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St. Bon’s is starting a Cub Scout Pack
Are you the Parent of a Boy in Grades 1 -4? Are
you interested in a fun, character building
program? Then please join us for an information
meeting on Cub Scouting.

When:     Thursday, January 29th at 7PM
Where:    St. Bonaventure Church, Bishop Manning Hall
                173 Ramsey Street, Paterson NJ

Information is available in English and Spanish.The
program is open to all boys, regardless of religion
or church affiliation. Please feel free to invite
interested friends and family.
Cub Scouting is a year-round program that builds
character, promotes citizenship, and provides fun
and excitement. For More Information please go
to http://beascout.org or contact Fr. Stephen
DeWitt, OFM at St. Bonaventure Church at 973-
279-1016 or sdewitt@hnpfriar.org.

 

 

San Buenaventure esta organizando una Manada de Cub Scouts

¿Eres el padre de un niño en los grados 1 -4? ¿Está
interesado en un programa de diversión, la
formación del carácter? Entonces, por favor, únase
a nosotros para una reunión de información sobre
Cub Scouting.
Cuándo:    Jueves, 29 de enero a las 7 pm
Dónde:      Iglesia San Buenaventura, Obispo Manning Hall
                 173 Ramsey Street, Paterson NJ

La información está disponible en Inglés y
castellano.  El programa está abierto a todos los
niños, independientemente de su religión o
afiliación a la iglesia. Por favor, siéntase libre de
invitar a amigos y familiares interesados.
Cub Scouting es un programa de todo el año que
construye el carácter, promueve la ciudadanía, y
ofrece diversión y emoción. Para más información
por favor visite http://beascout.org o contacte Fr.
Stephen DeWitt, OFM al 973-279-1016973-279-1016
o sdewitt@hnpfriar.org.

 

The Franciscan Challenge - El Reto Franciscano
 
On the weekend of Jan. 31/Feb. 1 we welcome Fr. David Convertino, OFM to St. Bons's.  Fr. David will be speaking about The Franciscan Challenge.  The Challenge is a program to raise funds to support the training and education of student friars, the care of our elderly and retired friars, and the charitable work of Holy Name Province.  For more information please go to https://thefranciscanchallenge.org/.
 
El fin de semana del 31 de enero y el primer de febrero damos la bienvenida a Padre David Convertino, OFM.  Padre David nos hablará sobre El Reto Franciscano.  El Reto es un programa a soportar la educación y entrenamiento de nuestros frailes estudientes, nuestros frailes jubilados o enfermos, y las actividades caritativas de la Provincia del Santissimo Nombre.  Por mas información, va aquí https://thefranciscanchallenge.org/.


Adult Faith

 

Fully initiated Roman Catholics continue to grow in the life of Christ through the Sunday celebration of Eucharist. Some chose to intensify their life in Christ through more purposeful and intentional reflection, prayer, study, and active ministry.
 
Adult Faith Formation affords seasonal opportunities to learn, pray, study, and discuss aspects of our faith. It also calls forth various ministries. Its goal is a living, explicit, and fruitful confession of faith that leads to a total and free self-commitment to God. Adults accompany one another in their faith journey and create occasions to gather for study, prayer, and ministry. Collaboration with other ministries enhance their efforts. 
 
Contact Person: Teresa Gallo-Tomcho

Tel.: 908-209-1437,  tgallo1130@yahoo.com


Altar Server Schedule


Boletín


Confirmation Calendar / Calendario de Confirmación


General Information

 

The religious formation of our children is essential to the future of the Church. Faith formation is provided for students and parents/guardians to supplement the education already going on in the home.
 
Classes (K-10) meet on Sunday mornings from September to May at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Catholics who participate fully, consciously, and actively in the life of the Church and worship on Sundays with the community of faith volunteer as catechists or classroom assistants. Older children may enter into the process in alternative settings. Catechists may assist them either one-on-one or in special formation groups.
 
The safety and well-being of our children is important to the effectiveness of the program. Therefore, each volunteer who has significant or sustained contact with children must participate in Protecting God’s Children, a program enabling volunteers to become partners with parents in securing safe environments for the children. This program consists of online enrichment classes as well as a criminal background check.
 
Contact Person: Teresa Gallo-Tomcho

Tel.: 908-209-1437,  tgallo1130@yahoo.com

 

2014-15 Registration Forms

New Registration Form

Re-Registration Form (for returning students)

 

 

2014-15 Schedule and Activities

Calendar

Halloween Party

Grand Birthday Celebration

Thanksgiving Food Collection

Advent Prayer Service and Breakfast with Santa

Christmas Giving Tree

 


Liturgical Schedules

En Español

EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATIONS
Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 11:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday:  11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (español)
Holy Days:  See bulletin

ST. ANTHONY DEVOTIONS
Tuesdays: after the 11:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Masses.
Feast Day Novena:  13 Tuesdays prior to June 13th
Christmas Novena: 9 Tuesdays prior to Christmas (See bulletin for dates)

Eucharistic Adoration
1st Saturday of the Month after the 11:30am mass. 
Rosary in English and Spanish during the 1st hour.
Silent Adoration in the 2nd with the opportunity for confession.
Adoration concludes at 2pm with Benediction

RELIGIOUS FORMATION
Classes meet Sunday mornings after 9:30 a.m. Mass, September to May. Special activities are scheduled during the year. Consult the bulletin.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): the process by which adults become members of the Church through sacramental initiation or complete their initiation through Confirmation and Eucharist.

SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS
Confession/Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation: Saturday, 1– 2 p.m., also by appointment.

Baptism: celebrated on the Second Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Mass. Please call the Friary to register for Baptismal Preparation.

First Penance & Reconciliation, & First Eucharist:  celebrated by second graders who have attended Religious Formation classes regularly for two years.

Confirmation:  received in the high school years after completion of the required process.

Communion: brought to the sick and homebound by Eucharistic Ministers. Please call the Parish Office.

Marriage: Couples planning to be married should consult with a Friar one year prior to begin preparation

Anointing of the Sick:  for those preparing for surgery, for the seriously ill, and the elderly. 11:30 a.m. Mass with Anointing on the first Saturday of March, June, September and December.


Liturgy and Worship

 

Members of this ministry come together seasonally to prepare parish celebrations of worship and prayer. They are charged with the task of taking the rites out of the liturgical books and bringing them to life in the midst of the worshiping assembly. Those who serve in this ministry bring with them an appreciation of the liturgy, a willingness to learn more about the liturgical rites of the Church, and a desire to make them central in the spiritual and ministerial life of the parish community. [This ministry has oversight of the Ministries of Holy Communion, of Hospitality/Ushers, of Lector, and of Music.]
 
Contact Person: Jim Mendello
 

Ministry to Family Life

 

The family is the most basic unit of the Church. The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) revived this neglected aspect of the Church’s self-understanding: “[The family is] the domestic Church” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, no. 11).The family includes two-parent families, single-parent families, childless married couples, couples whose children are grown and gone, single and widowed persons in the context of their extended family network, and blended families. Parishioners willing to share their time and talents organize events to promote family life and spiritual growth within and among the families of the parish community.

