Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Sunday 25th June 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters

If you are coming to Mass this Sunday morning at 10.00am at St James, remember not to have breakfast at home before you come as there will be a lovely Polish Breakfast offered to you after Mass!  We are always open to including breakfasts from other cultures and traditions, so do have a word with Margaret Found or Maggie Pulford if you have an idea to be considered.  This is one of the many social occasions that is programmed by The Friends of St James and St Boniface. The Friends oversee the social and fund-raising life of our parish community, and it is a group which is open to all parishioners to take part in, whatever part of the parish you live in.  The Friends are meeting next Saturday at 9.30am in the Hall at St James.  It would be fantastic to see you take part if you can, especially if your liturgical and social life is focussed at St Boniface.

The Parish Monthly Lunch is also happening this week on Tuesday 27 June, from 12noon-2.00pm in St James’ Hall.  Delicious soups and puddings are on offer, together with the opportunity to meet together with both parishioners and others from the wider community.  A warm welcome awaits you!

Based on more than a year of reflection at all levels of the Church, the Working Document for the Synod that will take place in October this year was issued this week, calling for a welcoming Church that embraces diversity.  Not only does the document contain a text which reflects the common views and concerns that have arisen from parishes, dioceses, countries and continents, but also a number of “Worksheets” to facilitate further discussion.  This is a totally new kind of document produced by the Church and deserves to be read and discussed by people at all levels of the Church community, not only by the Bishops and other participants at the Synod.  I will be giving some thought to how we can reflect together on the Working Document as a parish, hopefully supported by some guidance from the Diocesan Officer entrusted with the Synodal Journey.

Next weekend there will be the opportunity to sign the Petition being promoted by SPUC calling on the Government to stop all funding to China’s genocidal regime, particularly with regards to the Uyghur minority, which involves coercive abortion, sterilisation polices and infanticide.  Further information will be made available then.

With regards to the Mass times this week, please note that due to the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul on Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation, there will not be a Mass at 12noon on Wednesday at St Boniface, but a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity at 6.00pm instead.  There will be two Masses on Thursday at St James at 10.00am and 6.00pm.  In addition, please note that the Mass on Friday at St James will take place at 11.30am, as this will be the Requiem Mass for Ann Hughes.  Do pray for the repose of her soul and for her family and friends who are grieving her death.

Attached to the Newsletter this week are:

  • the weekly guide to praying with the Sunday Gospel offered by Monika Manser
  • No 77 of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • the Instrumentum Laboris (Working Document) for the Synod in October
  • the latest Newsletter from the Lighthouse Café and Bookshop

As always, please remember those in our community and further afield who are sick or in particular need in your thoughts and prayers.  The spiritual support we give to others, though nearly always unseen, is both vital and precious.

Keep safe and well in the continuing warm and dry weather.

God bless

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul

T he Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul occurs this Thursday, 29 June. As this is a Holy Day of Obligation, when we are all called to come together to celebrate Mass, there will be a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity at 6.00pm in St Boniface on Wednesday 28 June and Masses on 29 June at 10.00am and 6.00pm in St James.

This Solemnity reminds us of the importance of our communion with the Successor of St Peter and Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis. The annual collection, traditionally called “Peter’s Pence”, will be taken at the Masses next weekend. This is our annual opportunity to contribute towards the charitable work of the Holy Father around the world. Lots of important and interesting information about the Peter’s Pence Collection can be found at Take a look in particular at the short, beautiful video – – included on the website.

Volunteering for the Catholic Children’s Society

The Catholic Children’s Society in the Diocese of Plymouth is looking for volunteers to join them either as a Parish Volunteer or as a Trustee to serve on its Board which meets four times a year. The Society is also looking for Youth Trustees to bring the views of young people to our work. If you would like to consider taking on a role, please contact Vicki Dunstone, the Society’s Fundraiser and Communications Officer on 01364 645420 or email to request an information pack detailing how you could get involved to helping the Children’s Society.

Mission Animation

Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries invite Red Box Holders and all parishioners to a Mission Animation to explore and celebrate mission in the Diocese of Plymouth next Saturday 1 July, 1.00-2.30pm, at the St Richard Reynolds Centre, Blessed Sacrament Church, Heavitree, Exeter. Light refreshments will be available.

Re-engage” Afternoon Concert and Tea

Re-engage, a charity supporting those – especially the elderly – who would enjoy the opportunity to socialise with others, is hosting a free concert and tea next Sunday 2 July at 3.00pm. It will take place in a beautiful house near Tiverton and transport will be provided. The concert will last for about an hour, with music provided by Lydia Fitton and her friends, followed by tea and cakes. If you would like to come, please email Lydia on

Invitation to Survivors of Abuse

The Diocese would very much appreciate hearing from people who have a lived experience of abuse, so that we can involve them in the work we are doing to support survivors.  We would welcome the opportunity to hear survivors’ feedback and ideas, so that we can improve our response to those who have been hurt by abuse.  If you think you might be able to help us in this work, or if you would like to find out more about what we are doing in the Diocese to support survivors, please contact Sophie Scagell (Survivor Support Caseworker) on 01364 645436 or by email at

Instrumentum Laboris” for the Synod in October 2023

The Instrumentum Laboris (or Working Document), a document of some 60 pages that incorporates the experiences of local Churches in every region of the world – those experiencing wars, climate change and economic systems that produce exploitation, inequality and waste, those whose faithful suffer martyrdom in countries where they are minorities or where they are coming to terms with an increasingly driven, and sometimes aggressive, secularisation, those wounded by sexual abuse or abuses of power and conscience, those that are fearlessly confronting the challenges by engaging in the synodal discernment without trying to resolve them at all costs – was released on Tuesday morning. This document will be the basis for the work of the participants in the General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality, which begins in the Vatican in October 2023 and concludes with a second Assembly next year. This document is unique of its kind and is well worth reading and studying. A copy 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.

Cheese and Wine Evening

We will be holding the popular Cheese and Wine Evening in the Hall at St James on Friday 7 July at 7.00pm. So that we will have a wide variety of cheeses, donations of cheese would be greatly appreciated. A list can be found at the entrance to church to sign up against the variety of cheese you would like to donate.

Vocations to the Priesthood – Day of Reflection

Have you ever asked the question ‘Is God calling me to priesthood or to the religious life?’. This Day of Reflection for men will be held on Saturday 8 July from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Sclerder Abbey in Cornwall. The day will include Mass, a time of Eucharistic Adoration, a short conference, an opportunity for Confession and ‘One to One talks’ with serving priests in our Diocese, and sharing food together (this will be provided, so do make your special dietary requirements known).  Under 18s are welcome to attend with parents’ permission. For further information and to register for the event, please contact Fr Jacek Kostuch on  by 3 July 2023 at the latest.  Arrangements can be made to collect you from Liskeard Railway Starion and return afterwards, if required. 

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 25th June –12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Saturday 24 June – The Nativity of St John the Baptist

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

    Sunday 25 June – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Karol Gorlo (birthday ints) followed by Polish Breakfast
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) William George Forman RIP (50th anniv)

    Monday 26 June – Weekday

    • Singing to Remember today at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 27 June – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Monthly Lunch, 12noon-2.00pm, in the Hall

    Wednesday 28 June – St Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

    • Vigil Mass for St Peter and St Paul at 6.00pm (St Boniface)

    Thursday 29 June – Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul, Apostles

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Reception of the Body at 4.30pm
    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 30 June – Weekday

    • Requiem Mass for Ann Hughes RIP at 11.30am followed by burial in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Silverton

    Saturday 1 July – St Oliver Plunket, Bishop and Martyr

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

    Sunday 2 July – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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