March 18 Faith Connections: Parish News & Events
St. Bonaventure Catholic Community
March 18, 2021
Reminder: Join us at 9am Mass on Friday, March 19 to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, either live in the church or streamed on Facebook
This past week we saw Contra Costa country move from the purple to the red zone. Although red sounds worse in the odd choice of colors signifying California COVID restrictions, it's actually better. Less restrictions doesn't mean we should let our guard down, however. COVID is still a very dangerous virus and new variations seems to be even more communicable. At Mass we continue to require entry screening, face masks and social distancing. Our goal is to celebrate our faith together both prayerfully and safely. Here and elsewhere please be safe and when you are eligible, get vaccinated.
As we move toward Holy Week and Easter may God's blessing be with you!
Lent at St. Bonaventure
Respect Life Ministry:
Celebrating Respect Life Month
“Come Back to Me with All Your Heart: Lent in a Time of COVID”
Monday Mission Evenings, Feb. 22-Mar. 22 at 7pm
This Monday, March 22, join Deacon Dominic Tarantino as we explore the theme of Almsgiving
Music will be provided by Vintage. For a special treat on this last night of our mission series, Vintage will stay on Facebook for a mini-concert after the mission ends. Please join us!
Did you miss any earlier mission evenings? Watch them
Friday Stations of the Cross
6pm Spanish Mass & Stations in the Church
7pm English Stations of the Cross, YouTube
This Friday, March 19, we will be praying
The Way of the Cross: Praying the Psalms with Jesus
from Ascension Press
We encourage you to join us at 7pm
so that we may pray as a community.
All of our past Stations remain available on our
channel to pray during Lent.
Thursdays 3:30pm and Saturdays 2:30 pm
Be sure to take advantage of this amazing sacrament of God's forgiveness during Lent! Our last regularly scheduled time for Reconciliation before Easter will be Saturday, March 27.
Lenten reflections by parishioner Mary Franceschini on our website or by email
Please join us! Click
for more information on our Lenten offerings.
in the Easter Season
Mark your calendars and get ready for two new offerings beginning this Easter Season.
1) Faith and Racial Healing
You have questions, we have answers! Join us
Tuesday, March 23rd at 7 p.m.
for more information about the upcoming JustFaith Ministries’
Faith & Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice and Restoration
. The program is designed to guide participants through a study of the history of racism in the United States so that we might better understand and more effectively eradicate modern-day racial injustice. We will discuss the materials, reading schedule, goals of the program, hear feedback from prior session participants, and much more! Contact Laura Nakamura for the Zoom link for the Q&A Session at at firstname.lastname@example.org. (
Faith & Racial Healing
will run Tuesday mornings or evenings beginning April 6.)
2) The Wild Goose
Discover a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. "Wild Goose” was a term that the ancient Celts had for the Holy Spirit. Featuring Fr. Dave Pivonka and various interviews,
The Wild Goose
invites viewers to an encounter, or a renewed encounter, with the Holy Spirit. Each session includes a short (25-30 minute) video with time for discussion and prayer. Monday evenings at 7pm, April 12 to May 24, with a daytime session Wednesdays at 10am, April 14 to May 26. Visit our
for more information and to register.
Solemnity of St. Joseph
Join us at 9am Mass on Friday, March 19 to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, either live in the church or streamed on Facebook. Those who have ben preparing for their
to St. Joseph (sponsored by the Women's Christian Fellowship) will offer their prayer of consecration at this Mass.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule Online
Plan now for Holy Week & Easter. Click
for our Mass and liturgy schedule on our website.
How to Cancel Your Mass Registration
We understand -- sometimes your plans change. Because Masses fill up, it's very helpful if you can cancel your online Mass registration so that the space becomes available to another parishioner. Click
Pew and Chair Campaign
Our recent Pew and Chair Campaign has been a great success. As of this writing, we have just 16 church pews and 54 chapel chairs that have not been dedicated. The response has been wonderful and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity.
The donation for a pew is $2,000 and a chair is $1,000. You can make the payment as a one-time gift or pledge over one year—paying quarterly or monthly. To complete the dedication, visit our
or call the parish office at (925) 672-5800.
If you have already dedicated a pew, p
lease find the location of our pew plaque on this
Installations are on-going. If you do not find your name, please check back in a week. We will begin the installation of the chair plaques soon and will post the map of those locations.
Thank you for your support of this important campaign.
More news and events:
● Bishop's Appeal:
Please join us in financially supporting the 2021 Bishop’s Appeal to help further our efforts to bring more people to Jesus, and please pray for the Appeal, our Bishop Michael Barber and our diocese as a whole. Click
for more information on the Bishop's Appeal.
