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Even if you feel lukewarm in spirit, draw near to
Jesus with confidence.
February 23, 2020
The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the Gospel Reading this week Christ is asking us to love those who hurt us. How is love shown to a person by helping him towards hell?
So, in exhorting us to turn the other cheek Christ is not commanding us to be an enabler of people doing bad things. He is exhorting us to love even over our enemies as ourselves. If we love our enemies in this way, we will want to help them be what we ourselves want to be: people trying to love and obey Christ.
So, think of Christ’s command to turn the other cheek this way.
Ordinarily, a person given to evil will become worse and worse if he thinks he can hurt others with impunity. That is why to threaten him with reprisal is to tug him back from his own moral destruction. But sometimes a person is so sunk in evil that no threat of punishment would deter him. And then your best bet is to let him hit you again. If he does, he may finally understand the evil in himself and hate it.
This attitude of turning the other cheek, expressed a non-violent resistance.
… The power of prayer will do two things for our enemies: it will change that person for the better and it will make us become more like children of our heavenly Father
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On February 26th, Ash Wednesday, we will have Mass at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. We will also have a School Mass at 10:15 am with the students and staff of St. Bonaventure School. The marking with ashes will occur at the three masses.
2020 - St. Bonaventure Baseball
Registration for the 2020 Season of the St Bonaventure Baseball League opens February 10th. Please use the link below to access the registration form. Forms are also available at the Parish Ministry Centre or the School office.
The League is for children in Kindergarten to Grade Eight. We have many volunteer opportunities available for high school students as well as adults who would like to coach a team. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved in this wonderful Parish tradition.
→ 2020 Registration Form
And Now, A Word from Our Pastor
Save the Date: Sunday March 8, 2020
1:30 PM Parish Centre
When I was a student in the seminary, a professor told us: “It’s begun with the taking of life at its beginning, it will go further with the taking of any life.” He was predicting euthanasia. We didn’t believe him. It’s here. It’s called MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying).
On Sunday, March 8, Sister Mary Rowell will join us for a presentation on this topic. Sr. Mary is a religious Sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Canada, a professor of Theology at Regis and St. Michael College at the University of Toronto, and a bioethicist. Sister has earned a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics and a Doctorate in Theology. She is well prepared to lead us in reflection on what and why our Catholic Tradition teaches about life and natural death. Sister will explore appropriate physical and spiritual care of the dying.
I hope you will be able to participate in what will be an important and enlightening gathering.
Many thanks to the CWL for sponsoring this presentation.
Following his election, Pope Francis stood on a balcony overlooking a sea of people in St. Peter’s Square. His first words weren’t “The Lord be with you” or even “God bless you.” Pope Francis simply said, “Good evening.” It sounds strange, but was it? When Jesus met the woman from Samaria at the well, He didn’t start by saying: “Let’s talk about your relationship with God.” He said: “Please give me a drink of water.” Jesus engaged the lady in a basic human conversation, literally where she was- at a well. Hearing His request, she became intrigued; people usually shunned her, Jesus didn’t. She felt drawn to Him. Pope Francis imitates Jesus; he meets people where they are. He expresses simple human sentiments; he pays attention to them. A priest who has known him for years said: “Pope Francis is without attitudes (when he meets people) because he is authentically involved with the person who is in front of him.” And people are attracted to Pope Francis and through him to the Lord; he imitates. What a great example. What a great relief. To bring Jesus to others and others to Jesus we don’t need theological skills or just the right words. We only need to pay attention to the other, meet them where they are, and treat them as they are- fellow children of God.
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast & 40 Cans for Lent and CWL Bake Sale - Sunday, February 23rd
Tickets will be available at the back of the Church after the weekend Masses and at the Ministry Centre.
Tickets are $5.00 for Adults and $2.00 per Child (ages 4 to 10).
The CWL will be having a Bake Sale during the breakfast.
All donations of baked goods will be gratefully accepted from 8:00 am on that Sunday in the Parish Hall.
Proceeds from the breakfast and bake sale will be donated to the Franciscan Seminarian Program in memory of Friar Boniface.
