Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Youth Sunday

Sunday 20th November 2022

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters
We have arrived at the last week of the Church Year with the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, more commonly known as Christ the King.  Although the language of kingship belongs largely to an earlier era, the expression is used in the Scriptures to express the sovereignty of Christ over the whole of creation.  However, during his passion we heard the words of Jesus in response to the Pilate’s questioning of whether Jesus is a king:  “Mine is not a kingdom of this world” (John 18:36).  So, the Reign of God is totally different from any human structure and experience of kingdom. The Reign of God is eternal and universal – a reign of truth and life, holiness and grace, justice, love and peace (Preface for Christ the King).  We look forward to the fulfilment of the plan of salvation when through Christ all things will be reconciled to God, everything in heaven and everything on earth, having made peace through his death on the cross (cf Colossians 1:15-20).
Concluding his Encyclical, Quas Primum, by which he instituted the Feast of Christ the King throughout the Church back in December 1925, and reflecting on the impact the celebration of this Feast should have on each of us personally, Pope Pius XI wrote:
The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men and women, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all people, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his sovereignty. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of righteousness to God (Romans 6:13)”.  
This final weekend too is always a celebration of our young people.  We are blessed in our parish with a goodly number of children and young people.  We thank God for them and want them to know that they are deeply valued members of our community.  Some of our young people will be playing their instruments at the 10.00am Mass in Tiverton and some will be taking a leading role in the Mass at 11.30am in Cullompton.
May God bless you all
Canon Kristian
Canon Kristian Paver
Parish Priest
Parish of St Boniface and St James Mid Devon
40 Old Road Tiverton EX16 4HJ

November – Month of Prayer for the Dead

Throughout the month of November it is customary for us to pray in a more focussed way for those who have died. From 2 November there will be a pot in front of the altar for the names of family, loved ones and friends who have died. Mass this Friday, 25 November, will be celebrated for all these people and each will be prayed for by name.

Safeguarding Sunday

This Sunday is Safeguarding Sunday.  We will be joining thousands of other churches across the UK to highlight the importance of protecting vulnerable people as part of Safeguarding Sunday, an awareness-raising national campaign organised by the Christian safeguarding Charity Thirty-one:eight. This year’s campaign coincides with the start of National Safeguarding Adults Week (21–27 November). The theme this year is: ‘One church, One day, One message’.

Justice and hope are at the heart of the Christian message. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate those who work behind the scenes to protect children, young people and adults at risk and make our Church a safer place for all.   We thank and pray for those who have stepped up to coordinate safeguarding in each of our parishes across the diocese. We are grateful to all of our Parish Safeguarding Representatives who generously volunteer their time for this vital role. Please join in the prayer for this Sunday:

Dear God,

help us to be a Church that:

loves, welcomes, protects,

listens, learns, serves,

repents, restores, transforms,

values, cares and believes.

God of justice and compassion, hear our prayer.

Help us, heal us, guide us, we pray.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Parish Singing Afternoon – “Remembering and Waiting”

Our Parish Singing Afternoon followed by Tea and Cake will take place this Sunday, 20 November, at 2.30pm at St James, centred on the November theme of “remembering” and the Advent theme of “waiting”. Please come along and enjoy some time together. God has given us all a voice to sing!

Youth Sunday: “Rise Up”

The theme for this Youth Sunday, which is shared with Flame 2023, reflects a call to stand up again, together, to find fresh strength and to help others to rise up too. It reminds the young people in the Church that they are called to commit themselves again to use the energy, gifts, talents they have in new ways.

In November 2020, Pope Francis called for a relaunch of World Youth Day and moving forward asks the global Catholic community to celebrate it locally on the Solemnity of Christ the King. It is a day for the world to recognise and celebrate young people in our local church communities, whether that be through school, at home, or of course in church.

Indian Celebration

This Sunday at 6.00pm in the hall at St Boniface, Cullompton, there is an invite from some of our Indian parishioners to join them in celebrating their culture and food. This is a great way to get to know the growing number of our parishioners originating from the Subcontinent. Parking at St Boniface is very limited and the surrounding streets are usually lined with cars so, if you are able, please use one of the carparks in the town.

YMCA Cullompton and Halberton Chaplain’s Report and Appeal

Attached to the Newsletter is Annual Report and Appeal Letter from Revd Hazel Britton, the Chaplain of YMCA Cullompton and Halberton. In her covering email, Hazel writes: “Dear Tiverton, Cullompton, Willand and Halberton Churches…I was asked to become the first YMCA chaplain in this area in September 2021…There have been many success stories and many opportunities to share God’s love impacting people from, and returning to, the whole area and beyond!

Mary’s Meals

This weekend we warmly welcome a volunteer speaker from Mary’s Meals who will talk briefly at the end of all Masses to raise awareness of this remarkable Charity which gives hope of a life free from poverty and hunger for thousands of hungry children in our world.

Day Retreats in Advent in Lynton Convent

The Sisters of Mary Morning Star in Lynton are offering free Day Retreats on the Tuesdays during Advent (29 November; and 6,13 and 20 December), 11.30am-6.30pm. Following Mass there will be a time for adoration, rosary, walk in the Valley of the Rocks, teaching on lectio divina, ending with Vespers. There is no need to book, just bring a packed lunch and a bible. For more information, email or call 01598 753373.

Canon Kristian’s Christmas Cake Draw

Draw tickets are on sale for this year’s draw for Canon Kristian’s Christmas Cake. You have to be in it to win it!

Big Christmas Draw – Donations and Tickets

Donations of bottles of wine, spirits and other drinks, chocolates and Christmas themed items are wanted for this year’s Big Christmas Draw. Please leave items at the entrance to church. Tickets for the Draw are on sale at the entrance to church.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 20th November, 2022 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

  • Saturday 19 November – Weekday

    • First Holy Communion Session at 10.00am in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass at 6.00pm

    Sunday 20 November – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) Christopher Sharp RIP (FM)
    • Parish Music Afternoon “Remembering and Waiting” at 2.30pm in St James Church followed by Tea and Cake
    • Indian Celebration at 6.00pm in the Hall (at St Boniface)

    Monday 21 November – The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 22 November – St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am E.F. Ridout, his parents and family RIP (FM)

    Wednesday 23 November – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (at St Boniface) Alice Mary Berkeley RIP (FM)
    • Parish Pastoral Council at 7.00pm in the Hall

    Thursday 24 November – St Andrew Dũng-Lạc and Companions, Martyrs

    • Holy Mass in Polish at 6.00pm

    Friday 25 November – Weekday

    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass with the Commemoration of the Parish Dead at 12noon

    Saturday 26 November – Weekday

    • Marriage of Knud Peter Mark Ravnkilde and Victoria Syme-Taylor at 1.00pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Cadeleigh
    • Vigil Mass at 6.00pm Victor Menezes RIP (anniv)

    Sunday 27 November – First Sunday of Advent (A)

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