Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Good Shepherd Sunday

Sunday 21st April, 2024

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear Sisters and Brothers

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is always dedicated to prayer for vocations to the priesthood, the permanent diaconate and the religious life. The Gospel reading for this Sunday always makes reference to Christ the Good Shepherd or as the Gate to the Sheepfold. These images of the foundational ones for those who have a call from God to guide, care for and protect God’s people. Let us pray fervently that many more people may respond to the call to serve the Church in these particular ways, and especially for those who in our diocese are presently undertaking their training for ordination or discerning whether this might be the path to which the Lord is calling them. It costs many thousands of pounds to support the formation of a seminarian over 6/7 years of training and so there is an invitation to contribute to that cost this Sunday through the retiring collection at the end of Mass. If you can, please consider making a regular donation by standing order. Further information about the Seminarians’ Fund is attached to this email
Placing this Sunday within the broader perspective of the call of God, in his Message for this Sunday, Pope Francis notes that all Christians are called to welcome our God-given vocation to serve God in the world, whether it be through the consecrated life, the priesthood, marriage or as a single person. He says that gratitude should characterize World Vocations Day, as we recall the countless Christians who serve God in all walks of life and he especially invites young people to make room for God, so that they might find happiness in God’s call, which always respects our freedom. “Let Jesus draw you to Himself,” the Holy Father says, “Bring Him your important questions by reading the Gospels; let Him challenge you by His presence, which always provokes in us a healthy crisis.” With the synodal journey on which the whole Church has embarked in mind, Pope Francis highlights that the World Day of Prayer for Vocations also has a synodal character:”…amid the variety of our charism, we are called to listen to one another and to journey together in order to acknowledge them and to discern where the Spirit is leading us for the benefit of all”. Finally, recalling that the Church is in the process of preparing to celebrate the Jubilee Year in 2025 with a Year of Prayer, he invites us all to engage in daily prayer that listens for the voice of God and helps us to become “pilgrims of hope and builders of peace”.

Although it is short notice, you will see in the Newsletter that there will be a meeting this coming Monday at 9.30am at The Lighthouse Bookshop and Cafe in Tiverton (in person or via Zoom) to discuss the possibility of setting up a homelessness project, under the aegis of Tiverton Churches Together, in partnership with the Green Pastures charity. I am sure this will be of interest to a number of our parish community and, indeed, it would be good for us to be involved in these preliminary discussions.

Our monthly parish Coffee Mornings to help raise funds towards the cost of the internal fittings of the new St James’ continue. Many thanks to Elizabeth and Terry Starkey who hosted one on Friday of last week at their home. It was a great success, with a good attendance of both parishioners and those from the wider community. Thank you to all those who are offering to host a Coffee Morning and, indeed, to all those who have doing other things to raise funds for the rebuilding of St James’.

Along with the Newsletter, I attach:

the weekly guide from Monika Manser on a prayer reading of the Sunday Gospel
No 111 of Inspire from Deacon Peter (who celebrated his 81st birthday this past week – Many happy returns!)
a Leaflet about the Diocesan Seminarians’ Fund
the Lifepath Project Prayer Support Newsletter
the Easter Newsletter from the National Marian Shrine in Walsingham
Please remember to keep in prayer those who are sick and infirm in the parish. I know your prayers mean a lot to them.

With the Eastertide blessing for life and joy

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

T his Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated Life, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. It is an opportunity to pray for vocations and to encourage those who may be considering ordained or religious life. The Diocese of Plymouth also asks for your assistance in supporting our seminarians through their training and formation, both through prayer and financial support. If you are able to contribute to our Seminarians’ Fund, either as a single donation or through regular giving, please give generously in the retiring collection, using the Gift Aid envelope if you are a tax-payer to increase your donation, or go to

Pope Francis has issued a Message for this 61st Day of Prayer, with the title “Called to sow seeds of hope and to build peace”.

Tiverton Churches Together Green Pastures Partnership Project?

T his Monday, 22 April, at 9.30am at The Lighthouse Christian Bookshop and Café (downstairs), there will be a key initial meeting to explore the possibility of a Tiverton Churches Together Green Pastures partnership project. Ali Padfield from CHAT will be present, as well as Rob and Sarah Simons (via zoom) from Green Pastures, who oversee project developments in the Southwest. Those interested are invited to come along or join via Zoom – Meeting ID: 825 0341 1258 Passcode: 006785.