Contact Person: Marge Balough
Tel.: 973-278-6152

Click here to e-mail Marge


Ministry to Social Concerns

 

Members of this ministry seek to lend support to those who need a helping hand, especially the children of Paterson. Non-perishable food, used clothing, and homemade frozen dinners are collected each month, and stuffed animals twice a year. School supplies and snacks are collected and distributed to children in August. The “Giving Tree” during Advent also provides gifts at Christmas for many needy children.
 
A shower for babies with HIV/AIDS is given every other Spring. Beneficiaries are the AIDS Baby Clinic of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Paterson, and/or a program of Catholic Charities. Some who serve in this ministry crochet, knit, and quilt lap robes, infant hats, mittens, scarves, and baby quilts for donation to various charities.
 
The volunteers who make up this ministry do not constitute an agency providing extensive support to individuals and/or families; those in serious need are directed to other resources. The goal is to help in small yet significant ways.
 
Contact person: Edna Sturno
 
973-279-1016

Ministry to the Sick

 

Attending to the physical and spiritual needs of the sick remains a Corporal Work of Mercy and has always been a ministry of the Church. From our table of Sunday Eucharist, ministers are sent to feed and nourish the sick and homebound with the Word of God and with the Body of Christ. Thus, the sick are one with us in prayer and we are united with them in spirit. Regular visits are made to hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and private homes based on information we receive from families and friends who inform us of need. Involvement in this ministry can be as frequent or occasional as one’s schedule allows. 
 
Contact Person: Deacon Joseph Balough
 

 


Parish Registration Form


Parish Videos

  
Coronation of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary May 20, 2012 at St. Bonaventure Church.
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May 08, 2011 — Coronation of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 8, 2011 at St. Bonaventure Church.
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May 09, 2010 — Coronation of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 9, 2010 at the 9:30 am Mass by some of the first communion children and the youth group at St. Bonaventure Church.
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June 06, 2010 — Part of the Corpus Christi procession of June 6, 2010 at Saint Bonaventure Church, Paterson, NJ. This is the procession to, and readings and blessing at, the 3rd station. The children are holding signs proclaiming Christ's real presence in the Eucharist.
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4th of July Fireworks Event 2010
Hundreds of parishioners and neighbors gathered on the great lawn of St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, NJ to watch the city's fireworks shot off the top of Garrett Mountain, of which we had a great view. They were launched about an hour and half after this video was taken. Meanwhile, there was face-painting and Cesar the Magician for the kids, while DJ Luis played a great selection of tunes. People brought lots of food to share. A great time was had by all.  Click Here to view the video
Parish Picnic 2010 - Part one - Click Here to view the video
Parish Picnic 2010 - Part two - Click Here to view the video

 

 

 


Pastor's Message

My Dear Parishioners,

It was on a warm summer day when Fr. Ferdinand Mueller, O.F.M., first said Mass in a small unfinished building on what is now Ramsey Street in Paterson, New Jersey. That day, August 26, 1876, marked the arrival of a small group of Franciscan friars who had fled their native Germany to escape religious persecution.... Six months later, a parish was officially established to serve the needs of the people of the area.

So begins the memorial booklet published on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of St. Bonaventure Church. Since that great event was celebrated on October 2, 1977, the good people of this parish continue to become the Body of Christ through worship, sacrament, and ministry.

This brochure is to assist you in choosing a ministry. From the day of your Baptism, Jesus Christ walks with you, whether you are aware or unaware, whether you are conscious of His abiding presence in your life or indifferent to it. To this day, He abides with us as a community of faith, and He calls each one of us to serve with his or her own gifts and skills.

Often, we refer to St. Paul' s powerful words in his first letter to the Corinthians: There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplished all of them in everyone. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (vv. 4-7).

Parishioners have served the common good at St. Bon's since 1876. One hundred and thirty years later, we are still committed to the building up of the Body of Christ through our ministries. If you feel called to serve, please contact the Parish Office.

Peace and all good,

Fr. Chris VanHaight, O.F.M.
Pastor


Registration for Religious Formation (new registrations only).


Youth Ministry

St. Bonaventure Youth Ministry seeks to draw young people into the life, work, and mission of the faith community. Opportunities are provided for Christian community building and a safe environment for young people to dialogue and grow together in faith. Monthly meetings are held under the direction of adult leaders. All ministry participants must be fourteen years of age.

 
Contact persons: 
Karen Kraft 
 
Alice Filippelli
flippermccoy@aol.com

 
 

Altar Server Handbook


Confirmation Guidelines


Finance & Stewardship

Members of this Ministry assist the pastor in a threefold mission: 1) to review the parish’s financial well-being, 2) to analyze and investigate financial performance, and 3) to recommend financial strategies. Three subcommittees serve this mission: a. The Investment Committee determines responsible investments for the parish’s financial growth; b. The Budget Committee prepares and reviews the annual financial budget and establishes long-range planning; and c. The Building and Grounds Committee inspects and documents building conditions, formulates a maintenance plan, and approves a list of contractors for emergency repairs and other maintenance needs. Meetings are quarterly and members serve for three-year cycles.

 
Contact Person: John Szczomak
 
973-956-1835, JSzczomak@smolin.com

Click this message for the Financial Statement of the Parish for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2011 & 2010


Forms/Formularios


Informacíon y Horarios


Ministry of Music

The Music Ministry calls the entire assembly to participation each time the church gathers to sing God’s praises. The Leader of Song animates the assembly at the 5:30 PM Saturday Vigil Mass, at the 11:30 AM Sunday Mass, and other Masses on Holy Days of Obligation. At the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, the Leader of Song and a small ensemble lead the assembly. A choir sings on some Sunday and Feasts. Rehearsals are scheduled prior to the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday), Christmas Eve, the Feast of St. Anthony (June 13), and the Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4) to enhance worship on these holiest of days. The entire community is encouraged to sing with the 9:30 AM ensemble, with the special Feast Day choirs, as well as at all the Masses. A capacity to sing and/or play a musical instrument (guitar, flute, trumpet, clarinet, oboe, violin, etc. ...) is a gift to be shared with the entire church at worship.

 
Contact Person: Brian Borowski
 

Ministry to the Bereaved

The Church calls each member of Christ’s Body – priest, deacon, layperson – to participate in the ministry of consolation: to care for the dying, to pray for the dead, to comfort those who mourn” (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 8). Two distinct ministries serve the grieving: the Lazarus Ministry and the Ministry to the Bereaved. It is not necessary to serve on both ministries.

The Ministry to the Bereaved offers consolation to those who mourn and provides ongoing pastoral and spiritual support and assistance extending into the weeks following the Funeral. This includes telephone calls and home visits, and may continue for a period of one year or longer. Meetings are held once a month, usually on the third Thursday evening of the month.
 
Contact Person: Karen Kraft
 
973-279-1016, klk07512@yahoo.com

Parish Photo Galleries

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2012
 


Confirmation 2012

St. Patrick's Day 2012

Holy Week and Easter 2012
 


2011
 


Confirmation 2011

10th Anninversary 9/11
Prayer Service  
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

Parish Picnic
September 18, 2011 

Election of Third Order Officers

Retiro de Cuaresma 2011

Fish Fry 2011

Dedication of Fr. John's Memorial
September 25, 2011
 
Victorian Tea
October 20, 2011
 
Christmas 2011


 2010


 
 
Feast of Corpus Christi 2010
 
Back to School
Backpack
Giveaway

9/11 Memorial Service 2010
 
Parish Picnic 2010
 
Mass at National Shrine

Feast of St. Francis &
Blessing of Animals 2010

Halloween Pary 2010

Senior Enrichment Trip
to Ellis Island 2010

Christmas 2010
 
Easter Egg Hunts 2009/2010
 

 


Parish Picnic 2012


Pastoral Staff

Parish Administrator: Fr. Stephen DeWitt, O.F.M.

Parochial Vicar: Fr. Frank McHugh, O.F.M.

Senior Friar in Residence:  Fr. Angelo Gambatese, OFM

Permanent Deacon & Pastoral Associate:  Mr. Joseph Balough

Permanent Deacon: Mr. Anthony Fierro

Director of Religious Formation: Mrs. Teresa Gallo-Tomcho
 

Pastoral Associate: Sr. Jean Amore, S.M.I.C., M.R.E.
 

English Music Ministry:
Dr. Brian Borowski, CAGO -- Organist
Mrs. Jill Guartafierro -- Cantor
Mrs. Marlene O’Connell -- Cantor

Spanish Music Ministry:  Señor Luis Castillo -- Director del Coro Hispano

Parish Office Manager:Mrs. Fawn Meeker
 

Parish Secretary: Mrs. Mary Untisz

Hispanic Parish Secretary:  Ms. Juliana Espejo
 

Pastoral Council President: Mr. John Cullen
 

Trustee: Mr. John Pricken, Sr.
 

Trustee: Miss Joan Healy


Registration Forms / Formularios de Registración

Select a form below for download/printing. 
All documents are in Adobe PDF format

For more information, contact: Teresa Gallo-Tomcho

Tel.: 908-209-1437,  tgallo1130@yahoo.com

 


2014-15 Forms

New Student Registration Form

Re-Registration Form (for returning students)


Confirmation Sponsor Commitment


Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest at the altar during Mass in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. They also participate in processions with the other liturgical ministers. Appropriate dress is required for this ministry. These ministers also bring communion to the sick and to those unable to attend Mass. This sacred ministry is a blessed privilege. After proper training for this sacred ministry, the minister is commissioned by the pastor at Sunday Mass. Ministers are assigned to serve on weekends and feast days. They serve on weekdays on a volunteer basis.

 
Contact Person: Joan Healy
973-279.1016
 

Lazarus Ministry

The Church calls each member of Christ’s Body – priest, deacon, layperson – to participate in the ministry of consolation: to care for the dying, to pray for the dead, to comfort those who mourn” (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 8). Two distinct ministries serve the grieving: the Lazarus Ministry and the Ministry to the Bereaved. It is not necessary to serve on both ministries.

The Lazarus Ministry is comprised of adults who assist as altar servers or lectors at Funeral Masses. Familiarity with the Order of Christian Funerals (1989) is provided so that ministers may serve with confidence and grace during this important time in the life of families. Availability for attendance at the Funeral Mass (Monday through Saturday morning) is necessary.
 
Contact Person: Karen Kraft
 
973-279-1016, klk07512@yahoo.com

Liturgical Schedules

En Español

EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATIONS
Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 11:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday:  11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (español)
Holy Days:  See bulletin

ST. ANTHONY DEVOTIONS
Tuesdays: after the 11:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Masses.
Feast Day Novena:  13 Tuesdays prior to June 13th
Christmas Novena: 9 Tuesdays prior to Christmas (See bulletin for dates)

RELIGIOUS FORMATION
Classes meet Sunday mornings after 9:30 a.m. Mass, September to May. Special activities are scheduled during the year. Consult the bulletin.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): the process by which adults become members of the Church through sacramental initiation or complete their initiation through Confirmation and Eucharist.

SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS
Confession/Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation: Saturday, 1– 2 p.m., also by appointment.

Baptism: celebrated on the Second Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Mass. Please call the Friary to register for Baptismal Preparation.

First Penance & Reconciliation, & First Eucharist:  celebrated by second graders who have attended Religious Formation classes regularly for two years.

Confirmation:  received in the high school years after completion of the required process.

Communion: brought to the sick and homebound by Eucharistic Ministers. Please call the Parish Office.

Marriage: Couples planning to be married should consult with a Friar one year prior to begin preparation

Anointing of the Sick:  for those preparing for surgery, for the seriously ill, and the elderly. 11:30 a.m. Mass with Anointing on the first Saturday of March, June, September and December.


Ministry of Prayer

 

St. Bon’s Prayer Group is made up of parishioners who meet every Tuesday at 7:30 PM in the Tailor Shoppe to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, discuss the upcoming Sunday readings, and to share refreshments and fellowship. It is not a Bible Study Group but a time for sharing prayer and community. All are welcome. Many come every week but no one should feel they have to make a weekly commitment. The goal is to provide a welcoming and prayerful atmosphere where people can come together for group prayer and discussion.  
 
Contact Person: Deacon Joe & Marge Balough
 

 


Office Hours

Parish Office: 973-279-1016
Parish Fax: 973-279-2507
Email:  office@stbonspaterson.org
    
Office Schedule    
Monday – Friday:   9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m. 


Office is closed on Sundays and Major Holidays.


RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The collection of ceremonies incorporating new members into the Roman Catholic Church is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Beginning with admission to the catechumenate, it reaches a high point at the Easter Vigil with Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, and concludes with Mystagogy which is an extended period of prayer and reflection on the entire experience of incorporation.
 
Those already baptized in other Christian churches and wishing to complete initiation into the Roman communion prepare for Confirmation and/or the first reception of the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
 
As new members are incorporated into the Body of Christ, longstanding members encourage, educate, pray, and minister with the new members. The process is punctuated by rites that celebrate the gradual incorporation of new members.
 
Contact Person: Teresa Gallo-Tomcho

Click Here download and print the RCIA Registration Form

Click Here for the RCIA Calendar

Tel.: 908-209-1437,  tgallo1130@yahoo.com


K - 8 Information / Información

Select a document or form below for download/printing. 
All documents are in Adobe PDF format

For more information, contact: Teresa Gallo-Tomcho

Tel.: 908-209-1437,  tgallo1130@yahoo.com

 

Family Activities 2013/2014

Thanksgiving

Solemnity of All Saints 2013


Lectors

Paul tells us that “Faith comes through hearing” (Romans 10:17). Words are the basic building blocks of both communication and community. Faith is awakened, hope is stimulated, and charity activated when words are spoken to stir the human spirit. Lectors or readers are charged with the responsibility of proclaiming the Word of God at Mass on Sundays and weekdays to stir the assembly to become what it truly is, the Body of Christ.

 
To be an effective lector calls for adequate preparation that includes study, prayer, and practice. Training for the task is provided before taking up this responsibility of speaking God’s Word with understanding and conviction. Lectors are assigned to Sunday Masses at intervals of approximately twice a month. Weekday lectors are not assigned and approach the lectern as needed.   
    
Contact Person: Phyllis Yanosh
 
973-279-1016

Prayer Requests

Generations of people have prayed and cried out their needs before God. Prayer is a time when we, with deep devotion and piety, raise our hearts and minds to God with longing, tears, and confidence. Feel free, then, to post your needs here and prayerfully look over others' needs.  Prayer requests will be reviewed and, if appropriate, will then appear in our Prayer Space. The friars will pray over your request.  Requests will remain posted for two months unless directed to be removed. Your name and email address are required, but will not be displayed.  May God bless you.

