25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Sunday 24th September, 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters

Please find attached the Newsletter for this coming week.

God bless

Canon Kristian

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Harvest Supper and Parish Review

Our Harvest Supper will take place this coming Wednesday 27 September at 7.00pm in the Parish Hall. During the meal, we will have our annual parish review session to reflect on the priorities and plans of the parish for the next twelve months.

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday will take place next Sunday 1 October. As a concrete sign of our thanksgiving to God for the fruits of the earth, every parishioner is asked to bring at least one item of basic foodstuff, especially the “daily essentials” – coffee/tea, long-life milk, cereal, pasta and rice, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, curry/pasta sauce, tinned stew or chilli – to Mass, which will then be donated to the CHAT Foodbank, which continues to be very low of stock.

Season of Creation 2023

The Season of Creation runs from 1 September to 4 October. During the Season of Creation, we are invited to pray, act and focus on the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor – to listen to those whose voices are less heard; to pray for those individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems which are lost and those whose livelihoods are threatened by climate change. Pope Francis’ message to mark the beginning of this important Season ( encourages us all to take action to care for God’s creation. You can find ideas and resources for celebrating Season of Creation on the diocesan website

First Holy Communion 2024

If you have a child, aged 7 or over, who you would like to start preparation for the reception of First Confession and First Holy Communion next year, please pick up an application form at the entrance to church or download a copy from the parish website and return it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Parish Monthly Lunch

Our monthly Parish Lunch will take place this coming Tuesday, 26 September, from 12noon-2.00pm. A warm welcome awaits all who come along, whether you are part of the parish community or from the wider community. We look forward to sharing some excellent homemade soup and desserts with you.

CHAT Food Bank Needs Stocks Urgently!

Due to increased demand, the stocks at the CHAT Food Bank are greatly reduced. Please remember to use the receptacles for your donations at the checkouts in the major supermarkets in our area or deposit your donations in the CHAT box at church. Remember you can download the BankTheFood App onto your phone, choose the CHAT Foodbank, and find out in real time what our local foodbank urgently needs.

Day of Reflection for the World Day of the Poor 2023

All are welcome to come and spend the day at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton, on Saturday 14 October, 10.30am-3.30pm (lunch included) to pray and reflect on Pope Francis’s message for the 7th World Day of the Poor – “Do not turn away your face from anyone who is poor”(Tobit 4:7) – and how we are called to respond.  There will be two thought-provoking guest speakers with national and international reputations: David Wells, a well-known author and popular motivational speaker from our own Diocese, and Jenny Sinclair, founder of Together for the Common Good. They will leave participants feeling both uplifted and challenged. Come along to celebrate those who give their time to others and reflect on how we can extend the hand of welcome. Places are filling up fast for this FREE event so booking is essential by 2 October. You can book by using the QR code or by emailing

Exeter Deanery Liturgy and Music Day

 Are you involved in, or interested in liturgy and music in the parish? Do you want to find out more about using music to enhance the liturgy? The Deanery is privileged to welcome Jo Boyce and her friends to Blessed Sacrament Church in Exeter for a day of uplifting teaching, music and worship on Saturday 14 October, 10.15am-6.00pm. Jo will be helping us to understand how music can be used to enhance liturgy. By sharing teaching and techniques she will deepen our formation, knowledge and skills to use within our parish settings. The day will start at 10.15am with tea and coffee in the St Richard Reynolds Centre next to the Blessed Sacrament church and finish with the celebration of Mass in the church at 6.00pm. Please bring a packed lunch. There is plenty of parking on site. Bring your voice, an instrument if you play one, and most importantly, your desire and enthusiasm for praising God in the Liturgy of the Church. To let us know to expect you, please complete the form by clicking this link.

Beetle Drive

On Friday 6 October, the Tiverton Soroptimists will be holding a Beetle Drive in the Hall at St James at 7.00pm to raise money for Unite Carers Tiverton and for a small project in Sierra Leone. Tickets will cost £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children. Come along, have fun and help support these two worthy causes.

Diocesan Youth Rally 2023 (Rescheduled)

Join young people from across the Diocese in fun, games and challenges at the Youth Rally on Saturday 1 October, 12noon-6.00pm, at St Rita’s Honiton. The event is open to anyone between the ages of 7- 16. You are encouraged to come as part of a parish/ school team or simply sign up and be placed in a team. The £8 contribution includes a BBQ and drinks. To book: or contact Saskia for further information:

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 24 September– 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

  • Saturday 23 September

    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Jerry Ward RIP (anniv)

    Sunday 24 September – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)

    Monday 25 September – Weekday

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 26 September – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Parish Monthly Lunch, 12noon-2.00pm, in the Hall

    Wednesday 27 September – St Vincent de Paul, Priest

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface)
    • Harvest Supper and Annual Parish Review at 7.00pm in the Hall

    Thursday 28 September – St Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, Martyrs

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 29 September – Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass with Prayers for Healing at 12.00noon

    Saturday 30 September – St Jerome, Priest and Doctor

    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 1 October – Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)