Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B)

Sunday of the Word of God

Sunday 21st January, 2024


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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear Brothers and Sisters
We are in the middle of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year we are being led in prayer and reflection by the beleaguered Christians in Burkina Faso, focussing on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  I attached the pamphlet with the daily reflections to last weekend’s Newsletter, which I hope you are finding helpful.  This coming week there are two occasions to pray for and with other Christians – at St John’s School on Friday at 9.30am and at the United Service next Sunday at the King Street Chapel at 6.30pm.  It would be great to see a good representation of our parish community at both of these occasions.
As you know, the Sacred Season of Lent begins in less than a month’s time on 14 February.  So there will be an increasing number of items in the Newsletter about events and opportunities to engage in a deeper spiritual preparation during that time of allowing the Holy Spirit to ready us for Easter.
Those who have been fortunate to get tickets will be celebrating Burns’ Night in the Hall this coming Friday.  If you have not yet paid for your ticket, please do so this weekend if possible.  Not only is this a great social occasion marking the poetic heritage of Robert Burns, but it is also an opportunity to celebrate the Scots who enrich our parish community and our wider local communities.
This Sunday is the Sunday of the Word of God, a day instituted by Pope Francis calling us to reflect on the place of the Scriptures within our lives, both at a personal level and as a community.  It is an occasion which prompts us to ask what importance we give to the reading of, and reflection upon, the sacred texts in our own daily prayer lives. Do we make space for God to speak to us through the Scriptures each day?  It is also a good time to give thanks for those within our parish community who proclaim the word of God to us Sunday by Sunday.  We are fortunate to have a good mix of young and old readers in our parish.  The proclamation of the word is such an important ministry in the Church; it is central to the celebration of Mass.  If you would like to join those who read at Mass, please have a word with Canon Kristian.
Next Sunday is Racial Justice Sunday, so there will be the annual retiring collection to support the work of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.
Along with the Newsletter, I attach:
  • the weekly guide from Monika Manser to help us pray contemplatively on the Sunday Gospel
  • Number 98 of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • the pamphlet – The Fragility of Peace – giving information and ways of observing Holocaust Memorial Day next Saturday
As always, do remember the sick and the needy within your prayers.  Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Dorothy (Sally) Weeks who died this week.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
God bless
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Participation at the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Christopher

Due to the limited space in the Cathedral, only two people per parish will be able to be present physically at the Ordination Mass on 22 February. However, the Mass will be live streamed via the Cathedral YouTube Channel. In addition, there will be a celebration of Solemn Vespers in the Cathedral the evening before, on 21 February at 5.30pm, at which the Bishop-elect’s insignia – his ring, pectoral cross and crozier – will be blessed. This celebration is open to anyone who would like to take part.

In order to be as fair as possible, the two parishioners who will represent our parish will be chosen by lottery. Individuals who would like to go are asked to write their contact details on the list provided. Canon Kristian will draw out two names on Monday 22 January. Please remember that each individual will need to be able to make their own way to the Cathedral.

Christian Unity School Service

Our parish school, St John’s, invites you to join them as they pray for Christian Unity this Friday 26 January at 9.30am in the school hall. The short service will be followed by refreshments.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Next Saturday, 27 January, is Holocaust Memorial Day, the 30th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 49 years after the Holocaust ended, the world stood by as Hutu extremists shattered the fragile freedom in Rwanda, culminating in the murder of over one million Tutsis in just one hundred days. The theme for this HMD is Fragility of Freedom. It is clear is that in every genocide that has taken place, those who are targeted for persecution have had their freedom restricted and removed before many of them were murdered. A guide for this day is attached to the Newsletter.

Unwanted Gifts Stall

Next weekend, there will be an Unwanted Gifts Stall after the Masses in Tiverton. Donations are very welcome. Please leave them in the Hall.

United Christian Service

Next Sunday, 28 January, a United Service will be held at the King Street Chapel, Tiverton at 6.30pm, at which the Reverend Christian Hill, the Priest-in-Charge of St Peter’s Anglican Church, will preach. All welcome.

