Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Sunday 13th May 2023
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Message from Canon Kristian
Dear sisters and brothers
This coming week we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, which is an indicator that we are fast approaching the end of the Easter Season. The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Risen Lord, which takes place this Thursday, 18 May, is a Holy Day of Obligation for us. Therefore, Mass will be celebrated at St James at 10.00am and at 6.00pm, and a Vigil Mass at 6.00pm on 17 May at St Boniface, to enable as many parishioners as possible to gather together for Mass on that important day as our faith requires.
You will see that there has been a suggestion that there may be enough parishioners wanting to take part in the Memorial Mass for Bishop Christopher at the Cathedral in Plymouth on Tuesday 23 May for us to be able to hire a coach. In order for the necessary preparations to be made, it is essential that you put your name down on the sheet provided at church THIS WEEKEND. Whether we are able to hire a coach or not will depend on the number of those who would like to go.
Along with the Newsletter this week, I attach:
- the weekly guide to a contemplative reading of the Sunday Gospel, offered by Monika Manser
- the latest edition of Inspire from Deacon Peter
- the document “Understanding Catholic Parishioners’ Responses to the Ecological Crisis” published by St Mary’s University, Twickenham
As always, let us remember in prayer those members of our parish and our families who are sick, frail or in need, and commend those who have died to the eternal love of God.
May God bless you all
Canon Kristian Paver
Parish of St James & St Boniface
40 Old Road
Tiverton EX16 4HJ
International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians
T he International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians is celebrated annually on the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Christians from all over Europe, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and India will join together in solidarity on 14 May to pray that Eastern Christians may be strengthened in their faith so that they can continue to steadfastly give witness to Jesus Christ.
At Mass during Easter, Western and Eastern Christians hear the Acts of the Apostles which witness to the first preaching of the Gospel. These readings remind us of the origin of the Eastern Churches and the history of the first Eastern Christians, who brought the Gospel to us. Nowadays, many of these Eastern Christians are oppressed and persecuted, and struggle to survive and to pass on our faith to their children, in their own lands where Christianity was born and first spread.
Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE) is a Christian charity which draws on 170 years’ experience of helping Eastern Christians to remain in their homelands – the biblical lands – where Christianity was born and first spread. Visit www.facecharity.org to find out more.
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. This Mass will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday 23 May at Plymouth Cathedral and will be followed by a barbecue in the Cathedral grounds.
I t has been suggested that there may be enough parishioners who would like to go to this Mass in Plymouth to hire a coach. If you would like to go to this Mass and go by coach, please put your name on the list at church TODAY. If there are enough takers, we can look into hiring a coach.
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
This Thursday, 18 May, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. This is a Holy Day of Obligation for us, a day on which we are expected to come together for Mass. To enable as many people as possible in the parish to get to Mass, there will be a Vigil Mass on Wednesday 17 May at St Boniface at 6.00pm and Masses on the day at 10.00am and 6.00pm at St James.
St Rita of Cascia’s Feast Day
The Feast of St Rita of Cascia takes place on Monday 22 May 2023. There will be a Mass at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton, celebrated by Monsignor Canon Daniel McHugh, at 12noon followed by the blessing and distribution of roses for the sick. Hot drinks will be available all day but visitors should bring a packed lunch. The day will conclude with Benediction at 3.00pm Two shops will be open that day for the sale of religious articles
CHAT Urgent Appeal
C HAT’s foodbank is seeing more people each month who need urgent help for necessary items. The 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.
Downloading the Bank Food App will alert you to the most needed items.
Follow the CHAT Facebook page (CHATMidDevon) and spread the news with others
More people are also needing help with basic household items when setting up home. There is more information on the CHAT website about the sort of things that are needed. Please see https://www.chatmid.org/donate 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 https://www.chatmid.org/volunteering for more information or contact the Team for an informal chat.
Environmental Day of Reflection
A Day of Reflection on Laudato Si’ and the Diocesan Environmental Policy will be held at Sclerder Abbey, near Looe, this Wednesday 17 May. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to go. St Mary’s University, Twickenham, has produced a document setting out Catholic parishioners’ responses to the ecological crisis. A copy is attached to the Newsletter.
World Communications Day
Next Sunday is World Communications Day, focussing on the right use of the media. There will be a retiring collection to support the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.
Plymouth Diocesan Catechetical Camps 2023
The Summer Camps are a long-standing part of the youth activities of the Diocese of Plymouth. 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 https://forms.office.com/e/pJQuB8Rhk5. Financial assistance may be available for those who would struggle to pay this amount.
Masses and Events this week
Sunday 13th May – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Saturday 13 May – Easter Weekday
- The Friends of St James and St Boniface at 9.30am in the Hall
- Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Nunzia Meffe RIP
Sunday 14 May – Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)
- Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
- Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) Joseph & Rachel Fallon (wedding ints)
Monday 15 May – Easter Weekday
- Singing to Remember today at 2.00pm in the Hall
Tuesday 16 May – Easter weekday
- Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 17 May – Easter Weekday
- Vigil Mass of the Ascension at 6.00pm (St Boniface)
Thursday 18 May – Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
- Holy Mass at 10.00am
- Holy Mass at 6.00pm Lesław Rainczak (birthday ints)
Friday 19 May – St Dunstan, Bishop
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
- Holy Mass at 12noon
- Car Boot Sale at 9.00pm in St James’ Car Park
- First Holy Communion Preparation at 2.00pm in the Hall
- Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Eugeniusz Gorczyca RIP (anniv)
Sunday 21 May – Seventh Sunday of Easter (A)
- Holy Mass at 10.00am Baby Szpara RIP followed by French Breakfast
- Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) Pro Populo
Rotas for the ministries of welcome, reader and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St James are now on the noticeboard in the Hall.