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.

Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Now is a great time to join Saint Bonaventure’s RCIA. Come on a Monday night to the Parish Center at 7:30 p.m. and find out about our RCIA program; questions will be addressed. You can also call RCIA Director Jerry Periolat at his cell number, 714-642-8114. 

Join the Faith Formation Family!

New Volunteers Welcome! 

Faith Formation is looking for volunteers to help with our many ministries for the young people of the parish. Weekday classes serve our 1st -8th graders and Sunday programs include Liturgy of the Word for 1st-6th graders, classes for students with Special Needs, and our Confirmation Preparation and Youth Programs. If you have a heart for the youth and a passion for your faith, we need you. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 846-1187 if you feel inspired to serve!

Faith and Fellowship Ministry


A new ministry at St. Bonaventure Parish giving adults an opportunity to get together, share a meal and be nourished spiritually.

Monthly Potluck and Talk

Every second Thursday of the month with enlightening topics and spirited guest speakers.

Join us for our first evening

Thursday, September 12
6:30 p.m. Potluck
7:15 p.m. Talk
Duffy West

Topic:
Imago Dei: Created in the Image and Likeness of God, We are Made for Relationship.
By Our New Parochial Vicar, Fr. Quan Tran

Bingo Night

BINGO NIGHTS ARE BACK!
Saturday, August 17
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Duffy Center

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. 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.

Back-to-School Drive for Homeless Kids

Colette’s Children’s Home 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE FOR HOMELESS KIDS

Colette’s Children’s Home operates several local shelters serving women and children who have fallen into homelessness due to crises such as job loss or domestic violence. Last year Colette’s received nearly 4,000 requests for help and was able to provide housing and supportive services for 633 homeless women and children in Orange County. 

These children range in age from kindergarten to high school. The Justice & Peace Ministry would like to send them back to school with the clothes and supplies needed to do well. We ask our parish community to join in this effort. 

Will you be doing back-to-school shopping? Please consider buying for one more child, perhaps the age of your child. Ask your child what they would want to have in their backpack for school, or a piece of clothing they would like, and buy one more for a homeless child. 

Bring your donation to the parish center the weekend of July 27-28. We can also use gift cards to Payless for shoes and Kohl’s or Walmart for basic clothing. Thank you for caring! 

To learn more about Colette’s visit www.healinghomelessness.org.

Welcome Fr. Ruben / ¡Bienvenido! Padre Ruben Ruiz

My name is Ruben P. Ruiz. I am the youngest son in a family of nine. I was born on October 24, 1965, in the city of Tijuana, Mexico. In 1968 I moved to Santa Ana with my family when I was three years old. Because of my Mexican background, and growing up in California, I fluently speak both English and Spanish. My early education was centered in Santa Ana. I attended Monte Vista Elementary, Carr Intermediate, and Santa Ana Valley High School. I went on to attend Santa Ana Community College and received two Associate of Arts degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in English Literature. After this, I continued my studies at Cal State University Fullerton, from which I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. I also took some extended education courses through Cal-State Fullerton and earned two certificates, one in Human Resources and the other in Employee Management.

My line of work prior to discerning a priestly vocation and entering St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, was customer service/client technical support for an insurance tracking firm. I attended St. John’s Seminary from 2007-2013 and upon graduation earned a Master’s of Divinity, Master’s of Art in systematic Theology, and was ordained to the Priesthood on June 8, 2013. Prior to my ordination, I was active in my home parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary, serving as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Prior to my ordination, I was assigned as a Transitional Deacon to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana. My first assignment after ordination was St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana. I learned a lot during my three years there and hope to keep growing, learning, and serving my new community of faith at St. Bonaventure Church.

My interests are varied: I like bike riding, animals, museums, the beach, being with family, going to the movies, going out to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, I like all kinds of food, and it shows!

On being a priest, I feel that: “Being a priest means being at the service of God, at the service of his people. It means being a bridge of love and mercy that brings people into a closer, and deeper relationship with God.

                                                                                         

Mi nombre es Ruben P. Ruíz y soy el más pequeño de 9 hermanos. Nací el 24 de octubre de 1965 en la ciudad de Tijuana, México. A la edad de 3 años (en 1968) me mude a Santa Ana, California, con mi familia. Viniendo de una familia Mexicana y el haber sido criado en California me permitió poder hablar fluidamente en ambos idiomas, Inglés y Español. Los primeros años de educación los cursé en Santa Ana, estuve en Monte Vista Elementary, Carr Intermediate y Santa Ana Valley High School. Después seguí mis estudios en el Colegio Comunitario de Santa Ana donde recibí dos grados en Arte, uno en Administración de Empresas y otro en literatura en Ingles. Enseguida continúe mis estudios en Cal State University Fullerton de donde me gradué en el 2002 con una Licenciatura en Arte y Administración de Empresas. En Cal State Fullerton obtuve dos certificados más, uno en Recursos Humanos y otro en Administración de Empleados.

