Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Year A)

World Youth Day

Sunday 26th November, 2023

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear Sisters and Brothers
We have arrived at the final Sunday of our Church and Liturgical Year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  Not only does this celebration bring to a conclusion our year of walking the road of discipleship with the evangelist St Matthew and centre on the final coming of Christ in fulfilment of all the ancient promises and the Mystery of his birth, life, death and resurrection which we have commemorated over the last twelve months, but it is also the day on which we have a special thought for the young people in our parish and in the Church throughout the world.  As the hymn written to greet Pope St John Paul II at the Gathering of Young People in Wales during his visit to the UK in 1982, our young people “…are the Church of today and the hope of tomorrow, called to trust in God’s word“!  This weekend we want them to hear that message in a particularly resounding way – a message which applies to them always.
To mark Youth Sunday in our parish, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with 12 of our wonderful young people.  As you know, in the absence of a Bishop, each parish priest has been given the ability to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the members of their own parish community.  It will therefore be my privilege to celebrate this last sacramental step in the Christian Initiation of these young people, enabling them to take their place fully within the Catholic Christian community.  Please pray for them, that they will receive a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, who made them children of God at the time of their baptism.  I want to thank all the catechists who have accompanied these young people over the last year and their parents and sponsors who have given their essential support. Your contributions have been vital.
Next Sunday will be the First Sunday of Advent, Year B.  Throughout this next Liturgical Year we will be listening mainly to the Gospel of St Mark although, due to the fact that it is the shortest Gospel, we will also be hearing quite a bit from the Evangelist St John.
Along with the Newsletter this week, I attach
  • Monika Manser’s weekly guide to a prayerful reading of the Sunday Gospel
  • the latest number of Inspire, from Deacon Peter
  • two leaflets relating to the Catholic Children’s Society
  • the latest Newsletter from St John’s School
  • the invitation to the Parish Children’s Christmas Party
As the weather turns colder, please remember to pray for – and to check in on – the sick, elderly, vulnerable and homeless.  Likewise, let us pray that peace and justice will be established in Gaza and Israel, in Ukraine and in all the areas of conflict in our world.
May God bless you.
Canon Kristian

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

Parish of St James & St Boniface

40 Old Road

Tiverton EX16 4HJ

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

This Sunday, the Solemnity of Chris the King, at the 10.00am Mass, 12 of our young people will be confirmed. This is a great blessing for our parish, so please do keep them in your prayers. Please note that the Mass in St Boniface will take start at 12noon as a result.

Youth Sunday

This Sunday is also Youth Sunday, the day on which we celebrate the role of young people and give thanks for their presence within our parish family; we remember that they are the future of the Church, and we pray that they will always know the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit in their lives. It is a day to encourage young people to deepen their relationship with Jesus and explore various opportunities for them within the Church.

The theme for this year’s Youth Sunday is “Come and See”, a welcoming invitation from Jesus to young people, and indeed to the whole Church. It is inspired by words spoken by Pope Francis to young people gathered for the Welcome Ceremony in Lisbon for the International World Youth Day in August of this year: “You are not here by accident. The Lord has called you, not only in these days, but from the very beginning of your days. He called you by name. Let us listen to the word of God that called us by name. Try to imagine these three words written in large letters. Then consider that they were written within you, on your hearts, as if setting the direction of your lives, the meaning of who you are: you have been called by name. Each of us is called by name”. For his full message, go to:

A “Lament and Light” Service

An ecumenical Service will be held this Thursday 30 November at 3.00pm at Holy Family Church in Plymouth (Beacon Park Road, PL2 3LR).  This Service is in response to the 16 days of action against gender-based violence (25 November – 10 December), which is a campaign for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.  The Service will be led by Fr Mark Skelton and Rev. Lizzi Green, followed by tea and coffee in the hall.

Mass for the Souls of those on the November Dead Lists

N ovember is the traditional month of prayer for all those who have died. Mass will be celebrated this coming Friday, 1 December, at 12noon for all those whose names have been placed in the receptacle in front of the altar in both of our churches.

Red Mission Boxes

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

St John’s School Christmas Fair

The St John’s PTA School Christmas Fair will take place this Friday, 1 December, 3.30pm-5.30pm in the School Hall, Melbourne Street, Tiverton.

Advent Taizé Service

An Advent Taizé Service of chants, prayers and reflection will take place next Sunday, 3 December, at 3.00pm at St James. All welcome.

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, including lunch, is £25.00. Booking can be made by phone, email or online ( Payment can be made on the day.

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.

Parish Children’s Christmas Party

The Parish Children’s Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 10 December, 3.00-5.00pm, in the Parish Hall. The invite is attached to the Newsletter. It is important either to contact Margaret on the number provided or to put names on the list at the entrance to church, giving names, ages and any allergies. Please remember that, for children aged 11 and under, parents must remain on the premises at all times.

Parish Christmas Draw

Tickets for the Christmas Draw are now on sale, £1 each. Contributions of chocolates and biscuits to add to the prizes are very welcome.

Catholic Children’s Society Orange Box and Christmas Cards

The last batch of Orange Box sacks raised a fantastic £1445.80 for the Catholic Children’s Society, bringing the total raised so far this year to £4159.77! A couple of posters are attached to the Newsletter giving more information about the items that can be put into the Orange Box and about other fundraising initiatives. Packs of Christmas Cards with designs drawn by pupils in our Diocesan Primary Schools are available for sale at church, £3 a pack. Funds raised go to support families of all faiths and none in these very challenging times.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 26th November – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

  • HSaturday 25 November – Weekday
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 26 November – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (A), Confirmation Sunday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon (at St Boniface)

    Monday 27 November – Weekday

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 28 November – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Monthly Lunch Club, 12noon-2.00pm, in the Hall
    • Society of St Vincent de Paul Meeting at 7.30pm

    Wednesday 29 November – St Cuthbert Mayne, Priest and Martyr

    • Holy Mass at 12noon Deceased Priests and Parishioners RIP

    Thursday 30 November – St Andrew, Apostle

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 1 December – Weekday

    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12.00noon For those on the November Dead Lists

    Saturday 2 December – St Osmund of Salisbury, Bishop

    • Finance and Property Committee at 9.30am in the Hall
    • Laudato Si’ Group at 4.00pm in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 3 December – First Sunday of Advent (B)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)
    • Advent Taizé Service at 3.00pm