Reverend Father James A. Bucaria

In Memory Of

Reverend Father James A.

Father Bucaria was born in Weatherford, Texas on December 1, 1944, to Alfred and Catherine (Sheridan) Bucaria. Father Bucaria attended  Pius X Seminary, Cathedral College, St. John’s University and St. Bernard’s Seminary, in Rochester, New York and was ordained to the priesthood on March 4, 1972 for the Diocese  of Ogdensburg. During his 48 years of priestly ministry, he assisted in parishes throughout the Diocese of Ogdensburg, and served for several years as chair of the Diocesan Music Committee, Having earned his degree in Sacred Music at Manhattanville College. His appointments included  pastor of St. Matthew Parish, Black Brook, NY and St. Margaret of Scotland, Wilmington, NY (1978-1982), and pastor of St. Mary Parish, Evans Mills, NY (1982-1985).

In October 1985, Father Bucaria moved to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, where he was first appointed as parochial vicar of St. Jerome Parish, Indian Rocks Beach (1985-1987), followed by appointments as parochial vicar of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Clearwater (1987-1989), St. Paul Parish, St. Petersburg (1989-1990), St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Holiday (1990-1991). He was incardinated into the Diocese of St. Petersburg in October 1990. In May 1991, he was appointed as parochial administrator of St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Masaryktown, where he was named as pastor in May 1992 and where he faithfully served until his retirement in March 2014. He is remembered for his love of family, friends, and his reverence for tradition liturgy and music.

A Funeral Mass of Transferal was held on [Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 1:00 p.m.] at the Cathedral of  St. Jude the Apostle. The Mass was livestreamed on the Cathedral website: This is also available on the website’s archives. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 19th 2020, 10:00 AM St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, 120 Fifth Street, Garden City, NY. Burial will take place at St. Charles Cemetery immediately following the funeral.

Please keep Father Bucaria’s brothers, Thomas (Eileen) & Stephen (Elizabeth), his cousins Maureen (William, Dec.)& Cathleen (John), and all family members and loved ones in your kind thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Well done, good and faithful servant […] Come, share your master’s joy” (Matthew 25:21).

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