Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Vocations Sunday

Sunday 30th April, 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters

Because of the theme of the Gospel reading, this Sunday is commonly called “Good Shepherd Sunday” and is therefore, appropriately, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  The Church is in great need of good and faithful shepherds, who are called by and model their lives on Christ the Good Shepherd, to lead and care for the many parish communities in our own country and around the world.  We also need the witness, prayer and action of women and men who commit themselves to following Christ the Good Shepherd through the profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience in the various forms of consecrated and religious life to enrich the life of the Church and the world.  To deepen our reflection on this Day of Prayer, there are a number of items attached to the Newsletter and there is also Holy Hour to pray for vocations to the priesthood and for those who are already in priestly ministry at 4.00pm at St James this Sunday.

Along with the Newsletter are attached:

  • The weekly guide to contemplative meditation on the Sunday Gospel offered by Monika Manser
  • The latest edition of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • The Message of Pope Francis for the 60th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
  • A Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool, for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
  • A copy of the Vocations Sunday 2023 Prayer

Please remember also to continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide those entrusted with the task of choosing the new Bishop for our Diocese.  Now that the Holy Father has appointed a new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain – Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía, who plays a central role in the process of gathering together the names of the three potential candidates who will be presented to Pope Francis, we will hopefully not have to wait too long for a shepherd!

I hope you are all having a blessed Eastertide.

God bless

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. It is an opportunity to pray for vocations and to encourage those who may be considering ordination or the religious life. The Diocese of Plymouth also asks for your assistance in supporting our seminarians through their training and formation, both through prayer and financial support. There will be a retiring collection at each Mass and, if you are able to contribute to our Seminarians’ Fund, either as a single donation or through regular giving, please pick up an information leaflet (and a Gift Aid envelope if you are a tax-payer) or click on There will also be a Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and for those currently in priestly ministry at 4.00pm at St James. The Vocations Sunday Prayer 2023 and Message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer, entitled “Vocation: Grace and Mission”, and a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, the Archbishop of Liverpool, are attached to the Newsletter.

Funeral of Bishop Emeritus Christopher Budd RIP

The Requiem Mass for Bishop Christopher will take place at the Church of the Sacred Heart, South Street, Exeter, this Friday 5 May at 12noon. Archbishop John Wilson, the Archbishop of Southwark and the Metropolitan of the Southwark Province, will preside at the Mass. For those who cannot attend, the Mass will be live-streamed at Sacred Heart livestream address: Bishop Christopher’s body will be received into the church the evening before, on Thursday 4 May, at 5.00pm.

Plymouth Diocesan Catechetical Camps 2023

The Summer Camps are a long-standing part of the youth activities of the Diocese of Plymouth and are open to all. This year the theme of the Camps is “Leap of Faith: Having the Courage to Journey like Mary” and the Camps are returning to the pre-Covid format. The Junior Camp (Years 3-6) will take place from 30 July-4 August and the Senior Camp (Years 7-10) from 6-11 August at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey. The St Petroc’s Camp (Years 11-12) will be held at St Rita’s, Honiton, from 14-18 August. The cost per participant is £230 and bookings can be made at Financial assistance may be available for those who would struggle to pay this amount. In addition, if you are a young adult who could offer a week of their time to help out at one of the Camps, please speak to Canon Kristian and he can put you in contact with the Camp organisers.

Young People’s Heatree Residential

If you are in Years 6-10 and aged between 10 and 16 and enjoy outdoor pursuits, why not join young people from around the Diocese at Heatree Activity Centre on Dartmoor from 26-28 May? The group will have the chance to join in activities such as high ropes and raft building, along with exploring the Scripture Readings for Pentecost. Contact Saskia, for further information or book:

Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

The Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla will take place next Saturday, 6 May. The Catholic Community of England and Wales are being asked to pray for the King and Queen on that day and so please take a copy of the prayer card away with you today. The Mass at 12noon this Friday will also be a special Mass on the eve of the Coronation with prayers and scripture readings chosen by the Bishops of England and Wales to mark this historic occasion.

The Great Big Diocesan Quiz CCSP Results

Joining teams across the Diocese, 11 teams from our parish gathered in the Hall last Friday to take part in the Great Big Diocesan Quiz to raise funds to support the work of the Catholic Children’s Society in the Diocese of Plymouth. The winning team amongst the parish teams was The Simple Cousins – Mary, Thomas, David and Chris Cousins – who scored an impressive 87 out of a total of 115. At the level of the Diocese, The Simple Cousins were pipped at the post by the The Squiffy Team from Bournemouth which took first place with a score of 93 out of 115. Joint third place was taken by The Little Friends from Ilfracombe and The Optimists from our own parish – Jill and David Bernard, Fiona Hobday and Mike Pinn – who scored 76 out of 115. Congratulations to all who took part and especially to the winning teams!

Recycling for the Catholic Children’s Society

Did you know that you can now help raise funds simply by recycling your ink cartridges via the Society’s Recycle4Charity programme? For each ink cartridge recycled via the programme, the Catholic Children’s Society will receive up to £2 donation. Please pop your used ink cartridges in the box located at the back of church.

Book”/Lunch Club

This Thursday 4 May, the “Book”/Lunch Club will meet for lunch at Fordmoor Farm Shop and Café on the Cullompton to Honiton Road, at 12.30pm. Any queries, please contact Sheelagh on 01884 256312.

200 Club

Canon Kristian will make the draw for April after the 6.00pm Mass this Saturday. New members are always welcome. Please speak to Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James or Teresa Cummings at St Boniface.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 30th April – Fourth Sunday of Easter

  • Saturday 29 April – St Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor, Patron of Europe

    • Confirmation Preparation at 11.00am in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 30 April – Fourth Sunday of Easter (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am with Baptism of Joah Kiprianos
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) Tomaz Gayer do Amaral RIP
    • Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood and for those currently serving in priestly ministry at 4.00pm

    Monday 1 May – St Joseph the Worker

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 2 May – St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • SVP Meeting at 7.30pm in the Hall

    Wednesday 3 May – St Philip and St James, Apostles

    • CAFOD Training, 10.00am-4.00pm, in the Hall
    • Service of the Word and Holy Communion at 12noon (St Boniface)

    Thursday 4 May – The English Martyrs

    • Book/Lunch Club at Fordmoor Café and Farm Shop at 12.30pm
    • No Mass

    Friday 5 May – St Richard Reynolds, Priest and Martyr

    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass for the Coronation at 12noon
    • Requiem Mass for Bishop Christopher at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Exeter, at 12noon

    Saturday 6 May – Easter Weekday

    • Holy Baptism of Karla Sokolova at 3.00pm
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 7 May – Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)

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

    Rotas for those who carry out the ministries of welcome, reader and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St James are now posted on the noticeboard in the Hall. Please put your names down for the dates and times when you will be carrying out your ministry.