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




                            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



                                                                             Seeing Jesus

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 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 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.

ShareLife Sunday:

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:

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 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


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



Those who have not pick up their Sunday Offertory Envelopes they are moved back to the North side of the Church for your convenience. Please contact the Parish Office with any address changes.

As we are finalizing the donations receipts for 2017, please notify the Ministry Centre of any changes to your address and telephone number by the end of this month.


            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.


Fr. Tom Reist, OFM Conv.

Parish Manager:

Connie Durante

Lay Pastoral Associate:

Gregory Beath

Minister with Maturing Adults:

Maureen McDonnell

Pastoral Assistant:

Nimfa Chua

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


Franciscan Ministries

1320 Leslie Street, Ste. 200

Toronto ON M3C 2K9


St. Anthony of Padua

Mission Aid

1320 Leslie Street, Suite 100

Toronto ON M3C 2K9







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