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On Sunday 2nd December 2012, two hundred people of all ages, attended a special service to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Wool, Dorset.

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Anthony Jaggard (architect), Jane Jaggard, Fr. Ciaran Mc Guiness, Sally and Wilfred Weld

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Matthew Clarke with a group of musicians from Chichester University, The Royal Veterinary College and Bath University.

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Fr. Ciaran with Geoffrey Teychenne sculpter of the silver crucifix                        Artist Adrian Whittlesea and wife Anne with Rosemary and
                                                                                                                              Geoffrey Teychenne



Remembrance Sunday 2012 saw the laying of the traditional Wreath of Remembrance from the Parish.

This year the wreath was laid at a brand new memorial located on the back of the ‘Lourdes Grotto’.



In October 1988 the then Parish Priest, Father Michael Murphy, was leaving the health centre in Wool when a man approached him asking him if he was ‘the R.C. Padre’. When Father confirmed this the man in question asked to become a Roman Catholic.

His name was Ron Bennett.

After being received into the Church, Ron became involved in many aspects of parish life. In 1991 together with his friend, John Ackerman, he built a memorial to commemorate the war dead. Ron sited this on the North garden wall of the priest’s house. It consisted of two paving slabs as a background with a wooden cross and figure of Christ together with a simple plaque with the words of ‘Lest We Forget’.

This Memorial stood the test of time for 21 years. By 2011 the figure of Christ had been vandalised, the cross had deteriorated and the wording had become faint.

Coincidentally in the summer of 2012 the ‘Lourdes Grotto’ opposite the back door of the church had become totally overgrown and neglected.

The grotto was built by Ron Bennett and John Ackerman. The stone was provided by a builder from Swanage who Ron had met on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Small stones from Lourdes and Medjugorje were included in the building of the grotto.

The two statues were the personal gift from Father Michael Murphy to the parish.

The grotto was blessed and dedicated by Father Michael on Monday 25th February 1991. A time capsule containing their writings of children from St Mary’s First School was cemented into the grotto wall.

Fortunately, two parishioners, Mary & Jim Wetherill took an interest in the grotto and removed all the plant material and cleaned the stonework. A triangular stone projection that had for years proved an obstruction to any passing vehicle, was removed by Colin Baker. The grass around the grotto was re-seeded.

The now bare back wall of the grotto seemed a more appropriate and accessible site for a new memorial.

A new Celtic style cross and wreath hook were made by Spring Grove Forge, Puddletown and bronze plaque ‘Lest We Forget’ was made in Norfolk. Everything was finished in time for Remembrance Sunday 2012.

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The Faithful Departed


November 2011-2012

 Father Richard Veal

David Clarke

Joan Pearce

Peter Macklin

William (Bill) Tracey

Gerry Millington

Anthony William O’Sullivan

Joan Miller

Wilma Mulliner

David John Marsh

David Manuel

Mary Bernadette Eley

Dorothy Mitchell

Joanne Marie Palmer

John Kelly

Margaret Evans



Deepening Our Faith

Starting on: Wednesday 31st October; 7.00pm – 8.00 pm in St Mary & St Joseph’s School Hall

A six week course of DVD based discussions with Deacon Michael Hughes

Click Here for more details


*** Diamond Jubilee ! ***

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 St Joseph's flies the Union Flag as, along with the rest of the Commonwealth, we celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee


Our thanks to all who prepared the splendid refreshments for our own version of a street party (in the entrance foyer!)

Our thanks also to David Willy (Wool) and Vernon Welch (Wareham) who proposed the Loyal Toast.

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