Post a Request to our Prayer Space

View Prayer Requests

If you would like to pray with the daily readings or other resources CLICK HERE


Catholic Links




The Holy See (Vatican)


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Diocese of Paterson


Holy Name Province


Franciscan Action Network


Be A Franciscan

Encuentro Franciscano: Un Blog de Holy Name Province

 

 

 Catholic News Service


American Catholic


Sacred Space
Daily Prayer Online


Catholic Social Justice


Christophers' New Notes


Three Minutes a Day


Daily Scripture Readings


 


Directions

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Hospitality / Ushers

 

Ushers at Mass offer hospitality to those who gather for worship by providing a friendly and familiar greeting, by attending to the comfort and needs of all, and by ensuring good order in the assembly. Ushers commit themselves to one weekend Mass. They facilitate the seating arrangement of the people and direct their movement during processions, most notably, the communion procession, as well as other processions during the feasts of the liturgical year. They take up the collection and present it to the priest at the Preparation of the Gifts.
 
Contact Person: John Cullen
 
973-279-1016

 


Office Hours

Parish Office: 973-279-1016
Parish Fax: 973-279-2507
Email:  office@stbonspaterson.org
    
Office Schedule    
Monday – Thursday:   9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday:   9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m. 
Office is closed on Sundays and Major Holidays.


Altar Servers

Altar servers respond to a call to service by assisting in liturgical celebrations. To be an altar server is an honor and a privilege. The purpose of this ministry is serving at the Table of the Lord, assisting the priest in the celebration of the Eucharist as well as other sacraments and liturgical activities. The ministry is open to both boys and girls who are in at least 3rd grade and have received their First Holy Communion. They should understand the importance of the ministry and be committed to it. They will also be required to attend an annual training session to learn the duties and responsibilities of serving during Mass. Many young people have fulfilled this commitment by serving at the altar through their high school years as well as serving as role models to our younger servers.

 
Contact Persons: Deacon Joe or Marge Balough
 

Contact Us


Lector Schedule


Memorials & Donations

If you are interested in our Tree of Life or Prayer Garden Memorials, click the text below to bring up the appropriate form which you can then print. If you wish to donate to the parish, please make the check payable to St. Bonaventure Church. Our mailing address is 174 Ramsey Street, Paterson, NJ 07501. Thank you for your generosity.

Select a form below for download/printing. 
All documents are in
Adobe PDF format

Tree of Life Memorials

Prayer Garden Memorials


Registración Parroquial (en español)


Service Hours Form


Parish Picnic


Independence Day Fireworks 2012

Photos from the Parish's Independence Day Fireworks Picnic.  Click on the box below to start the slidewhow.

 

by Fr. Stephen DeWitt, OFM

About our Parish

 


aint Bonaventure Church, a Roman Catholic faith community in the Diocese of Paterson, has welcomed all for over one-hundred-thirty years to live and proclaim the Gospel message in the Franciscan tradition of Holy Name Province.  Called by baptism to live the Gospel, we are nourished by the Eucharist and bonded together as a community through the sacraments.  We witness to the dignity of every human person by inviting all to join in worship and ministry.  By our commitment as a parish community, we will exemplify the love of Christ, the joy of service and the promise of eternal life as we minister to all.

NUESTRA MISIÓN
La Parroquia de San Buenaventura es una Comunidad Católica en la Diócesis de Paterson.  Les ha dado la bienvenida a todos por mas de ciento treinta años y es una iglesia que se esfuerza por vivir el mensaje profético del Evangelio en la Tradición Franciscana de la Provincia del Santísimo Nombre de Jesús.  Llamada por nuestros bautismos a vivir como el Evangelio, nos alimenta  la Eucaristía y  juntos como una comunidad por los sacramentos.  Somos testigos de dignidad de todos los seres humanos por invitar a todos a unirnos en el culto y en el ministerio.  Como compromiso a nuestra comunidad parroquial seguimos el ejemplo del amor de Cristo, el gozo del servicio y la promesa de la vida eterna.


Coronation of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary May 20, 2012 
at St. Bonaventure Church.
Click Here to view the video


Confirmation Information / Información de Confirmación


Current Bulletin


Easter 2013


Eucharistic Minister Schedule


Examples of Service Hours


Faith Answers
All you ever wanted to know about your faith and were afraid to ask.
 
 
 

 

What does "parochial" mean?
 
The word parochial refers to anything to do with a parish. For example, a parochial vicar is a parish priest assigned to assist the pastor.


What does "catechesis" mean?
From the Greek word meaning "to echo", it refers to any effort to instruct, awaken, or nourish the Christian faith. Related words include catechist, one who instructs in the faith, and catechism, a manual of religious instruction. For example, this segment of the bulletin is catechetical, because it is meant to help explain and nourish our faith.
 
 
 

If I am at a Mass and there is no kneeler available, what should I do during the Eucharistic Prayer?   

Kneelers are in fact a fairly recent invention. They did not become widespread in Catholic Churches in the United States until the late 1800’s (we copied the Protestants, actually). Many Catholic Churches and Cathedrals in Europe and Latin America still do not have pews or kneelers. So what did the faithful do for over a thousand years and what should they do now? Kneel on the floor, if that is possible. If that is not possible, due to lack of space or infirmity, either respectfully standing or sitting is permissible. Whatever our posture, we should have a profound sense of reverence in our hearts for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

 

 

Who developed the Rosary and when?     

The practice of praying using beads has a tradition that stretches back to antiquity and among many religions. By the 11th century, Christians who could not read (the vast majority of people) but wanted to pray like the monks in monasteries were praying 150 Our Fathers on beads as a substitute for the 150 psalms the monks prayed. Slowly the Hail Mary and other elements were introduced. The form of the rosary we have today is traditionally attributed to St. Dominic. At the least the Dominicans were instrumental in spreading the devotion, and Pope Pius V, a Dominican himself, proclaimed the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1572.


Why does Jesus say in one part of the Gospel that He and the Father are one (John 10:30), but later says the Father is greater than He (John 14:28)?

 
Jesus said the Father was greater than He not because Jesus is not God, but because Jesus was also a man and as a man he was in a lower position. The Bible states: "we do see Jesus crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, he who for a little while was made lower than the angels, that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone" (Hebrews 2:9). Also in Philippians 2:7-8, it says that Jesus "Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” Jesus has two natures. Jesus was not denying that He was God. He was merely acknowledging the fact that He was also a man. Jesus is both God and man.
 
 
 

What is the correct way to receive Communion, in the hand or on the tongue?  

Both are correct and allowed in the United States. In the early years of the Church receiving in the hand was the common practice. Here is a quote from St. Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386): “When you approach Holy Communion, make the left hand into a throne for the right, which will receive the king.” Later on the practice of receiving on the tongue developed. Two things are important whichever way one receives the Eucharist: having a profound sense of respect (make a short bow before receiving as a sign of reverence) and receiving so as to not drop the host. Hence, the hand receiving the host should be flat, not cupped at an angle nor attempting to grab the host; or the mouth should be open and the tongue stuck out so that the priest can reverently place the host directly on the tongue, not struggling to insert it in a barely open mouth or have the host grabbed with the teeth. Also, while receiving on one’s knees is not absolutely prohibited, extreme care must be taken not to stumble or to trip up the person behind you. It is certainly not encouraged nor necessarily an indication of greater devotion. How a person lives their life and treats others after receiving the Eucharist is the indicator of that.

 

First a quote from Saint Paul’s letter to Titus (3:4-7): “But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.” Note the use of the past tense: Christ has already saved us. We do not and cannot save ourselves. Salvation has already been won for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But because we have free will, which is God’s gift, we can reject that salvation by turning away from God and our neighbor. God has saved us but will not force us to accept His salvation. Mortal sin is our complete rejection through our deliberate thoughts and/or actions of God’s salvation. As the Catechism states: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.” As to your question, note the element “full knowledge and deliberate consent.” Someone who is mentally ill cannot have rational, full knowledge of what they are doing nor give deliberate, unimpaired consent. To use the theological term, they are not fully culpable (responsible) for their actions. The same goes for someone who is forced into sin by the threats or coercion of another. The culpability belongs to the person forcing the sin, more than to the one committing the sin.

 

As the leader of prayer, the priest traditionally was the only person who held his arms out at the praying of the Our Father, known as the orans (Latin for praying) position. The people prayed along with the priest with their arms by their sides or folded prayerfully. Though there is no specific rubric (from the Latin for red, the color used for instructions in the Roman Missal) that states this directly, this is still the norm for Mass today. The practice of everyone outstretching one’s hands seems to be a development picked up from Pentecostal and Charismatic worship. Though no rubric specifically prohibits it, it is not the norm nor should one feel pressured to assume that position, nor for that matter feel obliged to join hands during the Our Father, another innovation.

 

 

From the Introduction to the Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist - Minister’s Edition: “During the exposition there should be prayers, songs, and readings to direct the attention of the faithful to the worship of Christ the Lord. To encourage a prayerful spirit, there should be readings from Scripture with a homily or brief exhortations to develop a better understanding of the Eucharistic mystery. It is also desirable for the people to respond to the word of God by singing and to spend some periods of time in religious silence.” From this you can see that though silence is important, vocal and sung prayer is also encouraged. Here at St. Bonaventure’s on the first Thursday of the month the Rosary is often prayed in English right after the Blessed Sacrament is exposed at 11:30 AM and in Spanish at 5:30 PM. In between there is usually silence. Our Eucharistic Service with Benediction at 7 PM is where the Scripture and homily come in. Please come and join us!

 


Who was Saint Christopher and is he still a saint?   

All we know for sure is that Saint Christopher was an early Christian martyr from the late 200’s or early 300’s. The legend of Christopher carrying a small child across a river who got heavier and heavier (the child was Christ bearing the weight of the world) developed much later and may have derived from his name, which in Greek means “Christ-bearer.” He became the patron of travelers. In 1969 Pope Paul VI revised the Calendar of Saints, dropping Saint Christopher (whose traditional feast day was July 25th) to make room for other saints (there are over 10,000 official saints) about whom more was known for certain. However, Saint Christopher is still a saint and may be venerated and his intercession petitioned. For example, in Parsippany there is a parish named after him. 

 
 
 

Why is there a one-way window looking into the confessional?   

The primary reason we put in the window was as a part of our continuing efforts at implementing the diocese’s program “Protecting God’s Children.” We want children and their parents to feel comfortable about using the confessional while at the same time making sure someone coming to confession does not feel self-conscious. This window, which is made of one-way glass, allows someone from outside the confessional to see the priest sitting in the confessional but not see the penitent, neither behind the screen nor sitting face-to-face. Because the glass is one-way, the priest cannot see who is coming to confession, a requirement to preserve the anonymity of the penitent. The window may also make the confessional seem a bit less claustrophobic for some people. 

 
 
 

What is the origin of the Franciscan Cross?   

There are two types of crosses that are most often associated with the Franciscans. The first is the Tau Cross, which is in the shape of the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet and looks something like a capital T. Popular in the Middle Ages and praised by Pope Innocent III as an image of the cross of Christ, Francis of Assisi took the symbol to heart, often signing his documents with a Tau. The only letter written by Francis in his own handwriting that is still in existence, the Letter to Brother Leo, is marked with the Tau. The second is what is known as the San Damiano Cross, a replica of which is the large cross behind the altar here at Saint Bonaventure's Church. It was before the original cross in the dilapidated chapel of San Damiano near Assisi that Francis prayed at the beginning of his conversion and heard coming from the cross the voice of Jesus say: “Francis, go rebuild my Church, which you see is falling into ruins.” Francis then immediately began to repair the chapel stone by stone. Only later was the full meaning clear: Francis and his brothers were called to help restore the entire Roman Catholic Church, which had fallen into corruption and ignorance. The artist who created the San Damiano Cross is unknown. Francis gave the Chapel and Cross of San Damiano to Saint Clare and her sisters. The cross, which is quite large, is now kept in the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi.

 

 
 
 
 

Why do we pray the Penitential Act at the beginning of Mass and why do different priests use different versions?   

 Since the Mass is the memorial of Christ’s life, death and resurrection at which he is truly and really present it is important to call to mind our need for God’s forgiveness so that through the grace we receive at Mass our sins may be forgiven and we may share more deeply in Christ’s gift of redemption. It is sometimes forgotten that the Eucharist has the power to forgive venial sins, but we need to ask for forgiveness in order to receive it. God will not force us to accept his mercy. By acknowledging our sins and God’s merciful love at the same time we grow in holiness. As to the different versions of the Penitential Act there are three formulas: the first is called the Confiteor (“I confess to almighty God …”), the second formula is rarely used, and the third formula involves various invocations followed by “Lord, have mercy”, etc. (In Greek this is “Kyrie, eleison”). In fact, the Kyrie is supposed to always be said, so if it is not used after one of the formulas for the Penitential Act (such as the Confiteor) it is to be said separately. However, during the Easter season the Penitential Act may be replaced by the Rite for the Blessing and Sprinkling of Water as a reminder of our baptism and the grace and the responsibility to love God and neighbor which we received through that sacrament.

 

 

At the first Passover (Pascha in Greek), Moses told the people to take the blood of a sacrificial lamb and mark their doorposts so that they would be saved from death due to the tenth plague that came about via Pharaoh’s sins against the Israelites. They were then to eat the lamb in thanksgiving for their salvation and to do this each year in remembrance. Jesus Christ is the new and ultimate “Paschal Lamb,” sacrificed at Passover to remove our sins and to save us from eternal death. We are to eat his body and drink his blood in remembrance and thanksgiving (the word Eucharist means thanksgiving in Greek), and in doing such we are joined to his one sacrifice upon the Cross. The Paschal Mystery encompasses the totality of Christ’s Passion, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, and the Sending of the Holy Spirit, and our true participation in that mystery at every Mass and in every other Sacrament. The word paschal refers to this “Easter” mystery and often is used descriptively. For example, the Paschal Candle is the large “Easter” candle blessed at the Easter Vigil and used at baptisms (our entrance into the Paschal Mystery) and at funerals (to remind us of our salvation due to the Paschal Mystery). By the way, we use the word mystery because what we are discussing is the infinite mercy and love of God which is beyond our limited comprehension. However, what we cannot know with our finite minds we can experience the beginning of in our lives via an open and faith-filled heart.

 

 
 
 
 

How should one walk up to receive Holy Communion? 

 
The primary consideration is that one is about to receive our Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. Hence, one should not rush, nor start chatting with others on the way. One’s hands could be prayerfully folded in front or simply by one’s side. Mindfulness regarding what one is doing is what is important. And for goodness sake, one should take any gum out of one’s mouth. In fact, a Eucharistic Minister, if they notice someone is chewing gum, should hold back from offering the Eucharist until the person removes the gum from their mouth. Also, a person receiving the Eucharist in the hand should consume it immediately, normally by stepping to the side and placing the host in their mouth, not walking halfway down the side aisle before consuming it. To be noted as well, intinction (“dunking” the Body of Christ into the Blood of Christ) can only be done by a priest or deacon who would then place the Eucharist directly on the person’s tongue. Church Law clearly states that neither the faithful themselves nor lay Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are allowed to intinct.


 
 
 

What are the causes and cure for habitual sins? 

 
According to Thomas Aquinas, while people desire the good and every action is undertaken to achieve a good result, a person can choose immoral means to satisfy their desire for the good. For example, physical pleasure in and of itself is a good thing, but without the virtue of temperance a person could find themselves falling into a pattern of gluttony or lustful actions. Habitual sins, also known as vices, arise from repeated sinful actions, establishing a pattern whereby the intellect and will tend towards such actions. Psychological factors may also play a roll. For example, a perceived lack of affection in childhood can lead to a habitual tendency to “look for love in all the wrong places” in adulthood. The cure for habitual sin is the opposite of its cause: the practice of virtuous actions, perhaps guided by a spiritual director, accompanied by the exploration and unpacking of one’s personal history and motivations, often with the aid of a therapist.
 
 
 

Does the Church allow cremation of a body? 

 
Cremation is allowed in the Catholic Church, but that does not mean one can now do anything one wants with the cremains. The Church is clear that the cremains are to be interred in a permanent, dignified place designated for bodily remains, i.e. in a cemetery plot or columbarium (a wall of enclosed niches for urns) at a cemetery and that the internment should take place as soon as possible. A valid reason to wait to inter the remains, for example, would be waiting until a grandchild who serves in the military can receive leave so he or she can attend the internment. However, there are many actions that are forbidden. The ashes are not to be scattered nor divided up amongst various family members, and certainly not made into jewelry (this is actually done!). Likewise, the cremains are not to remain on a shelf or a mantle in someone’s house for years nor buried in the back yard or a public park. The Church wishes the cremains to remain together and in a dignified place to both honor the deceased and to emphasize the teaching received from the Apostles that we will all be bodily raised on the last day. The forbidden practices I have mentioned can seem to symbolize doubt in the authentic Christian message of the resurrection of the body.

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"Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. For whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted."
 

Prayer Request: that my daughter Michele is healed and will no longer suffer from migrain headaches .

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Prayer Request: Please pray for the repose of the soul of my son, Alberto Chavez, RPh who passed from this world, 1/14/2009. He was a victim of suicide. Please pray for me, his mother, my family and friends who still grieve. Thank you and may God grant all that you ask of Him. Amen
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Prayer Request: Please pray for my family that we become closer and the help to care for my Mom becomes within the family. Pray that her alzhemiers disease stops progressing and if not for my mother a cure for the future. I wish peace in my mothers heart and love. I wish her not to feel pain and the almighty father is the only person who can make that happen.
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Prayer Request: Pray for a job and a place to call home. Thank you
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Prayer Request: I pray that the relationship between s & n be healed so that they may marry QUICKLY and s would leave my husband alone and he will leave her alone. For my husband to not give up on me; for my and my sisters finances. Help my husband against temptations. I also pray that all involved be covered in the Blood of Jesus so that Gods Will be done and for Mother Marys intercession as well. Thank you.
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Prayer Request: Please pray for God to bring healing to the stomach infection that antibiotics has not been able to kill, only natural remedies trying to keep it under control. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Judy Gordon
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Prayer Request: Please pray for Sonia and her daughters, for special intentions and for excellent health and resolvement of skin lesions and diseases. Financial assistance and blessings. Prosperity and love. For dogs to be found and returned in good health. Thanks
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Prayer Request: Please pray for a miracle for James and Angelina's relationship. Please heal and restore their relationship and bring them back together with love and understanding after this "trial separation". Pray for James' heart to be softened and for empathy toward Angelina. Please keep Angelina and Nick on James' mind and soul. Give Angelina strength.
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Prayer Request: Prayer request for all members of Ecclesia Church to be strong blessed and prosper in their lives. Please lift up in prayer Ecclesia members and their Pastor & associate Pastors, and growing staff, regarding the building logistics, finances, and spiritual growth. Pray that God will protect with a hedge of protection,restore, strengthen, provide, guide, make whole, release & deliver this ministry in every way,and any demonic enemies' would be bound in the name of Jesus. Prayer that every demonic chain holding back this pastoral staff and church would be broken in the name of Jesus. Prayer that God would give favor, finance, produce fruit, and bless with tremendous exponential numerical growth. Also that creative vision would be given to the Glory of God, that Ecclesia would be blessed and all the staff would be blessed (Isaiah 54:17). Prayer for the additional building location and programs to be in abundance. Prayer for all the as sociated ministers and Pastors and finances, and the missio dei would be accomplished. Prayer for Ecclesia, Live Oak and True Vine Churches for growth numerically, spiritually and financially. Prayer for their staff locations buildings and pastors and leaders. Prayer for favor and hedge of protection around these churches and their leadership in Jesus Name. Prayer for Sister Judy, Monique, Leigh, Bo, Lewis, Edna, Jeanne, Alyce, Mother Phyllis and her breathing issues, Benson, Willis, Taylor, Danicka, Adult Bible Pastor, Janita, William, Ayesha,Charles, Ash for deliverance, Anissa & kids favor, and for all other members for blessings spiritual and natural. Prayer for Sister Edna's apartment complex for safety. Prayer for Sister Leighs kids for generational curses to be broken and her children to be strong in the Lord and independent and her engagement. Also that her body would heal from the sugery completely. Prayer for Sister Leigh's finances and favor in the p urchase of a home. Prayer for Brother Brandon's future plans and job. Special prayer for Mother Phyllis family as the matriarch has passed away prayer for her healing and recovery and comfort for all the family members. Prayer for Ecclesia's vision growth numerically, spiritually, and financially. Prayer for Mother Phyllis who is having knee surgery soon, she needs the Lord to watch over her and give a speedy recovery. Also pray for Sister Jeanne's job situation for strength and favor in every way. Prayer for Sister Danicka's blood pressure and schooling.
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Prayer Request: pls st bonaventure help me with my health problems heal my abdomen intestines bowel movement. am really worrried . help me heal me pls for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of my soul .
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Prayer Request: St. Bonaventure & all Catholic faithful, please pray for me to favorably pass all background and hiring process for my new job to start on July 15. Pray that I may successfully keep this position for many years to come. I am a single, sole supporting mom, out of work for almost 1 yr and then 3yrs before my temp job. 14 yr daughter has brain injury. I have MS. We need this blessing to have health insurance and income. No assets, savings, car, etc. Only debts. Please pray that through God's divine providence we can be restored and be a blessing to others. Thank you & May God Bless You. Amen.
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Prayer Request: My wife (Erin Koch) and I (Drews Koch)have been separated for eight months and she wants a divorce. I am asking for prayer that the marriage can be reconciled if that is God's will but most importantly that my wife, Erin Koch, and her daughter (Brooklynn Donahue) would come to know Jesus and that they would be released from satan's grip. Also, that they would be able to forgive. Erin is also struggling with a substance abuse issue. Thanks for your prayers.
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Prayer Request: Please pray for the health and strength of my family. I also ask for multiple prayers for my Mother Maria Garcia who has Alzheimer's. I miss her so much and she is still here. I pray no children have to feel this and one day there is a CURE!
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Prayer Request: Please pray for Maria J. Garcia who is dealing with alzhemiers as her family cares for her.
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Prayer Request: Prayer for Attorney Bruce Clark for wisdom, power and strength. Pray for him to navigate the last will and testament of a Godly family. Prayer that the spirit of God will be all over every action he takes to protect the ministry and those family members who are Christians, in Jesus name. Prayer that warring angels will assist and lead this process through to completion. Prayer for those who may want to act out to be restrained by the Holy Spirit. Also prayer for Brother Royce and his finances, favor, protection from the plot of the enemy in Jesus name. Prayer for Sister Judy Johnson who will be preaching her first sermon soon. Prayer for sister Leigh's finances, children's success and obedience, purchase of a home and marriage. Prayer for Janita and her struggles with getting out of a very unfair and abusive relationship, praying for her wisdom, protection, attorney, court and peace. Prayer for brother Royce's house finances, ma rriage and job and vocation, all for blessings and the favor of God in Jesus name. Also prayer for Royce's CD Project to be very successful spiritually and financially in Jesus Name, that this CD will be play heard and minister to many souls for the Kingdom of God. Also prayer for Brother Royce to have the equipment needed to present this CD to the world! Prayer requested for Ayesha and her husband William who just got married and the enemy is attacking their marriage and finances. Prayer for Brother Brandon's surgery. Prayer for the Branch family for peace during the passing of their grandmother. Prayer For Ecclesia and Live Oaks continued growth in every way. Prayer for Sister Danicka's Mother for Healing. Prayer for Sister Pat Williams for Healing. Also prayer for Sister Carr's family for the loss of their Brother. Prayer for sister Alyce and Monique to return to church. Prayer for Brother Royce's first book to be published and successful in Jesu s Name. Prayer for Brother Bo's son in Detr oit for deliverance. Also prayer for Sister Edna's brothers to all find a personal relationship with Christ and get into church. Prayer for Sister Judy's first sermon to be blessed and her ministry. Prayer for Jasmine to make good choices and get out of the wrong relationship and seek the Lord in everything. Prayer for Anissa complete healing and to be made whole! Prayer for Angela Mathis for healing in her body regarding possible cancer. Prayer for Letha and her daughter for healing. Prayer for Mike Roller healing. Prayer for Molly Pierce to do the right thing and bless the people of God. Prayer for Jeanna and School grades. Prayer for Chelsea to make good decisions concerning pier pressure and drugs and promiscuity. Prayer for Janita's health and healing of possible Thyroid problem. Prayer for Peter Dance for deliverance. Prayer for Zena Dodson's mother's health. Prayer for Danicka and school and bala nce and favor. Please add Kenneth Ray to prayer list for salvation and h ealing in Jesus Name. Pray favor, wisdom, strength and the perfect blessings of God for our Pastor Sis. Janita  Gods peace, favor and healing,Sis. Alyces is in the hospital, pray healing, comfort and peace. Pray strength and courage for Sis. Alyce and family. Pray for the safe return of the Branch family, Pray for Sis. Brenda  healing and comfort, Pray for CalvinWhittington healing, full recovery, Lift up Pastor Ron, First Lady Regina and the Live Oak Family pray Gods provision in every area, Pray for Ecclesia to be on one accord in all things concerning Kingdom work and Gods perfect will, Keep Sis. Danicka, Sis. Monique and Sis. Marilyn strength, favor and financial blessings, Pray deliverance for Bro. Bos son, Pray for Saturday Community prayer and Community Outreach, pray all who attend have Holy Ghost boldness, pray God uses us to comfort and deliv er the true message of hope in Christ Jesus, Pray wisdom and peace for Bro. Eugene Howard Jr., Pray for Rashawn and his family. That there will be peace between him and his wife, prayer for his 13 year old son. Prayer for Aaron Edwards he is 67 years old retiring and in need of a part time job, Pray for marriages, that they are rooted grounded and built on a close relationship with Jesus, Pray for anyone experiencing homelessness that they find safe shelter that God meets their daily needs and that doors are open for all who want to leave homelessness, Pray for Sis. Shirleyanne and her children as they settle into their new home, Pray for Sis. Patrice, Pray for Bro. Snow and Pastor Rhone, pray their wisdom strength peace protection and provision, Lift up Bro. Brandon and Sis. Nicole pray Gods healing and comfort, Pray for those who are incarcerated protection, peace and deliverance, Pray for those in need of employment pray doors are open , Pray for those who are fi ghting depression pray deliverance, Pray for Pastors Benson and Willis and Min. Shoecraft, Lift up Sis. Carr and Sis. Williams for healings that confound their doctors, Pray for unsaved loved ones to receive Salvation and that we love them enough to share the Good News of Jesus, Lift up the unspoken request of the saints. Prayer for Scott Taylor he is going to have liver and spleen surgeries. Healing salvation total recovery and restoration. Prayer for sister Nessa to get medical insurance coverage and healing in her body and back pay that is owed to her. Prayer for Salvation for Dan Marcus, Ronald ,Trey and Jordan. Prayer for Healing for Kenneth Ray and Scott Taylor. Prayer for Deliverance and understanding what true love is through Christ Jesus for Jasmine Christina, Patrice Dondee Selena Monique Alyce. Favor of God for Tommie and family. Prayer for Kenneth Hayes for healing as he is having emergency surgery.
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Prayer Request: Pray for my uncle malcolm workman who is dying of terminal cancer
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Prayer Request: Please pray for my sister Nancy Jo for a miracle. She needs healing for her mind/emotions. The doctor's cannot do anything more for her. Thank You and may God Bless.
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Prayer Request: Pray that my relationship with Jennifer continues to grow.That we get closer then ever before.Pray that she choses me to be the one she wants to be with because deep down she truely loves me.That God has place in our hearts this desire to be together because its true love.Unconditional love
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Thank God for bringing Jennifer back into my life. Thank You God for working in Jennifers heart toward me and our relationship.We have begin to hang out more and more together really enjoying each others company.Which is awesome!!!!!! Pray that Jennifer picks me to be the only one she wants to be with because I love her for being her.Ive seeen everyside to her and still think shes amazing...God I love you and thank you for everuthing

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Pray for my family to heal and become stronger and full of love again. To heal from the wrong that was done to all of us. To make us see the good in the whole situation.

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I am severely depressed and in agony with my lower left tooth. I am being crushed by one bad problem after another. Please pray for me. Pray that Jim does not renege on the promises that he made me. All I ask is that he be decent, fair and honorable. Pray for financial blessings for me. Pray I find a good husband and that I am able to find and make more friends. I am so lonely. Pray I make it to Heaven. Amen.

