32ns Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 12th November, 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters
The last few Sundays of November (along with the primary liturgical focus of endings, being prepared for the Coming of Christ at the end of time and the fulfilment of God’s plan for all of creation) are replete with a number of specific intentions or focus points. This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, a day when we remember and pray for all victims of war, whether the wars of the past or the wars and conflicts still raging in our world today.  As we remember and give thanks to God for the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedoms in the World Wars of the last century, we continue to pray for all those who continue to fight against oppression and for justice around the world and for all whose lives are being uprooted or tragically ended as a result of warfare and violence. At this time, we cannot help but think of the situations in Ukraine, in Gaza and Israel, in Yemen and Sudan. Let us earnestly pray for the conversion of hearts, for the restoration of peace and justice and for respect for the inviolable God-given dignity of every human being.
By way of prior information, next Sunday is both the World Day for the Poor and Safeguarding Sunday – two very important themes for us, and the last Sunday of the Church’s Year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is Youth Sunday and the Sunday on which we will joyfully celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our young people who have been preparing for this Sacrament over the last year.
The November Newsletter of Caritas Diocese of Plymouth, with news of love in action around our diocese, can be found at
Attached to the Parish Newsletter this weekend is:
  • an aid to a prayerful reading of this Sunday’s Gospel offered by Monika Manser
  • number 88 of Inspire from Deacon Peter
  • the first newsletter from the Parish Laudato Si’ Group on the subject of food
  • the CHAT November Newsletter
  • the November Update from Churches Together in Devon
  • the sheet for your Holy Souls List
Two of our parish community continue to be seriously ill in hospital, a number of parishioners are living with terminal illness and a few are recovering from recent operations.  Please keep them and all our parishioners who are in particular need at this time in your prayer.
May God bless each of us, our community and our world with peace!
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Praying for Dead in November 

November is the traditional month of prayer for all those who have died. As has become the custom, areceptacle will be placed in front of the altar in both ofour 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.

Hands Across the Generations
Tony and Anne Doble invite those from 5 years of age to older teenagers to stay behind after 11.30am Mass at St Boniface next Sunday, 19 November, 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. This type of service project, supported by the Parish Pastoral Council, though simple, is an effective way for our parish community, through its young members, of engaging with people in the wider community.

Music and Singing Afternoon
We will be holding one of our regular music and singing afternoons next 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

Parish Laudato Si’ Group (LSG)
Last week the new Parish Laudato Si’ Group met up and looked at the Pope’s recent Apostolic Exhortation, Laudate Deum, in which he says that ‘our responses have not been adequate and the world in which we live is collapsing and maybe nearing breaking point.’ Fossil fuel emissions and biodiversity loss are the key areas that we urgently need to address. We all agreed there are many positive actions we could all make in our lives as individuals, as a Parish and as a community to support our common home. The LSG decided to produce a monthly newsletter of ideas and tips on a different topic each month to encourage everyone to be part of the solution. This month’s topic is FOOD and the newsletter is attached. Enjoy the challenge!

Homes for Ukraine Matching Service
Caritas Social Action Network, in partnership with St John of God Hospitaller Services, an international Catholic charity with many services for the vulnerable in the UK and Ireland, are matching Ukrainian people displaced by the brutal war with people in the Catholic community willing to host them in their homes for six months. If you have room in your home and in your heart to consider welcoming a stranger displaced by war, they would love to hear from you. Please visit for information.

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.

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 are available at church.

Parish Christmas Draw
Tickets for the Christmas Draw are now on sale, £1 each. Contributions of chocolates and biscuits to add to the prizes would be very welcome. Please leave them at the entrance to church.

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. There will be an opportunity for Adoration and Confession during the day. 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.

Catholic Children’s Society Christmas Cards
Packs of Catholic Children’s Society Christmas Cards, based on drawings done by children of our diocesan schools, are available from today, £3.00 per pack.

Red Mission Boxes
If you have a Red Mission Box that needs to be emptied, please return them to church before the end of November so that Maggie Pulford can finalise the contributions for 2023 to support the work of Missio.

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 in the Hall by this Sunday. If you have any problems, please contact Sheelagh on 01884 256312.

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.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 12th November – Remembrance Sunday

  • Saturday 11 November – St Martin of Tours, Bishop
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo
  • Sunday 12 November – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
    Remembrance Day – For all victims of war
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
  • Monday 13 November – Weekday
    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall
  • Tuesday 14 November – Weekday
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Confirmation Preparation at 7.00pm in the Hall
  • Wednesday 15 November – Weekday
    • Holy Mass at 12noon (at St Boniface) Christopher Sharp RIP (FM)
  • Thursday 16 November – St Edmund of Abingdon, Bishop
    • Holy Mass in Polish at 6.00pm
  • Friday 17 November – St Hilda of Whitby, Religious, and St Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop
    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass with Prayers at 12.00noon Sydney Duggan RIP (FM)
  • Saturday 18 November – Weekday
    • Confirmation Preparation at 11.00am in the Hall
    • Holy Baptism of Idalia Hunt at 1.00pm (St Boniface)
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo
  • Sunday 19 November – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Music Afternoon at 2.30pm