John Wingate Greathouse

January 6, 1962 - May 19, 2018

Trusting in God, St. Bonaventure Parish Community commends into the hands of our Merciful Father our friend and brother, John Wingate Greathouse, Director of Music Ministry for eight years. 

Funeral will take place at St. Bonaventure Church on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm.  A reception will follow in the Parish Hall, immediately following the Funeral Mass.

I know that my Redeemer lives, And on that final day of days, His voice shall bid me rise again; Unending joy, unceasing praise!  this hope I cherish in my heart: To stand on earth, my flesh restored, And, not a stranger but a friend, Behold my Savior and my Lord.

Vacation Bible School

During July, children entering grades 1-6 in September have the opportunity for a week-long experience of faith stories based on Scripture. Crafts, games, video presentations and music reinforce the biblical theme. Young teens ably assist with their service and faith witness. 

Due to upcoming construction on our church grounds, VBS has been canceled for 2018.

Please call the office for recommendations about other summer programs. Questions? Contact the Religious Ed Office 714-846-1187

HOPE Office

The HOPE Office is in need of your plastic silverware, egg cartons (12 count only) and used clean bags (plastic, paper, or cloth). The bags are used to distribute food to those less fortunate. Please drop off at HOPE Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information call 714-501-2772.

Religious Education Registration

Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

Returning families have been sent registration materials.  You can pick up registration materials in the parish center or Faith Formation Office.  We are currently registering students for K-8 Religious Education and High School Confirmation classes for the English and Spanish classes for the 2018 - 2019 school year.  Thank you and we can't wait to meet you! Please return by August 1 for early-bird discount. New families, welcome!

If you have already registered, you will receive verification in the mail this summer. Questions call 714-846-1187.


Corpus Christi Procession

Sunday, June 3
After the 5:00 p.m. Mass

We will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ with a special Eucharistic procession

Car Show

Knights of Columbus

Saturday, June 2
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Food - DJ - Bake Sale

50/50 Raffle

For more info contact Mike DeRitis
714-319-0601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bingo Night

Saturday, June 2
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Parish Hall

Join the Knights of Columbus for an evening of fun, thrills and food. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and play begins at 6:30. Free popcorn and food and beverages available for purchase.

Minimum purchase is just $10 for ten games with two cards per game. Additional games cost $1 each. Pots are based on attendance with bonus pots added through the night. Players must be 18 years or older. Proceeds benefit seminarian scholarships and those who wish to enter religious life. 

Seminarian Dinner

Knights of Columbus - Council 6020

37th Annual
Seminarian Dinner

St. Vincent de Paul Church
Parish Hall

Saturday, May 26

Social with
No-host Bar 6:00 pm

Traditional Italian
Dinner 7:00 pm

Do you ever wonder where the income from the Pancake Breakfasts goes?  The Knights are supporting our future Priests and Religious.  Join the Knights of Columbus for the 37th Annual Seminarian Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Hall on Saturday, May 26 starting at 6:00 pm. This evening we will recognize two SEMINARIANS and one NOVITIATE through our SCHOLARSHIP FUND:  Daniel Arthur, Erialdo Ramirez-Alfaro, and Brother Thomas.  It is through your continuing support that we are able to provide these scholarships.    Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children under the age of 13 and will be sold at the door.  This will be a traditional Italian dinner, and everyone is welcome.

Foster Families Needed!

Information Tables Outside Church This Weekend

Long-term foster care facilities in California are now being phased out, including Orangewood Children’s Home, which will soon be limited to a 10-day maximum for all foster youth. A family environment is the best environment for a child in need, but this change in policy means that Orange County needs to identify an additional 300-500 new foster families very quickly. The good news is that there are a lot of churches in Orange County with a lot of wonderful families. If each congregation found just one or two new foster families, we would have enough safe, loving homes for all our foster youth.  More importantly, foster families that are part of a congregation will be better supported and nurtured. It is the nature of the Church to work as a body and to call upon its members to support and help a foster family in their congregation.  There are children of all ages in need of foster families to love and care for them. If you are willing to consider fostering a child, please come to the table outside the church today and get your questions answered. Thank you for your love and prayers for all vulnerable children!

Pastoral Council


The Pastoral Council is comprised of members of our parish who meet monthly to provide advice to our Pastor. The Council also functions as a liaison between parishioners and our Pastor regarding issues of concern to our parish. If you are interested in joining the Council or in some general information, please call Jim Wallace at 714-840-6588

Bus Passes & Gift Card Drive for Homeless Youth


After All Masses June 9-10

There are over 11,000 homeless high school students in Orange County. Some of these young people have run away from sexual, physical or emotional abuse. Many become victims of human trafficking and feel they have no home, no hope, and no way out. The charitable organization Build Futures takes homeless youth ages 18–24 off the streets and into a safe environment to help them become self-sufficient. Build Futures never turns away homeless youth seeking help.

