The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year B)

Sunday 2nd June 2024

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers
This weekend we celebrate the second of our Sundays focussed on a specific doctrinal belief of the Church – the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (formerly called Corpus Christi). The gift of the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist is such a central part of Catholic life and worship that it is easy to take such a profound blessing and reality for granted.  This Sunday acts as a day to renew our reverence and thanksgiving for this unique Presence of Christ, around which our community gathers week by week, year by year.  We also rejoice that, in two weeks’ time, 15 of our children will be making their First Holy Communion.  What a blessing for our parish community!
As you will read in the Newsletter, Rosie Croker retired as our parish secretary on Friday.  Her gentle, smiling and welcoming presence in and around the parish office will be missed greatly. Rosie’s retirement does mean that I will be doing the parish administration myself until a decision is made when to readvertise for a new parish secretary.  Until that time, there will be no specific parish office opening hours and I will endeavour to respond to emails and telephone messages as promptly as I can.  However, please do have patience if I am not able to do so immediately. I am often out and about in the parish and further afield around the diocese, which means that there will sometimes be a delay.
We are all no doubt aware of the General Election that has been called for Thursday 4 July.  The Newsletter gives details about a number of resources being provided by the Church to help each of us come to a personal decision about how we will exercise our right, duty and privilege to vote.  It is essential that we give due consideration to this guidance, amidst all the other information that we will be receiving from different sources over the next few weeks.
This week also sees the celebration of the Feast of St Boniface, the Patron of our Diocese.  Boniface is traditionally believed to have been born in our neighbouring mid Devon town of Crediton, where the National Catholic Shrine to him in found in the local Catholic church.  Canon Paul, our Diocesan Administrator, has asked that as many parishioners from across the diocese join him there for Evening Prayer and Benediction next Sunday at 4pm.  It would be great to see a good number of our parishioners there to honour St Boniface and to pray for a new bishop for our diocese.
Our new Youth Club for 11-14 year olds will take place again this coming Friday from 7.00-8.30pm in the hall at St James.  It would be great if parents would encourage any children of this age group to come along and spend some time with other youngsters of their own age.
Given the precarious state of our world at this time with wars and conflicts raging in places like Ukraine and Gaza, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a timely document about disarmament and the ethical use of weapons. It is entitled “Called to be Peacemakers” and a link to the document can be found in the Newsletter.
Along with the Newsletter I attach:
  • the weekly guide of a prayerful reading of this Sunday’s Gospel from Monika Manser
  • no 117 of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • the latest newsletter from CHAT
  • a final update for the Lifepath Tiverton event
As always, we keep a special place in our daily prayers for the sick, elderly and anyone who finds themselves with a particular need.
God bless
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Prayer Intention for June

During the month of June, Pope Francis invites us to join him in praying for those fleeing from their own countries: “Let us pray that migrants feeling from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys fraught with danger and violence, may find welcome and new living opportunities in their host countries”. To hear the Holy Father himself introduce this prayer intention, go to

Happy Retirement, Rosie!

After more than four years as our parish secretary, Rosie retired on Friday. Though very sad to see her go, we wish her every blessing for new adventures ahead. She was always a welcoming presence in the parish office and an understanding voice on the end of the ‘phone. We give thanks for her dedicated service to our parish community. That said, we are delighted to know that, even if no longer the parish secretary, Rosie will continue to play an active role in parish life.

Coffee Mornings and a Musical Afternoon Tea

Please put the dates for these regular events to raise funds for the internal fixtures of the rebuilt St James into your diaries:

  • Wednesday 5 June, 3.00-5.00pm, April and John, Musical Afternoon Tea, Greenbank, Old Tiverton Road, Bampton, EX16 9DP.

  • Thursday 27 June, 10.00am-12noon, Christine and Babs, 51 Rackenford Road, Tiverton, EX16 5AF.