For an introduction to Green Pastures partnerships: Working together to house the homeless:; Helping you house the homeless:; Ending homelessness ethical investment:

Prints for Sale

One of our parishioners, Pauline Pym, has had prints of three pieces of her beautiful artwork made to raise fund for the St James Building Fund. The prints come in two sizes and are available for a minimum donation of £5 a print. The red print is called “Eucharist”, the yellow sky is called “Outward Bound” and the red sky “Homecoming”. These last two pieces of art were created following the loss of a close friend. They go on a new journey and sailaway from us, but the other side of that journey is their homecoming. A boat sails out of our view but appears on another horizon and comes home to God.

Parish Summer Fête

We will be holding our Summer Fête at St James on Saturday 11 May, 11.30am-1.30pm. Please put the date in your calendar and bring your family and friends. This week we are appealing for volunteers to take charge of the stalls. Please sign up on the list in the hall. We, of course, always need help to set up and tidy away, so the more volunteers the merrier! Watch out for further appeals over the next three weeks.

Laudato Si’ Week 19-26 May – Calling all Craft Groups and Creators!

D uring Laudato Si’ week, there will be an exhibition and prayer walk at our Cathedral in Plymouth interpreting Laudato Si’ through artwork and reflections by pupils from local schools.  All visitors to the Cathedral will also be invited to add to a mass participation artwork called the Mossy Carpet. People are invited to make a textile tuft – for example crochet, knit, embroider, plait, pompom – or something else to attach to the carpet! This artwork will help us to consider how our small actions can make a huge change, and how our Christian faith calls us to be part of the restoration of nature.  

There will be drop-in workshops from 12noon-4pm on Monday 20 May at the Cathedral, but the Mossy Carpet will be in place from 18-24 May for people to visit and add their contributions.   If you cannot come to the Cathedral but are able to help us by making some crafts to contribute, please contact for some further guidance.  

Youth Adventure Residential Weekend and Youth Events Newsletter

This year’s Youth Adventure weekend will be at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey, 24–26 May. This is the third year of running this event. It is aimed at those aged 10–14. Those that have attended the earlier residentials talk about the enjoyment of meeting other Catholics from across the diocese, along with a chance to explore their faith. Many of the friendships have continued to grow since the residentials and the young people often seek each other out at other events. The adventures will include caving and bushcraft, with many other challenges and activities threaded throughout the weekend. There is a recommended contribution of £100 to cover costs. For further information contact, Saskia:

The latest version of the Youth Events Newsletter can be found at: This newsletter aims to be circulated weekly. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email to the above address. The newsletter is a great way for those who are interested in working with youth, or who are already doing so, to hear about what is happening across our diocese.

Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT)

CHAT sometimes has a need for additional or specific prayer support so, if you would like to be one of their prayer partners, they would love to reach out to you to when those needs arise via email (everything is confidential and anonymised).  Please email to let them know you would like to participate in this ministry of prayer.  CHAT is also dedicating some time to look more closely at the impact of food poverty on our community. CHAT’s aim is to support those who need it and guide them towards independence, so they are very grateful for the donations they receive. If you have supported the CHAT foodbank, kindly spare a few minutes to fill out the brief survey at During March CHAT fed 530 people and they would not be able to do this without your help so thank you for your time and continued support.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 21st April – Fourth Sunday of Easter

  • Saturday 20 April – Easter Weekday

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

    Sunday 21 April – Fourth Sunday of Easter (B) – World Day of Prayer for Vocations

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

    Monday 22 April – Easter Weekday

    • Tiverton Churches Together Green Pastures Partnership Project? at 9.30am at The Lighthouse Christian Bookshop and Café
    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 23 April – St George, Martyr, Patron of England and Protector of the Realm

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Domenica Kettelhut Birthday intentions

    Wednesday 24 April – St Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr

    • Service of the Word and Holy Communion at 12noon (St Boniface)

    Thursday 25 April – St Mark, Evangelist

    • No Mass today

    Friday 26 April – Easter Weekday

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass with Prayers for Healing at 12noon

    Saturday 27 April – Easter Weekday

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

    Sunday 28 April – Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)

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