Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Sunday 7th May 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters

I hope you are all enjoying the Coronation weekend.

Along with the newsletter for this weekend, I attach Monika Manser’s weekly guide to prayerful reflection on the Sunday Gospel and the latest edition of Inspire by Deacon Peter.

Some of you participated in the Requiem Mass for Bishop Christopher yesterday at the Sacred Heart Church in Exeter.  For those who were not able to do so and would like to pay their respects to Bishop Christopher, who was the Shepherd of our Diocese for 28 years, you are invited to take part in the Diocesan Memorial Mass for him which will be held in the Cathedral in Plymouth on Tuesday 23 May at 12noon.

This coming Tuesday is the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse.  The newsletter contains references to a number of ways in which you can mark this day.  Please do remember all those harmed by abuse, especially within the community of the Church by clerics and others in positions of pastoral responsibility, in your thoughts and prayers on that day.

Thank you to Fr Paul for looking after the parish during my absence this week. I was saddened to hear of the death of Nunzia  (Nancy) Meffe, Nina Newsome’s mum, who died during the week.  Please pray for the repose of her soul and for Nina, Alan and family in the grief.

May God bless you.

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has chosen Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (9 May) as the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. This is a day of prayer for those who have been abused, which takes places in a Season of hope and new life. 

The Isaiah Journey (a working group of the Bishops’ Conference that has grown out of the need for a pastoral-spiritual response to the suffering of victims and survivors of abuse in the Church) has produced a range of resources for use, including many prayers to be used at this time, at The following prayer for healing and reconciliation has been prepared by the Diocese of Northampton for this year’s Day of Prayer:

Praise to you Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the source of all consolation and hope.

Be the refuge and guardian

of all who suffer from abuse and violence.

Comfort them and send healing

for their wounds of the body, soul and spirit.

Help us all and make us one with you

in your love for justice

as we deepen our respect for the dignity

of every human life.

Giver of peace,

make us one in celebrating your praise,

both now and forever.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

CHAT Urgent Appeal

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to affect us all, CHAT’s foodbank is seeing more people each month who need urgent help for necessary items. Stocks are running low and your help is needed. Please consider whether you can help by donating.

  • You can drop food at church, at the CHAT Office, or any of the supermarket drop off points. 

  • You can order a supermarket delivery directly to the CHAT Office or shop from the CHAT Amazon “wish list” if this is more convenient for you.

  • You can send a financial donation and then CHAT can purchase the things they most need.

  • You can download the Foodbank App which will alert you to the most needed items.

  • You can follow the CHAT Facebook page (CHATMidDevon) and spread the news with others.

In April 2023 CHAT gave out nearly 300 crisis packs. Everyone who visits the foodbank receives a warm welcome and an offer of support and advice to help with any underlying issues that mean they are needing to visit the foodbank. More people are also needing help with basic household items when setting up home and there is more information on the CHAT website about the sort of things that are needed. Please see  in particular for more information about the various ways you can donate.  

CHAT is also currently recruiting more trustees, so if this is something that is of interest to you, please visit for more information or contact the Team for an informal chat.

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. This year the theme is “Leap of Faith: Having the Courage to Journey like Mary”. 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 Financial assistance may be available for those who would struggle to pay this amount. In addition, if you are a young adult who could offer a week of their time to help at one of the Camps, please speak to Canon Kristian.

Laudato Si’ Week

Mark your calendars for Laudato Si’ Week 2023, 21-28 May, a global celebration rejoicing in the progress that has been made in bringing the Pope’s environmental teaching contained in Laudato Si’ to life. Register now to receive the latest information, news, and events about Laudato Si’ Week.

Memorial Mass for Bishop Christopher Budd RIP

The Canons of the Chapter of the Cathedral of St Mary and St Boniface, Plymouth, invite you to the Memorial Mass for Bishop Christopher Budd. This Mass will be an opportunity for us as a Diocese to celebrate his life and his considerable contribution to the Plymouth Diocese during his time as our Bishop from 1986 until 2014, as well as a chance to offer up prayers for the repose of his soul. The Mass will take place at 12noon on Tuesday 23 May at Plymouth Cathedral and will be followed by a barbecue in the Cathedral grounds.

Caritas Diocese of Plymouth Newsletter

The May edition of the Caritas Diocese of Plymouth Newsletter, which highlights Refugee Week and Laudato Si’ Week as well as other latest events and information, can be downloaded at

200 Club Winners

Congratulations to Simon West who won the £30 prize and to Jenny Ford who won the £20 prize in the April draw. New members can join for as little as £1 a month. Please speak to either Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James or Teresa Cummings at St Boniface. 

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 7th May –Fifth Sunday of Easter

  • Saturday 6 May – Easter Weekday

    • Holy Baptism of Karla Sokolova at 3.00pm
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 7 May – Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)

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

    Monday 8 May – Easter Weekday

    • Cream Tea and Song with Lydia Fitton at 3pm in St Peter’s Church, Tiverton

    Tuesday 9 May – Easter weekday

    • Holy Mass at 9.00am Maria Lach RIP

    Wednesday 10 May – Easter Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface)

    Thursday 11 May – Easter Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 13 May – Easter Weekday

    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon

    Saturday 14 May – Easter Weekday

    • Friends of St James and St Boniface at 9.30am in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 15 May – Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) Joseph and Rachel Fallon (wedding ints)

    Rotas for those who carry out the ministries of welcome, reader and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St James are now posted on the noticeboard in the Hall. Please put your names down for the dates and times when you will be carrying out your ministry.