Mi área de trabajo antes de discernir mi vocación al sacerdocio e ingresar al Seminario de San Juan en Camarillo, California, era como servicio al cliente/apoyo técnico al cliente en una compañía aseguradora. Estuve el Seminario de San Juan del 2007-2013 y una vez que me gradué obtuve una Maestría en Divinidad y otra en Arte en Teología sistemática. Mi ordenación al Sacerdocio fue el 8 de Junio del 2013. Antes de mi ordenación ayudaba en mi parroquia Inmaculado Corazón de María, sirviendo como Lector y Ministro de Eucaristía. También antes de ordenarme me asignaron como Diácono Transicional en la Iglesia Católica de San José en Santa Ana. Mi primera asignación y a como sacerdote fue en la Iglesia St. Anne, en la misma ciudad de Santa Ana donde aprendí muchísimas cosas durante mis tres primeros años, y espero seguir creciendo, aprendiendo y sirviendo a mi nueva comunidad en nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

Disfruto de diferentes cosas y actividades, entre ellas andar en bicicleta, me gustan los animales, museos, la playa, estar con mi familia, ir al cine, salir a desayunar, comer y cenar. ¡Si, me gusta todo tipo de comidas y se nota!!

Como sacerdote siento que: “Ser sacerdote significa estar al servicio de Dios y al servicio de su pueblo. Significa ser el puente de amor y misericordia que lleva a su gente a una relación más profunda y cercana con Dios.”

Welcome Fr. Quan Tran

Father Quan Tran took a crisscross journey to spirituality and has a “really surprising” calling to the priesthood. Looking back, he marvels at the direction his life has taken.  

Fr. Tran starts his new position as new parochial vicar at St. Bonaventure Parish in Huntington Beach on July 1. He will continue in his work as secretary to the Pastoral Provision Office, which is part of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s 1980 effort to bring Anglican and Episcopal clergy into the Catholic priesthood.  

Previously he served as parochial vicar at Christ Cathedral Parish and episcopal vicar of ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Diocese of Orange.  

Growing up in a “lukewarm Catholic family,” Fr. Tran dutifully carried out his parents’ wishes that he pursue financial success. He studied law at Pepperdine University and then served for 10 years as an Orange County deputy district attorney. 

He had all the trappings of outward success – a good salary, homeownership, and a nice car. But something was missing. 

It was his last serious girlfriend who helped him find the missing piece. First, he began accompanying her to Sunday Mass. Eventually, he developed a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

Fortunately, his girlfriend was understanding when it dawned upon him that the priesthood was a possibility. 

“God was very patient with me,” notes Fr. Tran about his calling to the priesthood. “He worked with my environment and the people around me to get me on the right path.” 

Like many young people, Fr. Tran says he grew away from Catholicism when he went to college in New York at Bernard M. Baruch College. 

“I started really practicing my faith when one of my girlfriends introduced me to praying the Rosary, going to daily Mass, and attending Eucharistic adoration.” 

After a decade with the D.A.’s office, he says, “I was under a lot of stress, I felt micromanaged, and I wasn’t fulfilled in my job. I thought about opening up my own criminal defense law office, but my priorities began to change. I wanted to be passionate about something.” 

After much thought and prayer, he discovered he was most passionate about his Catholic faith. So, in 2006, he decided to join the Oblates of the Blessed Virgin Mary, based in Boston, taking a one-year leave of absence from his job, selling his house and car, and giving up his four dogs to enter the seminary.  

“My family freaked out,” he recalls. “The whole family thought I was making a serious mistake, throwing my life away. They told me I was crazy.” 

After a year, Fr. Tran realized that he wasn’t called to serve in the small religious community. With a spiritual adviser’s help, he looked into becoming a diocesan priest.” 

When the Diocese of Orange sent him to St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park things finally fell into place. “I knew then that I didn’t want to be a D.A. anymore, and I resigned. I was constantly praying and open to God’s will – and everything felt right and good.” 

Then-Bishop Tod Brown offered Fr. Tran the opportunity to study at North American College at St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome. “It was a huge blessing.” He was ordained a deacon in 2010 – and that is when his family finally accepted his choice. He earned a licentiate in humanism and interreligious dialog in sacred theology, and on June 11, 2011, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange. 

