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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 #2:  Those that divorce and are seeking a new married relationship.

When a divorced person desires to enter into a new married relationship, that is where annulments come in.  On his flight back from the US in 2015, Pope Francis was asked if an annulment is a ‘Catholic divorce.’  He said:  “‘Catholic divorce’ … doesn’t exist.  Either it wasn’t a marriage … it didn’t exist.  [Or] if it did, it’s indissoluble.  This is clear.”  His August 2015 moto proprio on annulments “facilitates the processes and the timing, but it is not divorce because marriage is indissoluble when it is a sacrament.  And this the Church cannot change. … The legal trial is to prove that what seemed to be a sacrament wasn’t a sacrament, for lack of freedom for example, or lack of maturity, or for mental illness.”  Because Jesus said, “what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mark 10:1-12), the Church assumes that a marriage is a marriage unless it is shown through an investigation that something was missing from the beginning.  The Pope cannot change what marriage is, but wanted to make the legal process smoother.  For example there are no longer any fees and in certain specific cases a shortened process may be possible.  For those in situation #2 the easiest first step is to contact their pastor who will guide them along the way.  If one receives an annulment, then they would be free to pursue a new marriage if God calls them.

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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 1, January 20
FUNERAL: Circle 2
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 6, January 21, 2:00 at Willows
CHARITY: Circle 3
MEETING: January 16 at 7:00 pm

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