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                                     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.               


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St. Bonaventure Baseball League

Our 2019 Season started on April 30th. The 2019 Baseball Schedules by Division are listed below. Pick one and click!  Enjoy the season!


                                                  2019 T-Ball Schedule

                                                  2019 Rookie Ball Schedule

                                                  2019 Softball Schedule

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                                                            June 16th, 2019


                             The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity



                                                                                        The Truth

     In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains how we ourselves come to the Truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, and Christ is the Truth. So, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. And he guides Christ’s people to all truth.

     When a person opens to Christ, who is the Truth, then the Spirit of Christ comes to dwell in her. And the indwelling Spirit brings with him the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel and knowledge (and others). A person who loves Christ and has the Spirit of Christ with her knows the Lord. And in the light of that knowledge, she can also see a lot of things that she would have been blind to before she came to love the Lord. The knowledge of the Lord puts a lot of things into perspective. With that perspective, she will understand something of the great arc of creation which begins from the Lord and returns to the Lord, and she will see the goodness of the Lord operative in it. And so she will be able to discern the great good things in life from the small ones. And this is wisdom.

     And with these gifts of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, she will also have insight into the means for finding the great good things of the Lord. This insight is the gift of counsel. So, because she opened to the Spirit of Christ and knows the Lord, she has these gifts of the Spirit.

     If you don’t know where the truth lies, and the Spirit of Truth is within you, then you can just ask him. And then the Spirit of the Lord, who is truth, will lead you to all truth, as the Lord says.


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                                And Now, A Word from Our Patron Saint


When we pray, the voice of the heart must be heard more than the voice of the mouth.

                                                                             St. Bonaventure

                                 And Now, A Word from Our Pastor

Happy Fathers’ Day. In our Catholic tradition some thoughts today turn to St. Joseph. Last week at the Pentecost Mass at St. Peter’s in Rome, a large banner, portraying St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, flew from the façade of the Basilica. Makes sense. If Joseph was the one who watched over and cared for Jesus Christ, he must be watching over caring for the church, the Body of Christ too. He’s a good choice to do that − patient (the poor man never complained once when the angels kept waking him up, telling him to move); faithful (from Nazareth to Bethlehem, to Egypt and back he was always there); quietly wise (Joseph knew that what he did was more important than anything he could say); holy (he lived in the presence of the Son of God).


St. Joseph, pray for us; and be a blessing to fathers and to all those who imitate you in your patience, faithfulness, quiet wisdom and holiness as they watch over and care for others. Amen.


St. Bonaventure’s Ministry with Maturing Adults

                              Upcoming Events



   Tuesday, June 18th, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Bonaventure Room with coffee and treats

This is an invitation to all parishioners and your summer guests to attend the remarkable documentary film:

BEE NATION. (Hot Docs, 2017, Opening Night Selection)

“Bee Nation is a Canadian documentary produced and directed by Lana Šlezić. The film follows the inspirational stories of six students in the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada. Through the eyes of students, parents and educators, we learn of the challenges and opportunities awaiting the First Nation students in Saskatchewan as they strive to make it to the National Championships in Toronto; the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

Also, we will present some contemporary Indigenous authors and their recent books.


     Let’s share our enjoyment of more films and books like the film and some books that will be presented on June 18th.  Connecting with others and enjoying community spirit. Tuesdays, July 9 & 23; and August 6 & 20, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, mark you calendar! All are welcome – bring a friend. Contact Maureen McDonnell, 416-4475571 ext. 550 or


Theology and Tea

The next T & T will be on Thursday, June 20th after the 9:00 am Mass. Come and join Friar Mark for some time to ponder and enjoy our relationship with God. The sessions are open to all parishioners and their friends.            






Over seven hundred and fifty years ago, St. Bonaventure discovered the relics of St. Anthony. This month, one of these precious relics will be visiting Ottawa from the Saint’s Basilica in Padua, Italy.

     St. Anthony is often remebered as a help in times of loss. We invite you to come and ask for his intercession for more than the loss of material things, but also for those who have lost peace of mind or who have lost a sense of direction. We will pray for his help that we might truly build a just society where no one is left behind, forgotten or lost. Services will be held at the times and locations listed below.


Mississauga, ON., St. Christopher’s Parish,

1171 Clarekson Road North

Saturday, June 8th   

   Veneration of the Relic: from 3:00 pm

   Celebration of the Eucharist: 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 9th  ◊

   Celebration of the Eucharist: 8:30 am,10:00 am, 12 noon

   Veneration of the Relic throughout the day


Whitby, ON., Holy Family Parish, 91 Ribblesdale Drive

Tuesday, June 11th

  Celebration of the Eucharist: 9:00 am

  Veneration of the Relic throughout the day

  Celebration of the Eucharist: 7:00

Toronto, ON., Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure

1300 Leslie Street

◊ Thursday, June 13th

   Celebration of the Eucharist: 9:00 am

   Veneration of the Relic throughout the day

   Celebration of the Eucharist: 7:00 pm

Etobicoke, ON., All Saints Parish, 1415 Royal York Road

◊  Saturday, June 15th  ◊

   Veneration of the Relic from 2:00 pm

   Celebration of the Eucharist: 5:00 pm

   Veneration of the Relic: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

◊  Sunday, June 16th  ◊   

   Celebration of the Eucharist: 8:00 am in Italian,

   9:30 and 11:30 am in English

   Veneration of the Relic until 1:00 pm


  For more information call Anna Marziliano at 416-690-9904



                                World day of Prayer for Vocations

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                                            Embracing Love

                                        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


Stewardship: A Way of Living

June 9th, 2019 Offertory Collections

Thank you for your generous donations.

Regular Collection ………………………     $ 7,883.15

ShareLife ….…….………………………….     $ 1,300.00

Marygrove Camp ………………………        $  2,900.30

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

Donate Now ………………………………      $      328.00


TRINITY SUNDAY ~ June 16, 2019

Living the Gospel by helping homeless youth


On any given night, 6,000 people across Canada between 16 and 24 have nowhere to call home. This represents 20% of the total homeless population. The ShareLife-supported Rights of Passage program at Covenant House is making a positive difference in the lives of homeless youth on the streets of Toronto. The program matches adolescents with mentors who help them build life skills. By supporting ShareLife, you’re helping at-risk youth prepare for life on their own.


            Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife 

              through your parish or






Please join the Friars in prayer as they mourn the passing of their brother, Fr. Firmin Finn, OFM Conv., who entered eternity on May 4, 2019.


Please join the friars in prayer as we mourn the death

of † Friar Joseph Madden, OFM Conv., who entered eternal life on April 22, 2019. A native of Massachusetts, Fr. Joe made his Franciscan vows in 1957; he was ordained a friar-priest in 1962. Fr. Joe lived a rich life of Franciscan fraternity and ministry as a parish priest, mentor for friars in training, teacher and hospital chaplain in the United States, in Costa Rica, and 12 years in Canada, during which time he was our pastor here at St. Bonaventure. We will miss his bright smile, gentle ways, and generous spirit. Eternal rest grant to Fr. Joseph, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him.


                             † 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.  



                              †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.


Text Box:  Family of Faith Campaign Update



Totals are as of August 31, 2018


Campaign Goal  

$   960,000

Total Pledged


Total Collected

$   629,783

Parish Share of Collected

$   151,921

Funds Available

$     45,419



Please remember to make your pledge payments.  We have a number of pledges that remain outstanding. Your continued 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

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

Rev. Mr. Sal Badali

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Toronto ON M3C 2K9


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Toronto ON M3C 2K9


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