We worship together as a community of believers.

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: Is it okay to be cremated?

Answer:

Yes, but for the right reasons and in the right way.  Historically, cremation was linked to pagan funeral practices, religions that had no hope of the resurrection.  This led early Christians to instead bury their dead, honoring the dignity of the human body created in God’s image, and the belief that our bodies and souls will be reunited and glorified in heaven.  Thus it was previously unlawful for Catholics to use cremation, since it expressed a denial of the resurrection.  In more recent times very practical, non-theological reasons have lead people to consider cremation, usually having to do with expense, especially in places with dense population and lack of space for burial.  While the Church’s preference remains full burial due to theological reasons, cremation is allowed for practical purposes. It remains the case that someone who chooses cremation for reasons contrary to the Christian faith may not have a Catholic funeral.  Thus cremation may be done, but only for the right reasons.

Cremation must also be done in a way that shows utmost respect to the one who has died. Cremated remains must be given the same respect one should give to the body from which they come, including using a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner they are transported, and the final disposition.  This means certain practices connected to cremation are not allowed by the Church.  For example, cremated remains must be interred in a cemetery or columbarium, not in a family’s home.  Cremated remains may not be distributed among family members nor scattered on the sea, from the air, or on the ground.  Recent “creative” ideas of using ashes to make mementos or jewelry also fail to show proper respect to the deceased person and are not permitted by the Church.  Thus cremation may be done, but in the proper way.  (For more information on cremation see the Church’s 2016 instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo.)

Listen to Father Vogel’s Homilies

The Problem of Evil – Homily 07/01/18

Parishioners

Working together we can make a difference.

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 2, Friday, July 13 to clean up after lighting project
FUNERAL: Circle 4 (Circle 2 & 3 had Dodi Bauer Funeral)
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 1 @ The Willows, July
CHARITY: Circle 5- Deacon Dennis Coffee/Roll Reception, July 15
Circle 6- Weed Landscape
MEETING: August 20, 2018

Parish Organizations

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