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               Text Box:                                            Text Box:                                               GROWING IN SPIRIT, COMMUNITY AND SERVICE

        Inspired by St. Francis we seek to live and proclaim the gospel in our daily lives,responding to

                 the spiritual hungers of the community and becoming an oasis of peace, prayer and service.




                                                                     December 10, 2017

                                                           The Second Sunday of Advent





                                                                                                              ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’


     Compare the statement of John the Baptist that he is, as Isaiah prophesied: “a voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths’” (John 1:23), with Pope Francis’ statement:


My mission of being in the heart of the people…is not

an “extra” or just another moment in life. Instead, it

is something I cannot uproot from my being without

destroying my very self. I am a mission on this earth;

that is the reason why I am here in this world. We

have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by

this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening,

raising up, healing and freeing. All around us we

begin to see nurses with soul, teachers with soul,

politicians with soul, people who have chosen deep

down to be with others and for others.


                                                                                                             Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 273

     How do you share John the Baptist’s mission to proclaim Christ’s coming into the world? Do you do this with words

     or by the way you live? How is John’s message of repentance and judgment different from that of Jesus?


Copyright©2017, Anne M. Osdieck. All rights reserved.



Advent Days of Confessions

Again, this year each parish will have confessions times during the week of December 10 – 16. Confession here at

St. Bonaventure will be on Wednesday, December 13th  from 9:30 to 10:30 am; 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

and 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Days and times of Confessions in other parishes near us:

         Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 78 Clifton Road

December 12, 11 am–12pm, 12:30–1:30pm & 7:30–8:30pm

         St. Louis-de-France, 1415 Don Mills Road

December 12, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

         Blessed Sacrament, 24 Cheritan Avenue

December 19, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm & 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

         St. Timothy’s Church, 21 Leith Hill Road

December 20, 9:45 am-12:00 pm and 7:45 to 9:00 pm  


                                     St. Bonaventure’s Ministry with Maturing Adults

                                                 “Living our Spirituality  in the Second Half of Life”


                                                            2018 Dates and Program Topics


                                     Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, in the Francis Room

                                January 23   Dementia and Alzheimer’s – Fostering Compassionate Presence

                                January 30   Creating Circles of Care – What happens when I or a loved one needs

                                                          support and care at home?

                                February 20 Advanced Care Planning – This spiritual practice of reflection and

                                                         dialogue is for all adults. How to let people in your life know what kind of                                                                                         health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable                                                                                             to speak for yourself.                                                                                                                                                                    February 27 Understanding Islam – Being in dialogue with neighbours

                                March 13       Homeless in Toronto

                                March 20      The Wisdom of Teresa of Avila – Responding to the summons of our elder years

                                April 24         Special Event with luncheon

All are welcome. There is no monetary cost for this program.Contact Maureen McDonnell for more information at  or call 416-447-5571 ext. 550

Theology and Tea

The last session of ‘Theology and Tea’ for 2017 is Thursday, December 21st, 9:30 to 11:00 am, in the Francis Room.

All are welcome!


Christmas and New Year Mass Schedule

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday, December 23rd      5:00 pm

Sunday, December 24th         8:30 am, 10:00 am

                                                          No Noon Mass

The Nativity of the Lord

Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24th        4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm

Christmas Day

Monday, December 25th      10:00 am only


Feast of the Holy Family

Saturday, December 30th    5:00 pm

Sunday, December 31st        8:30 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 noon


Mary, the Holy Mother of God

New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 31st      5:00 pm

New Year’s Day

Monday, January 1st           12:00 noon


“Giving Tree”

Bring the spirit of Christmas to someone in need. We invite you to take a gift tag from our ‘Giving Tree’. The back of the gift tag will indicate the type of gift needed. We appreciate you returning your gift on December 17/18 at the latest. Your gifts will support those who seek help through The Community Share Food Bank, residents at Thompson House Retirement Home and Greenview Lodge Nursing Home.


Unauthorized Handouts and Posting in the Parish

We recently had unauthorized distributions of pamphlets and advertisements in the parking lot and unauthorized posting in the Church bulletin board. Parish sanctioned events, materials and information are not promoted this way. Persons, businesses, and organizations wishing to advertise to our parishioners must speak to Fr. Peter or Connie Durante in order to receive permission to do so. Thank you for your cooperation!


Parking Lot Issues!

Please refrain from parking in the Fire Route in front of the church and in the school area. Emergency vehicles need to have access to these areas. Also, Wheel-Trans can refuse to drop people off or pick them up in fear of getting trapped in the traffic. Please do not park in the accessible parking spots unless you have a proper permit. Anyone parking illegally can be ticketed and fines are severe. There is ample parking in the back of the property. Notices will be placed on vehicles that are improperly parked and the police will be notified. Thank you for your cooperation!

Requests for Baptism Records

To request a copy of your child’s baptism record, contact the Ministry Centre by phone or email Provide your child’s full name, date of birth and approximate date of Baptism. You will also need to provide photo identification such as a copy of your driver’s license or passport.

Requests need to be made 5 days in advance of the time that the record is needed. In keeping with

the policies of the Archdiocese of Toronto, we follow civil legislation pertaining

to privacy and access to information.

Stewardship: A Way of Living

December 3rd Offertory Collection

Thank you for your generous donations.

Regular Collection: $ 9,996.75 

Maintenance Fund: $ 4,042.00

Pre-Authorized Giving: $ 2,926      Donate Now: $ 328


 Second Collections:

December 25th – Christmas Offering


Gifts of Securities

Do you have securities that have gone up in value? You can now make your parish offertory and special collections gifts using securities (stocks, mutual funds, bonds). You will not have to pay any capital gains on securities gift and you will get a tax receipt for the full amount. For more information contact the Development Office of the Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-934-3411 or email:



Youth Ministry

Peter Dosman, Youth Animator for more information,


The 2018 offering envelopes are ready for pick up. Please contact the Parish Office with any address changes.


            Family of Faith Campaign Update

Totals are as of August 31, 2017

Campaign Goal                     $   960,000

Total Pledged                      $1,293,430

Total Collected                    $  629,783

Parish Share of Collected       $  151,921

Funds Available                    $   45,419

Please remember to contribute toward your pledge, which you made to Family of Faith campaign. Your continued payments of your commitment to our campaign will enable us to continue funding ministry that will help in many practical ways to welcome and to serve those who come to our church to encounter Christ. Faith Formation, Ministry for Maturing Adults and Youth Ministry are the three areas of focus for our campaign funds. Your generosity is much appreciated!



Donate Now Please consider making a donation to the parish. We appreciate your support!       

Weekday Liturgy

Monday to Friday, 9 am
Public Holidays: 9 am
Reconciliation: Saturday,

4 pm

Sunday Liturgy
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am, 10 am,

12 noon

Ministry Centre


Office Hours
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Parish Priest
Fr. Peter Knaapen, OFM Conv.

Parish Manager

Connie Durante

Lay Pastoral Associate

Gregory Beath

Minister with Maturing Adults

Maureen McDonnell

Pastoral Assistant

Nimfa Chua

Youth Animator

Peter Dosman

Rev. Mr. Sal Badali

In case of a life and death situation, after office hours, click for contact information


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Toronto ON M3C 2K9


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1320 Leslie Street, Ste. 200

Toronto ON M3C 2K9


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Mission Aid

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Toronto ON M3C 2K9







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