Our Parish Mission Statement

St. Bonaventure Parish is a rural Christian community called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.  We fulfill our mission by our worship, our witness and our service to the people of the parish as well as to those in the wider community.  Our task is to affirm the individual gifts of people of all ages in order to minister the Gospel in solidarity with people of good will.            

Weekend Mass Schedule:

     Saturday -  4:p.m. 

     Sunday - 8:a.m.

         Sunday -  11:a.m. 


January 10, 2021:   
            Announcements below deal with 'The Bridge", "Bonafest Meeting",  Day of Prayer for our Nation, a message from the Diocese concerning the filing for bankruptcy and the filing of the Child Protection Act.
Announcement from 'The Bridge'
Please note that  no material donations should be dropped off when The Bridge Thrift Store is closed.  Please wait until when The Bridge re-opend to bring any donations.

Also, because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are no longer soliciting, collecting or delivering any furniture at this time.  We do this has a precaution to exposing any donors, volunteers or recepients to the virus.  It will be announced when this part of the outreach ministry will resume.  But as long as this pandemic continues this part of The Bridge outreach is suspended.


Bonafest Meeting:

      There will be a planning meeting for the Spring Steak Bake & Summer Bonafest on Sunday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.   Attendees are asked to call Fr. James or Kim Ayers by Friday, Jan. 15 with their preference of having hte meeting in person in the Memorial Hall or by Zoom.


Day of Prayer for our Nation

Given the events of January 6 with the storming of the Capital building in Washington and with upcoming inauguration January 18 is designated as a Day of Prayer at St. Bonaventure Parish.  The church will be open from 9:a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for private prayer and adoration.  At 5:30 p.m. a service will be held to conclude this Day of Prayer for our nation.  Please consider taking some time on Monday, January 18 to come to the church for private prayer that the unrest in our nation will find peaceful resolutions and that we have a deeper awareness of the blessings we have and the values we need to remind ourselves to uphold.

Weekly Reflection on YouTube & Facebook:

Posted on the parish Facebook and YouTube sites is a weekly reflection by Fr. James based on the Sunday Scripture readings.  This is available to view usually after 2:p.m. on Sunday afternoon.  Facebook address:  www.facebook.com  -  when on the site type in St Bonaventure Parish.  On YouTube:  www.youtube.com  -  when on this site type Bonaventure Parish Allegany, NY  or see below for a link.


Diocese filing for Bankruptcy and the Child Victims Act:

       The following is being published in accordance with the Orders of the Bankruptcy Court, and directed by the diocese:

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York

in re The Diocese of Buffalo, NY

Case No. 20-10322

PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT, on February 28, 2020, The Diocese of Buffalo, ("Diocese") filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code ("The Bankruptcy Code.")

The Bankruptcy Court has established August 14, 2021 t 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim against the Diocese (the "Bar Date").

If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connnected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit  https://case.stretto.com/dioceseofbuffalo  or call (855) 292-7696 or more information on how to file your proof of claim.


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For those who would like to view a Sunday Mass:

Live Mass at 10:a.m. on Sundays and past taped Masses from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame University"  


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Below is a link on YouTube to a prayer service led by Fr. James that you can virtually participate in as a household during this COVID-19 pandemic time.  You can also view this service and other messages from Fr. James on Facebook site under the name:  St Bonaventure Parish

Scripture Proclamation & Reflection for The Feast of the Baptismof the Lord  is available on YouTube :


St. Bonaventure Church


  • Sun, Jan 10th

  • Sun, Jan 3rd

Renovations 2019

  • Large lift used to paint ceiling, walls and install new fans
  • painters painting side walls
  • Electricians working on wiring for fans
  • erecting the new pews
  • installing the new sanctuary floor
  • new pews and chairs on new floor
  • interior of the church.
  • finished altar area
  • Notice railing in the background. It is the old iron altar rail
  • Renovated sacristy with two bathrooms
  • Nave of the church
  • Tabernacle
  • Priest Sacristy
  • During the renovation this was found behind wallpaper. It has been restored and will be placed back on the back sanctuary wall
  • Carved by Otto Georg Hitzberger for the chapel of Christ the King Seminary (now Francis Hall) in 1952 on the grounds of St. Bonaventure University. Gifted to parish by the university
  • Carved by Otto Georg Hitzberger for the chapel of Christ the King Seminary (now Francis Hall) in 1952 on the grounds of St. Bonaventure University. Gifted to the parish by the university.
  • Baptism Font
  • St. John's Church in Vandaila was merged with St. Bonaventure back in the late 1990's. It's patron saints are: St. John the Baptist & St. Kateri Tekakwitha
  • Fr. James became pastor in June 2011

Mass Times

Saturday: 4:p.m.
Sunday: 8:a.m. & 11:a.m.

Weekday Liturgy of the Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 8:a.m.

Holy Days: Consult the bulletin

Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Holidays: Closed

BRIDGE Thrift Store Hours

Tues - Fri:  9:a.m. - 2:p.m.                           

*See BRIDGE page for Food Pantry and Outreach hours