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   THE FRANCISCAN CHURCH OF ST. BONAVENTURE

         1300 Leslie St., Toronto, ON., M3C 2K9; Tel.416-447-5571;Fax:416-447-4082

                                              Website: www.st-bonaventure.ca

               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.

                       

 

                                                       

                                                                              June 17, 2018

                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                       

 

What is the farmer’s job in both parables? What is God’s job? Could you ask yourself the same two questions about your ministry, … your job and God’s job? Can you trust God to do God’s job?

According to Pope Francis, who is it that is in charge of the growth of the Kingdom of God? Does the growth require something from us? What happens to our (small, mustard-seed size) gifts when we use them in collaboration with God for the kingdom?

 

When we live like this, (pure of heart, simply and humbly) the strength of Christ bursts through us and transforms what is small and modest into a reality that leavens the entire mass of the world and of history.

 

And important lesson comes to us from these two parables: God’s Kingdom requires our cooperation, but it is above all the initiative and gift of the Lord. Our weak effort, seemingly small before the complexity of the problems of the world, when integrated with God’s effort, fears no difficulty. The victory of the Lord is certain: His love will make every seed of goodness present on the ground sprout and grow.

 

       Pope Francis, Angelus, St. Peter’s Square ~ Sunday, June 14, 2015

 

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                                                                                   Ministry with Maturing Adults

                                                               

                                                                Summer Film and Book Club

                                                                Tuesday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, June 19th, Francis Room.

    Theme: One Road: The Journey Home to Ourselves; The Journey Home to God

 

GUEST PRESENTER: Phil Small is a man who will share his wisdom, compassion and spirituality through readings from his new publication “on the way to here, Reflections on Things that Matter”. Come and enjoy this wonderful, engaging and very popular storyteller, a wise elder! We will engage Phil with questions on his writing and sense of newness in his life as he ages with wisdom and grace.

All are invited to attend, come when you are available. We share books; watch films and videos; take pleasure in discussions while sipping coffee and tea and munching on treats.

 

Contact Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571ext. 550 or maureen@st-bonaventure.ca

 

St. Bonaventure Baseball Finals Day

Saturday, June 23rd

Baseball games start at 9:00 am and the activities including slide, dunk tank and bouncy castle open at 10:00 am. There will be a BBQ and Candy Table open for purchase of food and drinks. Open to the whole community for a fun day in the sun.

Theology and Tea

Next T and T will be on Thursday, June 28th after the 9:00 am Mass. The sessions are open to all parishioners and their friends.

 

                                                               A Letter from Thomas Cardinal Collins Archbishop of Toronto

 

I wish to draw your attention to a deeply troubling issue that has negatively impacted the charitable activities of thousands of groups across the country, including dozens in our archdiocese. In late 2017, the federal government revised its application requirements for the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs program, forcing all applicants to indicate support for a clause that promotes values that go against our faith, such as abortion, in order to be considered. We cannot comply with this unjust requirement.

 

Many groups formally protested the change by applying for the grants but refusing to check the box associated with the offending statement, knowing their applications would be rejected but ensuring their concerns were registered. Hundred of other groups were so discouraged they did not even apply.

 

In the Archdiocese of Toronto alone, at least 150 summer jobs have been jeopardized by the new application requirements. A summer camp for deaf children; employment for developmentally challenged young people, students cutting grass or helping with gardening, people welcoming newcomers to our country – these important community services will be most impacted.

 

Faith communities across the country (and politicians from all parties) Have condemned the new requirement, including the Canadian Council of Iman, the Rabbinical Council of America, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. We should all take note when a government claims to value the contributions of faith communities but requires them to profess a set of values which is against their faith in order to be eligible for government funding.

 

The government must abide by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in its treatment of law-abiding individuals and groups. The fundamental freedoms of conscience and religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression, as guaranteed in the Charter, must be respected and affirmed in legislations, regulations and policy.

 

Many parishes in the archdiocese are holding collections to support the local groups denied funding this year. I encourage you to donate through your parish or online at: bit.lv/donatesummerjobs. More importantly, I invite everyone to visit www.savesummerjobs.ca so you can send a letter directly to your local MP, expressing your deep concern. Respectful communication regarding this unjust policy is very important. The process should take no more than three minutes.

 

As we continue to pray for all those elected to political office, be assured of my gratitude for all that you do to preserve and sustain the faith. St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Toronto, pray for us.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

 

PLEASE NOTE: This special collection will take place next weekend, June 23 & 24. There are empty envelopes at the back of the church, please write your regular envelop number, name and address on the envelope. The Archdiocese will also accept online donations through the DONATE NOW portal accessible at www.archtoronto.org.

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!

 

Requests for Baptism Records

To request a copy of your child’s baptism record, contact the Ministry Centre by phone or email nimfa@st-bonaventure.ca. 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

June 10th Offertory Collections

Thank you for your generous donations.

Regular Collection: $7,345.85

Marygrove Camp Offering: $ 3,217.05

Pre-Authorized Giving: $ 2,926.00   

Donate Now: $ 328.00

 

Second Collection:

June 23 and 24 – Canada Summer Jobs Collection

 

ShareLife Total: $73,476.31

We are grateful to those of you who have generously contributed to this year’s ShareLife campaign. You can still make a gift through the parish collection plate or donate online at: www.sharelife.org . Thank you for your generous support of the parish and of ShareLife!

 

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:  development@archtoronto.org

                                                                           

2018 Offertory Envelopes

2018 Offertory Envelopes have been moved to the Ministry Centre.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!

                                

     

    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.