Please bring a can of Tuna in support of the Community Share Food Bank. Thank you!
Nurturing our Spirituality in the Second Half of Life - Seeking a More Contemplative way of Life
2020 Winter Programme
Tuesday Mornings; Coffee & Treats 9:30 to 11:45 am
Other Dates and Programme Topics:
March 03~ Contemplating the wisdom of Sr. Nuala Kenny – By Maureen McDonnell
March 10 ~ Exploring obstacles to and challenges in maintaining a contemplative practice in everyday life. By Odilie Gaudet and Maureen McDonnell (Spiritual Directors and Retreat Facilitators)
March 31 ~ Understanding the Contemplative Dimension of Christianity. By Kathy Murta, interfaith facilitator at the Loretto Mary Ward Centre
April 21 ~ Orfe Eco-Art: Join our Journey of Discovery. By Orfe Millan Orfe strives to teach children and adults love for our beautiful planet and create, through different artistic techniques and the use of recycled materials, magical and wonderful worlds, as they explore and discover the potential of their creativity.
May 12 ~ Franciscan Contemplative Tradition – Br. Ignatius Feaver, O.F.C., Cap. and luncheon – A Celebration of Community
There is no monetary cost for this program.
For more information: Maureen@st-bonaventure.ca
or call Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571 Ext 550
Theology and Tea
The next T&T will be Thursdays, March 5th & 12th; April 02, 23 & 30, 2020 after the 9:00 am Mass in the Francis Room. All are welcome, bring a friend and spirit of holy adventure to explore and appreciate God’s presence in our world and in one another.
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 23, 2020
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Do you feel called to help people get closer to God? If you think God is calling you to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister, visit www.franciscans.org;
www.vocationtoronto.ca or speak with one of the friars.
† FRIAR BONIFACE REINHART, OFM CONV.
Friar Boniface (William) Reinhart, OFM Conv. was born in Breslau, Ontario, on September 19, 1927 and entered eternal life on December 28, 2019. He was the youngest of 10 children born to the late Edward and Emma (née Sherrer) Reinhart. In addition to his Franciscan family, he leaves behind his sister Margaret Sabiston and sister-in-law Bernice Reinhart. Friar is predeceased by three brothers; Wilbur, Jim and Edgar and three sisters; Venette, Mary, Dorothy and two siblings who died at birth. Friar Boniface will also be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Friar Boniface entered the Franciscan Novitiate on August 20, 1948 in Cohoes, NY. He made his Profession of Temporary Vows on August 21, 1949 and his Profession of Solemn Vows on October 4, 1952. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1954. He studied at the Franciscan College of St. Bonaventure in Rome, Italy from 1951-1955 receiving a Degree in Theology in 1955.
During his years as a Franciscan friar priest, he served in many parishes in the U.S. and in Canada. His first assignment was as Assistant pastor to the Italian parish of St. Francis in Hoboken, NJ. After ministering there for three years, he was assigned to St. Anthony Friary in Toronto where he was the promotion manager of The Companion, the Canadian Franciscan Magazine (1958-1960). Moving on from that ministry in 1960, Friar Boniface served as both Teacher and Spiritual Director at St. Francis Seminary, Staten Island, NY for the next six years. In 1968, he returned to Canada and was assigned to St. Francis Parish in Montreal, Quebec as Associate and then as Pastor. He then accepted the assignment to become the pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Kingston, Ontario in 1976. In 1982 Friar Boniface was elected as the second Custos of the Franciscan Custody of St. Francis of Assisi in Canada which was founded in 1976. Serving as Custos he resided in St. Raphael Friary in Burlington, Ontario from 1982 to 1984 and in 1984 was assigned to St. Anthony Friary in Bramalea, Ontario where he also served as Associate Pastor until 1994. In 1994 Friar Boniface received his last and longest assignment to St. Bonaventure Friary in Don Mills (Toronto) where he served with joy and holiness as a friar priest until his death on December 28, 2019. Friar Boniface will be remembered for his powerful preaching, ministry of healing prayer, exuberance for life, and his wonderful laughter.
