22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Sunday 3rd September, 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers

Today is the Parish Summer/Autumn Fair in the grounds of St James from 11.00am-1.00pm so this covering email is going to be brief! Please do come along and support the Fair. There are many fun stalls with games to have a go at and other stalls enticing you with plants and other goodies. There is also a BBQ, so there are delicious options for a spot of lunch too. The weather was bright and light earlier on this morning and, although it has clouded over at the moment, this will not dampen our spirits! So, I look forward to seeing many of you at the Fair soon.

We have started a new month, so the Newsletter contains information about the Pope’s prayer request for September. Pray for him, too, as he undertakes his Apostolic Journey to Mongolia – the first ever visit of a Pope to that vast country with a tiny Catholic population. As you know, Pope Francis has a special love for the peripheries and for those who live on the margins, so it is to be expected that he should have wanted to show his closeness to the people of Mongolia in this way.

The Season of Creation started yesterday, 1 September, and runs until 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Please take a look at the resources and suggestions of ways to mark this most important of times, especially as our planet has been experiencing clear and damaging signs of climate change in various parts of the world recently. The care for our environment, the divinely inspired creation, is an inherent part of the living out of our Gospel faith. Importantly, in the last week or so, Pope Francis has also announced that he will be issuing a new encyclical in October which will be an update and a follow-on of his May 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ on the Care for our Common Home (Pope Francis says ‘Laudato Si 2.0’ will be released Oct. 4, feast of St. Francis of Assisi | America Magazine). This will be a significant moment in the Holy Father’s teaching ministry both for us and for the wider world.

Along with the Newsletter this week, I attach:

the weekly aid to a prayerful reading of the Sunday Gospel, offered by Monika Manser
the latest Update from Churches Together in Devon

Please remember in your prayers this week the children, young people, teachers and support staff of our local schools, especially of our own parish school of St John’s, as the new school term begins. Let us pray that the new academic year will be a fulfilling one for the whole school community, enabling both students and staff to grow in faith and understanding.

May God bless you all.

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Pope’s Prayer Intention for September

D uring the month of September Pope Francis invites everyone to pray and assist people who live on the margins of society: “Let us pray for those people on the margins of society in subhuman living conditions, that they may not be neglected by institutions and never be cast out.”

In The Pope Video for September, produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, Pope Francis reflects on the indifference endured by many people who are marginalised: “A homeless person who dies on the street will never appear among the top stories of search engines or newscasts,” he lamented, wondering how our societies could have reached such a level of indifference. Pope Francis attributes this indifference to a “throwaway culture in which millions of men and women are worth nothing compared to economic goods”. He says our “necks are going to get stiff from looking the other way so we don’t have to see this situation.”

The Pope then urges everyone to pay attention to people who face marginalisation, whether it results from “poverty, addictions, mental illness, or disabilityLet’s focus on accepting them, on welcoming all the people who need it,” he says. In response to such indifference, he holds up a “culture of welcoming, of providing shelter, of giving a home, of offering love, of giving human warmth”, and concludes by inviting every Christian to pray for those people “on the margins of society living in subhuman living conditions.”

Season of Creation 2023

“ Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The Season of Creation runs from 1 September to 4 October. During the Season of Creation, we are invited to pray, act and focus on the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor – to listen to those whose voices are less heard; to pray for those individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems which are lost and those whose livelihoods are threatened by climate change. Pope Francis has shared a message for the start of the Season encouraging us all to take action to care for God’s creation.

You can find ideas and resources for celebrating Season of Creation on the diocesan website

First Holy Communion 2024

Plans will soon be being put in place for the celebration of First Confession and First Holy Communion next year. If you have a child, aged 7 or over, who you would like to start preparation for the reception of these Sacraments next year, please either fill in the application form attached to the Newsletter or pick up a copy at the entrance to church.

Parish Showing of “The Letter”

The Parish CAFOD Group will be hosting a showing of the film “The Letter” in the Parish Hall on Saturday 16 September, 1.30-4.00pm. The Letter tells the story of a journey to Rome of frontline leaders where the climate change or the destruction of the environment is having a major impact of their lives to discuss the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ with Pope Francis. This is an important film to watch and discuss, so please make this a date in your diaries.

Diocesan Youth Rally 2023

Join young people from across the diocese in fun, games and challenges at the Youth Rally on Saturday 23 September, 12noon-6.00pm, at St Rita’s Honiton. The event is open to anyone between the ages of 7- 16. You are encouraged to come as part of a parish/ school team or simply sign up and be placed in a team. The £8 contribution includes a BBQ and drinks. To book: or contact Saskia for further information:

Children’s Liturgy Group

The Children’s Liturgy Group will be meeting in the Hall at 10.00am next Saturday, 9 September to review the work done in the past year. All parents are welcome to come and give their feedback and suggestions. We particularly need more members to ensure that the important ministry of the Group continues.

200 Club

Congratulations to Janice Cuddy who won the £30 prize and to Marion Phelan who won the £20 prize in the August draw. The 200 Club is an on-going fundraiser for the parish and subscriptions start at £1 a month for one number. If you would like to join, please speak to either Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James or Teresa Cummings at St Boniface.

Rotas for Liturgical Ministries at St James

Rotas with dates for all readers, extraordinary ministers of holy communion and welcomers are on the board in the hall. Please sign up for the dates when you are available to undertake your ministry.

CHAT Food Bank Needs Stocks Urgently!

Due to increased demand, the stocks at the CHAT Food Bank are greatly reduced. Please remember to use the receptacles for your donations at the checkouts in the major supermarkets in our area or deposit your donations in the CHAT box at church. Remember you can download the BankTheFood App onto your phone, choose the CHAT Foodbank, and find out in real time what our local foodbank urgently needs.

Book” Club Lunch

Please note that the lunch planned for this coming Thursday has been cancelled. The next meeting will take place at Wetherspoons in Tiverton on Thursday 5 October at 12.30pm. Any queries, contact Sheelagh on 01884 256312.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 3rd September – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Saturday 2 September – Weekday

    • Parish Summer Fair, 11.00am-1.00pm, in St James’s Grounds
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 3 September – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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

    Monday 4 September – St Cuthbert, Bishop

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 5 September – Weekday

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

    Wednesday 6 September – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface)

    Thursday 7 September – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 8 September – The Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary

    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 11.00am

    Saturday 9 September – Weekday

    • Children’s Liturgy Group at 10.00am in the Hall
    • Confirmation Preparation at 11.00am in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 10 September – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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