  

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

 

The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure         
Report to our Parish community on the Financial Results for 2017      
                     YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31
2017     2016
For the year, Parish support through weekly collections,
Easter & Christmas offerings amounted to:  $       662,733  $       687,630
Out of these receipts, we must meet the operating 
expenses for the Church, which were:
 Salaries and benefits ( Note 2 )             412,905           454,493
 Parish Operations ( Note 3 )           139,845             157,902
 Maintenance & Utilities ( Note 4)           107,981           119,394
 Archdiocesan Assessment  ( Note 5 )           105,697           110,491
Total Operating Expenses  $       766,428  $       842,280
 Since our regular collections and contributions were less than         
expenses,  we experienced an Operating Loss of:    $     (103,695)      $     (154,650)
 During the year we received  income from various other sources:
 - Contributions received for Ministry Programmes.  (The Church  
    portion of the Family of Faith Campaign) 78,833 78,288
 - Bulletin advertising, support from The Franciscan Friars and 
    offerings for weddings, baptisms and funerals, interest earned.              39,652             55,183
Total Other Income 118,485 133,471
Net Income (Loss)           $         14,790      $       (21,179)
                   
Maintenance Fund - Collections and Expenses 2017 2016
Opening Balance, 01 January  $       434,857  $       399,322
Collections, contributions and interest earned              57,784             49,551
          492,641           448,873
Expenditures                      -              (14,016)
Closing Balance, 31 December  $       492,641  $       434,857
In 2017 there were no payments from the Maintenance Fund
In 2016, we purchased defibrillators and a new computer server
Balance Sheet as at December 31     2017     2016
Current Assets
 Cash in banks - operating funds  $         98,774  $         93,284
 Accounts receivable, prepaid expenses           226,700           156,474
 Total Current Assets           325,474           249,758
 Reserve Funds (Note 6)           492,641           434,857
Total Assets  $       818,115  $       684,615
Liabilities & Equity
Archdiocesan Assessment Due  $       105,481  $         54,591
Accounts payable           166,966           156,930
Total Liabilities           272,447           211,521
Equity-Excess of Assets over Liabilities           545,668           473,094
Total Assets & Liabilities        $       818,115      $       684,615
The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure -Financial Report - 2017      
Notes to Financial Report              
Note 1. Your Church supported the following  Archdiocesan Campaigns       
                2017 2016
Share Life   $     116,051  $       105,475
Holy Land              5,915                6,342
Papal Charities              2,402                3,010
Marygrove Camp              3,368                3,845
Catholic Missions in Canada & Scarborough Foreign Missions              3,287                3,563
Needs of the Canadian Church               2,556                3,200
Mission Co-op              3,489                5,549
World Mission Sunday              2,909                3,206
Shepherd's Trust               6,621                6,141
Humanitarian Relief              1,597                8,751
Total Archdiocesan Collections   $     148,195  $       149,082
     
In addition ,     St. Clare Inn  $          7,510  $           9,970
  Refugee Project  $                  -  $               974
The Archdiocesan Family of Faith  Campaign was very succesful, raising $1,247,480 in
donations and pledges , 130% of the goal of $960,000. The Parish recieves 25% of the     
pledge payments received by the campaign office during the year & these were:   $     295,368  $       380,197
Note 2. Salaries & Benefits
Salaries & benefits include:
* Salaries for the pastor, associate pastor,  and other pastoral help throughout the year.
* Parish staff includes 3 full-time employees: parish manager, lay pastoral associate and custodian;
   part-time custodian, cook, housekeeper, youth animator and clerical help as required throughout the year.
Note 3. Parish Operations
 These expenses include:
 * Liturgical:   Wine, hosts, candles, music, flowers, vestments, prayer books.
 * Pastoral Ministry: Youth ministry, adult education, retreats, hospital chaplaincy,
help to the needy. 
 * Administration: Office expenses, postage, photocopier costs, weekly envelopes,
stationery, supplies.
Note 4. Maintenance and Utilities
These expenses include:
 * Heat, power and water
 * Landscaping, snow and garbage removal, taxes, insurance
 * Repairs and maintenance
Note 5. Archdiocesan Assessment
 The Archdiocese of Toronto levies a 15% assessment on all parish collections, (excluding  
 maintenance funds, gifts and bequests) to be used to help support poorer parishes as   
 well as helping to build other parishes and support Diocesan services.
Note 6. Reserve Funds consist of: 2017 2016
 Maintenance & Improvement collections held for future use.   $     492,641  $       434,857
                                              
 
 
 

Administration

Those who have not pick up their Sunday Offertory Envelopes they are moved to the Ministry Centre. Please contact the Ministry Centre with any address changes at 416-447-5571.

 

 

            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

416.447.5571

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

closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Friday

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.

Associate:

Fr. Tom Reist, OFM Conv.

Parish Manager:

Connie Durante

Lay Pastoral Associate:

Gregory Beath

Minister with Maturing Adults:

Maureen McDonnell

Pastoral Assistant:

Nimfa Chua

Deacon:
Rev. Mr. Sal Badali

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

 

St. Clare Inn Office

1320 Leslie Street,Ste.200

Toronto ON M3C 2K9

416.690.0330

www.stclareinn.org

Franciscan Ministries

1320 Leslie Street, Ste. 200

Toronto ON M3C 2K9

416.690.5611

St. Anthony of Padua

Mission Aid

1320 Leslie Street, Suite 100

Toronto ON M3C 2K9

416.690.9904

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