Fr. Tran loves helping others develop spiritually. He created Fullness of Grace, a ministry that helps people grow in their Catholic faith through devotion to Our Lady. “I am really drawn to Mary,” he says. “I feel her close to me, guiding my discernment and vocation.” 

The ministry’s website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Instagram presence describe 12 qualities of Mary that people should emulate. Fr. Tran travels to parishes nationwide, giving retreats and making presentations about virtue, holiness, and spiritual life. He gives podcasts and presently is writing a book, “Fullness of Grace,” which he hopes to finish by the end of the year and submit to publishers. 

“Many people do not realize that grace is a gift from God that requires a response in order for it to bear fruit,” he notes. “Mary is the most perfect of all disciples and is full of grace – she knows how to respond fully. She is the perfect model for holiness.” 

Fr. Tran will begin working at St. Bonaventure this summer. “My charisms are teaching and preaching, building unity and helping people grow close to God,” he says. “I want to set the parish on fire for the love of God. Not only the parish Vietnamese community, but the entire parish community.”

taken from OC Catholic, June 9, 2019

HOPE OFFICE Volunteers & Special Need

Volunteers Needed:
The HOPE Office is an ALL-volunteer program, which assists those in need within our community. We need HELP and are looking for folks willing to give their time and make some new friends along the way.

We need help with the following positions:

• Pick-up food once a week from Albertsons (approximately 2 hours and must have a large car or truck and be able to lift 20lbs).

• Work a shift in the Office (two shifts per day 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday); desk (process paperwork with clients); pantry (fill food orders for clients) OR clothing room (accept donations, sort and hang clothing).

Special Need:
The HOPE Office is in need of CEREAL! With the increase in families and seniors that HOPE is assisting on a monthly basis, and the lack of product at the Food Banks, we are asking for your help.  Drop off CEREAL at HOPE anytime Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m

For more info or if you would like to volunteer, please call 714-501-2772.

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Would you like to have the Sacred Heart of Jesus enthroned in your home? Would you like to exhibit the official and social recognition that the Kingship of the Heart of Jesus reigns in your Catholic family? The Legion of Mary is offering this time-lost tradition of our Catholic faith. If you would like to learn more about consecration and enthronement contact the Legion of Mary by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WHAT IS ENTHRONEMENT?

Enthronement gives special recognition to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by giving the image of the Sacred Heart a place of honor in the home and dedicating each family member to His Sacred Heart by an act of consecration. 

In this way, the family is brought under the benign influence of the Divine Heart, which asserts itself in all the events of family life. The Enthronement is a recognition of the living presence of Our Lord in the home, where His Divine Heart, as King of Love, is the Center, attracting all the members of the family.

Greeters Needed!

Isn't it wonderful to have someone say, "Hello," "Good Morning," or just "Hi" to you with a smile? It brings us out of ourselves and wakes us up to the gifts—all around—that God has ready for all of us each day. In these days of renovation, we have only one entrance into our parish church. It would be so nice to have someone there to greet us as we come in to praise and thank our Lord. We are in need of some joy-filled persons to volunteer their time, at least one or two persons for each Mass. Would you like to greet your fellow parishioners this way? We would love to have you. We need your joyful presence! Please contact Betty Kuhn at 714-536-0585 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.-2:00 p.m. For more information call 714-501-2772.

FORMED

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

PSA - Pastoral Services Appeal

PASTORAL SERVICES APPEAL 2019

PSA funds many important Diocese ministries, such as

• Outreach Ministries

• Catholic Education Programs

• Clergy Formation

Bishop Vann has asked each parish to provide a share to this important appeal. Our parish share is $164,000. Every dollar over that amount comes back to our parish in the form of a rebate to be used for parish needs.

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Presider's Schedule

21st Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Saturday , August 24
5:00 pm - Fr. Joe Knerr
6:30 pm(VN) - Visiting Priest
     
Sunday , August 25
7:30 am - Fr. Ruben Ruiz
9:00 am - Fr. Joe Knerr
10:30 am - Fr. Ruben Ruiz
12:00 pm - Fr. Joe Knerr
1:30 pm (SP) - Fr. Ruben Ruiz
5:00 pm Fr. Joe Knerr
     

22nd Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Saturday , August 31
5:00 pm - Fr. Ruben Ruiz
6:30 pm(VN) - Fr. Quan Tran
     
Sunday , September 1
7:30 am - Fr. Ruben Ruiz
9:00 am - Fr. Joe Knerr
10:30 am - Fr. Ruben Ruiz
12:00 pm - Fr. Quan Tran
1:30 pm (SP) - Fr. Joe Knerr
5:00 pm - Fr. Quan Tran
     
schedule is subject to change without notice

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