● Respect Life Ministry:
Baby Items Drive
continues at all Masses this weekend and during the last weekend in March. We especially need clothing sizes 3-18 mos. and diapers of all sizes, including the larger sizes. Thank you for your continued generosity and support to help us as a parish to be
Walking with Moms in Need
40 Days for Life
mobilization to pray & fast for an end to abortion continues in Concord and Walnut Creek through Palm Sunday, March 28. Click
for more information about both of these important ways to support our commitment to life.
Take a weekend away at a
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
to gain a richer, fuller married life together. Go to
to find the next virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience that works for your schedule from the comfort of your own home!
Nourish for Caregivers
provides caregivers a faith perspective, as well as practical and emotional supports, useful tools, and shared experience.
Meetings every other Tuesday from 2-3 pm on Zoom.
For more information, email Helene Billeci at
Nourish offers meetings in Spanish too! For more information, please contact Biviane Ochoa at
or (650) 278-6462.
Resources for Coping During the Pandemic
Feeling overwhelmed? You're not alone. Click
for spiritual, parenting, emotional, and mental health resources for coping during the pandemic.
Tea Time Video
Tuesday Tea Time will be on hiatus for a few weeks and return after Easter. In the meantime, you are invited to share any topics you like to explore, ministries you'd like to learn more about, and/or people you'd like to hear from in future videos by responding to this Flocknote.
Bible Camp is Coming
LITURGY AND PRAYER
Please visit our website at
for the most up-to-date liturgy information.
All of our liturgies have returned inside unless otherwise indicated.
Saturday Vigil (4pm) and Sunday Masses require
or by calling the parish office at (925) 672-5800 weekdays between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. There is no registration required for daily Masses. (Registration will open Mondays at 10 am, Tuesdays if Monday is a holiday.)
We continue to livestream the Sunday 9 am (English) and 10:30 am (Spanish) Masses and offer walk-up Holy Communion from noon to 1 pm. For our full Mass schedule, please click
(Note: we are using the Year A readings due to a Rite of Scrutiny for our Elect preparing for Initiation at the Easter Vigil.)
Download Worship Aids for Sunday:
St Bonaventure Indoor Worship Guidelines
Sunday March 14
Domingo 21 de marzo
If you need help with watching a liturgy or other event live-streamed on Facebook, please click
Please join us for our liturgies through Facebook if you have tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days, if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, if you were exposed to COVID in the past 14 days, or if you feel actively sick. Thank you for helping us keep St. Bonaventure a safe, welcoming place for all.
Prayer, Spirituality and Formation:
Prayers for Those Who Have Died:
Please join us in praying for members of our community who have died. You may find their names on our
. May they rest in peace.
St. Bonaventure Domestic Church tips and links
Mass Intentions, Online Prayer Vine & Drive-thru Prayer Information:
Online Spiritual Communion Service:
Christian Centering Prayer Group:
Word on Fire Videos on Flocknote:
(Staying at home more? Take advantage of Bishop Barron's great videos! The
series is perfect for Lent. Remember, you must have a Flocknote account with a password to access these videos.)
Sacraments, Pastoral Counseling, and Staff Support
We're here for you! Our clergy and pastoral staff continue to be available to you during this pandemic. We can offer pastoral counseling by appointment, over the phone or by videocall, and
the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available in person
when needed. Please call the parish office at (925) 672-580 to make an appointment. We offer
the Sacrament of Reconciliation
in the classrooms on Saturdays at 2:30 pm, and during Lent we've added a second opportunity on Thursdays at 3:30 pm.
The office has had to close for walk-up visits, but staff are available by appointment. Please call the main office number or call or
the staffperson directly. As our staff are working from both the office and home, it is often easier to reach people by email. However, we are monitoring phones and voice mail, and will return messages as soon as possible.
Under current health regulations our ministries are unable to hold regular meetings at the parish. We are able to schedule outdoor gatherings for prayer and worship. Please contact your staff liaison if you are interested in scheduling a prayer gathering.
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Thank you to everyone in our parish community who is working to reach out and keep in touch. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer to help others by running errands, picking up groceries, etc., please email
The St. Bonaventure Food Pantry is open Tuesdays from 9-10:30 am in the parish parking lot.
for more information. (Note: The Food Pantry thanks you for your continuing donations of food and other items, but is no longer requesting bags -- they have a sufficient supply.)
Thank you for the many ways you continue to support our community!
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Your Gifts Are Keeping Us Open
We want to say THANK YOU to our parishioners and those who are not members yet but have sent us their donations to help in this unprecedented time.
We are so grateful to many who are now sending their donations through mail, online and collection box methods. Your efforts and generosity are greatly appreciated and are helping us continue to live our mission as a community of faith.
To learn more about online giving or other options, please click
. If you attend the drive-in Mass or walk-up Holy Communion this Sunday, you may drop off your gift personally.
May God bless all of you and reward you abundantly for your support of your parish.
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May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
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on Thursday, March 18 at 6:50PM