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. - in the Church
Sunday - 8:a.m. - in the church
Sunday - 11:a.m. - In the church
October 18, 2020: Thanksgiving Baskets
Each year between 65-70 area families are provided all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal by parishioners of St. Bonaventure Parish. The names of the families usually come to us through the school systems, social service agencies, and The Bridge contacts. Usually the food items are purchased by parishioners, dropped off at the rectory and then the families in need come and pick up their boxes of food. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic the proceedure for this year will need to undergo a change.
Arrangements have been made with Jim Mahar at the Park-n-Shop on Front Street in Olean for vouchers to be distributed by the parish to the families in need. These vouchers will allow the recipients to obtain a turkey and other food items for a Thanksgiving meal.
You are invited to participate in providing a voucher for a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need. Simply place an envelop with your contribution in the weekend collection box or mail your contribution to the parish office by November 9th. Clearly mark on the envelop, and if you use a check on the notation line, "Thanksgiving Voucher". The vouchers will be distributed on November 14 for the recipinets to obtain their turkey and other food products before Thanksgiving Day. The suggested amount to contribute is whatever you would have spent to purchase the products yourself. Anyone, though, can make a contribution of what ever amount towards the purchase of the Thanksgivng Mean Vouchers.
The parishioners of St. Bonaventure Parish have provided Thanksgivig meals for families in need for more than 3 decades. This year because of the COVID-19 pandemic we need to structure the collection and distribution of food a bit differently. But whether it is through baskets of food or food vouchers we continue forth this outreach and charitable tradition.
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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 is open (Tues-Fri. 9:a.m. - 2:p.m.) before you 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.
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
Weekend Scripture Reflection for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 18, 2020 is available on YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiNVYUHEaT4