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   THE FRANCISCAN CHURCH OF ST. BONAVENTURE

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

                                              Website: www.st-bonaventure.ca

               YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT ST. BONAVENTURE!

                                                                               

                            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.

                       

 

                                                       

                                                                                    July 22nd, 2018

                                                        The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                                      

                                                                       Sheep without a Shepherd

     Jesus’ compassion is much more than a fleeting or temporary feeling of regret or sorrow. It is rather a deep anguish, a gut-wrenching type of anxiety and sorrow over the condition of people. Jesus was describing the spiritual lives of those who were living outside of the salvation so freely offered by God. Jesus felt anguish over the souls of these people, who were facing spiritual starvation without someone to feed them, teach them, and lead them to true spiritual nourishment. They were in danger without a shepherd to protect them from false teaching. Like sheep without the good shepherd, they were alone and vulnerable to the attacks of the evil one, who roams around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

     “Like sheep without a shepherd” is an accurate description of the spiritual lives of many 21st-century Christians in the world today. The expression describes many of our contemporaries who are directionless, helpless, and very vulnerable to the attacks of the evil one. “Sheep without a shepherd” are more than just a little lost. They are more than just a little vulnerable. They are facing danger and destruction.

 

By Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, Words Made Flesh. Vol. II, Biblical Reflections for Year B.

 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus and his followers needed a rest, but Jesus finds the compassion to teach the crowd. And even at such times, when God feeds us and leads us by still waters in our innermost being, it may take us some time to discover and trust this. Let us give thanks for God’s faithfulness.

                                                                                                                                                                 Beth Porter, Richmond Hill, ON.

 

                                                                                                                                                      

Announcement

As some of you know our religious order, the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of the Angels had its Chapter June 18-22. During the Chapter new assignments were made and Bishops were informed. There will be some changes here at St. Bonaventure. Friar Dennis Mason is appointed by the Cardinal as Pastor, Friar Peter will continue as Associate Pastor, and Friar Tom Reist will be moving to Atlanta to be the Associate Pastor at Holy Cross Parish. The appointments are effective August 2nd, 2018. We will have a chance to offer our goodbyes to Friar Tom on Sunday, July 29th.  

                                                 Ministry with Maturing Adults

                                                                                      Summer Film and Book Club

                                                              Tuesday, July 24th, 9:30 am – 12:00pm, Francis Room

          

                   Theme: Fostering Hope Today; presenting  “A Hunger for Wholeness” video and a book featuring

Sr. Llia Delio, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC. She is a remarkable theologian who brings both science and religion into dialogue. “The path forward is the path inward, and that path belongs to all religious traditions. If we can meet one another on that path of the inner spirit, the path of the inner mystic, the path of the cosmic heart, we will come to a new planetization, a new Oneness.” ~ Llia Delio

All are invited to attend, come when you are available. We share books; watch films and videos; take pleasure in discussions while sipping coffee & tea and munching on treats.

Contact Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571 ext. 550 or maureen@st-bonaventure.ca

Ministry with Maturing Adults – Life Stories Program

A small-group Life Stories program will be offered in the Bonaventure Room for 8 consecutive Wednesday afternoons from Sept. 26 until Nov. 14, 2018. Time: 12:45 – 2:45 pm. Participants write and share stories about their lives. See brochures at the back of the church for more details. Cost: $25. Preregistration required. To register, call Gisela Cote at 416-447-5571 Ext. 560

 

                                                   

Our 9th Annual 5 km Linda’s Walk will be here before you know it. Please save the date and mark your calendars for Saturday, August 18th. Registration forms, pledges forms and save the date cards are available at the Ministry Centre or you can register online at www.stclareinn.org.

   

 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!

 

Requests for Baptism Records

To request a copy of your child’s baptism record, contact the Ministry Centre by phone or email nimfa@st-bonaventure.ca. 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.

Stewardship: A Way of Living

July 15th Offertory Collections

Thank you for your generous donations.

Regular Collection:…………  $ 7,334.00

ShareLife : ……………………          $ 50.00

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

Donate Now:…………………….   $ 328.00

 

Second Collections:

August 12 ~ Canadian Missions Offering

  

ShareLife

     Only a few weeks remain in this year’s ShareLife campaign, which ends on July 31st. Through your generosity we have raise nearly $88,900.00 as part of the $11.3 million raised to date across the diocese. On behalf of the thousands of people served by ShareLife-funded agencies, THANK YOU! You are truly living the Gospel by providing for those in need.

     However, we still need your help. As the deadline approaches, we have not yet reached our parish campaign goal of $130,500.00 as part of the $13.6 million campaign goal. Meeting this goal is critical for ShareLife agencies, so they can continue serving communities.

   We can do it, but only with your help! If you have not yet contributed to ShareLife, please consider making a sacrificial gift today. You can donate by using the envelopes in the shelves by the front doors of the church or by online at sharelife.org

 

  Please remember to update the Ministry Centre with any contact information and address changes

SCAM ALERT!

An email scam previously reported by several other dioceses has now appeared in our own diocese with reports of at least one parishioner who lost $300 to a fraudster pretending to be the pastor of a parish. Several other dioceses had reported an email scam where Catholics have been hit by scammers sending requests, purportedly from their parish priests, for iTunes gifts cards. A false email from a priest is sent asking for the electronic gift cards to be sent to another address so that they may be given to someone in need. To all our parishioners please be advised to exercise caution when checking email messages. Think before you click or open attachments, and always verify suspect messages by phoning the sender on a known phone number (not the phone number in the suspect message).

