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As disciples at St. Bonaventure, we are committed to know Christ better and make Him better known. To k-n-o-w, we are committed to…
Keep connected to our parish community
In carrying out this mission, we will demonstrate the love that we have for God, by the community we create with each other and our response to the needs of our neighbor.
St. Bonaventure Catholic Community
Founded in 1957, St. Bonaventure Catholic Community is the spiritual home of about 2,600 registered families in Contra Costa County in Northern California, drawing mostly from Clayton and Concord.
Strengthened by worship and formed in their faith, our parishioners take seriously their call to bring the light of Christ to the world. Parishioner engagement is not confined to the liturgy. We have a large faith formation program, nearly X ministries, many aimed at meeting the needs of the surrounding community.
A spirit of welcome is a key feature of all that the parish does in faith formation, liturgy, sacraments, and ministry.
The diversity of St. Bonaventure crosses many boundaries including age, culture, economics and language. Young families with children worship side by side with seniors at liturgies that range from quiet and contemplative to joyful and enthusiastic. Gifts are shared as they are given with a variety of invitations to participate and engage in the parish life as able. Liturgies and faith formation programs are offered in English and Spanish to best communicate with our brothers and sisters.
Over 100 different ministries are active at the parish. These include liturgical ministries, sacramental preparation, faith formation, youth ministries, adult education and spiritual enrichment, and social ministries.
We are an engaging, collaborative, welcoming and diverse parish. We invite all to join us in the spirit of Pope Francis’ words: “the thing the Church needs most today is to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful.”
Who was Saint Bonaventure?
Born in 1221 in central Italy, St. Bonaventure was given the name "John." As a very young child, St. Francis of Assisi prayed over him to be healed of a serious childhood disease. It was said that St. Francis could intuit peoples’ character; be prophesized about St. Bonaventure’s future greatness. It was St. Francis who coined the expression, O Buona Ventura, which means what "good fortune" he will have. The name stayed with him.
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