Diocesan Newsletter and the Caritas Newsletter

The Diocesan Newsletter for January can be found at and copies of the January Caritas Newsletter are available at the back of church.

Parish Winter Project to Support the Work of CHAT

The final number of electrical items donated between 29 October and 14 January is: 15 toasters, 15 kettles, 6 air fryers, 16 slow cookers, 1 twin hob and 1 micro grill: The Parish SVP Group donated 2 microwaves and 4 air fryers, making a grand total of 60 items! CHAT is delighted and is grateful to us for restocking the store.

An Invitation to Survivors of Abuse

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team held its first survivor group meetings in November, which were an opportunity for anyone with lived experience of abuse to share their thoughts and ideas about survivor support work in our diocese.  The Team is very grateful to all those who generously gave their time to attend these meetings.  The diocese would welcome the opportunity to hear from others who have a lived experience of abuse, so that we can involve them in the work that is being done to support survivors.  If you would like to help us with this work, or you would like to find out more, please contact Sophie Scagell (Survivor Support Caseworker) on 01364 645436 or

Lent Course on Zoom

The Parish of Teignmouth, Dawlish and Shaldon is holding its annual Zoom Lent Course and generously invites anyone in the diocese to join them. The speakers, all from our diocese, will base their sessions on the five great “Initiation” Gospels of Year A: Deacon Nick Johnson, 16 February, The Temptations of Jesus; Fr Andrew Marlborough, 1   March, The Transfiguration; Deborah Fisher, 8 March, The Woman at the Well; Fr Ignatius Raj, 15 March, The Man born blind; and Gerard Gillespie, 22 March, The Raising of Lazarus. The sessions start at 6.30pm and the Zoom access details are: Meeting ID: 834 4584 0521 Passcode: 862737.

Coffee Mornings for the New Church

As the work on the rebuilding of the church in Tiverton edges closer, in order to raise funds for various items that will be needed in the new building – eg altar linen, processional cross and candles – we are asking parishioners to start holding Coffee Mornings in the different areas of the parish. If you would like to offer to host a Coffee Morning, please let Canon Kristian, Maggie Pulford or Margaret Found know.


The annual GATHER Conference unites people from across the Diocese of Plymouth and further afield for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. This year, once again, GATHER will be held at the Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay, Friday 23 February – Sunday 25 February. Speakers include Avril Baigent from the Diocese of Northampton, artist Colin Bentley, Sr Mary Magdalen from the Sisters of Mary, Morning Star, Lynton, and David Wells. Jo Boyce from CJM Music will be leading the liturgies. Go for the whole weekend or as a day delegate. To book use the QR code on the poster or this link:

Lay Pastoral Worker Vacancy

Aggies, a forward-looking Christian Charity supporting the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and their families, has a vacancy for a Lay Pastoral Worker to join the Chaplaincy Team at RM Norton Manor, Taunton. This post calls for a Christian vocation with the ability to work effectively in a dynamic and professional military environment. It is a part-time post, 12 hours per week, annual salary £7,289. For a full recruitment pack visit Closing date for application is 29 January.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 21st January, 2024

  • Saturday 20 January – Weekday
    • CAFOD Deanery Parishes Meeting, 11.00am-1.00pm, in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 21 January– Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Sunday of the Word of God

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Elaine Sausmann RIP
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)

    Monday 22 January – Weekday

    • Sing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 23 January – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am

    Wednesday 24 January – St Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface) Martin Shaw (ints)

    Thursday 25 January – The Conversion of St Paul

    • Holy Mass in Polish at 6.00pm

    Friday 26 January – St Timothy and St Titus, Bishops

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass with Prayers for Healing at 12noon
    • Burns’ Night Celebration at 7.00pm in the Hall

    Saturday 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day

    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 28 January– Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Racial Justice Day

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Popolo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • United Service at 6.30pm at King Street Chapel, Tiverton