In June, the Justice & Peace Ministry will host its fourth annual bus pass and gift card drive to assist Build Futures. Bus passes are essential for youth to seek jobs, resources, shelter, and ultimately a home in Orange County. One-day passes are available for $4.50 each at many grocery stores or you can purchase them online at Delivery of passes purchased online takes seven to 10 business days. Another great help is gift cards that youth can use to buy healthy meals at restaurants like Subway and clothing and basic necessities at stores like Walmart. For more info about Build Futures visit or call 714-907-7358.

Welcome home to returning Catholics


Six Sessions Beginning

Wednesday, May 23

7:30–8:30 p.m. Parish Center

St. Bonaventure is offering an Information Evening to welcome home Catholics who have been away. This is a place to ask questions, resolve issues, and receive an update on the Church since Vatican II. The atmosphere is hospitable and confidential. Invite your family member or friend to attend. For info call Adult Education Office, 714-846-3359x478.


Recycling Weekend

The St. Bonaventure recycle program will resume June 23 and 24.
( There will be no recycle bin in May due to the Memorial Day holiday.) Save the dates and these recyclable items: newspapers, recyclable white and colored paper, cardboard, plastic and glass (CRV) bottles, and aluminum (CRV) cans. CRV stands for California Refund Value.

Please do not leave recyclable items when the bin is not present!

Questions? Call Bill Crocker, 503-569-9010.

If you can help for two hours once a month, please call Tom Swyden, 714-843-9664.

Perfectly Yourself: Audio Files

Audio files to listen to the recorded talks of Fr. Joe, Fr. Martin, Fr. Angelos and Fr. Tim on Perfectly Yourself Book Study are now available.  Look for upcoming information on Small Group Discussions in the near future.

   Session 1 (chapters 1 & 2) talk given by Fr. Joe Knerr

   Session 2 (chapters 3 & 4) talk given by Fr. Tim Donovan

   Session 3 (chapters 5 & 6) talk given by Fr. Fr. Angelos Sebastian

   Session 4 (chapters 7 & 8) talk given by Fr. Martin Tran

   Session 5 (chapters 9 & 10) talk given by Fr. Tim Donovan - coming soon!


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The Prayer Process

Taken from The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic


Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.


Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.


Significant Moments:

Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).



Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.



Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.



Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.


Pray the Our Father.


An Easter Gift For You!

We're pleased to announce the availability of FORMED, an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios, and ebooks On Demand anytime, anywhere! As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative bible studies, and much more. We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith. You will also be able to easily access any featured content that we are promoting within our community from time to time. So please join us. Also once you have signed up, don’t forget to download the free iOS or Android app to put FORMED at your fingertips. We hope you will enjoy this incredible gift and please spread the word to others. To sign up for FREE: Get Started   Enter Code ND2PJB (St. Bonaventure Access Code) Create Your Account

Our Lady of Fatima Home Visitation

St. Bonaventure Parish has a Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The Legion of Mary invites you to welcome her into your home. The Pilgrim Virgin is a beautiful, visible reminder of Our Blessed Mother who constantly intercedes for us.

Sign up for a nine-day novena by calling Martha at 714-901-4494 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

By Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC

Now Available in the Parish Center

Donation $15

From the author of the bestselling book 33 Days to Morning Glory comes a gripping account of the prophetic witness of St. John Paul II, and the profound connection between Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy. This book serves as an inspiration for all who desire to bear witness to the mercy of God, focused on Christ and formed by Mary. Sixteen full-color pages were added to the new "Premium Edition." Proceeds benefit St. Bonaventure Parish. Sponsored by St. Bonaventure Divine Mercy Ministry 

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told is more than a historical re-telling of the Great Mercy Pope. It calls us to respond to the urgent need for mercy in our time of unprecedented evil. 

Resisting Happiness: Audio Files

Audio files to listen to the recorded talks of Fr. Angelos and Fr. Martin on Resisting Happiness Book Study are now available. CD's are also available in limited quantities at the Parish Center. Look for upcoming information on Resisting Happiness Small Group Discussions in the near future.

We all know the things that will make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Why? We’re resistant. With his signature combination of the profound and the practical, New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly helps you learn why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves . . . and how to start choosing happiness again. Resisting Happiness will inspire you to break through resistance so you can become the-best-version-of-yourself® and start living with passion and purpose.


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Upcoming Events

Presider's Schedule

The Most Holy Trinity

Saturday , May 26
5:00 pm - Fr. John Block
6:30 pm(VN) - Fr. Martin Tran
Sunday , May 27
7:30 am - Fr. Tim Donovan
9:00 am - Fr. Joe Knerr
10:30 am - Fr. Tim Donovan
12:00 pm - Fr. Martin Tran
1:30 pm (SP) - Fr. Joe Knerr
5:00 pm - Fr. Tim Donovan

Corpus Christi Sunday

Saturday , June 2
5:00 pm - Fr. Joe Knerr
6:30 pm(VN) - Fr. Martin Tran
Sunday , June 3
7:30 am - Fr. John Block
9:00 am - Fr. Tim Donovan
10:30 am - Fr. Tim Donovan
12:00 pm - Fr. Martin Tran
1:30 pm (SP) - Fr. Tim Donovan
5:00 pm - Fr. Joe Knerr
schedule is subject to change without notice

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