Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time  (Year b)

Sunday 4th February, 2024

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers
As we are fast approaching the Holy Season of Lent, which starts with the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, can you please bring any palm crosses you have from last year with you to church this weekend and next, so that I can burn them to form the ashes to use on 14 February.  The time since Christmas has shot by, so apologies for the lateness of this request.
This coming Thursday 8 February is the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, who is the patron saint of all those who are being trafficked in one way or another across the world.  Therefore, it is the tenth International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.  As I am sure you know, human trafficking is a scourge which is present in all countries, including our own, as well as in the cities, towns and villages in our diocese.  It is vital that we are on the lookout for the signs of someone being trafficked and held in some form of modern day slavery within the boundaries of our own parish.  It is surely there, but often hidden in plain sight.  I attach an explanation of the theme chosen for this day – Journeying in Dignity: Listen, Dream, Act – to the Newsletter.  Do also take a look at the website The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking ( which contains lots of information as well as details for joining on the online Pilgrimage of Prayer and Awareness on February 8 and the Prayer Vigil which will be held in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, on 6 February.
Thank you to all those who have already volunteered to hold a Coffee Morning to contribute towards the fund to help cover the cost of the internal fit-out when St James has been rebuilt.  We are aiming to have one each month.  The first of these will take place in the hall at St Boniface, Cullompton, on Saturday 17 February, 10.00am-12noon, hosted by Anne and Tony Doble. Please put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there.
Along with the Newsletter this week, I also attach:
  • the weekly guide to praying contemplatively on the Sunday Gospel, offered by Monika Manse
  • the latest number of Inspire, from Deacon Peter
  • the flier regarding the Laudato Si’ Project for a “Zero Food Waste” Recipe Book
  • the guide to National Marriage Week, 7-14 February.
Please continue to pray for peace in our world, especially in Ukraine, Gaza, South Sudan and Yemen.
May God’s blessing be upon you all, especially those who are sick in body, mind or spirit, those going through a particularly difficult time of need, worry, sadness and stress, and those who are mourning.
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Statement concerning Canon Christopher Whitehead
The following statement was issued on Thursday of last week: “The Episcopal Ordination of Canon Christopher Whitehead will not take place on 22 February 2024 as expected. Canon Paul Cummins continues as the Diocesan Administrator. A canonical process is currently underway, and no further comments will be made until this process has been concluded. Canon Christopher Whitehead has stepped back from active ministry whilst this process is ongoing.” Canon Paul added: “May I ask that you keep Canon Christopher in your prayers and please continue to pray for those responsible for choosing a bishop for us. Please continue to keep me and our Diocese in your prayers”.

Palm Crosses for Ashes
Ash Wednesday falls on 14 February. In order to make the ashes for the Imposition of the Ashes on that day, if you have them, please bring last year’s palm crosses back to church this weekend and next weekend.

200 Club
Father Kristian will make the draw for February after the 6.00pm Mass this Saturday. If you are not a member of this parish fund raising initiative please consider joining. Please speak to Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James or Teresa Cummings at St Boniface.

Laudato Si’ Group – “Zero Food Waste” Recipe Book
At their last meeting, the members of the parish Laudato Si’ Group, which keeps us focussed on the call of Pope Francis to care for the earth and our
environment, decided to invite members of the parish to contribute to a Parish “Zero Food Waste” Recipe Book. More information about the sort of recipes being asked for, anecdotes and memories attached to them, together with photos or pictures drawn by our children and young people is contained in the flier attached to the Newsletter. Please email your contribution to The Laudato Si’ Group meets this Saturday at 4.00pm in the Hall. Everyone is welcome.

National Marriage Week
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has designated 7-14 February as National Marriage week. The guide for the Week attached to the
Newsletter includes a reflection from Bishop David Evans, the Lead Bishop for Marriage and Family Life, on “Marriage as God’s gift to men and women. It is an expression of the depths of human loving, of its enduring reality and of its likeness to the love of God”. The guide contains other prayers and reflections on the vocation to marriage and the sacrament of marriage.

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 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) or
on 01364 645436

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 22, The Raising of Lazarus. The sessions start at 6.30pm and the Zoom access details are: MVhOcnFCdz09. 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.

Lent Retreat Day
A Lent Retreat Day, entitled “A campaign of Christian Service” led by Fr Jacek Kostuch, will take place at St Rita’s, Honiton, on Saturday 2 March. The day will begin with coffee/tea at 9.30am. Talks will be given at 10.00am and at 11.00am, followed by Silent Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 12noon. Lunch will be served at 1.00pm and Mass celebrated at 2.45pm. There will also be opportunities for Confession for those who wish. The charge for the day, including lunch, is £25.00. Booking can be made by phone, email or online ( Payment can be made on the day. If you have any questions, please contact Krista Radzina on 01404 42635.

The CAFOD Big Lent Walk
This Lent, CAFOD is calling all Catholics who can to walk 200km in 40 days to help fight global poverty. Walk when and where you choose over 40 days, alone or with friends. CAFOD and SCIAF are teaming up to bring the Big Lent Walk to Great Britain! Thousands of walkers from England, Wales, Scotland and beyond, will be tying up their purple laces and walking an incredible 200km this Lent to fight global poverty. Sign up today and do the Big Lent Walk yourself, putting your best foot forward with the biggest group of Big Lent Walkers yet. When you sign up, CAFOD will send you a welcome pack with a wallchart and a pair of ‘Big Lent Walk’ laces. If you hit the target of £200 on your fundraising page, then CAFOD will send you a ‘Big Lent Walk’ Tote Bag!

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 4th February – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

  • Saturday 3 February – St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr
    • First Holy Communion Preparation at 10.00am in the Hall
    • Laudato Si’ Group at 4.00pm in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo
  • Sunday 4 February– Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am followed by a Porridge Breakfast Karol Marynczak (birthday int)
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
  • Monday 5 February – St Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
    • Sing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall
  • Tuesday 6 February – St Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • SVP at 7.30pm in the Hall
  • Wednesday 7 February – Weekday
    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface) Joan Jee RIP (anniv)
  • Thursday 8 February – St Josephine Bakhita, Virgin
    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm
  • Friday 9 February – Weekday
    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon
  • Saturday 10 February – St Scholastica, Virgin
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm
  • Sunday 11 February– Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Popolo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)