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: What should the posture of our hands be during the Our Father at Mass?

Answer:

In private, non-liturgical prayer, we may pray using whatever posture is most helpful to our prayer.  In public liturgical prayer, such as the Mass, there are rules to be followed.  The rubrics (directions given in the church’s liturgical books) for the Mass specify that the priest prays the Our Father with hands slightly raised and outstretched.  This is an ancient posture of prayer known as the “orans position.”  For everyone else besides the priest there is no prescribed posture for the hands during the Our Father.  So the faithful have a certain freedom, which means a specific action cannot be required of them at the Our Father.  So, for example, children should not be taught they must use the orans position, nor can something like holding hands be imposed on an entire congregation.  Since the default position of one’s hands when not specified otherwise is hands folded, it would seem to make the most sense to have hands folded during the Our Father.  A final thought:  Apart from the Our Father, every other time that the priest uses the orans position he alone is praying the prayer aloud, so he alone uses the orans position.  In the older form of the Mass, the Our Father was also only prayed aloud by the priest, with the faithful joining in on the last phrase.  This would seem to indicate that during Mass the orans position is reserved to the priest.  If that is so, then the following norm would apply:  “Neither may deacons or non-ordained members of the faithful use gestures or actions which are proper to the same priest celebrant” (Congregation for the Clergy, On Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest, 1997).  Of course anyone may use the orans position in private prayer.

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 5 for May (third week)
FUNERAL: Circle 5
KOOKIE KLATCH: Circle 4, May 20th, 2:00 at Willows
CHARITY: Circle 4
MEETING: May 15th at 7:00 pm

Parish Organizations

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