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St. Bonaventure

We hope you find a spiritual home with us in a kinder, friendly, loving fellowship.

Upcoming Services


January 1st, 2022, 5pm


January 9th 2022, 10am


January 15th 2022, 5pm


January 23rd 2022, 10am


January 29th 2022, 10am

Support Groups
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.

Soup Kitchen
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





The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) continues its 40th anniversary season with an in-person performance of The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard. Performances take place January 14–February 6, 2022 in the lower level of St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago (enter on Marshfield).


Tom Stoppard’s mystery-farce The Real Inspector Hound follows two theatre critics, Moon and Birdboot, who are watching the ludicrous setup of a country house murder mystery, in the style of a whodunit. As the drama proceeds, they become involved in the action, causing a series of events that parallel the play they are watching.

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Dear Community of

St. Bonaventure

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. Theyname him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. Hisdominion is vast and forever peaceful.” -Isaiah 9:5-6

Dear members of Saint Bonaventure Oratory,

Amid a global pandemic, a nature reckoning, and a financial upheaval, humanity
looks for hope. While this year has caused far too much pain, isolation, and divide,
we put our trust in God into practice. Our hope is rooted in our knowledge and
conviction that “a child born to us” is the “Prince of Peace.” This knowledge and
conviction make all the difference in our lives. Knowing that we have a God so
caring and interested in each and every one of us as to send us his own Son fills our
hearts with joy and the hope of peace.

This Christmas joy was expressed this year at our Oratory by the incredible dedication and service of the many who work every Sunday to prepare sack lunches and provide us with opportunities to serve the poor and support those in need. Together we came to pray and express our care for the refugees and immigrants, we supported those who struggle with isolation and loss of jobs, we expressed our love for unborn children and our dedication to the sick, aging and homebound members of the Oratory. The light of the Prince of Peace illuminated the streets of Lakeview with the mercy, tenderness, and belonging that our members have brought to others.
As we reflect on this year, I pray, that your experience of the St. Bonaventure community was filled with grace, joy, and belonging.

With all my heart, together with our amazing staff, I invite you to join us for the Christmas celebration. I also pray that you will join me and consider making an extra tax-deductible year-end Christmas contribution to the Oratory. This extraordinary gift will allow us to continue our mission of service, witness, and care for the less fortunate. All gifts received or dated on or before December 31, 2021 will be credited to your 2021 giving record for tax purposes.

As I celebrate Christmas Mass, you and your loved ones will be in our prayers as we are most grateful that you chose to be a member of the Oratory. Together, we can witness the miracle of God’s love one more time this Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2022!

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.


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