As advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19) is issued or updated by the Diocese, we will post links to  published information on this page. The links are listed in reverse order so that the latest information (and therefore usually the most relevant) appears at the top of the list. Click on the document title to open the link. For quick links to Fr. Tim’s daily Mass recordings click the red button above.


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

Here is the link for the Mass :

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

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

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

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

Fr Tim


Dear Parishioners, Happy Feast. Link to Mass :

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

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

Fr Tim.


Dear Parishioners, here is the link to Mass today :

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

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


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

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

Finally here is the link for Mass today.

God bless you all. Fr Tim.


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

Fr Tim


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

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

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

Happy Pentecost

Fr Tim

29th May 2020

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

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

Friday Mass Easter 7

Novena day 8

24th May 2020

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

Sunday Mass Easter 7

Novena Day 3

23rd May 2020

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

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

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

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

Have a good weekend. Fr Tim

22nd May 2020

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

21st May 2020

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

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

God bless you all. Fr Tim, your priest.

20th May 2020

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

Also, here is the link for the Mass today.


19th May 2020

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

Here is the link to today’s Mass.

16th May 2020

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

Today’s Mass for our YouTube followers :

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

Have a good weekend in this lovely sunshine.

Fr Tim.

15th May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Command and love.

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

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

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

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

14th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, todays Mass link :

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

12th May 2020

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

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

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

10th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, the link for the Sunday mass is :

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

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

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

Thank you and Have a Good Sunday.

FR Tim.

9th May 2020

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

Also the link to Mass today.

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

God bless you all. Fr Tim.

7th May 2020

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

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

FR Tim.

5th May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

All contributions will be really appreciated.  

Fr Tim

3rd May 2020

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

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

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

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

2nd May 2020

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

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

Fr Tim.

1st May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

God bless us all and keep us safe.

FR Tim.

30th April 2020

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

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

May the Lord give us all his blessing. 

FR Tim.

29th April 2020

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

Link is:

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

God bless. Fr Tim.

24th April 2020

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

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

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

May God bless you all. FR Tim

23rd April 2020

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

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

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

St George, pray for us all. 

God bless.

FR Tim.

22nd April 2020

Click here to see how Caritas can help parishes.

Caritas Newsletter April 2020.

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

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

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

God bless. Fr Tim.

21st April 2020    

Dear Parishioners,

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

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

So I stream live on Facebook.

The link to this page is

You can only watch it live using the above link.

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

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

Sorry that there has been some confusion about this.

Fr Tim.

19th April 2020

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

The youtube link for this morning’s mass is

God bless you all. Fr Tim

18th April 2020

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

Bishop Robert Barron on “sitting quietly alone”.

Mass for Easter Saturday

17th April 2020

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

Easter Tuesday

Easter Wednesday

Easter Thursday

Easter Friday

Fr Tim.

14th April 2020

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

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

Thank you and God bless, Fr Tim.

12th April 2020

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

Holy Thurdsay

Good Friday

Holy Saturday Swieconka

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday Morning Mass

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

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

Once again Happy Easter. Gaudium Paschale! Fr Tim.

11th April 2020

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

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

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

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

Have a blessed Holy Saturday. FR Tim

8th April 2020

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

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

God bless you all, Fr Tim.

7th April 2020

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

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


God bless, Fr Tim.

6th April 2020

Pope’s message for Holy Week

5th April 2020

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

I have also recorded the Matthew Passion reflection.

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

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

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

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

Fr Tim, your priest.

4th April 2020

Message from Bishop Mark at the beginning of Holy Week

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

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

Yesterdays mass is up on You Tube

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

It is still processing, but the link is

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

Another useful reflection for Palm Sunday from the same website:

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

Fr Tim, your priest.

April 1st 2020

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

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

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

I hope this email finds you all well.

God bless,

Fr Tim.


March 29th 2020

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

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

Blustery day in Swanage (Sunday afternoon)

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

Bishop Mark’s rededication of England:

March 27th 2020

Dear Parishioners,

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

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

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

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

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

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

FR Tim.

March 26th 2020

Message from Fr.Tim

Dear Parishioners,

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

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

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

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

I have also put today’s Mass up:

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

Fr Tim

March 24th 2020

Letter from Fr Tim:

Dear Parishioners,

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

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

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

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

May God bless you all,

Fr Tim, your priest.

March 23rd 2020

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

March 18th 2020

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

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

Letter from Bishop

Decree suspending religious services

March 5th 2020

Updated Coronavirus Guidance

February 27th 2020

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