Coronavirus SUPPORT Page

General Announcements -  updated August 23, 2020

St. Bonaventure has created this page to help keep you abreast of how the coronavirus has affected our parish. General information from the Diocese of Buffalo and Parish specific information including mass information, the BRIDGE, and  Faith Formation (Religious Ed) can be found here.

Glossary to the contents below:

        1.   Making of protective masks and seeking mask makers

        2.  Maintaining Contact with the parish

        3.  The Bridge Food Pantry

        4.  Weekend Masses & Infant Baptisms

        5.  Thank You to contributors

        6.  August 23 - 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

        7.  Prayer Requests


1.  MAKING PROTECTIVE MASKS   -  Posted July 19, 2020

       Directions for making protective masks from the JoAnn Fabric Website:

       An additional suggestion for those who must wear a mask for long periods:

     Fr. James is looking for volunteers who can sew masks to be used in church.  From guidelines issued to churches in states that have been opened people will be expected to wear masks in public places.  So in anticipation of that Fr. James would like to have a reserve of masks to be handed out to parishioners and visitors who may have forgotten to bring a mask with them.  If interested in sewing together some masks for the church pleas e-mail Fr. James at:  [email protected]


2.  Maintaining Contact

The State & Federal Governments & CDC have put a ban on group gatherings and assemblies in order to try and curb the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  This has made it impossible for us to gather as a faith community for Mass, Religious Education, and other functions. 

In order to maintain a connection and to provide resources for your spiritual growth, the parish now has three internet related sites:

          The Parish webpage:

          The Parish Facebook Site:

     Type in:  St Bonaventure Parish notice the way it is listed.  There is no period after the “St” and there an uppercase letter at the  beginning of each word and space in between

                              This site will have a weekly posting with a message from Fr. James and various parish announcements

        The Parish YouTube site      Go to:

      Type in:  Bonaventure Parish Allegany NY       Be aware that there a number of parishes in the world named after St. Bonaventure.  Depending  on your server you will find either a picture of the church or the letter “B” which marks out our site.  This site will post a weekly liturgy and homily by Fr. James.

3.  The Bridge Thrift Store & Food Pantry  -  

              Please do not drop off any donations of material goods (clothing, dishes, etc) when The Bridge is closed. 

             Before you bring any items to donate please call 373-1330 x16.  We are experiencing an overload of items

             and are only accepting particular items at this time.

             Please do not drop off items after hours. 

With Phase 4 of the Re-Opening of public facilities begun - The Bridge will be open from 9:a.m. - 3:p.m. Tuesdays thru Fridays beginning June 9, 2020.

With the issuing of the Guidelines for Social Distancing by the State of New York ans CDC only a limited number of people can be in The Bridge Thrift Store at any one time.  Thus some customers may need to wait outside or in their cars until they are called in.  Everyone will be required to wear a mask which covers the nose and mouth to enter and shop in The Bridge.  Anyone without a mask will need to exit the premises immediately by order the Governor's executive order.

     Food Pantry is in need of:  Peanut Butter, Toilet paper, jelly, boxed rice & instant potatoes, canned fruit, and laundry detergent.  These can be place in the chest in the church or the black canister outside of The Bridge.

4.  Weekend Masses & Infant Baptisms -  Beginning the weekend of August 15-16, 2020 weekend Masses will be held in the church on the following days & times: Saturday at 4:p.m.   and   Sunday at 8:a.m  &  11:a.m..    

Parents who wish to schedule the Sacrament of Baptism for their infant are asked to call Fr. James to make arrangements.  Only individual-private baptisms can be celebrated with a limit of 20 people in attendance.

 5 - THANK YOU  -  "THANK YOU" all parishioners who have been mailing in their church contributions.  So far the parish is maintaining fiscal solvency.  The parish did apply for the Payroll Protection Program offered by the federal government, and did receive it.  But this will only assist us for 8 weeks.  That is why parishioners maintaining their contributions as best they can will help keep the parish fiscally solvent and stable.  These are unusual times and with difficult circumstances arising in peoples lives.  We just do the best we can, take things one step at a time, and keep trusting that everything will work out for the better.

6.   Prayer Service for Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time is found on the homepage of the parish website at the bottom listed under "publications."  Open the bulletin for August 23 and you will see the Scripture readings for the service.

7.  Prayer Requests:  The following have been placed on the parish Prayer-List: 

                                                    John & Josephine Crisafulliu

                                                    Gail Crisafulli

                                                    James Mathieson

                                                    Peter Forness

                                                    Rebecca Shields

                                                    Nathan Smith

                                                     Paul Bishop

                                                     Terry Nenno

                                                     Victor Edwin

         Also, remember the following deceased and their families:

                                          David Relyea

                                          Brian Dietz

                                          Gloria Darrow

                                          Hugh Paul

                                          Rhea Karls

                                          James Finch