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                                                        July 23, 2017


                                     Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


                              The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

                                                 ~Matthew 13. 24-43~

    Matthew is very concerned in his Gospel with the unity of the Christian community. He does not envisions the church as an exclusionary organization, but rather as an inclusive community which is guided by the spirit of the parable of the weeds.

   “let them grow together until harvest”: since its earliest days, the Church has preferred to tolerate different levels of commitment and holiness. 

   An inclusive Church that is kind and lenient toward its own members and toward everyone else should be an inspiration to a divided world that has a tendency to judge harshly, to be quick to anger, and to uproot weeds even at the cost of damge to the good plants.


By virtue of her mission to shed on the whole world the radiance of the gospel message, and to unify under one spirit all men of whatever nation, race, or culture, the Church stands forth as a sign of that brotherliness which allows honest dialogue and invigorates it.

Such a mission requires that we foster within the Church herself mutual esteem, reverence, and harmony, through the full recognition of lawful diversity.


Vatican II, Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 1965:92

by Gerald Darring


Now published in book form, to love and serve: Lectionary based meditations, by Gerald Darring, entire three year cycle, available at




Scripture in the Summer

4 Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm; Francis Room

Four evening gatherings to help you get familiar with the Bible from a Catholic perspective.

Presenter: Lynda Clayton, M.T.S., Facilitator of Bible Study, Coordinator of Alpha for Catholics, RCIA team member and Parishioner at St. Patrick’s Church, Markham.

July 25    ~ How do Catholics read the Bible?

  • Why should I read the Old Testament?
  • What does ancient culture have to do with the writing of the Old Testament and our interpretation of these texts?
  • What does the story of creation say to us today?
  • How do the stories in the Old Testament apply to our lives?

August 8  ~ Do Matthew, Mark, Luke and John seem to disagree?

August 22~ How can Scripture enrich my relationship with God and God’s people?

Contact: Greg at 416-447-5571 Ext. 258


Becoming Catholic (RCIA): For those not baptized, those baptized in another Christian tradition and those baptized Catholic but have not completed their initiation, a process of becoming Catholic involving prayer, inquiry and study is available. Please contact Greg, our Lay Pastoral Associate.



                            8th Annual Linda’s Walk for St. Clare Inn


SAVE THE DATE to Walk the Walk!  Summer is here and so is the date for our annual Linda’s Walk.   Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  Bring a friend and show your support. Registration forms are available at the Ministry Centre or register online at 


St. Bonaventure’s Ministry with Maturing Adults - Summer Book and Movie Club

On Tuesday, July 25th at 9:30 – 11:30 am

                                             All are welcome!

Topic: Documentary Films:  Come, watch and discuss, “The White Helmets,” a documentary about volunteer rescue workers in Syria, awarded the Oscar for Best Short Documentary Film in 2016.

What makes a film a documentary? Why do some documentary films touch us and convince us to think more deeply so as to act with compassion and courage in the world today? See short clips of other documentaries  to broaden our discussion.

There is much joy and laughter in our sessions; bring a friend, neighbour or family member.

Mark your calendar for the next gatherings of the Summer Book & Movie Club, July 25th  and August 8th & 22nd. Contact Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571 ext. 550 or


Parking Lot Issues!

Please refrain from parking in the Fire Route in front of the church. Emergency vehicles need to have access to this area. Also, Wheel-Trans can refuse to drop people off or pick-up in fear of getting trapped in the traffic. Please do not park in the accessible parking spots unless you have a proper permit. Anyone parking illegally can be ticketed and the fines are severe. There is ample parking in the back of the property and in the school yard. Thank you for your cooperation!



2017 ShareLife Parish Campaign

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

ShareLife Goal: $110,000

Grand Total of our Share-Life collection: $ 125,671.20

                                         We have reached our goal!

                                Thank you for your generous donations!


Youth Ministry Blog

Please check out our Youth Ministry blog for upcoming events and activities:

Contact Peter Dosman, Youth Animator for more information,


Sunday Coffee

Our Sunday Coffee provides us an excellent opportunity to build community through fellowship. We are fortunate to have attendance from the very young to our maturing adults. The combination of hot coffee, maturing adults, and active children under foot is a safety concern. For the safety of everyone in attendance, we’d like to remind parents to keep a watchful eye on their children. Please ensure that the children are not running in the corridors or into any of the other meeting rooms. Let’s look out for one another! Thank you for your cooperation.


2017 Offertory Envelopes

Please notify the Ministry Centre of any changes to your address and telephone number.

*If you received a new number for your 2017 offertory envelopes, please put your name and address on the envelopes (regular Sunday and Second collection envelopes) so you will be issued the proper Tax Receipts by the end of the year.

*For new registered parishioners, you can pick your envelopes from the labeled 'new parishioners' basket at the North side entrance of the church.

*For those parishioners, who are still using their past years offertory envelopes, please pick up your  2017 offertory envelopes at the Ministry Centre.

  Family of Faith Campaign


We have raised $1,245,170 or 130% of our goal of $960,000.  Congratulations!


We have reached the end of an extremely successful campaign! Our parish families’ outpouring of generosity and sacrifice is astounding and inspiring. On behalf of the parish, and all the volunteers who assisted with the Family of Faith campaign, thank you for your prayers and support of this historic effort! Thank you for your generous pledges and your thoughtful prayers!  We could not have done it without you. Tax Receipts for the Family of Faith Campaign Will be issued by the Archdiocese of Toronto on February 16, 2016. 


Donate Now Please consider making a donation to the parish. We appreciate your support!       

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Public Holidays: 9 am
Reconciliation: Saturday,

4 pm

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closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

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Saturday 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Parish Priest
Peter Knaapen, OFM Conv.

Lay Pastoral Associate

Gregory Beath

Parish Manager
Connie Durante

Minister with Maturing Adults

Maureen McDonnell

Pastoral Assistant

Nimfa Chua

Youth Animator

Peter Dosman

Rev. Mr. Sal Badali

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