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




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


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

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


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

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.


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

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


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:

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


Easter Vigil:

Easter morning at Wareham:

 Easter morning at Swanage:

Fr Tim


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.



FR Tim.


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

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:

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.


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

Fr Tim


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




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(?)

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


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

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 Meeting ID: 819 3704 9502 Passcode: 966244

Fr Tim


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

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.


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:

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:

Fr Tim.


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:



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


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:

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:

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

Fr Tim.


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

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: 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


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

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:

St Patrick, pray for us.

Fr Tim.


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

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:

Fr Tim.


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 :


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.

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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:

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:



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

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:

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.


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.


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube link to the mass from Wareham this morning

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:

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.

Fr Tim


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:

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.

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


Dear Parishioners, here is the link for the Youtube Mass at Swanage this morning:

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:

Second Talk:

FR Tim.


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




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.


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

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!,1,Z3azA7LRny4f8cjskMi5MeXTgKYa26ZoDU739s_kNcJZ83KSYABNDp1yv0OOdt7RUtKOFYN2nTxq14co7s-xbudHgeeugdt5OKRn_cuwz8P_5WfTlc0,&typo=1

Please also find attached this weekend’s newsletter.

God bless you all. Fr Tim


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

Fr Tim


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

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 ….

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

Fr Tim


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:

and also the link for Benediction on Sunday evening:

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:

I hope you are all enjoying a fruitful Lent.

Fr Tim.


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




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


Dear Parishioners, here is the YouTube upload link for the Swanage Mass this morning

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:

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
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

Meeting ID: 884 295 3486

Passcode: 3ikhc3

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


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

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  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

Meeting ID: 884 295 3486

Passcode: 3ikhc3

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


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

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: 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:

Meeting ID: 856 8060 8439

Passcode: UFMK76

Fr Tim


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


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



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.

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


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

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:!AhOH-sT8sULzhYgHBb3vsLmGMGFunQ!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):

Meeting ID: 856 8060 8439

Passcode: UFMK76

Have a nice evening. 

Fr Tim.


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

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.

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

FR Tim


Dear Parishioners, today, Ash Wednesday, we begin another Lent. Mass this morning was from Wool, ( 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:

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. 


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.

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