And Now, A Word from Our Pastor
This week we mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady (December 8) – God’s gift of freedom from sin given to Mary from the first moment of her life. Words trying to explain a mystery falter, but poetic words celebrating a mystery may touch the heart. And so, a poem for the feast:
Beloved Mother of us all,
To-day we remember
That, of all earths millions,
You, Mary, in the womb,
Were shining, whole,
You only, O Morning Star,
Lighted the clouds of sin and waiting.
You only, Immaculate Ark,
Glided above the depths of the primal curse;
For You were to bear safely over those waters
Emmanuel, Your little Son,
from whose baby hand
Streams the rainbow up which we climb to God.
Sister St. Francis, S.S.J.
December 8, 2019 ~ Second Sunday of Advent
Pope Francis summed up John the Baptists’ vocation in three key words: “Prepare, discern and diminish.”
John was a man who prepared the way for Jesus without taking any of the glory for himself. … When asked if he was the Messiah, John replied that he was just “a voice” who had come “to prepare the way of the Lord.”
The second vocation of John the Baptist was to discern, among so many good people, who was the true Messiah. When John saw Jesus passing by, he said to the disciples, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” The third vocation of John the Baptist is to diminish himself so that the Lord may grow in the
hearts of others.
… As Christians we too must prepare the way of the Lord, we must discern the truth and we must diminish ourselves so that the Lord can grow in our hearts and in the
souls of others.
Pope Francis’ homily, Santa Marta Chapel, June 24, 2014
Copyright©2019, Anne M. Osdieck. All rights reserved. Permission is
granted to reproduce for parish use.
Lest we Forget
Friar Mark at the Remembrance Day Service (November 11) at Shops at Don Mills.
The service was well attended despite the weather.
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
Dates and programme Topics:
January 14 - The Art of Christian Meditation- Why is comtemplative living in the second half of life so important? by M. McDonnell
January 28 - What are some Meditation/Contemplative practices for deepening our relationship with the Divine? by M. McDonnell
February 11 - An Artistic and Spiritual Pilgrimage with Henri Nouwen
March 03 - Contemplating the wisdom of Sr. Nuala Kenny - by Maureen McDonnell
Other dates for the 2020 Winter Programme: March 10, March 31, April 21 and May 12
For more information: Maureen@st-bonaventure.ca or call Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571 Ext 550
A Warm Bed for Jesus
Girls and boys, please help us to Prepare for Christmas. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
Mary laid Him down in a wooden manger. It must have been uncomfortable. During Advent,
please help us to prepare a comfortable, warm bed for Jesus. Each week take a piece of straw and bring it to the manger near the altar. Put it in the manger and tell Jesus something good you did during the week-like “I said a prayer for my Grandma,” or “I cleaned my room.” Your piece of straw will help Jesus to rest comfortably in a warm bed. Thanks.
Advent Days of Confessions
From December 15 – 21, 2019, each parish in the Archdiocese of Toronto will be holding a Day of Confessions. This week let us make the journey into the heart of our relationship with God. Take a long, loving look at the ways of God calls us to grow. Take this challenge and hold it in readiness for the rich blessing that is manifest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Confession here at St. Bonaventure will be on Friday, December 20th from 9:30 to 10:30 am; 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm and 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Christmas and New Year Mass Schedule
The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24th - No 9:00 am Mass
Masses at 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25th – No 9:00 am Mass
Masses at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon
Feast of St. Stephen, The First Martyr
(Canada: Boxing Day)
Thursday, December 26th – Regular 9:00 am Mass
Feast of the Holy family
Saturday, December 28th – Vigil Mass, 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 29th - Regular Sunday Masses
8:30 am; 10:00 am and 12:00 noon
Mary, the Holy Mother of God
Tuesday, December 31st – Regular 9:00 am Mass
New Year’s Eve Mass – 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day
Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 – 10:00 am only
Theology and Tea
The next T&T will be Thursday, December 12 and 19 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.
2019 - Parish Family Photo Directory
For our Parish Family Photo Directory, new set of dates are added: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 am to 3 pm and Tuesday, December 17, from 2:30 to 8:30 pm. You can sign-up online or there are sign-up sheets at the North side entrance of the Church.
You can also sign up on-line at:
You will be able to view and select from available appointment times. Please contact the Ministry Centre for more information, 416.447-5571.
Offertory Envelopes for the first quarter of 2020 will be mailed out next week by bulk mail directly to your home. For a sample of the envelopes, please check the bulletin boards.
Please let us know if you have moved or there are changes to your phone number. If you are currently not receiving Offertory envelopes and would like to receive envelopes by mail, please contact the office at 416- 447- 5571. Thank you for your cooperation!
Advent Mealtime Prayer When We Light the Advent Wreath
Week 1 ~ Father, St. Paul spoke Your Word and said: “The day is near.” As You bless our food, bless our hearts. May Your Holy Spirit stir up eagerness in our hearts as we prepare to celebrate God-with-us on Christmas Day. Amen.
Week 2 ~ Father, St. Paul spoke Your Word and said: “Welcome one another.” As You bless our food, bless our hearts. As we prepare to welcome Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem, may Your Holy Spirit help us to welcome others with kindness. Amen.
Week 3 ~ Father, St. James spoke Your Word and said: “Be patient.” As You bless our food, bless our hearts. As we draw close to Christmas, may Your Holy Spirit help us to be patient with one another and patient with ourselves. Amen.
Week 4 ~ Father, Isaiah the Prophet spoke Your Word and said: “The Lord will give you a sign.” As You bless our food, bless our hearts. May Your Holy Spirt open our eyes and our hearts to see signs of Jesus in the lights, the songs and the prayers that surround us. Amen.
Requests for Baptism/Confirmation Records
To request a copy of your child’s baptism or confirmation record, contact the Ministry Centre by phone or email email@example.com. 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.
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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