Introduction by Tonia

This is our creation mass.

16 years old Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, spoke to the United Nations Climate Conference in Poland, in December last year.

She asked why she and hundreds of thousands of other children should go back to school and study for their futures that soon may be no more, where no-one is doing anything to save that future; and what is the point of learning facts when the most important facts clearly mean nothing to our society.

Greta was referring to the damage being done to God’s creation and the imminent catastrophe for mankind and the planet caused by climate change.

No-one is too small to make a difference. This is our future. This is our planet. We don’t have a vote, but we want to use our voices, do our practical part, to care for our beautiful world and pray that this beauty is sustained for us and our children.


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Offertory Procession- Nicky

This morning the Children’s Liturgy Group are bringing up the pictures they have made of God’s Creatures, all of whom play a vital role in the care and continuation of his wonderful Creation. They will hang these on the branches of the tree on the sanctuary.

Now we have our offertory procession. We are bringing:

A bowl of soil and a bowl of seeds to represent the gift and abundance of creation;

A globe to represent the earth, our common home;

A buddleia to plant out new, environmentally friendly, flower bed to encourage the butterflies;

 Our livesimply plaque which was awarded to our parish last year;

Finally, a banner to symbolise our commitment to care for our planet.

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A short presentation


Libby Abbott - CAFOD

Hello everybody, my name is Libby. I work for CAFOD. CAFOD is the Catholic charity that helps the poorest, most hard- to-reach people around the world. People who are facing drought, conflict, disease, and injustice. We believe in a world where every woman, man and child can flourish.


Climate change, caused by human activities, is destroying the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the world. Our sisters and brothers overseas face extreme challenges. Along with droughts and floods, climate change will multiply hunger, migration and conflict. Many of our global neighbours on the frontlines of climate change are already living in poverty. We are already seeing some effects of climate change in our own country too, but our children and grandchildren face a bleak future.

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It is only by working together – as families, parishes, countries and globally, that real change will come. We need political and personal responses to this urgent threat we face.

You can begin that change today. Please sign our petition to the Prime Minister, which we shall also copy to our MPs. In it we ask the UK government to go further and faster on climate action. We know that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need to reach net zero global emissions of greenhouse gasses as soon as possible. This means making sure that the emissions we put into the atmosphere by burning coal, gas and oil, and releasing methane, are no greater than the ones science and technology can remove and that this is achieved by 2045. It’s time we put an end to the UK’s contribution to climate change.


Rose Strauss, aged19, From San Anselmo, California says “I was so sure I would become a marine biologist up until two years ago.But as I was walking along the beach year after year I realised the animals I was trying to study were disappearing faster than I could study them, which was really scary. I learned about climate change when I was 12, doing a report on the Canadian seal hunt, and I realized it was one of these issues that you can’t note and do nothing….I was brought with the belief that if you become aware of something, you have a responsibility to take action…In 10 or 11 years, when climate change is irreversible, I’m going to be trying to have kids… that definitely changes the way I can talk about this issue. This is literally my future and .. doing nothing is a death sentence to my generation.


So please take a moment to sign the petition. We’ll be at the back of church after Mass with copies. We will share the number of signatures with Number 10 to show our leaders how many people, parishes and schools want them to act.

Thank you very much for listening and for your actions and prayers so far.

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 My wife plants a mean Buddleia!






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 John Ackerman has just returned from a week's holiday in Ireland. He visited Father Michael Murphy, past parish priest who lives in Cork. Congratulations to John on his 93rd birthday which was celebrated at St Joseph’s coffee morning on Wednesday 29th August.



The Parish bids a Fond Farewell to Fr. Paul

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The parish said goodbye to Father Paul after Mass on Sunday 12th August with a splendid spread of food and drinks. Fr Paul joined us soon after his ordination in 2013 and was immediately faced with the daunting task of running the two parishes of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St Joseph which has churches in Wool, Wareham and Lulworth and the Church of the Holy Spirit and St Edward, Swanage. Having made good progress on that task, he is now moving on to tackle new challenges in Wimbourne. 

We thank Fr Paul for his stewardship and wish him every success in his new parish.


Deacon James will also be leaving us later in the summer and we include him on our "thank you" cake. Again we thank him for his ministry.

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We also say a fond farewell to Hillary and Michael Larkin who are leaving the Parsh to be nearer their family. They have both contributed greatly to our community over the years. Hillary has actively participated in many Parish activities, demonstrating her horticultural skills at the annual Parish fete. Michael played the organ, providing music for Mass over a number of years. Thank you for the music, Michael!

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Hillary and Michael enjoy a cake provided by the
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Today, 21st October 2018, we said goodbye to Deacon James. We wish him the best in his new position. Click here to view pictures and a few further thoughts. 


Below we print a short note that we received from Deacon James in October:

October 2018
"Thank you to all parishoners for their extraordinarily generous and thoughtful gifts you gave me  in October. The drawing is not only very cleverly executed but is so very apposite and accurate. Serving you in Wool was the greatest priviledge so far in my life as deacon and one that has had a marked impact on me.

Deacon James"






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  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”




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.


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  A selection of photos of the beautiful flower displays on show in the church:

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


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 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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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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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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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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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.



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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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.




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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.

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



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.