Sunday, 11 November 2018

Memorial Sunday at St Josephs Lymington

There was a two minute silence held in memory of the lives lost in World War One which ended 100 years ago ...
here are some pictures marking the event ....

A Day to my self - A poem by Clifford T Ward

A Day To my self
see you tube link ...

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Clifford T Ward was a school teacher who spent time teaching abroad in places like France. He played guitar and wrote music and he sent some of the songs back home to his distant wife who remained in England whilst he worked away.

Whilst working in a French school as an English teacher, he was due a day off and was trying to decide how to spend it.
Visiting the art galleries of Paris or a trip on the river bank perhaps??...but instead he decided to visit the mass graves of the fallen soldiers, in France.
Whilst walking among the graves he was moved to write this song and the words form a love letter back to his wife in England. The words paint a picture of his time there feeling lonely and wishing like the WWI soldiers he was back home in England amongst the lanes and birds he loved so much.
He goes on to realise at least he will return to England and see his loved one but many of the dead who filled the graves around him, did not even get the chance to say goodbye...dying so far from home.
The lyrics of this song reflect a moment in time where a person tries to relate to what happened to those taking part in the great war and thinks on how lucky he is to be able to return home to his loved ones whilst the dead soldiers never got that choice. The words are very haunting.....

It was odd that at one point the video was blocked on you tube but now it appears to be back .....let's hope it remains.


Clifford T Ward did return home to his beloved England and his wife and later died aged 57 on 18th Dec 2001 from pneumonia and a long battle with multiple sclerosis near Kidderminster in Worcestershire.

He was better known for his hit song "Gaye" released in 1973. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Art Garfunkel and Ringo Star....

On the B Side of the single Gaye he wrote a love letter in a song to his wife in the mode of the reputed English poet Robert Browning (1812-89) and in honour of the poet he called the song "Home thoughts from abroad"

Clifford T Ward remains one of the most under estimated and overlooked poets of modern times....his lyrics paint a picture of images worthy of the great poets of the past.

If you get a chance look him up on you tube and enjoy the poetic genius of his other songs such as "Scullery"

100 years on ....

A Painting from Vicky to remember those lost in the great war ...with the words of Sir Winston Churchill 

Lest we forget....100 years ..WW1 ended

The war to end all wars ...and since then  an estimated 187 million + have died from wars....World War One destroyed 8,5 million lives on the battle field and 13 million civilians a total of 21.5 million people. However, the immediately following 1918 influenza epidemic (spread by battle fatigued, returning soldiers) cost a futher 50-100 million deaths.
It is said that the war that caused the far greater loss of life was WorldWar II which removed more than 60 million people. An estimated 50 million of those were civilians The total dead made up 3 percent of the worlds population at that time.
Since 1918 and the end of world war one, the world has been subjected to over 30 major wars and conflicts......a terrible terrible waste of life.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Rediscover Jesus ...for free!

A new book written by Matthew Kelly
Rediscover Jesus

Available free from the Church...

some books find us at just the right time, and those books change our lives. This could well be that book for you...


Christmas 2017 ...The birth of Christ

The baby Jesus and his family ....

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Mgr Peter Ryan celebrated 50 years anniversary as a priest 22/01/2017

Mgr Peter Ryan retired from the diocese of Liverpool, and moved to Lymington where he has had a very busy retirement ministry.

Flower box memorials

The flower box memorials are now installed along with their dedication plaques in the car park at the site of the old school at Our lady and St Josephs church Lymington.

Monday, 26 December 2016

The Pope's Christmas message from Vatican city

Pope Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Christmas day message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

The Pope dedicated his message to “all peoples, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflicts that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.” He wished peace to the victims of the war in Syria and of “fundamentalist terrorism” in Nigeria, among several other parts of the world.

Read the full text of his speech from the Vatican’s official translation to English from Italian below. Watch the Pope deliver the speech above.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!

Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Saviour.

