JOLLY JOE'S BURGERS AND BOUQUETS

 

A Star is Born

Fr Paul

  Will ye go lassie go” sings Father Paul Keys, parish priest at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Joseph Catholic Church in Wool Dorset. Fr Paul was joined by several parishioners who sang and played instruments in the church on Saturday afternoon, 15 July 2017.


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Parishioners and other visitors to the Church’s summer country event were able to enjoy the church beautifully decorated with flowers while they listened to music and enjoyed the children from St Mary and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school singing songs from their summer show “Treasure Island”

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Outside, where the weather was pleasantly warm and sometimes sunny, we ate burgers and hot dogs cooked by Catenians from Weymouth circle. If that wasn’t your fancy, you could feast on some magnificently appetising cakes and scones, made by our parishioners, with tea and coffee to drink.

For those, and there were quite a few, who preferred something a bit stronger, the Clarke husband and wife team provided Pimm’s from an extravagantly decorated stall outside the church. Our ubiquitous parish priest sought out this stall quite early in the afternoon. 

 

 


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Local charity, The Purbeck Workshop, was also represented by its founder, Sinead Feeney, who sold a number of craft item made at the workshop and donated to it.

The Purbeck Workshop is a registered charity dedicated to providing creative escapes to those touched by cancer within the Dorset area, inspired by Sinead’s late husband, Paul. It is open three or four days a week, providing classes such as flower arranging, art, woodworking and mosaic.

 

 

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The many young children at our summer country event had lots of fun bobbing for apples and having their faces painted.

 

                                                        Here are two of our older children
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  A selection of photos of the beautiful flower displays on show in the church:

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PARISH WALK 2017

 

Extracts from Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace 1 January 2017

 

Reading 1

 I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity.

 On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life.

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Reading 2 

 

 Violence is not the cure for our broken world. Countering violence with violence leads at best to forced migrations and enormous suffering, because vast amounts of resources are diverted to military ends and away from the everyday needs of young people, families experiencing hardship, the elderly, the infirm and the great majority of people in our world.

 …Christ’s message …. offers a radically positive approach. He unfailingly preached God’s unconditional love, which welcomes and forgives. He taught his disciples to love their enemies (cf. Mt 5:44) and to turn the other cheek (cf. Mt 5:39). Jesus walked the path of nonviolence to the very end, to the cross, whereby he became our peace and put an end to hostility (cf. Eph 2:14-16).

 The Gospel command to love your enemies (cf. Lk 6:27) “is rightly considered the magna carta of Christian nonviolence. It does not consist in succumbing to evil..., but in responding to evil with good (cf. Rom 12:17-21), and thereby breaking the chain of injustice”.

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Reading 3

 If violence has its source in the human heart, then it is fundamental that nonviolence be practised before all else within families.

 The family is [where] spouses, parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to communicate and to show generous concern for one another, and in which frictions and even conflicts have to be resolved not by force but by dialogue, respect, concern for the good of the other, mercy and forgiveness. From within families, the joy of love spills out into the world and radiates to the whole of society.

 The Jubilee of Mercy that ended in November encouraged each one of us to look deeply within and to allow God’s mercy to enter there. The Jubilee taught us to realize how many and diverse are the individuals and social groups treated with indifference and subjected to injustice and violence.

They too are part of our “family”; they too are our brothers and sisters. The politics of nonviolence have to begin in the home and then spread to the entire human family.

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Reading 4

Peacebuilding through active nonviolence is also a programme and a challenge for political and religious leaders, the heads of international institutions, and business and media executives: …. It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost. To do so requires “the willingness to face conflict head on, to resolve it and to make it a link in the chain of a new process”. 

To act in this way means to choose solidarity as a way of making history and building friendship in society. Active nonviolence is a way of showing that unity is truly more powerful and more fruitful than conflict. Everything in the world is inter-connected. Certainly differences can cause frictions. But let us face them constructively and non-violently, so that “tensions and oppositions can achieve a diversified and life-giving unity,” preserving “what is valid and useful on both sides”

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***   WHAT'S ON IN THE PARISH OF OUR LADY QUEEN OF MARTYRS AND ST JOSEPH ***

WALK AT THE BLUE POOL - 15 OCTOBER 2016

Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Joseph Catholic Church in Wool, Wareham and Lulworth Castle are working towards CAFOD’s Livesimply award, by undertaking activities connected with living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with poor people.
CAFOD is the Catholic Church’s official overseas aid agency.
One of the activities chosen by parishioners is to take part in walks to observe and appreciate God’s creation personally. About 30 parishioners walked around the beautiful Blue Pool at Furzebrook (just outside Stoborough, in Dorset), with readings, time for reflection and singing, all finished off with a delicious cream tea at the Blue Pool tea rooms.
The walkers were able to enjoy Blue Pool’s sometimes green sometimes turquoise colour produced by very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracting light in different ways.  The Pool is surrounded by 25 acres of heath, woodland and gorse interlaced with sandy paths that “seem to take you to another world.”

