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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: Pope Francis has addressed the topic of divorced Catholics.  Can you help us understand his thoughts and the role of annulments?

Answer:

This question was first introduced in the November Newsletter Q&A.  We are addressing four situations:

  1. Those that divorce and are not seeking a new married relationship.
  2. Those that divorce and are seeking a new married relationship.
  3. Those that divorce and enter into a new civil marriage outside the Church.
  4. Those who choose to enter into a civil marriage outside the Church.

Today I will address #3:  Those that divorce and enter into a new civil marriage outside the Church. It gets more difficult if a Catholic is divorced and chooses to remarry without seeking an annulment.  Without that investigation to discover otherwise, the Church has to assume that the first marriage was a marriage, which automatically makes the second one not a marriage. It may sound harsh, but Jesus himself calls this ‘adultery’ (Mark 10:1-12). Pope Francis says, “such a situation is contrary to the Christian Sacrament.”  But, he continues, “it is necessary to have a fraternal and attentive welcome, in love and in truth …; in fact, these persons are by no means excommunicated — they are not excommunicated! — and they should absolutely not be treated as such: they are still a part of the Church” (Audience 8/5/15). So Pope Francis says their situation is contrary to the Sacraments, making them unable to receive the Sacraments, but they are still members of the Church in need of our care.  We should all desire to help them, and Pope Francis says that there are no “simple solutions.”  One solution would be to help them seek an annulment for the previous marriage, so the current one can become a Sacrament.
Some people hoped that the Bishop’s Synod on the Family (2014-2015) would open up such an “easy solution” allowing those divorced and civilly remarried to receive the Sacraments, and they often cite Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia (2016). They claim, based off of a single paragraph and footnote (AL 305, footnote 351) that Communion has been opened up to Catholics divorced and remarried outside the Church. The head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, considered second only to the pope as the Vatican’s authority on doctrinal matters, responded:  “If Amoris Laetitia intended to rescind such a deeply rooted and such a weighty discipline, it would have expressed itself in a clear manner and it would have given the reasons for it. However, such a statement with such a meaning is not to be found in [Amoris Laetitia]. Nowhere does the Pope put into question the arguments of his predecessors. They are not based upon the subjective guilt of these our brothers and sisters, but, rather, upon the visible, objective way of life which is in opposition to the words of Christ” (3 May 2016).  There is no need to be scandalized by the fact that even bishops are disagreeing on this issue.  It makes me think of the early Church where bishops debated the nature of Jesus being God and man – while many bishops got it wrong, following a heresy called Arianism, the Church eventually was able to clarify the truth through a succession of councils. While we wait for this to be settled, we must continue to stay true to the clear teaching of Jesus and the discipline passed down through the Church.

Pope Francis has suggested divorced and remarried couples grow “in Christ and in the Church through prayer, by listening to the Word of God, by attending the liturgy, through the Christian education of their children, through charity and service to the poor, through the commitment to justice and peace” (Audience 8/5/15).  Even when someone is in a state that they cannot receive Communion, this does not prevent them from participating in the rest of the life of the Church. If you are in this situation, I can definitely see how you can feel separated from the Church, not being able to receive the sacraments, but we do love you and want you here.  Pope Benedict once suggested, “ongoing contact with a priest, with a spiritual guide. … so that they see that they are accompanied and guided.”  I can’t address every question here, so if you or a loved one is in this situation, ask to talk with a priest.  Far from condemning, we want to help you.

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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 2, February 16th
FUNERAL: Circle 2
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 1, February 18th, 2:00 at Willows
CHARITY: Circle 3, Feb. 5th Coffee & Rolls for World Marriage Day
MEETING: February 20th at 7:00 pm

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