Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Sunday 16th July 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers

This email is coming to you later than usual because Deacon Michael and I travelled to the Cathedral in Plymouth to take part in the Ordination Mass of two new permanent deacons for our diocese – Deacon Brian Bargent from the Sacred Heart Parish in Exeter, and Deacon Robin Watson from the St Mary’s Parish, Poole in Dorset.  It was a joy to be able to celebrate this special moment in the lives of these two men and their families and I am sure their ministry will be a blessing to their communities and to the diocese.

This weekend we are also celebrating as a parish the Diamond Jubilee of Father Paul’s Ordination to the Priesthood.  I am sure you will be keeping him in your prayers in a special way at this time, thanking God for his many years of faithful service to the various communities, including our own, in which he has been called to minister as a priest.  I hope to see many of you at the Parish Tea Party for him tomorrow at 3pm at St James.

Alongside the Newsletter this week, I attach Monika Manser’s weekly guide for a prayerful reading of the Sunday Gospel and the latest instalment of Inspire offered by Deacon Peter.

May the Lord bless our lives and our world, especially Ukraine and the many areas of war and conflict, with peace.

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Tel: 01884 252292

Fr Paul’s 60th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood

Fr Paul commemorated the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination last Friday, 14 July. To celebrate this magnificent achievement and his many years of priestly service, we will be holding a Tea Party in the hall at St James this Sunday at 3.00pm. Come along and celebrate this great occasion with the parish community. Ad Multos Annos!

Dementia Awareness

Caritas Diocese of Plymouth, together with Age UK and Dementia Friends, will be holding an online lunchtime session on dementia awareness on Tuesday 1 August, 12noon-1.00pm. There are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, with 81,000 in the Southwest. This number is predicted to double in the next 30 years and we will see this reflected in our congregations and communities.  All our parishes will know someone living with dementia or caring for someone.

This one-hour introductory session is aimed at parish priests, parish secretaries, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, pastoral workers and welcomers, members of the SVP and all those whose lives are touched by dementia. It will focus on understanding dementia and the practical aspects of how to respond but will also offer advice about resources to understand how to accompany those whose lives have been touched by dementia in their spiritual journey as a dementia-friendly parish.

People are welcome to bring their lunch and listen in. You can register here

CHAT at the Mid Devon Show and the CHAT AGM

C HAT is delighted to have been chosen as the Charity of the Year for this year’s Mid Devon Show next Saturday, 22 July. You will find CHAT in row D and there will be the opportunity to meet the team and join in with lots of fun activities. CHAT will also be holding receptions for its supporters, parish and district councillors, potential volunteers, local landlords or if you are interested in hosting a Ukrainian family.  Look out for the info at the welcome gate and see if you can find Charlie Bear for a photo op!

The CHAT AGM will take place on Tuesday 25 July 2023 at 7.00pm at St James.  You are invited to join the team for some light refreshments while some time is spent reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the future. Everyone is welcome. 

School Transport Grants

The Diocesan School Transport Fund aims to subsidise the cost of parents of children travelling to Catholic schools in our diocese. If you need assistance in covering the costs of sending your child to one of our Catholic schools, please have a word with Canon Kristian or contact the Parish Office for an application form, which have to be returned to the Diocesan Offices by 31 July 2023.

Parish SVP Skittles Evening

A Skittles Evening will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 18 August at the Racehorse Pub in Wellbrook Street, Tiverton. Adult tickets will cost £10 each, with donations for children, and will include a buffet supper. Please let Simon Coombs (07761420703) know by 10th August if you would like to attend. 

Sponsored Walk for CHAT

Ewelina Żychlinska, and her daughter, Zofia, are doing a 1000km walk over three months to raise funds to support the work of CHAT. If you would like to support them, you can do so online at Ewelina Żych is fundraising for Churches Housing Action Team (Mid Devon) Ltd ( or by giving your donation to them directly.

End of Year School Mass

A Mass to mark the end of the school year will be celebrated at St John’s School, Melbourne Street, Tiverton, this coming Friday, 21 July, at 9.30am in the school hall. It has been a really good year for our parish school, gaining at overall Good judgement in its recent Ofsted Inspection. It would be great to see a good number of parishioners coming along to show their support for our school.

Diocesan Youth Rally

The Diocesan Youth Rally, for young people aged 7-16, will be held at St Rita’s, Honiton, on Saturday 23 September, 12noon-5.00pm. The Rally involves a series of challenges, including the infamous obstacle course, penalty shootout, didi cars and sumo wrestlers. An invitation goes to parishes to form teams of 6, either 11 years and younger or between 12-16, to come and compete against each other. It’s a light-hearted fun day where young people get to meet others from across the diocese. For further information contact Saskia at

Relationship Counselling

If you are a couple in need of help to support you to overcome difficulties you may be facing in your relationship, professional counselling can be provided by Marriage Care. To register for this counselling, please visit their website An initial £15 registration fee will be requested, but counselling sessions are given on a donation-only basis. Sadly, the demand for relationship counselling is extremely high, so there are waiting times.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 16th July –15th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

  • Saturday 15 July – St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor

    • Car Boot Sale at 9.00am
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 16 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Dawid Marynczak (birthday ints)
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Tea Party for Fr Paul’s 60th Anniversary of Priesthood at 3.00pm in the Hall

    Monday 17 July – Weekday

    • Singing to Remember today at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 18 July – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am

    Wednesday 19 July – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface)

    Thursday 20 July – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 21 July – Weekday

    • End of School Year Mass at St John’s School at 9.30am
    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon

    Saturday 22 July – St Mary Magdalene, Apostle of the Apostles

    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 23 July – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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

    Rotas for Liturgical Ministries

    If you are a welcomer, a reader or an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St James, please remember to put your name down on the rotas in the parish hall, indicating the times when you are available to exercise your ministry. Thank you!