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THE FRANCISCAN CHURCH OF ST. BONAVENTURE

1300 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON., M3C 2K9

Telephone: 416-447-5571    Fax: 416-447-4082

Website: www.st-bonaventure.ca

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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Welcome Booklet

Welcome Booklet

                           

Even if you feel lukewarm in spirit, draw near to

                    Jesus with confidence.

                                       St. Bonaventure

 

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In Loving Memory of Patricia O'Connor

06 October 1920 - 13 February 2020

Visitation:

Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm

McEachnie Funeral Home

28 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax

Funeral Mass:

Wednesday February 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church

1001 Ravenscroft Rd, Ajax

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2020 - St. Bonaventure Baseball  

Registration for the 2020 Season of the St Bonaventure Baseball League opens February 10th. Please use the link below to access the registration form. Forms are also available at the Parish Ministry Centre or the School office.

The League is for children in Kindergarten to Grade Eight. We have many volunteer opportunities available for high school students as well as adults who would like to coach a team. Please send an email  to bonaventurebaseball@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved in this wonderful Parish tradition.

Registration Form  2020 Registration Form

                            

And Now, A Word from Our Pastor

                                         

 Save the Date: Sunday March 8, 2020

1:30 PM Parish Centre

     

When I was a student in the seminary, a professor told us: “It’s begun with the taking of life at its beginning, it will go further with the taking of any life.” He was predicting euthanasia. We didn’t believe him. It’s here. It’s called MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying).

On Sunday, March 8, Sister Mary Rowell will join us for a presentation on this topic. Sr. Mary is a religious Sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Canada, a professor of Theology at Regis and St. Michael College at the University of Toronto, and a bioethicist. Sister has earned a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics and a Doctorate in Theology. She is well prepared to lead us in reflection on what and why our Catholic Tradition teaches about life and natural death. Sister will explore appropriate physical and spiritual care of the dying.

I hope you will be able to participate in what will be an important and enlightening gathering.

Many thanks to the CWL for sponsoring this presentation.

 

 

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast & 40 Cans for Lent and CWL Bake Sale - Sunday, February 23rd

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Tickets will be available at the back of the Church after the weekend Masses and at the Ministry Centre.

Tickets are $5.00 for Adults and $2.00 per Child (ages 4 to 10).

The CWL will be having a Bake Sale during the breakfast.

All donations of baked goods will be gratefully accepted from 8:00 am on that Sunday in the Parish Hall.

Proceeds from the breakfast and bake sale will be donated to the Franciscan Seminarian Program in memory of Friar Boniface.

                                        Please bring a can of Tuna in support of the Community Share Food Bank.   Thank you!    

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

 Other  Dates and Programme Topics:

  • March 03~ Contemplating the wisdom of   Sr. Nuala Kenny – By Maureen  McDonnell
  • March 10  ~ Exploring obstacles to and challenges   in maintaining a contemplative   practice in everyday life. By Odilie Gaudet and Maureen   McDonnell (Spiritual Directors and  Retreat Facilitators)
  • March 31 ~ Understanding the Contemplative Dimension of Christianity. By Kathy  Murta, interfaith facilitator at the Loretto Mary Ward Centre
  • April 21  ~ Orfe Eco-Art: Join our Journey of  Discovery. By Orfe Millan  Orfe strives to teach children and  adults love for our beautiful planet  and create, through different artistic  techniques and the use of recycled materials, magical and wonderful  worlds, as they explore and discover  the potential of their creativity.
  • May 12  ~ Franciscan Contemplative Tradition – Br. Ignatius Feaver, O.F.C., Cap. and luncheon – A Celebration of   Community

 

There is no monetary cost for this program.

For more  information: Maureen@st-bonaventure.ca

or call Maureen McDonnell at 416-447-5571 Ext 550

 

                                  

This week, 52 youth begin to prepare for Confirmation. Please pray for them, their parents, godparents, and catechists as they respond to God’s Spirit and invitation.

 

Theology and Tea with Friar Mark Steed

The next T&T will be held on Thursday,

February 13 and February 20, 2020

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.   

 

   

                                       ‘Vocation Seeds’

                            

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~February 9

“You are the light of the world.” Are you willing to let your light shine as a priest, deacon, brother or sister?  If  you think God  is  calling you to a Church vocation, visit www.franciscans.org; www.vocationtoronto.ca or speak with one of the friars.

 

 

  † FRIAR BONIFACE REINHART, OFM CONV. 

                                                                                                                            

Friar Boniface (William) Reinhart, OFM Conv. was born in Breslau, Ontario, on September 19, 1927 and entered eternal life on December 28, 2019. He was the youngest of 10 children born to the late Edward and Emma (née Sherrer) Reinhart. In addition to his Franciscan family, he leaves behind his sister Margaret Sabiston and sister-in-law Bernice Reinhart. Friar is predeceased by three brothers; Wilbur, Jim and Edgar and three sisters; Venette, Mary, Dorothy and two siblings who died at birth. Friar Boniface will also be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Friar Boniface entered the Franciscan Novitiate on August 20, 1948 in Cohoes, NY. He made his Profession of Temporary Vows on August 21, 1949 and his Profession of Solemn Vows on October 4, 1952. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1954. He studied at the Franciscan College of St. Bonaventure in Rome, Italy from 1951-1955 receiving a Degree in Theology in 1955.

During his years as a Franciscan friar priest, he served in many parishes in the U.S. and in Canada. His first assignment was as Assistant pastor to the Italian parish of St. Francis in Hoboken, NJ. After ministering there for three years, he was assigned to St. Anthony Friary in Toronto where he was the promotion manager of The Companion, the Canadian Franciscan Magazine (1958-1960). Moving on from that ministry in 1960, Friar Boniface served as both Teacher and Spiritual Director at St. Francis Seminary, Staten Island, NY for the next six years. In 1968, he returned to Canada and was assigned to St. Francis Parish in Montreal, Quebec as Associate and then as Pastor. He then accepted the assignment to become the pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Kingston, Ontario in 1976. In 1982 Friar Boniface was elected as the second Custos of the Franciscan Custody of St. Francis of Assisi in Canada which was founded in 1976. Serving as Custos he resided in St. Raphael Friary in Burlington, Ontario from 1982 to 1984 and in 1984 was assigned to St. Anthony Friary in Bramalea, Ontario where he also served as Associate Pastor until 1994. In 1994 Friar Boniface received his last and longest assignment to St. Bonaventure Friary in Don Mills (Toronto) where he served with joy and holiness as a friar priest until his death on December 28, 2019. Friar Boniface will be remembered for his powerful preaching, ministry of healing prayer, exuberance for life, and his wonderful laughter.

 

                      

                  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                       

†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.  


 

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


Pastor:
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

Deacon:
Rev. Mr. Sal Badali

In case of a life and death situation, after office hours,

click for contact information

 

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1320 Leslie Street,Ste.200

Toronto ON M3C 2K9

416.690.0330

www.stclareinn.org

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Toronto ON M3C 2K9

416.690.5611

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Mission Aid

1320 Leslie Street, Suite 100

Toronto ON M3C 2K9

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