Easter Sunday (Year A)
Sunday 9th April, 2023
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Message from Canon Kristian
Dear brothers and sisters
The Sacred Easter Triduum is reaching its climax with the celebration of the Easter Vigil this evening at 9.00pm at St James. This is the most important celebration of the whole Church Year, so I look forward to seeing many of you there. The celebrations of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday have been well attended and I am indebted to all those who have put so much work and preparation into making them deeply prayerful and inspiring liturgies. It would be invidious to try to name everyone who has contributed to the Triduum liturgies – and inevitably a name would be missed but, on behalf of the whole parish community I express gratitude to all those who have dedicated both time and talent to making these most sacred days occasions of beauty and spiritual encounter. You know who you are – and we thank you!
Along with this weekend’s Newsletter, I attach
- the weekly guide to a contemplative reading of the Sunday Gospel, offered by Monika Manser
- the Spring Newsletter of the Catholic Children’s Society Plymouth
- Lent Newsletter 6 from the Parish CAFOD Group
- the CHAT Newsletter for April
Please remember in your prayers both Ian Skinner and Jane Bailey who have died recently. May they share in the new life of the resurrection in eternity.
I wish you every blessing for Easter Season
Canon Kristian Paver
Parish of St James & St Boniface
40 Old Road
Tiverton EX16 4HJ
W e have come to the joyful celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord. It is traditional in many Christian countries of the world and in the ancient Churches of the East for the faithful to greet each other on Easter Day with the words: “Christ is risen!”, to which the reply in given “He is risen indeed!”. It is very fitting that we too might adopt this custom amongst ourselves as an exuberant proclamation of, and witness to, the central spiritual belief and reality of our faith.
As Christians we die and are buried with Christ and rise to new life with Him in and through the cleansing, life-giving waters of Baptism. Not only will we all be invited to renew our commitment to our baptismal promises this Sunday but, as a parish community, we have the great blessing of celebrating the baptism of Levi Roach at the Easter Vigil at St James and of Isobel Doble at the 11.30am Mass at St Boniface. Let us pray for them and their families in a special way, together with all those throughout the world who will become members of the Church through Baptism or who will be received into full communion with the Church this weekend.
Communion under Both Kinds
Holy Communion under both kinds has now been re-instated for those who wish to receive them both. However, the reception of Holy Communion under both kinds is not obligatory, since our Catholic faith teaches that the totality of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord is received in either or both kinds. Please note that it is NEVER permitted for anyone in the congregation to dip their Host into the chalice when they come to receive Holy Communion. The Precious Blood must be drunk directly from the chalice or Communion received in one kind only.
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 young people. This year the theme of the Camps is “Leap of Faith: Having the Courage to Journey like Mary” and the Camps are returning to their 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 https://forms.office.com/e/pJQuB8Rhk5. Financial assistance may be available for those who would struggle to pay this amount. Please had a work with Canon Kristian if finance will be an issue.
In addition, if you are a young adult who could offer a week of your 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.
Copies of the Spring edition of “Children First”, the Newsletter of the Catholic Children Society Plymouth, are available at church today. An electronic copy is attached to this newsletter.
To raise funds in memory of Andrew Curtis and to refurbish the St Peter’s church organ, Tiverton Concert Band, directed by John Fitton, will be holding a Spring Concert with guest singers, at St Peter’s, Tiverton, on Saturday 22 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and can be bought from band members or at the door. Under 18s are free.
John Bradburne Memorial Society
John Bradburne, who became a Catholic at Buckfast Abbey in 1947, is now a Servant of God and on the way towards canonisation as a saint. John dedicated his life to looking after the neediest leprosy patients and society’s outcasts in Zimbabwe for ten years until he was murdered in 1979. The John Bradburne Memorial Society will be holding a celebration at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday 10 June, starting with Mass at 12noon and followed by lunch, talks and music. Because space is limited, the talks and music after Mass will be ticketed and the tickets cost £25 per person. All the proceeds will go directly in supporting the people living at Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre in Zimbabwe where John worked.
For more details concerning the speakers and the music at the event, as well as the ability to purchase tickets online go to https://www.johnbradburne.com/product/a-celebration-of-servant-of-god-john-bradburne/. There are also a number of flyers and pamphlets about the event and John Bradburne’s life at the entrance to church.
Youth Residential Event at Heatree
Young people aged 11- 16 are invited to join together at Heatree Activity Centre from 26-28 May to explore John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you”. There will be the opportunity to join in outdoor activities on site such as high ropes and raft building (activities may vary). Cost: £120, which can be paid in instalments. To book, please follow the link: https://forms.office.com/e/Bhd7xDUksE For further information, please contact Saskia: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missio Red Boxes
In 2022, our parish raised £357.29 through our Red Boxes and donations to Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries. Your support of projects such as Fundong Mission Station in Cameroon has enabled Fr Leon, a Mill Hill Missionary, to help children learn in a safe environment and instil values to empower them to turn away from conflict and towards faith in God. Visit www.missio.org.uk to find out more about how your support changes lives for the better. If you would like to have a Red Box, please speak to Maggie Pulford or to Rosie in the Parish Office.
Liturgical Ministry Rotas
The rotas for those who carry out the ministries of welcomer, reader and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St James are now posted on the noticeboard in the Hall. Would ministers please put the names down for the dates and times when you will be carrying out your ministry.
Masses and Events this week
Sunday 9th April – Easter Sunday
Saturday 8 April – Holy Saturday (Day of Fasting)
- Office of Readings and Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.00am
- Blessing of Easter Food at 12noon (at St James and St Boniface)
- The Easter Vigil at 9.00pm with Baptism of Levi Roach Pro Populo
Sunday 9 April – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord (A)
- Holy Mass at 10.00am Fr Paul (birthday ints)
- Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) with Baptism of Isobel Doble
Monday 10 April – Easter Monday
- No Mass
Tuesday 11 April – Easter Tuesday
- Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 12 April – Easter Wednesday
- No Mass
Thursday 13 April – Easter Thursday
- No Mass
Friday 14 April – Easter Friday
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
- Holy Mass at 12noon
- Car Boot Sale at 9.00am in St James’ Car Park
- Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm
Sunday 16 April – Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday (A)
- Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
- Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)