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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

Question: What is the best way to receive Holy Communion?

Answer:

Interiorly one must always approach the Eucharist with faith and devotion: believing that Jesus is really and truly present and showing great respect, reverence and humility toward Him in being able to receive God himself. When receiving, come straight forward to a complete stop, face the priest, and don’t be too far away.  When the minister of the Eucharist holds up the Eucharist and says “The Body of Christ” or “The Blood of Christ,”  the communicant looks at Jesus and responds audibly with “Amen.”  When it comes to external body posture, there are two ways to receive Holy Communion:  1) standing or 2) kneeling. The norm established in the U.S. is that Holy Communion is to be received standing, unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive Communion while kneeling.
1) Standing. When receiving while standing, an act of reverence before receiving is needed.  This is usually a bow of the head that may be done while the person in front of you is receiving.  There are two means to receive: A) on the hand or B) on the tongue.
1A) Hand. To receive on the hand, one hand is placed beneath the other. The hands are held flat and slightly cupped to ensure the Eucharist will not fall. The lower hand is then used to move the Host from the first hand into the mouth. Hands should be completely empty, without missalettes, rosaries, clothing, etc. If you only have one hand available (due to holding a child, for example) or health prevents you from being able to pick up the host with the opposite hand, then you should receive on the tongue. One should not grab at the Eucharist, for we are not taking Jesus, we receive Him in humility. The Host should be placed into the mouth immediately before walking away.
1B) Tongue.  To receive on the tongue, the head should be tilted back slightly. The tongue should come out over the bottom teeth, equal with the bottom lip, so that the priest has a place to put the Host. The mouth should not be closed until the priest’s hand has started moving away (the Host will stick to the tongue so there is no danger of it falling).  Communion on the tongue is a commendable practice for it helps prevent any particles of the Eucharist from falling, as well as increases one’s devotion to the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
2) Kneeling. As noted earlier, individual Catholics are completely free to choose to receive Holy Communion while kneeling, a centuries-old practice of the Church. When doing so, they are to receive on the tongue in the manner described above (1B).  They need not make an extra act or reverence as is required when standing, for kneeling itself is a “particularly expressive sign of adoration” (Pope Benedict XVI). When getting up after kneeling, make sure to stand straight up and not move backward into the next communicant.
Upon receiving Communion, there is no need to chomp or chew the Host as normal food, but gently using your teeth and tongue break and soften the Host so that it may be swallowed. Making a sign of the cross after receiving Communion is a worthy optional practice. Finally, a practice called “intinction” (the Host is dipped into the Precious Blood) may only be done by a priest and never the lay faithful. I do not see any major issues at our parishes, but since the question was asked, it is good to be reminded to avoid becoming sloppy and to renew the faith and devotion that is due our Lord.

Upcoming Events

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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 6, June 15, anytime before 6:30 pm
FUNERAL: Circle 6
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 5, June 17, 2:00 at Willows
CHARITY: Circle 4
MEETING: August 21st at 7:00 pm

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