Mission Statement

As Christian stewards, our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people through word, sacrament, service and community life.

Book Study: The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity

This Christmas St. Bonaventure Parish is giving you the opportunity to increase your Joy and Peace with a special gift.  The book The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by New York Times best-selling author Matthew Kelly will be given to every family at all Christmas Masses. 

Do you believe it's possible to be happier than you have ever been before? Not for fleeting moments, but consistently? Bestselling author Matthew Kelly believes it is possible--and in his latest book, The Biggest Lie, he explains how. 

We all want to be happy and live life to the fullest, but the answer isn't found in the world's definition of happiness. Modern culture is constantly feeding us lies, and these lies affect you more than you know. The lies that affect you the most, however, are the ones you tell yourself. These lies steal your joy, sap your energy, and cause you to lose hope. They prevent you from discovering the kind of vibrant faith the first Christians experienced.

But as Kelly shows, we've arrived at a crucial moment in history. People are disillusioned with what the world offers. The world is in desperate need of change, and no one is in a better position to effect that change than Christians. We have an incredible opportunity to dispel the lies and cut through the confusion and false promises around us.

This book provides the practical tools necessary to help you regain your fervor and leave your mark on the world--and experience more happiness than you thought possible. Together we can change the course of history--with humility, generosity, kindness, and joy, one Holy Moment at a time.

Book Study

The Biggest Lie by Matthew Kelly

All sessions 7:00–9:00 p.m. 

Monday, January 7 with Fr. Joseph Knerr in the Parish Hall (Chapters 1-5)

Monday, January 14 with Fr. Martin Tran in the Parish Hall (Chapters 6-10)

Monday, January 21 with Fr. Tim Donovan in the Parish Hall (Chapters 11-15)


God’s dream for you goes so far beyond what the world has to offer. He made each and every single one of us wonderfully unique, and he dreams that we will chase, embrace and celebrate all He created us to be. 
—Matthew Kelly

Blood Drive


Friday, January 11, 2019
1:00 to 5:45 p.m.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Yet blood cannot be manufactured; it must be given by volunteer donors. Because blood has a limited shelf life, the community blood supply must constantly be replenished to meet patients’ needs. You can make a lifesaving contribution by donating your blood.  For more info or to make an appointment call: Lynn at 714-846-3359 x478.

Remember, the life you save may be your own!

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org and "stbonaventure" to complete our pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appt.


Adult Confirmation

Did you just NOT find the time or motivation to complete your Confirmation? It's not too late for you to complete this aspect of your spiritual journey as a Catholic! The process is welcoming, simple, fun and informative.

An Introductory Meeting will be held Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. in Sr. Brigid’s Room located behind the parish hall. Weekly preparation classes will begin on Thursday, February 7 and continue every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. through Holy Thursday, April 18. You will be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, June 9 by our Pastor Joseph Knerr. The weekly sessions will be led by John Andrews. Prior to the sessions beginning, you will have an opportunity to explore your readiness for Confirmation, the process, and get answers to your questions. For more info call John at 714-791-8946. 

Anointing of the Sick

Saturday, January 12

Anointing of the Sick will be administered during the 8:00 a.m. Mass this Saturday.

Anointing of the Sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who, after having reached the age of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age. —Canon Law #1004 

Anointing of the Sick is celebrated on the second Saturday of each month.

Are You Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Are You Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Information Evening

Monday, January 7

7:30 pm in the Parish Center

We welcome all adults who 

• Have never been baptized

• Have been baptized in another Christian tradition

• Have been baptized Catholic and wish to receive Eucharist and Confirmation

You're invited to an information evening January 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the parish center. For info call RCIA Director Jerry Periolat, 714-642-8414. 

Welcome home to returning Catholics

Six Sessions Beginning

Wednesday, January 9

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.

Bible Study

Thursday Morning Scripture Study presents


Thirteen-Week Study begins January 10

9:30-11:30 a.m. Parish Center

The book of Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Old Testament writing except for the Psalms. Pre-registration not necessary. Materials fee $20 includes the Little Rock Scripture Study workbook and the New Collegeville Bible Commentary, “Isaiah,” by Leslie J. Hoppe. For info call Lynn Stanford at 714-309-9230.


Self-Help Interfaith Program Helping the Homeless

The SHIP program is asking our help in providing dinners at the SHIP house in Midway City January 5-26. Participants would deliver dinner to the SHIP house between 5:00 and 5:15 p.m. Also needed are miscellaneous items such as lunch meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, paper towels, cleaning supplies etc. For info call Angela Koenig at 714-514-0203.

Church Renovation Updates


View RENOVATION NEWS page for recent updates and photos on the ongoing construction.  Church Office parking lot procedures during the school day:

Springdale Street driveway entrance is open to church and construction traffic and is ONE WAY ONLY,  no exit. Follow the signs and arrows to exit the church parking lot on Orlando Street. See diagram. There is NO school visitor entrance or exit on Springdale Street.
Orlando Street driveway entrance is open to church and school traffic during the day. Please follow the signs and arrows to enter and exit Orlando Street.
• The Bradbury Lane gate will be closed during school hours (9:15 am – 2:30 PM).

Please pray for the safety of the workers and for the success of the project. Please be careful when driving on campus and watch for pedestrians!

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GIVE+ your church giving app

We have updated our electronic giving suite, now called Giving Plus. We are still using the same trusted company Vanco, while now being able to offer new, more convenient ways to give. This also allows us to preserve the functionality of our previous suite for those who already give electronically. In addition to giving online, you can now give through the app and text message. More information is on the way, along with some special training to help those interested in electronic giving to get set up.  Thank you for your continuing generosity that allows our parish to do so much good.

Recycling Suspended

Our parish recycling program has been suspended due to the ongoing church renovation. Please do not leave recyclable items on church property. Please take your items to a local recycling center (Beachside Recycling & HB Recycling are nearby) or place them in the blue recycle containers provided by the city.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers and the many recycling enthusiasts who have participated.  We hope to resume next summer or fall 2019.

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..

HOPE Office

The HOPE Office is in need of your plastic, 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.


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: https://formed.org/ Get Started   Enter Code ND2PJB (St. Bonaventure Access Code) Create Your Account


Upcoming Events

Presider's Schedule

2nd Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Saturday , January 19
5:00 pm - Fr. Martin Tran
6:30 pm(VN) - Fr. Martin Tran
Sunday , January 20
7:30 am - Fr. Tim Donovan
9:00 am - Fr. Martin Tran
10:30 am - Fr. Tim Donovan
12:00 pm - Fr. Tim Donovan
1:30 pm (SP) - Fr. Joe Knerr
5:00 pm - Fr. Joe Knerr

3rd Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Saturday , January 26
5:00 pm - Fr. Joe Knerr
6:30 pm(VN) - Fr. Martin Tran
Sunday , January 27
7:30 am - Fr. Joe Knerr
9:00 am - Fr. Martin Tran
10:30 am - Fr. Joe Knerr
12:00 pm - Fr. Martin Tran
1:30 pm (SP) - Fr. Tim Donovan
5:00 pm - Fr. Tim Donovan
schedule is subject to change without notice

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