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: Can Catholics believe in reincarnation?

Answer: No. Christian faith is in the “resurrection of the body,” as we say in the Creed. Reincarnation is the belief that after death, someone’s soul can be reborn into a new body (whether human or animal) to live a new life here on earth. This is very different from and incompatible with the resurrection of the body. From the moment of our conception, God created our unique spiritual soul specifically for our unique physical body. The combination of our body and soul is what makes us who we are. That is why death, which is the separation of the soul and body, is so painful: body and soul are meant to be together. It is wrong to think of our body as simply a “shell” or “vessel” for our soul, as if our soul is really us, but our body is not. I am both my soul and body, which is why our funeral rites have such deep respect for the body of the deceased, and we have specific places (cemeteries) set aside to ensure the bodies are respected and the people are never forgotten. At the end of time, when the resurrection of our bodies will occur, all who have died will receive their bodies again; body and soul will be united again as God designed us. In the resurrection we will receive our same body back, though our body will be perfected, something like the way Jesus’ body was perfected after his Resurrection. Jesus’ body was the same body (it even had his wounds), but was glorified (he could enter into a locked room). Reincarnation is very different, for it claims someone would get an entirely different body, denying the unique life of the individual person. Reincarnation often fails to make the distinction between human and non-human beings, which can lead to the denial of human dignity. It also can mislead someone into a false sense of security, thinking that no matter how bad they are, they will get another shot. Rather, Scripture says that we die once, and then is the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus says: “Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29).

Listen to Father Vogel’s Homilies

Acknowledge Our Sins – Homily 06/10/18

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 1, June 21
FUNERAL: Circle 2 (Circle 1 had Margie Baum)
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 6 @ The Willows, June 6, 2:00 pm
CHARITY: Circle 1, Coffee & Rolls for Totus Tuus
Circle 3, Lunches for Totus Tuus Team
MEETING: August 20, 2018

Parish Organizations

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