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:  development@archtoronto.org

                                                                           

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 www.loblawcard.ca.

      

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

 

The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure         
Report to our Parish community on the Financial Results for 2017      
                     YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31
2017     2016
For the year, Parish support through weekly collections,
Easter & Christmas offerings amounted to:  $       662,733  $       687,630
Out of these receipts, we must meet the operating 
expenses for the Church, which were:
 Salaries and benefits ( Note 2 )             412,905           454,493
 Parish Operations ( Note 3 )           139,845             157,902
 Maintenance & Utilities ( Note 4)           107,981           119,394
 Archdiocesan Assessment  ( Note 5 )           105,697           110,491
Total Operating Expenses  $       766,428  $       842,280
 Since our regular collections and contributions were less than         
expenses,  we experienced an Operating Loss of:    $     (103,695)      $     (154,650)
 During the year we received  income from various other sources:
 - Contributions received for Ministry Programmes.  (The Church  
    portion of the Family of Faith Campaign) 78,833 78,288
 - Bulletin advertising, support from The Franciscan Friars and 
    offerings for weddings, baptisms and funerals, interest earned.              39,652             55,183
Total Other Income 118,485 133,471
Net Income (Loss)           $         14,790      $       (21,179)
                   
Maintenance Fund - Collections and Expenses 2017 2016
Opening Balance, 01 January  $       434,857  $       399,322
Collections, contributions and interest earned              57,784             49,551
          492,641           448,873
Expenditures                      -              (14,016)
Closing Balance, 31 December  $       492,641  $       434,857
In 2017 there were no payments from the Maintenance Fund
In 2016, we purchased defibrillators and a new computer server
Balance Sheet as at December 31     2017     2016
Current Assets
 Cash in banks - operating funds  $         98,774  $         93,284
 Accounts receivable, prepaid expenses           226,700           156,474
 Total Current Assets           325,474           249,758
 Reserve Funds (Note 6)           492,641           434,857
Total Assets  $       818,115  $       684,615
Liabilities & Equity
Archdiocesan Assessment Due  $       105,481  $         54,591
Accounts payable           166,966           156,930
Total Liabilities           272,447           211,521
Equity-Excess of Assets over Liabilities           545,668           473,094
Total Assets & Liabilities        $       818,115      $       684,615
The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure -Financial Report - 2017      
Notes to Financial Report              
Note 1. Your Church supported the following  Archdiocesan Campaigns       
                2017 2016
Share Life   $     116,051  $       105,475
Holy Land              5,915                6,342
Papal Charities              2,402                3,010
Marygrove Camp              3,368                3,845
Catholic Missions in Canada & Scarborough Foreign Missions              3,287                3,563
Needs of the Canadian Church               2,556                3,200
Mission Co-op              3,489                5,549
World Mission Sunday              2,909                3,206
Shepherd's Trust               6,621                6,141
Humanitarian Relief              1,597                8,751
Total Archdiocesan Collections   $     148,195  $       149,082
     
In addition ,     St. Clare Inn  $          7,510  $           9,970
  Refugee Project  $                  -  $               974
The Archdiocesan Family of Faith  Campaign was very succesful, raising $1,247,480 in
donations and pledges , 130% of the goal of $960,000. The Parish recieves 25% of the     
pledge payments received by the campaign office during the year & these were:   $     295,368  $       380,197
Note 2. Salaries & Benefits
Salaries & benefits include:
* Salaries for the pastor, associate pastor,  and other pastoral help throughout the year.
* Parish staff includes 3 full-time employees: parish manager, lay pastoral associate and custodian;
   part-time custodian, cook, housekeeper, youth animator and clerical help as required throughout the year.
Note 3. Parish Operations
 These expenses include:
 * Liturgical:   Wine, hosts, candles, music, flowers, vestments, prayer books.
 * Pastoral Ministry: Youth ministry, adult education, retreats, hospital chaplaincy,
help to the needy. 
 * Administration: Office expenses, postage, photocopier costs, weekly envelopes,
stationery, supplies.
Note 4. Maintenance and Utilities
These expenses include:
 * Heat, power and water
 * Landscaping, snow and garbage removal, taxes, insurance
 * Repairs and maintenance
Note 5. Archdiocesan Assessment
 The Archdiocese of Toronto levies a 15% assessment on all parish collections, (excluding  
 maintenance funds, gifts and bequests) to be used to help support poorer parishes as   
 well as helping to build other parishes and support Diocesan services.
Note 6. Reserve Funds consist of: 2017 2016
 Maintenance & Improvement collections held for future use.   $     492,641  $       434,857
                                              
 
 
 

Administration

Those who have not pick up their Sunday Offertory Envelopes they are moved to the Ministry Centre. Please contact the Ministry Centre with any address changes at 416-447-5571.

 

 

            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

416.447.5571

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Friday

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.

Associate:

Fr. Tom Reist, OFM Conv.

Parish Manager:

Connie Durante

Lay Pastoral Associate:

Gregory Beath

Minister with Maturing Adults:

Maureen McDonnell

Pastoral Assistant:

Nimfa Chua

Deacon:
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

416.690.0330

www.stclareinn.org

Franciscan Ministries

1320 Leslie Street, Ste. 200

Toronto ON M3C 2K9

416.690.5611

St. Anthony of Padua

Mission Aid

1320 Leslie Street, Suite 100

Toronto ON M3C 2K9

416.690.9904

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