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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.




                                                                                October 14, 2018

                                                         The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time



                                                                          Wisdom and Riches

     The rich man wants to have it both ways: he wants his possessions and he wants everlasting life. Jesus shatters his illusion; you can’t have both, Jesus says. The rich man goes away sad, prompting Jesus to comment on the difficulty of being rich and entering the kingdom.

     This is “God’s word that is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword,” and this is the spirit of Wisdom of which the first reading speaks: we are to value each other as if we were prime possessions, and the promise of everlasting life is made to those who have the power to give all they have to their brothers and sisters, especially those most in need.

Then who can be saved? Those whose love for God expresses itself in eagerness to do good for others.

Neither individuals nor nations should regard the possession of more and more goods as the ultimate objective. Every kind of progress is a two-edged sword. It is necessary if man is to grow as a human being; yet it can also enslave him, if he comes to regard it as the supreme good and cannot look beyond it. When this happens, men harden their hearts, shut out others from their minds and gather together solely for reasons of self-interest rather than out of friendship; dissension and disunity follow soon after. Thus, the exclusive pursuit of material possessions prevents man’s growth as a human being and stands in opposition to his true grandeur. Avarice, in individuals and in nations, is the most obvious form of stultified moral development.


Pope Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 1967:19. Now published in book form, To Love and Serve: Lectionary Based Meditations, by Gerald Darring



  And now, a word from our Pastor:


I’m official. On Sunday, October 14 at the 10 am Liturgy, our regional Bishop Kasun installed me as pastor of St. Bonaventure. (“Installed” makes it sound like I’m a new kitchen appliance.) The ritual was simple, yet symbolic, expressing the three roles of a Catholic leader. To emphasize the work of sanctifying, leading God’s People in the ways of love and holiness, Bishop Kasun led me to the Baptismal font-the source of God’s love and life in us. To underline the duty of preaching and teaching God’s goodness and truth, he brought me to the ambo (pulpit) - the throne of God’s Word. And to symbolize my responsibility for the welfare of the community,

Bishop Kasun presented the keys of the parish to me. I am very humbled by God’s call to be with you and serve you. The New Testament says: God’s flock is in your midst; give it a shepherd’s care.” Please keep me in a prayer so that I can do that. With thanks and a prayer. Congratulations to Gavin Kottege, Althea Opeña, Lucas Webb, and Xavier Zonnekeyn who were given new birth by water and the Holy Spirit and welcomed into God’s Holy People through Baptism.

                                                 ~ Fr. Dennis


St. Bonaventure’s Ministry with Maturing Adults A Spirituality for the Second Half of Life

                                                 Embracing Wholeness and Challenge


October 16 ~ Oscar Romero: Celebrating a Witness to Love, to be canonized October 14th, 2018. Guest from Romero House Internship Program will witness to the legacy of Oscar Romero through their community of hospitality and support of refugees.

All are welcome! There is no monetary cost for this program. For more information contact Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571 ext. 550 or

Blessed Oscar Romero will be canonized in Rome on Sunday, October 14.   The   Mass   will   be   broadcast  at 9:30 am on Salt + Light Television. To celebrate, Toronto-based Romero House has organized a number of local events, running from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 28. For more information, please visit


Sacramental Preparation 2018-2019 at St. Bonaventure Parish


The following information meetings are for parishioners of St. Bonaventure church.


 Preparation for Confirmation

   In September 2015, the age when youth may begin to prepare for and celebrate Confirmation was lowered to age 12 in the Archdiocese of Toronto. If your child is baptised Roman Catholic and 12 years old (grade 7) or older, then it is important for you and your son or daughter to attend one of the following parent-youth Confirmation information sessions held in the Main Hall of the Parish Centre to learn about the preparation process, registration, and celebration of Confirmation:

•Sunday, October 14th from 1:15 to 2:30 pm, or

•Tuesday, October 16th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm


Today Pope Francis led the Church in celebrating the lives and holiness of several women and men, among them Pope Paul VI, Bishop Oscar Romero, Mother Maria Kasper and Mother Nazaria Mesa whom he declared to be saints.

     After the death of St. John XXIII, St. Paul VI called the Church to continue the Second Vatican Council and led us in implementing the call of the Holy Spirit in that Council to seek a New Pentecost. He died on August 6, 1978.    

    St. Oscar Romero served God’s People in El Salvador during that nation’s tragic civil war, calling for an end to injustice and violence while bringing Jesus’ compassion to the poor and suffering. For daring to defend the defenceless, he was shot to death while celebrating mass on   March 24, 1980.   

    St. Maria Kasper of Germany wanted to be a religious sister, but the secular climate of the time offered few options. She gathered other women into her home from which they served the sick and poor, eventually founding their own order of the Poor Handmaidens of Jesus Christ. St. Maria entered eternity on January 27, 1898. This year her Sisters mark the 150th anniversary of their foundation; they live and serve in five continents.    

    St. Nazaria Mesa of Spain began her religious life in one order but found her zeal for ministry was limited by the order’s approach.  She decided to begin a New Order called Missionary Crusaders of the Church. St. Nazaria’s goal was nothing less than to “re-Christianize” the world. She and her sisters ministered to soldiers in time of war and established homes for children orphaned by war. She founded a magazine to foster unity and growth among women religious and established the first women’s trade union. St. Nazaria completed her earthly pilgrimage on July 6, 1943.     Thanking God for these new saints, we ask that God continue to bless the Church with the faith of St. Paul VI, the courage of St. Oscar, the generosity of St. Maria and the vision of St. Nazaria



An email scam previously reported by several other dioceses has now appeared in our own Parish with reports of at least one parishioner who lost $300 to a fraudster pretending to be the pastor of the parish. False emails from our pastor are 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 not to respond should you receive this email. And always verify suspect messages by phoning the sender on a known phone number (not the phone number in the suspect message).


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 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

October 7th Offertory Collections

Thank you for your generous donations.

Regular Collection:………………………….  $ 8,301.80

St. Clare Inn Offering ……………………     $ 4,303.50

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

Donate Now:…………………………………….  $   328.00


Second Collection:

October 21 ~ Evangelization of Nations Offering

                           (World Mission Sunday)


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


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:


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


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


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

In case of a life and death situation, after office hours, click for contact information


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Toronto ON M3C 2K9


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