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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: There are many good Catholics that say, “Oh my G..!” when they have a conversation. Can this at times be meant as a prayer or is it always using God’s name in vain?

Answer:

All of us, as good as we may be, are still sinners. The second commandment says “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5). The sin of blasphemy includes failing to respect God in our speech, in misusing God’s name. As the Catechism says, “we are never to introduce God’s name into speech except to bless, praise, and glorify it” (2143). Some may think using “God” or “Jesus” in excitement or anger is not that big of a deal, after all they are not cursing God or uttering ill against Him. But think about it in this way: Let’s say you are in conversation with someone and in excitement or anger or habit you begin to use the name of a friend. You say your friend’s name, but without acknowledging that he/she happens to be right there with you. You say their name repeatedly but you are not talking to them, or even notice them. If this would be disrespectful on the human level, what about the divine? This is a big deal because when we call out to God, He comes! In this case, we use God’s name, He comes, and we completely ignore Him. Can this habit be meant as a prayer? Prayer involves conversation with God, so there must be the intention that you are speaking with God for this to be prayer. If we have the vice of using God’s name in vain, we can work against it by replacing the bad habit with a good one. When we catch ourselves using God’s name, purposefully turn to God in a prayer, something like: “My Lord and my God, I am sorry for using your name in anger/without thinking. I know that you are always with me and hear me when I call out to you. This is what is going on right now … I ask for your help and guidance, you who are all good and worthy of praise. Help me to turn to you sooner next time.” Over time we can find ourselves more quickly turning to God in prayer.

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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 3 (March)
FUNERAL: Circle 4
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 2 at The Willows Feb. 17, 2:00 pm
CHARITY: Circle 4
MEETING: February 19, at 7:00 pm

Parish Organizations

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