray thee, Jesu our Redeemer. [Refrain]

Fr Tim

20/2/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Vigil Mass of the First Sunday of Lent, celebrated at ST Mary’s Lulworth. 

https://youtu.be/tboeI4IhfXk

When I arrived at the church, there was a beautiful red sky, so I took a photos of it with the chapel in the foreground: 

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AhOH-sT8sULzhYgHBb3vsLmGMGFunQ

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AhOH-sT8sULzhYgGF0S8KdxbGyg04w

Also, we have virtual Stations of the Cross taking place on Zoom on Friday. See below

Purbeck Parishes Stations of the Cross on Zoom

Time: Feb 26, 2021 05:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting (on Friday):

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85680608439?pwd=L0FnaXpKTkk4MjZpNlJuRHZ1Mlp5UT09

Meeting ID: 856 8060 8439

Passcode: UFMK76

Have a nice evening. 

Fr Tim.

19/2/21

Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link for Mass today: https://youtu.be/qPqfeuIuvCk

Today’s readings were all about fasting.

There are only two days in Lent which are designated days of fasting and abstinence – they are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Every Friday is a day of abstinence, which means eating no meat. That’s the minimum for Catholics.

So many choose to go further, to fast from some form of food or drink for the season of Lent.

When we fast from some food or drink, be it chocolate, alcohol or whatever, we are showing that that particular food we enjoy it is not vitally important to us, that we are not dependent upon it.

What really matters to us is our relationship with God

We fast so as to as to grow in our relationship with the Lord.

As Isaiah in the first reading reminds us, our fasting is also in the service of a more loving relationship with others, especially those in greatest need.

Lockdown in Lent – CAFOD’S ONLINE Lent Calendar which has a daily scripture, chance to reflect, pray and take justice action with the worldwide family.

https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent-calendar

Also, I attach the newsletter for this weekend.God bless you all.

FR Tim

17/2/21

Dear Parishioners, today, Ash Wednesday, we begin another Lent. Mass this morning was from Wool, (https://youtu.be/W-uEzioL_Hs) and although the ashes were blessed at the usual time in the Mass, people received the ashes on their way out at the end. The sung penitential psalm during this time was Psalm 50/51 (Have mercy on me, O God). You can hear a much more beautiful rendition of this than I was able to produce, (or indeed, allowed to live-stream) here: https://youtu.be/IA88AS6Wy_4

It’s OK to provide the link in an email, but to live-stream that recording would have been a copyright breach. Here are the English words (from the Grail Psalter):

 

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. 

  In your compassion blot out my offence. 

O wash me more and more from my guilt 

  and cleanse me from my sin. 

 

My offences truly I know them; 

  my sin is always before me. 

Against you, you alone, have I sinned; 

  what is evil in your sight I have done. 

 

That you may be justified when you give sentence 

  and be without reproach when you judge, 

O see, in guilt I was born, 

  a sinner was I conceived. 

 

Indeed you love truth in the heart; 

  then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom. 

O purify me, then I shall be clean; 

  O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow. 

 

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness, 

  that the bones you have crushed may revive. 

From my sins turn away your face 

  and blot out all my guilt. 

 

A pure heart create for me, O God, 

  put a steadfast spirit within me. 

Do not cast me away from your presence, 

  nor deprive me of your holy spirit. 

 

Give me again the joy of your help; 

  with a spirit of fervour sustain me, 

that I may teach transgressors your ways 

  and sinners may return to you. 

 

O rescue me, God, my helper, 

  and my tongue shall ring out your goodness. 

O Lord, open my lips 

  and my mouth shall declare your praise. 

 

For in sacrifice you take no delight, 

  burnt offering from me you would refuse, 

my sacrifice, a contrite spirit. 

  A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn. 

 

In your goodness, show favour to Sion: 

  rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 

Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, 

  holocausts offered on your altar. 

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son 

  and to the Holy Spirit, 

as it was in the beginning, 

  is now, and ever shall be, 

  world without end. 

Amen. 

Also I hope to provide a link to a spiritual resource each day, to nourish us spiritually during this Lenten lockdown. For today, here is an Ash Wednesday reflection from our Cathedral.

https://youtu.be/m8Y-9otukrQ

May I wish you all a blessed and fruitful Lent. FR Tim.