Pentecost Sunday

Sunday 28th May 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers

The Easter Season concludes this weekend with the Solemnity of Pentecost, the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the disciples, often referred to as the Birthday of the Church.  It is the Holy Spirit who is the beating heart of the Church and we are all empowered by that same Holy Spirit of God to undertake the mission of Christ that has been entrusted to us.  Pentecost is a day to remind ourselves that we are all temples of the Holy Spirit – the Divine Presence truly resides within us – and that each of us is given spiritual gifts by the Spirit for the growth and well-being of others and of our world.  Let us celebrate this Sunday by asking ourselves the questions: “How is the Spirit guiding my life at this time? What gift(s) have I been given for the growth and well-being of others?”.

The Diocese is looking to appoint a part-time Administrative Assistant for Exeter University Catholic Chaplaincy/Crediton Parish, so a copy of the advert is attached to the Newsletter. Together with this attachment, the following are also attached:

  • the weekly guide for prayerful contemplation on the Sunday Gospel offered to us by Monika Manser
  • the latest edition of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • an Update about fundraising and volunteering from the Catholic Children’s Society of the Diocese of Plymouth
  • this week’s Newsletter from our parish school of St John’s.

May God bless your hearts and minds with enduring peace and joy of the new life of Easter as we come to the end of the Easter Season.

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Annual Collection for our Sick and Retired Priests

This weekend there will be the annual collection for the Plymouth Secular Clergy Fund which supports our sick and retired priests. Making a donation to the Fund is a way in which we can show gratitude for the years of service that these men have given to our parish communities across the Diocese and ensure that they get the care they need due to age or infirmity. Please be as generous as you can. Your donation can be gift-aided by filling in a donation envelope.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for June

The Holy Father invites us to join him this month in praying for the abolition of torture. We pray that the international community may commit to a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families. Visit to view a video of the Holy Father himself introducing this prayer intention.

Catholic Children’s Society Annual Mass

The annual Mass for the Catholic Children’s Society will this year be held in our own parish in St John’s School Hall on Thursday 8 June at 2.00pm. It would be great to see some support present from our own parish community.

An Update on the results of fundraising and on volunteering for the Catholic Children’s Society is attached to the Newsletter.

Sponsored Walk for CHAT

Our parishioner, Ewelina Żychlinska, and her daughter, Zofia, are doing a 1000km walk over three months to raise funds to support the work of CHAT. If you would like to support them, you can do so online at Ewelina Żych is fundraising for Churches Housing Action Team (Mid Devon) Ltd ( or by giving your donation to them directly.

Caritas Diocese of Plymouth – Refugee Week Event

Every migrant has a name, a face and a story’ (Pope Francis). Refugee Week is approaching and the theme this year is Compassion.  Caritas Diocese of Plymouth would like to invite people to learn more about  ‘Love the Stranger - a new publication by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which reflects on our Christian response to the challenges facing those who have left their homeland in search of a better life.  Love the Stranger is a call to action – not only to help those who come here, but also to facilitate and rejoice in their service to our society. 

There are many in our diocese who welcome those new to their community, reach out to asylum seekers, welcome families through community sponsorship, host Ukrainian families and much more.  This event will be an opportunity to find out more about what is happening and to learn from each other. All welcome to join Caritas via Zoom on Wednesday 21 June from 6-7pm. Please email  or fill in this short form to receive the Zoom link

New Diocesan Newsletter

The Diocesan Communications Team is relaunching a diocesan-wide newsletter in the coming months. If you’d like to receive the newsletter, please sign up:

Mid Devon Show

Volunteers to help with the Churches’ Tent at the Mid Devon Show on Saturday 22 July at Knightshayes are needed. There is an urgent need for people to make cakes or a few litres of soup. People are needed to serve food and to welcome at the entrance of the tent, and there is a need for people to commit to pray from home over the course of the day for the Christian presence at the Show. The Churches’ Tent is a great opportunity for us to show God’s love to our community, to offer food, children’s activities and a place of rest, as well as showcase the charities working across Mid Devon. If you can help, please email Joanna Friend on

Marriage Care

Marriage Care, a long-established Catholic charity, is looking for new volunteers, especially anyone willing to train as a Marriage Preparation Course Facilitator. Facilitators present the “Preparing Together” workshops to groups of engaged couples, either in person or via Zoom. If you think you might be interested in this worthwhile role, further details are available from, and if you have any questions, please contact the local coordinator, Jenny Allen, at

Book”/Lunch Club

The “Book”/Lunch Club will be meeting this Thursday, 1 June, at Weatherspoon’s in Tiverton as 12.30pm. Please contact Sheelagh on 01884 256312 if you would like to come along to share friendship and food with those who meet up each month.

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.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 28 May – Pentecost Sunday

  • Saturday 27 May – St Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop

    • First Confessions at 9.30am
    • Confirmation Preparation at 11.00am in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 28 May – Pentecost Sunday (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Jessica Lee Bamber RIP and Dr Katherine Govier RIP, and their family and friends
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)

    Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

    Monday 29 May – Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

    • Singing to Remember today at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 30 May – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Donald and Family (ints)
    • Monthly Lunch Club from 12noon-2.00pm in the Hall

    Wednesday 31 May – The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface)

    Thursday 1 June – Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest

    • Book”/Lunch Club meets at Wetherspoons, Tiverton, at 12.30pm
    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 2 June – Weekday

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

    Saturday 3 June – St Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

    • First Communion Preparation at 10.00am in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 4 June – The Most Holy Trinity (A)

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