Second Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Sunday 5th March 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters

I do hope that this Holy Season of Lent has started well for you and that you have managed to find some intentional silence each day in which to go to your “inner room”, to the heart-space where we can face-to-face with the presence of God within each of us.  To encounter Christ Within is also a moment of transformation for us, as the gospel episode of the Transfiguration of the Lord which is always read on the Second Sunday of Lent shows us.  The journey of conversion of one of openness to being continuously transformed by the Holy Spirit into an ever-greater conformity to Christ.  As St Paul reminds us,  we have died to self and our true life is hidden with Christ in God (cfr Colossians 3:3-4).  An essential element of that transformation is, of course, the willingness both to receive forgiveness from God for our deliberate sinful desires and actions and to offer that same forgiveness to those who have sinned against us.  You will recall that, on Ash Wednesday, it is made clear to us that we are called to be reconciled to God and to become ambassadors of God’s desire for the reconciliation of all people and the whole of creation in Christ (cfr 2 Corinthians 5:20-21).  It’s a “big ask”, as they say, but something which we believe to be absolutely possible because it is God’s will, and it can come about through our willing co-operation with the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  Each and every one of us has a unique part to play in this vision for our world, a call to unity which must start within, and come from, our own hearts.

Together with the Newsletter this week, I attach:

  • a weekly guide to prayerful meditation of this Sunday’s Gospel from Monika Manser
  • Number 62 of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • the first of a weekly Lenten CAFOD Newsletter
  • the Annual Report on the implementation of the Diocesan Environmental Policy
  • the Annual Review of Diocesan Youth Events

May God bless you and your loved ones.

Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

CAFOD Lent Fast Day – Growing In Strength Rooted In Love

CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day Appeal took place last Friday, 3 March. Your donations will help families fighting the climate crisis and ensure that our Church network can quickly respond to emergencies like the recent earthquake in Syria and Turkey. You can give using the Fast Day envelopes which are still available today, via our contactless giving machine or at

Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Confession

After Mass on Thursdays at St James during Lent, from 6.30-7.30pm, there will be a time of silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as another opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession in addition to 11.30am-12noon on Fridays.

LOUDfence and Working with Survivors

Thank you to everyone who visited the LOUDfence at Christ the King Church in Plymouth, which was held as a visible display of support and solidarity with those who have been affected by abuse.  Many thanks to everyone who came to tie a ribbon or write a message, as well as all those who sent in a virtual message of support.  A summary of the event can be found on the diocesan website.

If you have been affected by abuse and would like some help or support, you can contact the Safeguarding Office on 01364 645430 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm) or e-mail  You can also find the contact details for local and national support organisations on the diocesan website at:

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team is very interested in speaking to survivors so that they can involve them in the work they are doing.  The plan is to form a survivors’ advisory group to give survivors the opportunity to provide input to, and feedback on, safeguarding policies and initiatives, and to work together with the Diocese to help create support and services for survivors.  If you would be interested in participating in this initiative, or you would like to find out more, please contact Sophie Scagell (Survivor Support Caseworker) on 01364 645436 or

CHAT Foodbank Donations Needed!

The CHAT Foodbank urgently needs donations, especially tins of meat, of fruit and of vegetables, and all cleaning products. The Foodbank is struggling to meet the increasing demand.

Communion under Both Kinds and the Sign of Peace

As we become more used to living with Covid and continue to re-establish our parish and liturgical life, the Bishops of England and Wales have decided that the re-introduction of Holy Communion under both kinds, ie under the form of bread and under the form of wine, will take place from the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on 6 April 2023. However, it must be stressed that the reception of Holy Communion under both kinds is not obligatory as our Catholic faith teaches that the totality of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord is received in either one or both kinds. Therefore, it will be for each person to choose whether she or he wishes to receive Holy Communion from the chalice. As before Covid, if you are aware that you are suffering from a cold or similar respiratory symptoms, you are asked to refrain from receiving Holy Communion from the chalice out of respect for others. Please note that it is NOT permitted for anyone in the congregation to “intinct” or dip their Host into the Chalice when they come to receive Holy Communion. The Precious Blood must be drunk directly from the Chalice or Holy Communion received in one kind only.

Likewise, whilst respecting the wishes of those around you who may still not feel comfortable physically touching another person, we are now being encouraged once again to extend our hand to those nearest to us when we offer the Sign of Peace.

Easter Draw and “Name the Bunny”

Tickets for the Friends of St James and St Boniface Easter Draw go on sale this weekend, £1 a ticket. Donations of chocolate, bottles and other goodies would be very welcome. Please leave them at the entrance to church.

Also, Canon Kristian has chosen a name for a 1000g Lindt Chocolate Bunny from a random list of 234 names. You can pick a name from the list for £1 and you might be the lucky winner of this magnificent Easter Bunny. The Easter Draw and the announcement of the winner of the Easter Bunny will take place on Thursday 6 April.

Great Big Diocesan Quiz

Our parish will be taking part in the Great Big Diocesan Quiz on Friday 28 April at 7.30pm. You are invited to form teams of four people to take part in the Quiz which we will hold in the hall at St James. Please give your team a name and let Rosie know the details of your team at the Parish Office via email. The winning team will receive a lovely little trophy as a keepsake and this event really does help raise much needed funds for the Catholic Children’s Society.

Diocesan Environmental Policy Annual Report

The annual Report from Caritas Plymouth on the implementation of the Diocesan Environmental Policy is attached to the Newsletter. If you have any comments or questions, please email Deborah Fisher at

Diocesan Youth Events – Annual Review 2022

An abridged copy of the Annual Review of the many Diocesan Youth Events which have taken place in 2022 is attached to the Newsletter. The regular Diocesan Youth Event Newsletter can be accessed here.

200 Club

Canon Kristian will make the draw for March after 6.00pm Mass this Saturday. New members are always welcome. Please speak to Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James or Teresa Cummings at St Boniface.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 5th March – Second Sunday of Lent

  • Saturday 4 March – Lenten Weekday

    • Vigil Mass at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 5 March – Second Sunday of Lent (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Francesca Lee RIP (anniv) & Scottish Breakfast
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Stations of the Cross at 4.00pm

    Monday 6 March – Lenten Weekday

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 7 March – Lenten Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • SVP Meeting at 7.30pm in the Hall

    Wednesday 8 March – Lenten Weekday

    • Requiem Mass for Patricia Hudson RIP at 12noon (at St Boniface)
    • Soroptimists Meeting at 6.30pm in the Hall

    Thursday 9 March – Lenten Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm Stefania and Franciszek RIP
    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions 6.30-7.30pm

    Friday 10 March – Lenten Weekday

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

    Saturday 11 March – Lenten Weekday

    • Vigil Mass at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 12 March – Third Sunday of Lent (A)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Stations of the Cross at 4.00pm