Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Annual Day for Life

Sunday 16th June, 2024

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear sisters and brothers
This is a weekend of great joy for us as we celebrate the First Holy Communion of 16 of our children from across the parish at St James and the baptism of baby Gabriel Hird at St Boniface. There will be celebrations in the hall after both events!  It is always edifying to see the young lives of our parish community grow and flourish not just physically but also spiritually.  A special ‘thank you’ goes to our parents and catechists who do so much to foster the faith lives of our youngsters.  We also have a growing number of altar servers in the parish and our young people often take their turn in proclaiming the word of God and playing instruments/singing at Mass.  These are all signs of growth and life of which we should be thankful.
This Sunday is always the Day of Life in the Church in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, which focuses this year on the ever-growing important area in society of the care for those who are at the end of life.  Our faith has a very strong message about the dignity and value of all human life from conception until natural death, and the appropriate care and treatment of the sick and dying is a vital and key aspect of a truly moral society.  Please read the pamphlet produced by the three Bishops’ Conferences of these islands for further insight, and a reminder that there will be a retiring collection to support the work of the Church in this essential debate at national level.
You will also see in the Newsletter that there are two job vacancies in the diocese at the moment, one of which is for a new parish secretary here at St James and St Boniface.  This advert is being shared in the surrounding parishes, but obviously it is open also to anyone with the appropriate skills in our own parish!
Along with the Newsletter, I attach:
  • the weekly guide from Monika Manser to a prayerful reading of the Sunday Gospel
  • Inspire no.119 from Deacon Peter
  • the Message for the Day for Life 2024
  • adverts for two diocesan vacancies
  • the Catholic Children’s Society Parish Representative Information Pack
  • the latest newsletter from St John’s School
Please pray as always for those in the parish who are sick, dying or in any need.  This weekend is also Fathers’ Day, so we celebrate and pray for all fathers – birth fathers, stepfathers and spiritual fathers!
God bless
Canon Kristian
Canon Kristian Paver
Parish Priest
Parish of St Boniface and St James Mid Devon
40 Old Road Tiverton EX16 4HJ

First Holy Communions 2024 and a Baptism!

This Sunday at the 10.00am Mass 16 children will be making their First Holy Communion. Do please keep them and their families in your prayers in a special way. The Mass at St Boniface will begin later than usual at 12noon and will include the baptism of baby Gabriel Hird.

Day for Life

The annual Day for Life is celebrated this Sunday. The theme this year is The Lord is my Shepherd – Compassion and Hope at the End of Life. A debate on end-of-life issues has been in the headlines in recent months with calls for assisted suicide being expressed, especially by celebrities, a view that opposes the Catholic view that life is a gift and that we are called to care for others at the end of their lives. Day for Life is marked on the same day by the three Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. The Bishops hope that parishes will be able to prepare to promote the Catholic view of life as a gift and the importance of care at the end of life by reading the resource produced this year containing the Message from the three Lead Bishops and from a hospital chaplain, together with some prayers. There will be a retiring collection to support the Church’s work in promoting the culture of 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:

  • 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.

Diocese of Plymouth Summer Camps 2024

Applications are now being taken for places at the Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Summer Camps at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey. Three: 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 the leaflet in church, contact, or speak to Siobhan Gilroy or Canon Kristian.

A Journey into Faith – Levi Roach

Following an invitation from the Parish Pastoral Council, Levi Roach, who was baptised here at St. James at the Easter Vigil, will be talking to the parish about his journey to conversion on Wednesday 26 June from 7.00-9.00 pm in the parish hall.  Please come and join us to learn all about his remarkable and touching story.

Diocesan Youth Event – Segway Olympics and Obstacle Course

The Segway Olympics and Obstacle Course, for young people aged 10 – 16, will take place on 29 June at Devon Activity Centre. During the day, they will have the chance to explore the Scripture verse 2 Tim 1:7, whilst facing the challenges of the Segway Olympics and the wet obstacle course. A recommended contribution is £20 per person or £15 for multiple siblings and those on low income. For more detailed information and to book follow: or contact Saskia at

General Election 2024

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) is encouraging all Catholics to #RegisterToVote before 23.59pm on 18 June 2024 in preparation for the General Election. CSAN have launched a number of resources to help Catholics inform their conscience and navigate the political landscape at this time. Go to for more details.

200 Club

Congratulations to Joe Xavier who won the £30 prize and to Pat Kennedy who won the £20 prize in the June 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.

Volunteering for the Catholic Children’s Society

The Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth) is looking for volunteers to join their small children’s charity in the role of Parish Volunteer to help promote the valuable work they do throughout the Diocese.  The long-term goal is to have a representative in every parish.  You can choose the level of involvement you have as a Parish Volunteer, depending on the amount of time you have and how confident you feel. If you would like to consider becoming a Parish Volunteer for the Catholic Children’s Society, please contact Vicki Dunstone, the Fundraiser & Communications Officer for CCSP, on 01364 645420 or email A copy of the Parish Volunteer Information Pack is attached to the Newsletter.

Diocesan Vacancies

The Diocese is recruiting for two posts: (1) Parish Secretary for St James and St Boniface, Mid Devon – 16 hours per week, Tuesday-Friday, based at The Presbytery, 40 Old Road, Tiverton – to manage the administrative and secretarial support to ensure the smooth running of the parish and to enable the parish priest to carry out his diocesan responsibilities. Closing date 1 July 2024; and (2) Bookkeeper Exeter – homebased in Exeter/Torbay with regular travelling across Devon. 17.5 hours per week, flexible working days and hours between Monday and Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm – with responsibilities that range from entering monthly receipts/payments onto an online accounting system to training non-financial team members. Closing date 24 June 2024. For more information about both roles and to obtain a full job description, please visit the careers page on the Diocese of Plymouth website. To apply, please send your application form and covering letter to

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 16th June – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Saturday 15 June – Weekday

    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 16 June – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

    • Holy Mass with First Holy Communions at 10.00am Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 12.00noon (at St Boniface) with Baptism of Gabriel Hird

    Monday 17 June – Weekday

    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 18 June – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am

    Wednesday 19 June – Weekday

    • Holy Mass at 12noon (St Boniface)

    Thursday 20 June – St Alban, Proto-Martyr of England

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm Lycyna Rainczak (birthday ints)

    Friday 21 June – St Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

    • 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 22 June – St John Fisher, Bishop, and St Thomas More, Martyrs

    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 23 June – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

    • Holy Mass Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)