Today: Sunday 5 in Ordinary Time (B)

Parish Mass Book: page 134


Unwanted Gifts Sale – at St James

Thanks you who found a home for the jumper or socks they would never wear and bringing them to church to sell and raise money for the New Church Building Fund! Congratulations to all you lucky folk who found a bargain!

Profits from the sale came to £166.82.


Palms for Ashes

Ash Wednesday is on 14 February and last year’s palm crosses are needed to burn for the ashes blessed and imposed on that day. If you still have and can find old palm crosses please don’t throw them away but bring them to church and leave them in the appropriate basket marked  ‘palms for ashes’


New Church Project: progress report

Our architects – Trewin Design – are currently arranging for statutory investigations and reports on the state of the site including: Flood Risk assessment, Tree survey, Ecology (including possibly protected bats and other species), Ground contamination (relating to former adjacent railway and industrial use), Drainage and soak-away…..

Thankfully we have recently received some substantial anonymous donations, which will contribute noticeably to the costs of this initial outlay – towards what someone has called Fr Paul’s vanity project! (really?).


Divine Renovation:

  • One small initial step has been the new and improved Sign of Peace at Mass. The response has been (surprisingly) enthusiastic. Don’t let the enthusiasm grow cold. Move out of your place, smile and greet someone you don’t know.


  • Soon we shall be having another Name Tag Sunday.


  • After Easter we shall be introducing the Alpha Course. You will be hearing a lot more about this over the coming weeks.


200 Club

The draw for February will take place after the 6.00pm mass on Saturday. Subs for March will be collected at both masses next weekend. New members always welcome. Please speak to either Sheelagh Bourdon or Simon Coombs.


Lourdes Pilgrimage Collection

Next weekend is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Lourdes is of course a place of healing. Bishop Mark has asked us to contribute to the Lourdes fund. This is to help very ill people, who couldn’t otherwise afford it, to join the pilgrimage to seek healing of body, soul and spirit, under Our Lady’s protection.

Please spare what you can and give to the retiring collection


King Street Chapel: Invitation

Members of the King Street chapel Ladies Meeting warmly invite members of St.James’ Church to their 75th Anniversary Service on Wednesday , 7th February, 2018, at 2.30 p.m. The speaker will be Mrs Margaret Townsend of Exmouth, with singing items from Audrey, Rachel and Lara Webber of King Street Chapel.

Tea will be served after the service so, for catering purposes please let Ann Bailey know if you will be coming asap (Tel.01884 253377).


Across Pilgrimage to Lourdes April 5th – 14th.

Full or part payment is due by 5th February to secure your place on the trip. We have been offered a 10% discount so the full price is £680pp (includes travel insurance). New application forms available soon. Please contact Sally 01884 798405 or email to secure your place.

NB: The Catenian Association offers grants for 16 to 25 year olds: visit:

www.thecatenians for details and more information.


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Plymouth Diocese, 18-25 Feb 2019.

An opportunity to bring the Bible alive, strengthen our faith and to bring hope to our Christian brothers and sisters. We will visit, lake Galilee, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Cana, Nazareth, Mount Tabor, the river Jordan baptismal site, Dead sea, the church of the Nativity, tour of Jerusalem and much more. Price £1380. Deposit by 18/04/18.

Contact Pat Bacon 01884 255381 for full brochure and forms. Or after Mass on Sunday mornings.


News from St John’s School

This week has been a busy one at St John’s; Year 4 led the school in a liturgy of prayers and hymns to celebrate Candlemas. The whole school made a small donation to come dressed in numbers and took part in all sorts of maths activities to mark NSPCC Number Day and we were also joined by parents to try some of the new food choices available for the children’s lunches.


Garment alterations

– male and female. Not wearing it because it’s too long? Is the zip broken? Call Pauline on 01884 829028. All proceeds to New Church Building Fund.


Vernon MacDonald RIP

Those who remember Maureen and Vernon MacDonald will be saddened to hear that Vernon died during the week. His funeral will be on Monday 12th February at 11.0am at St. Mary’s Catholic  church in Barnstaple.



            Fr Paul Rea CRL, Parish Priest                 Twitter:   @StJamesRCTiv

Rev Michael Tosh, Deacon                      Facebook: St James RC              Rev Peter Found, Deacon                        Church Tiverton

Parish Office:                                           

40 Old Road, Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Telephone: (01884) 252292        Email:


Church of St Boniface – Cullompton

Crow Green, Shortlands, Cullompton EX15 1EW


Church of St James – Tiverton

Old Road Tiverton EX16 4HJ


Parish Safeguarding Reps

Marian Coombs, Siobhan Gilroy and Shelagh Eastwood

Contact: via the Parish Office on 252292 or


St John’s Catholic Primary and Pre-School (Academy)

Mrs Caroline James, Headteacher

Mr Simon Coombs, Chair of Governors

Melbourne Street, Tiverton, Devon EX16 5LA

Telephone: (01884) 253630    







Sunday 4 February                                   Sunday 5 in Ordinary Time (B)

Holy Mass at 11.00am


Tuesday 6 February

  • Holy Mass at 12.00


Sunday 11 February                                Sunday 6 in Ordinary Time (B)

  • Holy Mass at 11.00am




Saturday 3 February

  • Parish Finance Committee 9.30am in the hall
  • Vigil Mass of Sunday 6.00am


Sunday 4 February                                  Sunday 5 in Ordinary Time (B)

  • Holy Mass at 9.00am


Monday 5 February                                               

No Mass this morning


Tuesday 6 February

  • Share It Prayer Group 7.00pm in church and hall


Wednesday 7 February

  • Holy Mass at 10.00am


Friday 9 February                                                            

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 11.30am
  • Holy Mass at 12.00
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) before Mass


Saturday 10 February

  • Vigil Mass of Sunday 6.00pm


Sunday 11 February                                Sunday 6 in Ordinary Time (B)

  • Holy Mass at 9.00am