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St. Francis of Assisi

150 Broad St, Tonawanda, NY 14150

Mass Schedule:.

  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 a.m.

  • Tuesday & Thursday: 6:30 p.m.

  • Holy Day: 8:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

  • Vigil Mass: 6:30 p.m.

Our Patron Saint

Saint Francis of Assisi, orig. Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone, (born 1181/82, Assisi, duchy of Spoleto—died Oct. 3, 1226, Assisi; canonized July 16, 1228; feast day October 4),


Italian saint and founder of the Franciscan religious order. Born into a wealthy family, he was a soldier and prisoner of war before he experienced a conversion in his early 20s. He sold his property, gave the proceeds to the church, and began a life of poverty and devoutness. He soon attracted followers, whom he sent to preach throughout Europe, and in 1209 Innocent III gave approval for the Franciscan order.


The Rule of St. Francis stressed the need to imitate the life of Jesus. In many ways a mystic, Francis viewed all nature as a mirror of God, calling all creatures his brothers and sisters. In 1212 he allowed formation of an order for women, called the Poor Clares. In 1219 he went to Egypt, preached to the sultan, and visited the holy places of Jerusalem.


In 1224, after a vision, he became the first person to receive the stigmata. His influence helped restore popular faith in a church much corrupted by wealth and political aspirations.


Our Chapel

Our Chapel was restored by the dedication of Msgr. Richard Wetter and the Restoration Committee over the period of three years. Bishop Edward D. Head rededicated the Chapel on October 6, 1993. It is now used for daily Mass, funerals, special liturgical services, choir rehearsals, and small weddings. 

Sorrowful Mother Statue

This statue, called the Pieta, was purchased from St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Buffalo, where it stood for many years before the parish closed. It is a wooden sculpture that was repainted after purchase. The Pieta can be found at the entrance to the Columbarium.


Cremation Garden

At St. Francis' historical cemetery on Main St, there are still spaces available for people to elect to have their cremated remains interred in the Cremation Garden by the cemetery's flag.  This is the only space available in the cemetery, and differs from the Columbarium as it is outdoors.

A columbarium is a structure or building that serves as a repository for the respectful and permanent storage of cremated remains. It typically contains niches or compartments where urns containing ashes are placed. Columbaria are often found in cemeteries, mausoleums, or religious buildings. St. Francis' is housed in it's historical Chapel.


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Early Childhood Center

St. Francis has an incredibly proud tradition of education here at St. Francis and we maintain a wonderful Early Childhood Center in our school on Adam St.

We provide before and after school care for students that are part of the Center as well as those that go to the local Tonawanda public schools. Below is a message from our director Sara Hengst.

Welcome to St. Francis Early Childhood Center. 

Happy 2024!

Registration for the 2024 -2025 school year is coming soon! Please call the office for more information.


We will welcome you at the front door, check your child/children in, give a quick health check and one of awesome teacher assistants will walk your child/children to their classroom where the teacher will be waiting.

If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 716-692-7886.  Mrs. Maziarz is our secretary in the office. We thank her for all her hard work each day. I am usually available if you need to speak to me.

Of course you can always email me too. 

Thank you for all your support, love and generosity. 


​Sara Hengst ECC Director

After School Care

Before and After School Care


Pre K 3 & 4  Before/ After Care Program


​Before Care-  Monday - Friday 7:30 - 8:00 the rate is $7.00 per day

After School Care - Monday - Friday 2:15- 5:30 the rate is $7.00 per hour


Before/After School Care at St. Francis of Assisi Early Childhood Center for the City of Tonawanda School Age Students

The Center is a drop –off & pick up spot for students enrolled in Tonawanda School District public schools 

Please call for information 692-7886

Tuition 2024-2025

A nonrefundable $100.00 Registration fee is due along with a completed registration form and medical information.

A 3% discount is applied when the tuition is paid in full for the year and received by September 1, 2024.
3 yr. old HALF day program: 3 days - $2,950 ($295 per month), 

                                               2 children $3,750 ($375 monthly)
                                               5 days - $4,550 ($455 per month),

                                               2 children $5,800 ($580 monthly)

3 yr. old FULL day program: 3 days - $3,550 ($355 per month), 

                                              2 children $4,550 ($455 monthly)
                                               5 days - $5,700 ($570 per month),

                                               2 children $7,250 ($725 monthly)

4 yr. old FULL day program: 5 days - 1 child - $5,700 ($570.00 per month)
                                                       2 children -$7,250 ($725.00 per month)

4 yr. old FULL day UPK: 5 days - $3,500 ($350.00 per month)
                           5 days – 2 children $4,500 ($450.00 per month)

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