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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.

                       

 

                                                       

                                                                                October 21, 2018

                                                         The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                                              

    

                                                                           Are you able to drink this cup?

     In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the enigmatic question: “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” (Mk 10:38): the metaphor of drinking the cup is used in the Old Testament to refer to acceptance of the destiny assigned by God.

     In Jesus’ case, this involves divine judgment on sin that Jesus, the innocent one, is to expiate on behalf of the guilty. His baptism is to be his crucifixion and death for the salvation of the human race. The request of James and John for a share in the glory must of necessity involve a share in Jesus’ sufferings, the endurance of tribulation and suffering for the Gospel. The authority of assigning places of honour in the kingdom is reserved to God.

     Today’s Gospel passage concludes with one of the most important Gospel sayings that indicates Jesus’ messianic mission: “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

     Jesus did not come into the world seeking personal gain, privilege or prestige. Rather, he came to serve, and this entailed giving his life up as a ransom.

     The Old Testament never explained how God could “pay a price” for his people. Only in the passion, suffering and death of his only Son does the price become clear. We become capable of salvation only by offering our flesh and blood.

     All of the sinfulness and evil in the world around us must be borne on our shoulders and in our own flesh. In this way, we share the pain in our own flesh and bones, making it part of our very selves just as Jesus did.

 

By Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, Words Made Flesh. Volume II-Biblical Reflections-Year B

 

                                                                                                      

  And now, a word from our Pastor:

   

Congratulations to Gregory Beath, our Lay Pastoral Associate at St. Bonaventure. This week, at the Archdiocesan Parish Ministry Conference, Greg led a workshop entitled “The Mass: Christ Transforming Us from Worship To Service.” He did us proud. We are grateful to Greg for sharing his expertise and generosity with us, especially in his ministry to families who are preparing their children for the Sacraments.

                                                                                                                                              ~ Fr. Dennis

                                                 

St. Bonaventure’s Ministry with Maturing Adults A Spirituality for the Second Half of Life

                                                 Embracing Wholeness and Challenge

          

October 30 ~ Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias.

Presentation by Nouchine Davarpanah, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto.

Each of us knows someone or of someone close to us that has been touched by a dementia. This event is for anyone interested in understanding Dementias and Alzheimers Disease. Please invite neighbours, friends and family to this foundational presentation and dialogue with Nouchine Davarpanah

All are welcome! There is no monetary cost for this program. For more information contact Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571 ext. 550 or maureen@st-bonaventure.ca

 

Prayer for Families

Forty-eight children have been registered to begin preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Please pray for them and their parents as they prepare to encounter the Lord through these sacraments.

 

Theology and Tea

The next T&T will be on October 25th after Mass at 9:30 am in the Francis Room. Bring a friend, or even an enemy, if you wish. See you soon.    ~ Friar Mark

 

Remembering Our Loved Ones

On the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, we will remember especially our parishioners who died during the past year. Family members have been contacted and asked to bring a lit candle forward during the litany of names. Family members are asked to make themselves known to one of the ushers when you arrive at Mass.

 

As is the tradition, a “Book of the Deceased” will be placed in the church by the baptismal font. Here one may enter the name(s) of non-parishioners who have died during the year to be remembered in prayer.

 

                                      Happy are those who have died in the Lord.

                                             Let them rest from their labours,

                                            for their good deeds go with them.

                                                        ~ Revelation 14.13

 

SCAM ALERT!!!

We have been advised by a number of sources that scammers have created a Gmail account in an effort to impersonate Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and are continuing to email people. NOTE that there is no request for funds in these initial communications - this is often a strategy used by criminals phishing for victims. To this point, the people being targeted are members of religious orders.

              

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

October 14th Offertory Collections

Thank you for your generous donations.

Regular Collection:………………………….  $ 8,885.15

St. Clare Inn Offering ……………………     $ 1,340.00

Pre-Authorized Giving:…………………….. $ 2,926.00 

Donate Now:…………………………………….  $   328.00

 

Second Collections:

November 4 ~ Maintenance Fund Offering

November 18 ~ The Shepherds’ Trust

 

Please remember to update the Ministry Centre with any contact information and address changes

 

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

                                                                           

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


Pastor:
Fr. Dennis J. Mason, OFM Conv.

Associate pastor:

Fr. Peter Knaapen, 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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