October 9th 2021, 5pm
October 17th 2021, 10am
October 23rd 2021, 5pm
October 31st 2021, 10am
November 6th, 2021, 5pm
Council of Catholic Women
Our Council of Catholic Women (CCW) provides opportunities for ministry and socialization for the women of the Oratory. They have monthly meetings and fundraising for the parish, as well as supporting food drives and a prayer blanket ministry.
St. Bonaventure Cares
Every Sunday at 11:00 volunteers for St. Bonaventure Cares (SBC) gather in the gym to assemble brown bag lunches to be distributed to the hungry at the Soup Kitchen at Our Lady of Lourdes.This program normally from the 1st Sunday of Advent through Easter Sunday.
The St. Sebastian Players
By: Garson Kanin
An American comedy-drama about an uneducated young woman, Billie Dawn, and an older, uncouth junkyard tycoon, Harry Brock, who comes to Washington to “buy” a congressman. When Billie embarrasses him socially, Brock hires a journalist to educate her.
October 15 – November 7, 2021
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Dear Community of
Blessed Feast of our Patron Saint!
Born John di Fidanza in Bagnoregio in 1221, Saint Bonaventure was a son of a local physician. Even though Saint Francis of Assisi died about five years after the birth of Bonaventure, the prayers of St. Francis are credited with healing Bonaventure of a serious illness as a boy. Inspired by this act of Saint Francis, John joined the Franciscans and become a well-recognized professor, teacher and leader within the Franciscan community. His visionary work and organizational skills united the Franciscan order and set it up for success for years to come. St. Bonaventure was named a cardinal and the bishop of Albano, Italy, but only a year after his appointment he died in 1274.
As we come together as a community this weekend, we give thanks to God for this visionary man of faith and through his intersession we pray for our church and the unity of all people of God. In a world that is so divided and in the church that often faces the same issues as the Franciscan order in the time of Saint Bonaventure, we ask for his prayers for us, so united anew we can set hearts on fire with the love of Jesus.
Celebrating this wonderful feast, I thank each and every one of you for your love for this community and for the Oratory! Your commitment to prayer and participation are true gifts and signs of God’s work among us. As we begin a new fiscal year (starting July 1) I humbly ask for your ongoing commitment in supporting the Oratory, so we can continue our mission of inspiring hearts and inviting people into relationship with Jesus Christ. Please consider inviting 2 or 3 of your friends to join us on a regular basis to worship with us in this beautiful space, so that together we can grow in faith and in membership. As the same time, please consider making a weekly gift to the Oratory, so we can meet our weekly collection goal and post healthly results. It takes all of us to make this wonderful community flourish.
As we celebrate Saint Bonaventure let us pray that his prayers will guide, support and inspire us to work together for the good of all God’s people.
Fr. Peter, administrator
Welcome to St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure Oratory is a regional Catholic community established by the Archdiocese of Chicago and open to all who wish to gather with us in worship and service. We hope you find a spiritual home with us in a kinder, friendly, loving fellowship.