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

                    See Message near the bottom of this homepage concerning attendance at Mass


Diocese of Buffalo establishes

"Road to Renewal" Process

Bishop Edward Scharfenberer, the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese, has initiated long range process of re-energizing and re-focusing the diocese called:  "Road to Renewal."  The spirituality of this process takes its inspiration from the scripture passage of Jesus walking along with 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke24:13-35).  It's a process, not a program, identifying the ministerial resources in the diocese and productively pulling them together and encouraging an approach of sharing the various strengths and talents of our parish communities with one another, especially within each vicariate or region of the diocese.  A letter from Bishop Ed can be found on the diocesan website (buffalodiocese.org) or by clicking on the link on this parish website titled: "Road to Renewal" for further information and news concerning this process.


Bonafest Fall Event

A drive thru stuffed Chicken Breast dinner will be held on Saturday, October 3.  Tickets for the chicken dinner are $12 each.  Tickets must be pre-purchased before Saturday September 26.  Only 250 dinners will be prepared.  No dinners will be sold on the day of the drive-thru pick-up.  The dinner will include a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, corn, roll & dessert.  Dinners will be available for pick-up beginning at 5:30 p.m.   You may order a dinner by sending the coupon below to the parish office along with the payment for the dinners. 

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TICKET  ORDER  -  $12 per dinner

 NAME:   ________________________________

 Address:   ________________________________________


Phone number:  ___________________________________

 Number of Dinners requested:  ________________

                                       Place order before  September 26, 2020

                          ( In case of cancelation your payment will be returned to you).

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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.


September 13, 2020:    Weekend Masses

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered much of our patterns and behaviors in life.  Social distancing and mask wearing have become a necessary norm until a cure or vaccine is found for this virus.  And even then there is no guarantee that we will be able to stop the mask wearing and social distancing.  

Realizing that many parishioners are still hesitant about being in a space with a large concentration of people, as well as wanting to encourage individuals and families to return to weekly communal worship, I have re-instated our regular schedule of Masses inside the church.   Since we are limited due to social distancing to basically around 70 people - upon arriving at the church everyone will be asked to come in the front door (the side door will be locked externally).  At the front door there will be:

  • hand sanitizing pump containing Purell,
  • a chart pointing out the placement of seating.  There will be a registration table and chart in the front vestibule.   Every other pew in the church will be open so to keep social distancing in front and behind a person.  Concerning to the left & right of a person it will depend on whether the attendees are part of a household, or a couple or an individual .  A household of 3 or more take possession of the whole pew.   When it comes to couples or individuals there can be no more than 4 people total in the pew.  On the table will be cards with seating assignments.  Each person is to take a card and proceed to that particular pew or chair.  If thre are no cards left that means that we have met our occupation quota according to the guidelines issues by the State Health Dept. 
  • a box for your contribution to the church. You can deposit a donation either when you enter or leave.

During the indoor Mass you will be called up for communion one side of the church at a time.  You will leave your seat and stand in the center of the main aisle and then proceed forward, always maintaining 6 feet of social distancing.  I’ll remind you of this at Mass.

Thus the Mass schedule is:

                 Saturday,  4:p.m.  

                 Sunday, 8 :a.m.

                 Sunday, 11:a.m. 

  To All:  Be at Peace…..Fr. Jim / James

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

Home Service for Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time   - September 13, 2020 is available on YouTube :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KbptTgSjmk&pp=QAA%3D

St. Bonaventure Church


  • Sun, Oct 4th

  • Sun, Sep 27th

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 ...
  • Carved by Otto Georg Hitzberger for the chapel of Christ the ...
  • Carved by Otto Georg Hitzberger for the chapel of Christ the ...
  • Baptism Font
  • St. John's Church in Vandaila was merged with St. Bonaventure back ...
  • 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 suspended until September
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. - 3:p.m.                           

*See BRIDGE page for Food Pantry and Outreach hours