THE FRANCISCAN CHURCH OF ST. BONAVENTURE
1300 Leslie St., Toronto, ON., M3C 2K9; Tel.416-447-5571;Fax:416-447-4082
YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT ST. BONAVENTURE!
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.
March 18, 2018
The Fifth Sunday of Lent
If we should like to see Jesus, we need to look for the fallen grains of wheat around us, the sick and impoverished, the abused and oppressed. If we should like to see Jesus, we need to look for those who are losing their lives, the victims of poverty, abuse, discrimination, and war.
What we need is a new covenant, a covenant of love and forgiveness. We need to have written in our hearts that we are God’s people, that we aspire to be like Christ in transforming the darkness of the world’s pain into the life and joy of Easter.
Jesus who came as ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us, Mt 1:23)
and who promises to be with his people until the end
of the age (Mt 28:20) is hidden in those most in need;
to reject them is to reject God made manifest in history.
U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All,1986:44
Now published in book form, To Love and Serve: Lectionary Based Meditations,
By Gerald Darring
Holy Week and Easter Liturgy Schedule:
Holy Thursday, March 29
No Morning Mass
7:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday, March 30
No Morning Mass
12 noon and 3:00 pm The Passion of the Lord
Holy Saturday, March 31st
11:00 am Blessings of Easter Baskets
8:00 pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 1st
8:30 am, 10:00 am and 12 noon Celebration of the Eucharist
Easter Monday, April 2nd
No Morning Mass
Ministry Centre is closed
Ministry with Maturing Adults
Living out Spirituality in the Second Half of Life
Tuesday Mornings Coffee and Treats 9:30- 11:30 am
in the Francis Room
All are Welcome! St. Bonaventure’s Parish, 1300 Leslie St.
March 20 The Wisdom of Teresa of Avila – Responding to the summons of our elder years - Maureen McDonnell
April 24 Special Event with luncheon (9:30 – 12:30)
There is no monetary cost for this program. For more information email@example.com or call at
416-447-5571 ext. 550
Healing Life’s Hurts Through Forgiveness
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Bonaventure Room
Ginny Doty will be offering a new program: Healing Life’s Hurts Through Forgiveness. The program starts April 18th to May 30th. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Program will be offered to neighbouring Catholic parishes. To register and for more information contact: Ginny at 416-447-5571 ext. 560
The Season of Lent
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting andof abstinence from meat.
Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. The catechumens prepare for their Celebrating of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, while we who are baptized
prepare through penance and prayer to renew our baptismal promises at Easter. During Lent we are encouraged to practice
the privileged forms of penance mentioned in the Gospels: fasting, almsgiving, prayer and works of charity.
Christian fasting obtains its full meaning when we deprive ourselves of food in order to be more open for prayer, to share more in the suffering of those who are starving and to save money for the poor.
During lent we will have the Stations of the Cross on Friday mornings after the 9:00 am mass.
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!
Confirmation as an Adult
Some of us, catechised and practicing the faith, were never confirmed for a variety of reasons. It is possible to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at a later age.
- You were baptised in the Roman Catholic Church;
- You participate in the life of the parish;
- You continue to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ;
- You desire to more fully live his Good News through your life;
- Perhaps you are preparing for marriage;
- Perhaps you have been asked to be a godparent or a sponsor;
- Perhaps you are asking for your child to be baptised;
- and you were never confirmed.
Let us lead you to full initiation in the life of Christ by preparing you to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.
How: 4 sessions
When: Tuesday, April 17, 24, May 1, and 8 (follow-up) from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
Confirmation at the 10 am Mass on May 6, the 6th Sunday of Easter.
Registration: Please contact Gregory Beath at 416-447-5571 Ext. 258, to make an appointment no later than March 28, 2018. Provide a copy of your baptismal certificate recently issued by the Roman Catholic parish where you were baptised.
Requests for Baptism Records
To request a copy of your child’s baptism record, contact the Ministry Centre by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
March 18 – First Offering
April 22 – Second Offering
May 27 – Third 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: email@example.com
Theology and Tea
Next T & T will be on Thursday, March 1st after the 9:00 am Mass, and alternating Thursdays thereafter (except Holy Thursday). The sessions are open to all parishioners and their friends.
2017 Donations Receipts
The 2017 donations have been mailed out. Please notify the Ministry Centre if you have not received your receipt.
For 2018, we made some changes to some of the envelope assignments so your number may be changed.
Please write your name, address and telephone number on your envelop. Thank you!
2018 Baseball Season
We are still in need of coaches and youth volunteers for our T-Ball Division (JK-grade 2). Also, if you are interested in sponsoring a team, we still have availability. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration will be opening on February 20th, with forms available at the Ministry Centre and the school. There are limited spaces per division so register early to avoid disappointment. Registrations are accepted on a first come-first serve basis when accompanied by the registration fee. Registration Form
Living the Gospel by supporting ShareLife agencies
“As we begin our ShareLife campaign, we are encouraged to “Live the Gospel” in all that we do. How do we demonstrate that in our community? Living the Gospel may mean helping single mothers to care for their newborn children, or being available to families facing difficulties, or welcoming refugee families to our community. For more than 41 years, countless individuals have experienced this compassionate care offered by our agencies. Please support our annual archdiocesan appeal during this Lenten season!”
~ Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
ShareLife is the official annual charitable appeal of the Archdiocese of Toronto, raising funds to help support a large family of Catholic Agencies. Annually, ShareLife social service agencies provide services to many people locally and assist countless more in developing countries around the world. They feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, protect the meek and care for the sick. In 42 municipalities, in 225 parishes, and in more than 20 languages, those in need received professional, faith-informed and compassionate care as a result of our generosity.
March 18 is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.
To Support St. Clare Inn...
The Loblaws group of companies admitted to participating in a price fixing scheme relating to packaged bread. In addition to cooperating into the issue, Loblaws has offered a goodwill gesture in the form of a $25 gift card to anyone who has purchased bread from Loblaws, Supercenters, No Frills, Zehrs, Fortinos, Valu-mart etc. over the last 14 years. Registration for the gift cards runs from January 8th to May 8th at www.loblawcard.ca.
Since then, there has been much press about the gift card with a push for individuals to register for the $25 gift card and donate it to a charity. This desire to pass on this goodwill gesture to charities has gained considerable traction over the last month.
Which brings me to St. Clare Inn. Our weekly groceries for residents are purchased at No Frills, which is part of the Loblaws group of companies. Should anyone qualify to register for the $25 Gift Card and are looking for a local charity to support, St. Clare Inn would gladly accept your donated card and use the funds to purchase food at No Frills for the residents of St. Clare Inn. Thanks!
~ Friar Tom Purcell