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Saint Bonaventure Church



     Tuesdays - The Prayer Group - 7:30pm in the Tailor Shoppe
     Friday, July 2 - Celebrate the 4th on the lawn - 7pm
     Sunday, October 24 - World Youth Day
     Sunday, November 14 - Fifth Annual Craft Show

The parish office is closed for lunch daily from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. It closes at 6pm on Fridays.

St. Bonaventure invites you to Celebrate America's Birthday!- On Friday, July 2 at 7pm on the Great Lawn of the parish grounds - Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and either an appetizer, dessert, or non-alcoholic beverage to share. - Come join the fun! Invite your family and friends to this wonderful event! There will be music, a magic show, and spectacular fireworks.

Save the Date - Fifth Annual Craft Show - November 14 - 8am to 4:30pm - call 973-8960114

Get a headstart on Christmas shopping. Wrapping available for a donation. Refreshments will be sold.

Paterson Diocese Pilgrimage - Bishop Serratelli has designated Saturday, Sept 18, 2010 as the day for our Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. to honor our Blessed Mother. We unite with our Holy Father in honoring our Blessed Mother in the largest Catholic Church in America. Please look in the Bulletin for further information.

Catholic Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean - Come and sail away on an 8 night cruise with Father Michael Sullivan on Sept. 20 on the Carnival Miracle out of New York. Prices begin at $1426 for two. Deposit of only $50 per person. Deadline to make your reservation is July 1. For further information, contact Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785 or

Weekend Retreat for Separated or Divorced -Will be given on Sept. 18 - 20 in Newton, NJ by a Franciscan Retreat Team. For more information call Fr. Tom Kelly at 973-985-9736 or Deacon Milt at 973-271-5097.

World Youth Day in the US - All young people of the parish! Hold the Date! This year the Diocesan Celebration for World Youth Day will be held on Sunday, October 24. Bishop Serratelli will be with us. The theme for that day will be "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" The day will run from 10am to 5pm and will include a concert by Matt Maher who performed in Australia for WYD 2008. The day will conclude with Sunday Eucharist with Bishop Serratelli presiding. More details will follow.

School Supplies Donations Program - Once again, it will soon be time to turn our thoughts to preparing our children for the coming school year. As we do so, let's remember those who find it difficult, or even impossible, to meet these needs for their youngsters. Therefore, as you do your weekly marketing, toss a school supply item or two into your shopping cart to help families. They have been so appreciative of our past efforts. Watch your weekly circulars for "Back to School" specials and shop the sales, remembering those who are less fortunate than us. Our "School Supplies" collection box will be found at the rear of the church beginning the weekend of July 17-18. It will remain there until the weekend of August 21 - 22.

Suggestions for your consideration include: backpacks, messenger bags, blue-black-red-green pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, colored pencils, lined paper, protractors, glue sticks, soft pencil cases, 3ring binders, rulers, 3-subject notebooks, book socks, highlighters, folders with pockets, index tabs, marble notebooks, and pencil sharpeners.

St. Bonaventure Cookbooks and Christmas Ornaments are available for purchase in the Parish Office. The cookbooks are $15 or 4 for $12 each and the ornaments are $10.

St. Bonaventure Prayer Garden - The St. Bonaventure Prayer Garden has been completed outside the right side of the church. Please take a look as you leave the church today. Consider participating in the project by engraving a brick with the name of your family or your loved ones, living or deceased.

There is no due date on these order forms. This project is a rolling project and will continue over the next few years. So if now is not a good time for you to participate, perhaps in the future. If you would like to dedicate a brick, please fill out an order form which can be found at the back of the church or in the parish office. Thank you!

130th Anniversary Memorial Journal - St. Bonaventure's 130th Anniversary Memorial Journal, with a never-to-be-duplicated special dedication to our own Fr. John T. Piccione, O.F.M., is available in the parish office. Is your remembrance included with a 1/2 or 1/4 page, beneficiary or patron? If so, the Jounal is available to you at $15 each. Beneficiary or Patron at $20 each. For all others, the purchase price of the Journal is $25 for one copy; $20 for two copies; $15 for three or more copies. It is a book you will want to read and enjoy for many years to come.

Children's Liturgy of the Word - St. Bonaventure will offer Children's Liturgy the Word at the 9:30am Mass on Sundays. All children in grades K-5 are invited to participate. The children will celebrate the Liturgy of the Workd in the Church Hall. If you care to have your child participate, please arrive at the church by 9:15am because there will be reserved seating for them in the front pews.

