31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Sunday 5th November, 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers
It was so good to see such a large number of you gathering to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints this last week, which also marked the beginning of the month of prayer for those who have died.  Quite a few lists of names have already been placed in the receptacle in front of the altar.  You can write the names of those who have died and for whom you would like the parish community to hold in prayer on any suitable piece of paper, but I attach the standard sheet to the newsletter again this weekend just in case it is useful.  We will commemorate the names at Mass on Friday 1 December, so please write the names as legibly as possible!
The interview which I did for BBC Spotlight was not shown as expected last Sunday afternoon due to the more important news of the flooding in Cornwall.  Despite being told that it would be rescheduled for sometime this week, this has not happened, so I think it is probably old news by now.  However, I will be interviewed for the Sunday Programme on BBC Radio 4 this Sunday if you really want to have a listen.
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The November edition of the Synod Newsletter from Fr Paul Keys can be found at:
Along with the Newsletter this week, I attach:
  • Monika Manser’s weekly aid to praying with the Sunday Gospel
  • Issue 87 of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • The Synthesis Report from the Synod in Rome
  • the sheet for the list of those who have died
  • the latest Newsletter from the Lighthouse Cafe and Bookshop
  • the adverts for the two Diocesan Job Vacancies
I am sure we are all still earnestly praying for peace and a just solution to the tragic conflict in Gaza, and also please remember our sick parishioners and the sick family members of the members of our parish family, a few of whom are suffering from very serious and life-threatening illnesses at this time.
Praying for you all and invoking God’s blessing on you and those you love
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Hands Across the Generations
Tony and Anne Doble invite those from 5 years of age to older teenagers to stay behind after 10.30am Mass this Sunday for between 30-40 minutes to start making Greeting Cards to send from our Parish to the patients in Tiverton Hospital. Older teenagers may wish to take a card and design it at home and then return it back to Canon Kristian.

Praying for Dead in November
November is the traditional month of prayer for all the who have died. As has become the custom, a receptacle will be placed in front of the altar in both of our churches to receive the names of your loved ones, family, friends and acquaintances who have died and for whom you ask the prayers of the parish community. A sheet is attached to the Newsletter for your names. At the 12noon Mass on Friday 1 December these names will be read out and prayed for publicly, so please write the names clearly so that they can be transcribed.

Synthesis Document from the Synod of Bishops
The Synthesis Document of from the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome was issued this week and is attached to the Newsletter. It is the desire of the participants of the Synod that the Church at all levels should reflect on this document and discern what it has to say to the way we live and work together as a Church.

Laudato Si’ Group – Responding to the Cry of Creation
A Laudato Si’ Group, which looks at ways of highlighting action needed to be taken by individuals, the parish and the wider community with regards to the care for environment, our Common Home, will meet this Saturday, 4 November, at 4.00pm in the Hall. All welcome. The Group will meet at the same time on the first Saturday of each month.

Switch On Support
This year’s parish winter project for CHAT – Switch On Support – is to purchase kettles, toasters and slow cookers to give to people moving into
temporary or new accommodation, who are setting up home with a minimum of cooking appliances. Though these appliances are ordinary, they are vital in the process of creating a home. Items can be left at the entrance to church.

Shoeboxes for Christmas
If you are filling a shoebox as a Christmas Gift for a child in places of poverty and war, these need to be returned to the Hall by next Sunday, 12 November.

Music and Singing Afternoon
We will be holding one of our regular music and singing afternoons on Sunday 19 November at 2.30pm. It is the weekend of the World Day of the Poor, so there will be an attempt to focus on music with that theme in mind, as well as celebrating the end of the Church Year. Everyone is warmly welcomed to come along and play or sing. If you have any suggestions for hymns and music, please email

“Dine for Dignity” at the Masquerade Ball
In order to raise funds for CHAT, a “Dine for Dignity” Masquerade Ball will take place at the Upton Barn and Walled Garden EX15 1RA on Friday 17 November, 7.30-11.30pm. Tickets, which can be purchased via the QR code, include a two-course meal and welcome drink, are £37.50. 18+ only. If you use the code “ZOFIA10” when ordering your ticket, you can get 10% off.

SVP Assistance to CHAT
Recently the Parish SVP group has purchased food and goods for CHAT using money raised at the Skittles Evening in August. The SVP also visits people in their homes. If you know of anyone who would like a visit, please let Simon Coombs (07761 420703) know or another SVP member: Sheelagh Bourdon, Teresa Cummings, Shelagh Eastwood, Tulita Cross, Margaret Found, Maggie Pulford, Peter Scurr and Liz Vanstone.

CHAT Reverse Advent Calendar
The annual Reverse Advent Calendar which is a good way to support the CHAT Foodbank by purchasing an item on each day of Advent is available at church from this weekend. Please take one.

CAFOD World Gifts
The CAFOD World

Gifts Catalogue is available in church from this weekend. World Gifts – from providing a happy queen bee for £4.00 to funding a medical outreach team for £300.00 – are a wonderful way to share the hope and joy of Christmas with our global family. Please take a copy home.

Advent Retreat Day

An Advent Retreat Day – “Prepare a Way for the Lord: Faith and Works” – will be held at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton on Saturday 9 December, led by Deacon Nick Johnson. The day begins at 9.30am and conclude with Mass at 3.15pm. The cost for the day, including lunch, is £25.00. Booking can be made by phone, email or online ( Payment can be made on the day.

Parish Christmas Draw
Christmas Draw tickets go on sale this weekend, £1 a ticket. The draw will take place on Thursday 14 December. Donations for the prizes would be greatly appreciated: bottles, chocolate, biscuits, candles, Christmas items etc.

Children’s Society Christmas Cards
Packs of Children’s Society Christmas Cards are available from today, £3.00 per pack.

Diocesan Job Vacancies
The Diocese has two vacancies at this time: Parish Secretary at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Heavitree, Exeter, and a Finance Supervisor based at St Boniface House, Ashburton. The adverts are attached to the Newsletter and on the church noticeboards.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 5th November – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Saturday 4 November – St Charles Borromeo, Bishop
    • Friends of St James and St Boniface at 9.00am in the Hall
    • Confirmation Preparation with Service of Reconciliation at 11.00am
    • Laudato Si’ Group meets at 4.30pm in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo
  • Sunday 5 November – Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Jessica Bolton (birthday int)
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
  • Monday 6 November – Weekday
    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall
  • Tuesday 7 November – St Willibrord, Bishop
    • Holy Mass at 9.00am
  • Wednesday 8 November – Weekday
    • Service of the Word and Holy Communion at 12noon
  • Thursday 9 November – The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm
  • Friday 10 November – St Leo the Great, Bishop and Doctor
    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass with Prayers at 12.00noon Josie Dunne RIP
  • Saturday 11 November – St Martin of Tours, Bishop
    • Property and Finance Committee at 9.30am in the Hall
    • Confirmation Preparation at 11.00am
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo
  • Sunday 12 November – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
    Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface