Allegany Parish Program Encourages Love

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure Church here is doing its part to spread Jesus’ call to “love one another.”

The parish’s new six-week program — “Conversations on Relationships” — ended on June 17. Pastor Richard Husted, OFM, who planned the program, said he wanted to offer opportunities to “explore with others the daily call to love one another.”

The program met at St. Bonaventure on consecutive Wednesdays, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and at nearby St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program helped promote the concept of joint parish programs.

The first session on May 13 explored “The Covenant of Marriage.” Subsequent sessions included the “Bonds of Friendship,” “Neighbors,” “Caring for Parents,” “Sharing Values with Children,” and “The Joy of Lay Ministry.”

“Conversations on Relationships” was a follow-up to a program called “Conversations on Social Justice,” Richard said. “The response was so good that we wanted to continue the format. The two sessions helped to bind the two churches together in areas where we can combine.”

The topics, Richard said, were presented by local experts, and chosen because they reflected the everyday struggles of ordinary people.

Each session opened and closed with prayer. After an introduction about the topic, participants discussed the theme, Richard said.

The Allegany parish is currently preparing for its annual Bonafest, a community festival this year scheduled for July 11 and 12. A link to the parish bulletin with Bonafest information and details about other events can be found on the parish’s Web site.