• St. Boniface Statues and May Crowning Memories

    By Dena Angaran Forret In 1961, the sanctuary of St. Boniface Church was remodeled. The wood carved statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph were part of the redecorating effort, replacing the large life-like plaster models that had been a part of the church for many years. The

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  • St. Mary’s Cemetery

    By Dena Forret St. Mary’s Cemetery sits in a quiet rural setting dotted with numerous trees including twelve evergreens that were donated by relatives of family members buried there.  A beautifully carved statue of Mary (below) greets you when you enter the grounds.  In 2002 memorial donations paid for the

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  • An Overview of our History

    The first Catholics in Waukee were probably of Irish descent, coming as crews working on the railroad. Before the coming of the railroads, it is reported in other histories that the Catholic people would take their wagons or ride the stage into Des Moines once a year to make their

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  • Fall Dinner History

    by Dena Forret Eloise Hilgenberg Remembers Back in the 1970s, I remember the “senior” ladies of St. Boniface Church working to prepare a special meal for around 200 people.  I recall lasagna, spaghetti, and roast beef entrees to name a few. After several years, turkey and dressing became the menu and it remains

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  • History of St. Boniface’s Stained-Glass Windows

    By Dena Forret In 1918, St. Boniface Catholic Church was built under the direction and leadership of a committee of church members. They provided us with a sound church structure that served us for many years and 12 inspiring and beautiful stained-glass windows that graced our former and now new church and education

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  • St. Boniface Stations of the Cross History

    By Dena Forret The fourteen Stations of the Cross that grace the walls of our worship space are unique and beautiful! These Stations are painted works of art, bringing to life the story of our Lord’s passion and death. Phil Broderick recalls the origination of these plaques, “The Stations of the Cross were purchased

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  • St. Boniface Church Bell History

    Have you ever heard our church bell ring? Ringing the church bell was a regular occurrence and the responsibility of the altar boy before the start of mass in our former 1918 St. Boniface Church. A long rope extended from the bell tower down into the back of our small

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