March 25 Faith Connections: Welcome to Holy Week!
St. Bonaventure Catholic Community
March 25, 2021
Join us in The Way of the Cross
The way of our Lenten journey is culminating in the high holy days of our Church. Starting this weekend we join Our Lord in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and on to the dramatic end of his days at the hands of men. St. Bonaventure is making special accommodations for indoor and outdoor participation in our celebrations of Holy Week. Please join us as we conclude our Lenten walk with our dear Lord and toward the glory that awaits him.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule Online
for our Mass and liturgy schedule on our website. You can worship with us in the church, overflow seating on the plaza, by Facebook livestream, and special outdoor noon Masses on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Please remember that registration is required for all Masses inside the church and to bring seating for outside events.
Friday Stations of the Cross
● 6pm Spanish Mass & Stations in the Church
● 7pm English Stations of the Cross,
This Friday, March 26, we will be praying Pro-Life Scriptural Stations of the Cross
All of our past Stations remain available on our
channel to pray during Lent.
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.
Walk-Up Holy Communion
Due to our outdoor Masses, Walk-Up Holy Communion will take place from 1:30-2:30 pm on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. (Palm Sunday will include palm distribution.)
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
This past weekend we had our high school Confirmation Retreat
! It was amazing to be together. We were so blessed to have
on Clayton Road cater the meals for the weekend. The owners of Parma Deli, parishioners of St. Agnes, were so generous with us and accommodated all of our requested safety precautions (they're awesome!). Please pray for our Confirmation Teens as they continue their final steps toward Confirmation Day on May 8th.
-Jacob Perry, Youth Minister
Respect Life Ministry:
Celebrating Respect Life Month
This is the time of year that we normally would send out information about Vacation Bible Camp. We are sad to say, we will not be able to do Bible Camp this year.
BUT we do have some fun activities planned for the summer. We know everyone wants to get together and be with friends and that Zoom just doesn't cut it.
We are planning monthly gatherings for families outside. Things that have been discussed include outdoor movies and water games. We are looking at elements of Bible Camp that can be safely done outside.
Please keep your eyes open for announcements and updates. We will continue to send information via Flocknote and Faith Connections, and we will post activities on the parish website and Facebook.
for Upcoming Programs
Keep the Easter spirit alive and register now for these two new offerings beginning
this Easter Season.
1) Faith and Racial Healing
Join us for 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.
Faith & Racial Healing
with an opening retreat April 10 and
runs Tuesday mornings or evenings starting April 13.
Contact Laura Nakamura to register at email@example.com. Video and more information
2) The Wild Goose
Discover a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. "Wild Goose” was a term the ancient Celts used 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.
Invitation to Serve:
Our Parish Council is entering the discernment process for new members. The purpose of a Parish Council is to help the pastor investigate and consider all matters that relate to pastoral life and to formulate practical decisions for the good of a parish. The Council advises and consults and offers a consensus about pastoral issues.
The Discernment Process
for the Parish Council begins with a self-discerning process followed by an information meeting and final discernment. Registered parishioners are invited to submit their name or that of another registered parishioner for consideration.
Additional information can be found on our
More news and events:
● Respect Life Ministry:
We will be collecting for our
Baby Items Drive
at all Masses again this weekend. We especially need clothing sizes 3-18 mos. and diapers of all sizes, including the larger sizes. This is the final weekend of the drive, and we want to 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 this Sunday, March 28.
for more information about both of these important ways to support our commitment to life.
Sign up now for
Options Health Virtual Walk for Life 2021
. Your support helps Options Health reach women and men struggling with decisions related to an unplanned pregnancy. Click
for more information about the virtual walk and Options Health.
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 usually offer walk-up Holy Communion from noon to 1 pm.
(Special time for Palm Sunday and East Sunday: 1:30-2:30 pm.)
For our full Mass schedule, please click
Download Worship Aids for Sunday:
Palm Sunday, April 28
St Bonaventure Indoor Worship Guidelines
Please see our
for Spanish worship aid.
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. We encourage all parishioners to receive the COVID vaccine as soon as they are eligible. 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:
Friday Adoration & Holy Hour:
We offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 9am Mass on Fridays until 3pm. The Holy Hour beginning at 2pm includes the Rosary, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and concludes with Benediction at 3pm.
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.
For More Information:
on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00PM