Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year B)

World Communications Day

Sunday 12th May 2024

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers
It’s been a busy Saturday so far. We have had our Parish Summer Fete in the glorious sunny weather.  It was great to see some many adults, young people and children gathered and having a fun time together, accompanied by the excellent singing of the St John’s School Starmakers!  Thank you to Siobhan Warne and her trusty band of helpers for all the preparation and organisation, to our “Polish Chefs” (Anna, Hugo, Karol and Przemek) for the tasty barbeque and to Scott Lawson for generously transporting tables to and from school.  It was a really successful parish family event.
The Fete was immediately followed by the joy of welcoming baby Maeve Fullarton into the Church through baptism.  It was a real joy to celebrate this special sacramental occasion with her parents, godparents and family and friends from the surrounding area and from Ireland. It is wonderful to see our parish family continue to grow.
After the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord last Thursday, we are entering into the final week of the Easter Season, which will conclude next Sunday with the Solemnity of Pentecost, the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit and the coming to birth of the Church.  We are called to reflect on the charismatic nature of the Church, a gathered people in which everyone of us without exception is gifted by the Spirit, that is, endowed with spiritual gifts or “charisms” for our own good and for the good of others, in order to continue the mission of Christ.
Together with the Newsletter this week I attach:
  • the weekly guide to a prayerful and reflective reading of the Sunday Gospel, from Monika Manser
  • the latest edition of Inspire, from Deacon Peter
  • the May Newsletter from the Parish Laudato Si’ Group.
We have a number of people sick and in hospital or in hospice at this time, so please do remember them in your prayers.  We continue to commend to the eternal embrace of God Gerry Kelly, whose Requiem Mass is on Monday, and Peter Jee, who died last week.  May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
That we and the whole world might be blessed with the peace of the Risen Lord!
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

World Communications Day

This Sunday is the 58th World Communications Day and the theme this year is “Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Towards a Fully Human Communication”. Pope Francis’ Message for this day can be read here. There will be a retiring collection to support the work of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in their engagement with the various forms of national media to spread the message of our Faith.

New Lectionary and Sunday Missal

On the first Sunday of Advent this year, a new lectionary will be introduced at Mass which will use a different translation of the Scriptures – the English Standard Version Catholic Edition – and a revised translation of the Grail Psalms – the Abbey Psalms. As a result, all existing people’s Missals will be out of date. A revised Sunday Missal from the Catholic Truth Society will be available for £19.95. However, if we order it via the Augustinian Recollects in Honiton, they will give a 10% discount. If you would like to order a revised Sunday Missal, please put your name up on list at the entrance to the church.

Thy Kingdom Come 2024

Thy Kingdom Come is an international and ecumenical movement between the Feasts of Ascension and Pentecost, started in 2016 by the Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York, that is a call to prayer to Christians around the world. Over the last few years, Churches around the world have gathered online or in their towns to kneel and pray that the Gospel may be heard by all people.  As Pentecost approaches, the Christian family is invited to gather and pray together at “Bow Down” in West Exe Park, Tiverton next Sunday 19 May, 9.00-9.30pm (sunset).

Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Boniface

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Boniface in Crediton – the place of his birth – will take place on Sunday 9 June, presided over by Canon Paul Cummins. Everyone from around the Diocese is warmly invited to the celebration of the Feast of Saint Boniface, who is the Principal Patron of our Diocese. Pilgrims are invited to gather from 4.00pm at the church in Park Road, Crediton, for Vespers and Benediction. Light refreshments will be provided. Additionally, there is an exciting Crediton and Community Celebration at Newcombes Meadows from 12noon-4.00pm, featuring bands, a bar, games, street food, and a Saxon Fayre. For further information, please see poster or e-mail

Laudato Si’ Week 2024 – Seeds of Hope

Laudato Si’ Week begins on Sunday 19 and ends on Sunday 26 May. This year’s theme is inspired by the symbol for Season of Creation 2024, “first fruits.” You can find resources to reflect on and respond to Laudato Si’ in the light of your faith, including prayers and ideas for practical action relating to climate change, the environment and sustainable development here. This year Caritas Diocese of Plymouth is offering a series of events at Plymouth Cathedral to mark its fifth anniversary and Laudato Si’ Week: The latest Newsletter from our Parish Laudato Si’ Group is attached to this Newsletter.

Third Annual Mass for Marriage

You are invited to take part in the third Annual Mass for Marriage at 12noon on Saturday 8 June at the Cathedral in Plymouth. Send your anniversaries to add to the Order of Service, whether you have been married for one week or for more than 60 years. If you are engaged, you can also send the date of your wedding. Light refreshments will be provided and wedding cake! For further information, contact:

200 Club Winners

Congratulations to Andrew Tosh who won the £30 prize and to Rosie Croker who won the £20 prize in the May draw. The 200 Club is an ongoing fund raiser for the Parish and new members can join for as little as £1 a month. Please speak to either Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James or Teresa Cummings at St Boniface. 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 26 July to 1 August 2024. Details of the Main Pilgrimage and those for the Youth Pilgrimage can be found on the noticeboard. Contact Fr Chris Findlay-Wilson, the Pilgrimage Director for further information (01202 746539).

Caritas Anniversary Newsletter

This May marks the fifth anniversary of Caritas Diocese of Plymouth’s launch. Read about the work they have done and continue to do here.

Feast Day of St Rita of Cascia

The Feast Day of St Rita of Cascia takes place on Wednesday 22 May. As usual, there will be a day of celebration at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton, beginning with Mass celebrated by Fr John Dockerty at 12noon, followed by the blessing and distribution of roses for the sick. The celebrations will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3.00pm. Contact Krista Rodzina for further information (01404 42635).

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.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 12th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter

  • Saturday 11 May – Easter Weekday

    • Parish Summer Fête at 11.30am-1.30pm
    • Holy Baptism of Maeve Corrigan at 2.00pm
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 12 May – Seventh Sunday of Easter (B)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Reception of the Body at 4.00pm

    Monday 13 May – Our Lady of Fatima

    • Requiem Mass for Gerry Kelly RIP at 12.30pm
    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 14 May – St Matthias, Apostle

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Interim Meeting of Parish Pastoral Council at 7.00pm in the Hall

    Wednesday 15 May – Easter Weekday after Ascension

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

    Thursday 16 May – Easter Weekday after Ascension

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 17 May – Easter Weekday after Ascension

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon
    • Prayer of the Holy Rosary at 12.30pm

    Saturday 18 May – Easter Weekday after Ascension

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

    Sunday 19 May – Pentecost Sunday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am Kathleen Hatherley RIP (anniv)
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Bow Down”, 9.00-9.30pm, West Exe Park, Tiverton