Third Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Sunday 14th April, 2024

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear Sisters and Brothers
Attached is the Newsletter for this weekend, containing lots of useful information about our parish groups and outreach.  Following the death of Jesus and the initial fear and introspection of his disciples, their encounters with the Risen Christ filled them with the internal peace and courage to turn outwards and proclaim the victory of Christ over sin and death and the openness of salvation to all peoples.  We too are called to be an outward-looking Church, courageous in our sharing of the Good News in both word and deed, building bridges with, and welcoming with open arms, especially those who have been pushed to the margins of our Church community and of our society.  This we can do, not due to our own ideas and strength, but based on our relationship with the living Christ, who gives us that deep inner peace and understanding which the world cannot give.
Fr Paul celebrated his 85th birthday this week. Ad multos annos! We wish him health and blessings for the coming years.  I am also very grateful for his generosity in filling in for me during Easter Week and last weekend.
This week, sadly, we learnt of the death of Gerry Kelly, fortified by the Sacraments of the Church. Gerry had been very ill for quite a while, but his last days with us passed by quickly. Let us pray that he will receive a warm welcome into the fullness of life and also keep Karen, his wife, very much in our prayers at this difficult time.  Please also keep those who continue to be seriously sick in our community, that they may be blessed with serenity of heart in their time of trial.
Along with the Newsletter I attach:
  • guidance by Monika Manser for a prayerful reading of this Sunday’s Gospel reading
  • Number 110 of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • the April Newsletter and information about the Big Bank Switch from the Parish Laudato Si’ Group
  • a flyer from Marriage Care regarding the call for new trustees
As we open ourselves to, and rejoice in, the peace that is given to each of us by the Risen Christ, let us pray that the same peace may be a reality in the lives of everyone and in those places where violence and death reign at this time, particularly in Gaza and in Ukraine.
May God bless you.
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Children’s Liturgy at St James
The Children’s Liturgy at the 10.00am Mass at St James is designed primarily for children between the ages of 4 and 7. Older children are very welcome but are expected to help and take part, and those younger than 4 must be accompanied by an adult and teenage family member. Any little ones who want to go to the toilet will be returned to their parents, as no one else can help with this for safeguarding reasons. More volunteers willing to add their name to the rota to take a turn leading the Children’s Liturgy are needed. Training will be provided. Please speak to Canon Christian or one of the existing Children’s Liturgy leaders.

Coffee Morning with Bring & Buy
The next Coffee Morning, including a Bring and Buy Sale, to raise funds for the Building Fund, will take place this Friday 19 April, 9.30-11.30am, hosted by Terry and Elizabeth, 31 Broomhill, Tiverton, EX16 5AR. All welcome.

Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT)
CHAT is grateful to many of you for remembering the team and their work in your prayers on a regular basis. Sometimes there is a need for additional or specific prayer and, if you would like to be one of their prayer partners, they would love to reach out to you to when those needs arise via email (everything is confidential and anonymised). Please email to let them know you would like to participate in this ministry of prayer. CHAT is also dedicating some time to look more closely at the impact of food poverty on our community. CHAT’s aim is to support those who need it and guide them towards independence, so they are very grateful for the donations they receive. If you have supported the CHAT foodbank, kindly spare a few minutes to fill out the brief survey at During March CHAT fed 530 people and they would not be able to do this without your help, so thank you for your time and continued support.

Youth Adventure Residential Weekend
This year’s Youth Adventure weekend will be at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey, 24–26 May. Changing the location has meant that different adventure activities, such as caving, can be offered. This year’s theme is ‘I am with you’ (Mt 18:20). In between the activities and games, young people will have the chance to explore the Scriptures and consider ways to communicate with God. This weekend of aimed at those between10-13 years of age. Cost £100. To book: Further questions please contact Saskia:

Vocations Sunday
Next weekend is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated Life. There will be a retiring collection to support the Diocesan Seminarians Education Fund. Please be as generous as your can, so that we can support those coming forward for training in our diocese. Gift Aid envelopes are available for those who pay tax.

Laudato Si’ Group
The parish Laudato Si’ Group recently discussed both the corporate responsibility of the diocese and our individual responsibility as
parishioners for ethical banking and investments. Information about The Big Bank Switch campaign being launched on 21 April which invites parishioners to make a pledge to change their bank accounts is attached to the Newsletter. The Group’s April Newsletter is also attached, giving details about growing wildflowers to support wildlife. The Group will be giving out packets of seeds over the weekend of 4/5 May and invites parishioners to bring seedlings and plants with them to church for a parish Plant Swap.

Rise to Our Cause
Following the success of the inaugural CCSP Ascension Day fundraiser last year at Buckfast Abbey, this year’s Catholic Children’s Society’s ‘Rise to Our Cause’ event will be held at St Mary’s Church, Poole, on Ascension Thursday, 9 May 2024. The event will start with Holy Mass in the church at
12 noon, followed by a buffet lunch in the church hall, before this year’s Guest Speaker, the hugely popular David Wells. There will also be a raffle to help raise money for CCSP to continue to help families of all faiths and none – so please don’t forget to bring a little cash. Tickets are now on sale for £10 with all proceeds going towards helping vulnerable children and families living in our Diocese. Please email or call 01364 645420.

Trustee Vacancy with Marriage Care
Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation providing marriage preparation and relationship counselling services across England, Wales and Gibraltar. It is looking for Trustees to strengthen its board and to help it continue to provide vital relationship support services to the Catholic community and beyond. For more information see the attached flyer or please visit or email

March Parish Giving
Loose: £1735.74
Contactless: £625.00
Standing Orders: £2944.00

200 Club
Congratulations to Nora Wissink who won the £30 prize and to Pat Kennedy who won the £20 prize in the April draw. The 200 Club is an ongoing fund raiser for the Parish and new members can join for as little as £1 a month. Please speak to either Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James or Teresa Cummings at St Boniface.

Celebratory Banquet at the Mumbai Kitchen
A banquet will be held at the Mumbai Kitchen in Tiverton this Tuesday 16 April to celebrate the United Nations Award for Sustainable Development awarded to friends in the Sundarban region of Bangladesh at COP 28. Suggested cost per person is £10.00. If you would like to come along and take part, please email

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 14th April  –Third Sunday of Easter

  • Saturday 13 April – Easter Weekday
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo
  • Sunday 14 April – Third Sunday of Easter (B)
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Gerry Kelly RIP
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
  • Monday 15 April – Easter Weekday
    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall
  • Tuesday 16 April – Easter Weekday
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
  • Wednesday 17 April – Easter Weekday•
  • Service of the Word and Holy Communion at 12noon (St Boniface)
  • Thursday 18 April – Easter Weekday
    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm
  • Friday 19 April – Easter Weekday
    • Coffee Morning with a Bring and Buy Sale, 9.30-11.30am, hosted by Terry and Elizabeth, 31 Broomhill, Tiverton
    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon
  • Saturday 20 April – Easter Weekday
    • First Holy Communion Preparation at 10.00am in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm
  • Sunday 21st April 4th Sunday of Easter
  • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)