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Our Mission

For over 100 years, the sister parishes of St. Boniface and St. Bonaventure have served as the spiritual home for generations of faithful Catholics.  The mission we are engaged in was started by Jesus and continues through us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May our acts of charity, education, and sacramental life continue to change hearts in our local community and beyond.

Join Us for Mass

Weekend Mass is offered at St. Boniface in Elgin on Saturday at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am.  A Communion Service is offered on Mondays at 7:20 am. Masses are Wednesday at 8:15 am, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:20 am (First Fridays at 8:15 am).

At St. Bonaventure in Raeville, weekend Mass is offered on Sunday at 8 am.  During the week, Mass is offered on Tuesday at 8:30 am.

Submit a Faith Question

If you have a religious related question you are wondering about, you can submit it using the website form below or jot it down and put it in the collection basket marked “Q&A”.  Father Vogel will address as many as possible each month.

Faith Q & A

By Father Vogel

A blessed Easter! Jesus is risen, Alleluia! Holy Week and Easter is the highpoint of our year as Christians. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the good news, the Gospel. Sin and death is defeated by the dying and rising of Jesus, so that we too may share in life everlasting. Jesus’ Resurrection was a real event. As St. Paul says, if Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14). Like Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, we too can visit the empty tomb. Christian tradition has passed down the locations of Calvary and the Empty Tomb. I was able to visit them on my pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2016, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (I have created a tour of that church if you would like to make a virtual pilgrimage: http://youvis.it/zy9CrT).

As Scripture tells us, Jesus was crucified outside Jerusalem on a hill called Golgotha and buried in a nearby tomb. Due to the persecutions of Christians, there is little recorded evidence of these holy places during the first centuries. It is reported that in the second century Emperor Hadrian built a pagan temple over the sites. In the fourth century Emperor Constantine had the Roman temple razed, revealing an intact tomb below. Builders removed most of the rock around the tomb and constructed an edicule (“little house”) and rotunda (dome) above it. Byzantine Christians and crusaders rebuilt and expanded the church following its destruction by the region’s Muslim ruler in 1009 AD. The current church, dedicated in 1149 AD, dates to the crusader era, though portions are older. Pilgrims from around the world visit the historic basilica each year, entering the tomb and praying at the place where Jesus was laid, a rock bench now covered with marble.

All this is found in the historical record, but is there any evidence to support the ancient origins of the church, and the possibility that this is the place of the Resurrection of Jesus? Excavations in the 1970s revealed the area had originally been a limestone quarry. First century Jewish tombs were also discovered at the far west end of the Church. Since Jews always buried their dead outside the city, the presence of these tombs prove that the Holy Sepulchre site was outside the city walls at the time of the crucifixion.

Prior to 2016, the earliest architectural evidence found in and around the immediate tomb area dated to the Crusader period, making it no older than 1000 AD. Due to deterioration of the edicule, a restoration project was conducted by a team of scientists from the National Technical University of Athens in 2016. Technicians used ground-penetrating radar and other tools to peer behind the edicule walls. They were stunned to discover earlier limestone walls still intact. In late October, just a week prior to my own visit, the scientists were given permission to temporarily remove the marble slab covering the place where Jesus had been laid. At first all they saw was a layer of fill material underneath. Removing the debris, they saw another marble slab, which was suspected to date to the crusader period or earlier, maybe broken when the church was destroyed in 1009 AD. Below this, the original limestone burial bed was revealed intact!

Mortar samples were taken from various parts of the tomb structure and independently dated at two separate labs using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), a technique that determines when quartz sediment was most recently exposed to light. Samples from the tomb entrance were dated to the 11th century, which is consistent with the reconstruction of the edicule following its destruction in 1009 AD. Some samples from the southern wall were dated to 1570 AD, which is consistent with a documented 16th-century restoration. Other samples, from both the southern wall and from between the original limestone surface of the burial bed and a marble slab that covers it, dated to 335 AD and 345 AD respectively. This is consistent with the tomb being discovered by the Romans and enshrined around 325 AD. It is agreed that the lower marble slab was most likely mortared in place in the mid-fourth century under the orders of Emperor Constantine.

All this evidence supports the veracity of the historical account of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the likelihood that this is indeed Jesus’ empty tomb. Science, of course, will never be able to confirm the event of the Resurrection itself. But our faith is not based on limited human knowledge, but in the person of Jesus Christ, risen and alive, making his presence felt in our lives today. “You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed!” (John 20:29)

Listen to Father Vogel’s Homilies

Show His Scars – Homily 04/15/18

Parishioners

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Men‘s & Women’s Circles

Circle 1:  Arehart – Buelt
Circle 2: Busteed – Getzfred
Circle 3: Gossman – Kinney
Circle 4: Kluthe – Payne
Circle 5: Pelster – Schrage
Circle 6: Schueths – Zwingman

Women‘s Circle Worklist

CHURCH CLEANING: Circle 5 & 6 (May)
FUNERAL: Circle 6, (Circle 5 had Danny Hoefer)
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 5 @ The Willows, May 19, 2:00 pm
CHARITY: Circle 1
MEETING: Monday, May 21st at 7:00 pm

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