On this day full of light, the prophetic proclamation resounds:

“For to us a child is born,
To us a son is given.
And the government will be upon his shoulder;
and his name will be called
“Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:6)

The power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of this world, based on might and wealth; it is the power of love. It is the power which created the heavens and the earth, which gives life to all creation: to minerals, plants and animals; it is the force which attracts man and woman, and makes them one flesh, one single existence; it is the power which gives new birth, pardons faults, reconciles enemies, and transforms evil into good. It is the power of God. This power of love led Jesus Christ to strip himself of his glory and become man; it led him to give his life on the cross and to rise from the dead. It is the power of service, which inaugurates in our world the Kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace.

For this reason, the birth of Jesus was accompanied by the angels’ song as they proclaimed:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” (Lk2:14).

Today this message goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflicts that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.

Peace to men and women in the war-torn land of Syria, where far too much blood has been spilled. Above all in the city of Aleppo, site of the most awful battles in recent weeks, it is most urgent that assistance and support be guaranteed to the exhausted civil populace, with respect for humanitarian law. It is time for weapons to be still forever, and the international community to actively seek a negotiated solution, so that civil coexistence can be restored in the country.

Peace to women and men of the beloved Holy Land, the land chosen and favoured by God. May Israelis and Palestinians have the courage and the determination to write a new page of history, where hate and revenge give way to the will to build together a future of mutual understanding and harmony. May Iraq, Libya and Yemen – where their peoples suffer war and the brutality of terrorism – be able once again to find unity and concord.

Peace to the men and women in various parts of Africa, especially in Nigeria, where fundamentalist terrorism exploits even children in order to perpetrate horror and death. Peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so that divisions may be healed and all people of good will may strive to undertake the path of development and sharing, preferring the culture of dialogue to the mindset of conflict.

Peace to women and men who to this day suffer the consequences of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, where there is urgent need for a common desire to bring relief to the civil population and to put into practice the commitments which have been assumed.

We implore harmony for the dear people of Colombia, which seeks to embark on a new and courageous path of dialogue and reconciliation. May such courage also motivate the beloved country of Venezuela to undertake the necessary steps to put an end to current tensions, and build together a future of hope for the whole population.

Peace to all who, in different areas, are enduring sufferings due to constant dangers and persistent injustice. May Myanmar consolidate its efforts to promote peaceful coexistence and, with the assistance of the international community, provide necessary protection and humanitarian assistance to all those who gravely and urgently need it. May the Korean peninsula see the tensions it is experiencing overcome in a renewed spirit of cooperation.

Peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism, and to those who have sown fear and death into the hearts of so many countries and cities.

Peace – not merely the word, but a real and concrete peace – to our abandoned and excluded brothers and sisters, to those who suffer hunger and to all the victims of violence. Peace to exiles, migrants and refugees, to all those who in our day are subject to human trafficking. Peace to the peoples who suffer because of the economic ambitions of the few, because of the sheer greed and the idolatry of money, which leads to slavery. Peace to those affected by social and economic unrest, and to those who endure the consequences of earthquakes or other natural catastrophes.

Peace to the children, on this special day on which God became a child, above all those deprived of the joys of childhood because of hunger, wars or the selfishness of adults.

Peace on earth to men and women of goodwill, who work quietly and patiently each day, in their families and in society, to build a more humane and just world, sustained by the conviction that only with peace is there the possibility of a more prosperous future for all.

Dear brothers and sisters,

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given”: he is the “Prince of peace”. Let us welcome him!

[after the Blessing]

To you, dear brothers and sisters, who have gathered in this Square from every part of the world, and to those in various countries who are linked to us by radio, television and other means of communication, I offer my greeting.

On this day of joy, we are all called to contemplate the Child Jesus, who gives hope once again to every person on the face of the earth. By his grace, let us with our voices and our actions give witness to solidarity and peace. Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Christmas day mass at Our Lady's and St Joseph's Lymington

The 10:30am  mass was well attended with quite a few returning families....Fr Edwin gave  the service as Fr David was attending the Waterside parish.