  • Wednesday 24 July, 10.00am-12noon, Monika and David, Holmelea, 7 Blundells Avenue, Tiverton, EX16 4DL.

  • Saturday 10 August, 10.00am-12noon, Margaret and Sarah, Stylehurst, Ashley, Tiverton, EX16 5PA.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Boniface

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Boniface, the Principal Patron of our Diocese, in his birthplace of Crediton, will take place next Sunday 9 June, presided over by Canon Paul Cummins. Everyone from around the Diocese is warmly invited to gather from 4.00pm at the church in Park Road, Crediton, for Vespers and Benediction. Light refreshments will be provided.

I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35)

Caritas Diocese of Plymouth invites you to a Zoom event on Thursday 13 June, 6.00-7.00pm, to reflect on Refugee Week which, this year, has as its theme “Our Home”. Pope Francis calls on us to WELCOME, PROTECT, PROMOTE and INTEGRATE people fleeing from conflict and persecution. To reflect and explore what this can mean in practice, you will hear from someone who has been through the asylum system, sustained and supported by her Catholic faith, and from people who have answered the call to help and support in different ways. We all have the opportunity to make a positive difference: from the power of prayer to the warmth of a welcome, to practical support, to donations, to supporting campaigns, to short-term hosting. Together we can improve the lives of people forced to flee danger.

Please come and join in this event to reflect upon how we can make our churches and parishes places of welcome and support for those forced to leave their homes in search of peace and freedom. Please click to register or email

Diocese of Plymouth Summer Camps 2024

Applications are now being taken for places at the Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Summer Camps to be held at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey. Three Camps are being run: Junior Camp (Years 3-6, 4-8 August), Senior Camp (Years 7-10, 28 July-2 August) and St Petroc’s Camp (Years 11-12, 31 July-2 August). Summer Camps are a great opportunity to meet other young people in the Diocese and to get to know each other through games, quiz nights, treasure hunts, days out and much more! For further information, see leaflet in church, contact, or speak to Siobhan Gilroy or Canon Kristian.

General Election 2024

A general election has been called for Thursday 4 July. There is a range of guidance on key issues of importance to us as Catholics. Gospel values inform how we look at the world and these values can also offer a different way of looking at politics.  The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has guidance on issues such as criminal justice, poverty, migration, education, life issues and the environment: CAFOD and SVP have also produced a joint resource ‘Year of Encounter’, with a range of questions to ask potential candidates

If you have not yet registered to vote, you must do so by 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June 2024. If you are eligible, you can do so at: You may also be able to apply for a postal vote.  Photo ID is necessary in order to be permitted to vote. This link gives more information:

Called to be Peacemakers

A new document on disarmament and the ethical use of weapons has been issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Called to be Peacemakers argues that, if we are to take up Christ’s call to be peacemakers in our troubled world, an integral part of this mission involves working to limit the proliferation of weapons and to advance the cause of global disarmament.

Diocesan Newsletter

June’s Newsletter can be accessed at

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 2nd June, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

  • Saturday 1 June – St Justin, Martyr

    • Laudato Si’ Group, 4.00pm, in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 2 June – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Christopher Daly RIP & French Breakfast
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)

    Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

    Monday 3 June – St Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 4 June – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am

    Wednesday 5 June – St Boniface, Bishop, Patron of the Diocese

    • Service of the Word and Holy Communion at 12noon (St Boniface)
    • Musical Afternoon Tea at John and April’s, 3.00-5.00pm

    Thursday 6 June – Weekday

    • Book”/Lunch Group at 12noon at The Waterloo Cross
    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 7 June – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon
    • Prayer of the Holy Rosary at 12.30pm
    • St James and St Boniface Youth Club, 7.00-8.30pm, in the Hall

    Saturday 8 June – The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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

    Sunday 9 June – Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Ann Hughes RIP
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Sung Vespers and Benediction for the Feast of St Boniface at 4.00pm, National Shrine of St Boniface, Crediton