A Vocation Prayer
Loving and Generous God, it is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You. Help us to grow in the Love and Service of our Church as we experience it today.Give us the energy and courage of Your Spirit as we make all things new.Grant us faith-filled ministers who will embrace Christ’s Mission of love and justice.Bless our faith community by raising up dedicated, generous disciples who will serve Your people as Sisters, Friars, Priests, Deacons and Lay Ministers.Open our hearts to hear Your call and inspire us to know You better.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
†Friar Canice Connors, OFM Conv.
Born on December 3, 1934 in Hazelton, PA, Fr. Canice entered the Franciscan Friars Conventual in 1954 and made his vows as a friar on August 15, 1955. Fr. Canice was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1961. After receiving an MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, he pursued an MA in psychology from the University of Ottawa. Fr. Canice dedicated many years to the education and formation of young people as headmaster of Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1971 he was awarded a PhD in psychology.
Fr. Canice continued to serve God’s People as a member of the Archdiocesan Chancery of Baltimore, MD. Blending remarkable expertise with deep compassion, he served as Director of Southdown Institute in Holland Landing, Ontario and St. Luke’s Institute in Silver Spring, MD. Fr. Canice shared his years of experience as a friar-priest with seminarians when he was Rector of St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, NY.
In 1997 Fr. Canice received the President’s Award of the National Federation of Priests Councils in acknowledgement of his service to the Gospel of Jesus. He served his brothers in the Franciscan order as Minister Provincial of The Immaculate Conception Province, leading the friars in lives of community and ministry. He served other fellow religious as a member of the Board of Directors, Vice-President and President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. As pastor, Fr. Canice led the Parish of Our Lady of Mercy in Winston-Salem, NC. He also was the Rector and Pastor of the Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse, NY.
In 2008, our friend, Fr. Canice, came to us as a member of St. Bonaventure Friary, Toronto. We remember him as a man of great spiritual stature, preaching the Word of God with depth and wisdom. His “Theology and Tea” sessions sparked wonderful discussions as he led us in exploring our call to practical holiness and generous service. Fr. Canice was father, brother and friend to us.
When his health declined, Fr. Canice moved to Mercy Nursing Facility, Lackawanna, NY, where he continued to minister the Sacraments to his fellow residents until Sister Death called him home on March 17, 2019. He was laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.
MAY HEAVEN BE HIS AND MAY PEACE BE OURS.
† Friar David G. Suckling, OFM Conv.
Friar David G. Suckling, OFM Conv., was born in Toronto on May 3, 1932 and away on March 31, 2019. He was the son of the late Geoffrey and Margaret (nee Kirk) Suckling. Friar David was a beloved brother his Franciscan Family and father to his children: Chris (Hermie), Sara Cornfield (Alan), Donald MacDonald (Zoe), Molly Srebot (Mike), Michelle Newman (Bruce) and †Vivienne Brown. He is remembered by his grandchildren Stephanie (David), Nadia (Sam), Danielle (Adam), David, Kyle (Steph), Miles, Piers, Rowan, Berit, Connor, Tamsin, Tallis, Jason (Sharon), Tammy, Jamie, Katie, Emily, Rebecca, Tiffany (George) and Miranda (Jeff). Fr. David will be greatly missed by his grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Friar David served in the Army Reserved from 1960-61. He and his wife †Margaret Mary Suckling, who died in 1990, raised their family on their farm. Having lived as a Secular Franciscan, the notion of a further call into the Franciscan way of life filled his heart. On August 13, 1995, Friar David made his Profession of Temporary Vows. And on September 20, 1998 he made his Profession of Solemn Vows as a Franciscan Friar. Friar David lived in the Friaries of St. Anthony and St. Bonaventure in Toronto. We remember him as a gentle minister in our parish of St. Bonaventure and beloved fatherly presence in the Catholic School of St. Bonaventure. He served as a Member of the Boards of the Messenger of St. Anthony, the Tobias House: Caring in the Spirit of St. Francis, Retired Religious of the Archdiocese of Toronto at the Houses of providence and The Friends of St. Francis: St. Clare Inn. We thank God for the gift of knowing Friar David. We will miss his warm smile and Franciscan spirit. May the Angels lead him into Paradise.
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