The Director of Religious Formation and a Catechist or a Catechist with an aide will supervise Children's Liturgy of the Word. If anyone is interested in this ministry and wishes to participate in ministering to the children, please contact Teresa Gallo at or contact her at the Parish Office at 973-279-1016.

Misa en espanol - Comenzando el primero de marzo, habra una misa en espanol cada domingo a las 5:30 de la tarde. Todos estan bienvenidos. Si tiene usted algunas preguntas o quiere ser un voluntario, por favor llamele a Padre Cristobal a extension 311. Viva Cristo Rey!

There is a Mass in Spanish every Sunday at 5:30pm. All are welcome. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please call Father Christopher at extension 311. Hail Christ the King!

Social Concerns

Frozen Dinners - Pans available Saturday and Sunday, June 19/20; Drop Off meals Saturday, June 26

Non-Perishable Food Collection is the third Sunday of each month to help the starving people of Paterson. Our food goes to Fr. English Center and their food lines are long year round. Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the baskets at the entrance of Church when you attend Mass. Some of the foods most needed are rice, cereal, canned fruit, soup, vegetables, macaroni, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, baby food, baby cereal, sugar, flour, pancake mix, pancake syrup, canned meat, canned stew, beans, caned tuna, etc. We appreciate all the food that you are so willing to donate in this on-going project. We just wish more people would participate in this worthy cause. Fr. English has more than 900 people coming every day looking for food. If for some reason you can't bring any thing, a monetary donation is always welcome and one of us will gladly buy what is needed.

Pray for Our Armed Forces - In St. Anthony Shrine off the back of the church, there is an icon of St. Michael the Archangel with names and ranks of military personnel related to or associated with families and friends of St. Bon's. If you know of anyone currently serving our country in foreign lands, especially in the Middle East, Korea and other "hot spots" around the globe, please call the Parish Office with their name and rank so we can post them on our list for prayers. Or simply write the information on a small piece of paper, drop it in next week's collection and we will update the list.

Bibles for the Homeless Ministry - The street poor and homeless hunger for the hope and life-changing promises that Jesus gives us through the Scripture. The Bibles for the Homeless Ministry provides large baskets labeled "Free Bibles" in the shelter living quarters. They are refilled frequently but usually emptied by the next day. The Bible Donation Basket located in the back of the church welcomes Bibles of any size, type, condition, or language. Please help.

Mass with Anointing of the Sick - The Mass with Anointing of the Sick for those preparing for surgery, for the seriously ill, and the elderly will be celebrated only on the first Saturday of every third month, that is, seasonally, in March (spring), June (summer), September (fall), and December (winter). A notice will be published in the bulletin prior to the date to alert you to its approach.

R.C.I.A. - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the liturgical and formational process of Christian initiation which provides instruction and information about the Catholic faith and an experience of church for those who were baptized but have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or Eucharist. If you or someone you know desires information about the R.C.I.A., contact Teresa Gallo-Tomcho at 908-209-1437 or e-mail her at or call Fr. Daniel at 973-279-1016 or e-mail him at

Inquiry sessions will begin on Monday, September 14 in the Friary Conference Room at 7:00pm. For the schedule of R.C.I.A. meetings click:

RCIA information page

St. Bon's Prayer Group meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm in the Tailor Shop. We come together each week to pray, discuss the readings for the upcoming week, and have refreshments and fellowship. All are welcome! For further information contact Joe and Marge at 973-278-6152.

Pray the Rosary - The Rosary is prayed Monday through Friday after the 11:30am Mass. All are welcome to join in this prayer for peace, for the end of abortion, for the sick in our parish and in our families, for the intentions of the Holy Father, and for those in most need of God's mercy.

Did you move, change your phone number? Wish to use offering envelopes? Call the Parish Office - 973-278-1016.

Religious Formation Classes

When registering a child for religious formation classes, please bring a copy of your child's baptismal certificate with you. Also, if there are any parents who did not return their child's re-registration form and fee, please feel free to stop by the Parish Office to return the form or drop the form in the collection basket in an envelope marked to the attention of Teresa Gallo - Religious Formation Office.

The 2009 - 2010 Calendar is now posted:

CCD information page

Registration Form for New Registrations

Registration Form for Re-Registrations

Going to the hospital? If you would like a friar to visit while you are in the hospital, please call the office and let us know. Hospitals are required to observe confidentiality and privacy laws and, so, are no longer able to inform parishes of admissions of parishioners. It is now necessary for either the patient or a family member to notify the parish of his/her hospitalization. Arrangements then can be made for a priest to visit.

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