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Prayer Request: Please paray that I keep my job and not get laid off, in order to provide for my family needs. I need to have a steady job. That the Lord will always protect me and guide me in all circumstances. For a long lasting marriage and good health.
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Prayer Request: Please pray for my 15 y.o. Son he is becoming more and more rebellious and using drugs and alcohol daily. Please pray he is safe and his mind will be renewed and he will come back to Christ and completely change his ways and lead others to Christ and that his angry hurt hardened heart will be softened and filled with the joy and peace of our Lord. Thank you so so much!
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Please pray for my husband's job to be blessed and protected and please pray fo blessing and success upon my wok too as we face these very hard times. I also pray for blessings upon our daughters.

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Prayer Request: Please pray for my husband's job to b blessed and protected and please pray for m to find success with my work as we face these very hard times. Please also pray for blessings upon our daughters and specially for our eldest to find work soon.
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Prayer Request: I request prayer for Tyson H. as he struggles with his addiction to drugs and alcohol, and I pray that God will lead him to the path of recovery. I ask for God's healing power to come upon him.
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Prayer Request: PLZ PRAY FOR MY MOM FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY FRM ILLNESS.
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For Dennis Derriter, that he may peace in his last days.

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For Jenny Rivera & Family, that they may have a peaceful Christmas.

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For successful cancer surgery for Fon Boulware.

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Please pray for Colin Michael Jones and his family.

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Please pray for my emotional healing and especially for the material blessing.Thank you in advance for your prayers.God bless you!

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Please pray for a 22 yr old friend who had an accident and is in need of the miracle of recovery..... Colin McNeill

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I pray for all the victims of hurricane Sandy in our parish and community who are suffering hardships. I also pray for those living at the Jersey Shore, New York and Conn. who lost homes and whose lives have been turned upside down. I pray God will give them the strength to get through whatever they face and they are able to receive the help they desparately need.

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Prayer Request: Please pray Judy Hutson who is in the hospital with possible heart trouble. Thank you.
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Prayer Request: Please pray for me as I desperately beg fo God's mercy upon me to find work soon. I am praying for a miracle urgently. I also pray for my husband's job to be blessed and protected and please also pray for our daughters to study well.
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Prayer Request: Updated Prayer Request! Slow Recovery from the Death of Our Only Son & Other Ongoing Hardships & Sorrows... Oct.2,2012. Dear Community of Prayer, Thank you for standing with us in daily prayers as we struggle to recover from great loss and sorrows in our lives under harsh circumstances of financial and health issues! Please continue to pray(2012,13..??) with us daily for recovery!God's Healing,Protecting Peace & Hope in our Broken Hearts,Health and Shattered lives! Feel free to pass or e-mail our urgent prayer request on to other Communities(Women&Men)of Prayer that you know of in the World? Meanwhile,We continue to stay at our Post in Hope & Prayer with the help of your daily prayers & God's Mercy! We will keep you in our daily prayers as we cry out to God Day & Night for His Mercy & Peace Now & in the Days ahead?? Thank you for your patience! Bill and Carol. oh.usa
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Prayer Request:

plz pray for me to get a suitable marriage proposal designed by jesus.

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Prayer Request:

Please pray for healing for my neighbor

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Prayer Request:

Dearest brothers/sisters in Christ - Please urgently pray for my wife "Bernice Nancy".

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Prayer Request:

Hello, my name is Mike Frankel and I was wondering if you can pray for my girlfriend Jennifer Bunnell. She just received a bone marrow transplant June 6th and I would appreciated it if you can pray that her bone marrow donor's cells form new bone marrow in Jennifer's body and that she is cured of her leukemia. I also would appreciate it if you can pray that there are no major complications during this process. We have been through a lot the past 7 months and I know the good Lord has brought us this far and he will heal Jennifer fully. Thanks so much, its greatly appreciated. God Bless you all.

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Prayer Request: First and foremost please pray all my family members are healthy. Please pray my anxiety and depression are lessened. Please pray all our family members who have fallen-away from the Catholic Church return very soon. Thank you very much for your prayers. Peace.
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Prayer Request: Please pray all my family members are healthy and receive many graces and blessings. Please pray we always love each other very much. Thank you. Peace.
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Prayer Request:

Lose and keep off the weight that the doctor ordered Success in work and projects with strong finances

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Prayer Request:

I beg you to please pray for intercession for me as I am ill bereaved and deeply suicidal. My elderly mother has died. I was her sole carer. We loved each other deeply. I am now alone and desperate. Please pray for me to be helped.  This is a message from Father Chris: Please know that you are not alone and please do not do anything to hurt yourself. Your mother would not want that. Call 911 if you are thinking of hurting yourself. Please call me at 973-279-1017 if you want to talk.

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Prayer Request:

Spiritual/health/financial and personal intentions as well as family, friends, church

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Prayer Request:

Plz pray for my salvation, and that the Lord would help me to accomplish His will for my life. I am go through very confusing times, i was a young evangelist for a while until i felt what seemed to be a call to the Catholic church. Ever since, my relationship with God has been shaky. (plz add to prayer chain or church bulletin) Thanks Chris Keller

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Prayer Request:

My Brother, Victor Faulkner, was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. We need a miricle healing but most importantly please pray for his salvation and for Gods will to be carried out. Also please pray for me.I am having a real hard time with the thought of losing him.

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Prayer Request: Please lift up in prayer Ecclesia members and their Pastor,and the decisions about the building move. Pray that God will protect with a hedge of protection, restore, strengthen , provide, and guide,make whole & deliver this ministry in every way, and the enemies assignment would be cancelled. That God would give favor and exponential growth. Prayer for Sharon, Judy, Leigh, Jeanne, Taylor, Ricky, Allen, Phyllis, Anissa, Ash, Ramona, Edna to all have the favor and blessings of God in their life. Prayer for Alyce, Deidre,Lamar, Brianna, Cheryl, Ralph, Lindsey, Shirleyann, Keisha,Tosha, Robert, Monique, & Jamisha, to all clear their schedules and give them a desire to come to worship regularly. Prayer for Louie, Jiesharae, Alexa, Chelsea, Ayesha, Roosevelt . Ricky, Taylor, to all prosper in a great way.

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Prayer Request:

Please pray I get a completely normal pap smear result as well as a normal OB exam result. Pray for the complete recovery of Pastor Leo. Pray I get a good dental check-up. i.e., no cavities, no further gum recession than was seen on my last x-rays, and that the tooth I spent $500.00 trying to save will last me a liftetime. Good husband. God's guidance with regards to what to do and not to do in my situation, especially with regards to my finances. Pray for an end to the bedbug infestation in my building and that my apartment never gets a single bedbug. Pray for an end to my compulsivity, negativity and constant worrying, as well as a masssive increase in my self-confidence. Pray I drive again. Pray I do not die an unprovided death and that I make it to Heaven. Amen.

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Prayer Request:

Please pray for me in my grief

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Prayer Request:

For me, L.A.M.B.: That I have a normal pap smear and OB exam. Healing for my knees. That I do the right thing re: my current financial situation. Continued and growing love, peace and harmony in my family.

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Prayer Request:

Please pray for my brother who has been missing for 5 years, dead or alive Also for an urgent matter in my new job and need for income and healing

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Spiritual Enrichment of Seniors

A monthly program planned as a time of Spiritual Enrichment for senior members of the parish. Monthly presentations are a time for personal and group enrichment which may lead members to other enriching activities. Meetings are held on the second Monday afternoon of each month from 1 to 3 o’clock in the Friary Conference Room.

 
Contact person: Sr. Jean Amore, S.M.I.C.

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