Parishioner, Bernard White, said “we came to this beautiful place to thank God for the glorious gift of creation, and we ask for his help to care for our world.  As Pope Francis told us in 2014, we must protect creation for it is a gift which the Lord has given us. It is God’s present to us; we are the guardians of creation. When we exploit creation, we destroy that sign of God’s love.

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We just loved the trees on our walk

 

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CHURCH ROOF APPEAL

To help raise funds for the Church roof appeal, Casterbridge Male Voice Choir will be giving a special concert at St Joseph's at 7.30 pm on Saturday 19th November.
Click here for details.

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THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY!

Now we are getting over a surfeit of turkey and mince pies and trying to keep to our New Year’s resolution, it is time to remember some of the items which somehow did not manage to get onto our What’s On page during 2015.

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The Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ provoked a lot of interest within the parish and prompted a number of initiatives, including trips to London and Paris to lobby MPs and world leaders on the issues of climate change.

 

 Following the Parish Fete held at Wool, Wareham held a very successful Garden party complete with cream teas served by some very distinctive waiters and “nippies” (see below) accompanied by some excellent entertainment.

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Talking about entertainment, towards the end of the year we were treated to a first class concert Mozart to the Musicals, which was organised by Matthew Clarke and starred Grace Lovelass, Emma Aldir and Matthew himself.

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And finally, regular attendees to our Wednesday coffee mornings had a celebratory Christmas Lunch at the Red Lion pub across the road. The meal was accompanied by crackers, silly hats and a Christmas present for everyone. A good time was had by all.

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OLQM AWARDED FAIRTRADE PARISH CERTIFICATES

CAFOD and the Fairtrade Foundation have recognised the efforts made within the parish to promote Fairtrade by awardoing us Fairtrade certificates.

Click here for more information.

 

 

PARISH FETE 2015

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EASTER FLOWERS 2015

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Visit of Atholl Hill – Silversmith to St Joseph’s Church, Wool

Silversmith Atholl Hill, designer of the silver in regular use in  St Joseph's, Wool, made a flying visit from his home in Dundee to visit the church. To read an account of his visit, click the link below.

 View Press Release


 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2014

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BUCKFAST TRIP

The parish trip to Buckfast Abbey was a great success. For an illustrtrated account, click here


 

FUDDLE

 View Press Release 1

View Press Release 2 - A Parting Gift

FAREWELL: We said a fond farewell to Father Ciarán with a farewell FUDDLE. If you want to know what a fuddle is, ask one of the Social Committee!! We wish him well as he moves to the parish of St Mary’s in Bodmin. Fr Ciaran worked and served tirelessly in our parish, serving our three churches, our parish school of St Mary & St Joseph, visiting the sick and housebound and was always on call and available to all who needed him. He also served as prison chaplain, celebrating Mass and visiting prisoners and young offenders in local institutions. Father, a familiar and well loved character running through the Dorset lanes and countryside, will be greatly missed by everyone!!.....

 

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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

On Saturday 26th July, parishoners were treated to an evening of fine music organised by Mathew Clarke. Excerpts from a number of popular operas were presented by soprano Hannah Savignon-Smythe and bass Christopher Weaver. Mathew accompanied them both on the piano. Hannah also displayed her skills on the cello when she and Mathew provided accompaniment to Christopher for one of his solo pieces.

During the interval, a superior picnic was enjoyed in the garden of Fr. Ciaran's house.

Our thanks to Hannah, Christopher, Mathew and the members of the social committee for a really splendid evening.

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

After their First Communion on Sunday 13th July, our three new communicants enjoyed a celebration meay with the whole parish. Cake was the order of the day!

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GOLDEN WEDDING

Parisoners at St Joseph's celebrated the Golden Wedding of Sue and Jeremy Cox after Mass on 18th May.

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"To all members of our parish community for the love and kindness shown to us as we celebrated our 50th Wedding anniversary. We were completely overwhelmed Thank you for making this such a memorable, special and happy occasion."

Jeremy & Sue


WOOL FETE 2014

The fete was a great success, raising much needed funds for the parish - and, more importantly, great fun was had by everyone.

 

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             After a burger from the Red Team what better than ...........................................................strawberries and cream?

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MOTHERING SUNDAY 2014

Where the men did all the work!

 

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 "Do you know how to work this thing?" - "Not a clue!"                                                               Well, almost all the work!

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                                         was enjoyed by all                                                                                         and all for a good cause