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Raeville parish opens new hall

St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville held a ribbon cutting and open house at its new parish hall Nov. 20. The building replaces the original 126-year-old hall, which had become more expensive to repair than to replace.

In recognition of the new building’s value to future generations, children of the parish cut the ribbon, and Father Kevin Vogel, pastor of St. Bonaventure and of St. Boniface Parish in Elgin, and president of St. Boniface School and Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin, said a prayer and blessed the building.

Construction began in May and was completed in October. The parish financed the project through fundraisers and donations, incurring no debt.

The former hall was built in 1890 as a horse barn, was later converted into a basketball court, and then became the parish hall, serving as the site of many community events. It will be maintained in recognition of its history, and possibly used for storage or other purposes.

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