Fr. Vince has a new email address: frvinard@gmail.com

Christmas Mass Schedule
Due to the overflow crowds we normally have at the 3:00 and 5:00 Masses on Christmas Eve, we have added another Mass at 1:00. This is an additional Mass intended to alleviate the crowds at 3:00 and 5:00. We are hoping many of you who usually attend the 3:00 or 5:00 Masses will choose this new time at 1:00 instead. If we can get a more even spread between the 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 Mass times, all of us will be more comfortable. Please consider making the switch to this new Mass time. If attendance at the 1:00 Mass is low, we won’t offer it again next year.
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Saturday December 23rd, 5:30 pm
Christmas Eve Mass, Sunday, December 24th times are: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 and 10:00 pm
(no regular Sunday Masses on the 24th)
Christmas Day Mass, Monday, December 25th, is at 9:00 am
Tuesday, December 26th, 5:30 pm

Angel Tree wrapping day is Saturday
Wrapping day is Saturday, December 9, from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm; come anytime, stay as long as you like. This is a great family volunteer activity or silver cord/confirmation hours for teens! Bring scissors and empty boxes if you have them! Please contact Stephanie at stbangeltree@hotmail.com to sign up or get details.

Best Advent Ever
Advent starts this weekend!  Discover how to slow down and find joy in preparing for Christmas. Sign up now for a new Best Advent Ever for 2017.  It’s free! Go to BestAdventEver. Just enter your name and email address.  Then starting on December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, you will receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips for everyday life, a simple prayer, and personal stories from Dynamic Catholic team members.  Make this Advent a memorable one.  Questions?  Contact Deb Purcell, 987-4597 or dpurcell@stbonifacechurch.org.

Seasons of Hope Bereavement Group
6 – 7 p.m. on six consecutive weeks: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec, 18, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2 in the Romero Room. Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. Seasons of Hope is a Christ-centered support group and may be for you if:
*You are looking for friends in Christ to share your journey and sorrow.
*You’ve been trying to figure out the meaning of your grief.
*You want to get on with life, but haven’t been able to.
*You are open to new ways of coping with your grief.
*You don’t want to feel alone anymore.
It’s encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, but they are non-sequential. For more information contact Sara Krohnke at 515-987-4597 or skrohnke@stbonifacechurch.org

Homily & Fr. Vince’s Presentation
Read Fr. Vince’s homily from 11/12 as well as Fr. Vince’s notes from the parish discussion Who is Jesus? Who is Christ? Why should you care in what the difference is? he led the evening of November 14.

Usher training
We are in great need of more ushers.  We are at near to overflow capacity at the 9:00 and 10:30am liturgies and are in desperate need of more ushers so we can get everyone seated before Mass.  We need six ushers at each Mass to accomplish this.  If we get enough people, this is a once a month commitment at a Mass you are probably at anyway.  Please prayerfully consider helping.  Thank you for your consideration in this important matter.  Contact Scott at sfitzgerald@stbonifacechurch.org for more information.

Have a Heart Luncheon
Ladies, please save the date for next years Have a Heart Luncheon, which will be held at the St. Boniface Hall on Saturday, February 3rd. This is a fun social event, complete with a delicious lunch, basket raffle, games and more…with all proceeds going to the community outreach fund.  Watch the January bulletins for more information and to register.

Boniface+ Update
It has been a fantastic start for Boniface plus over the last few months. We have enjoyed some fun activities and events and made many new friends. Thanks! That said, Boniface Plus needs your help. Boniface Plus needs your ideas and thoughts for activities and events for 2018. The planning committee will meet in early January and needs your suggestions. Please help Boniface Plus have a great 2018 by sending your ideas to wchizek@gmail.com or text a message to 515-250-4617.

Joppa – warm blanket needs
As we are heading into winter, Joppa is in need of warm blankets to give to the homeless clients living in camps.  Our Joppa mission has committed to supporting this need and we will be collecting new and gently used warm blankets throughout the winter months.  Please place the blankets in the Joppa box in the entryways.  If you are donating gently used warm blankets, we ask that these be cleaned prior to donating. Thank you for the amazing support of our Joppa mission.  The generosity of the parish is a true blessing to our community.  If you have any questions, please email Margaret Godwin at tedmargaretgodwin@gmail.com. ~ The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share…with the poor.   Proverbs

Online Videos
View the All Saints Remembrance Mass from Saturday, November 4th.
We added two videos from the Oct. 29th Fall Dinner. Watch this video to see highlights of the dinner and this one showcasing the beautiful raffle items.

Spanish Mass
St. Boniface Catholic Community invites you to join us for our first Spanish Mass (some parts will be in English). The next Mass will be held Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm, and will occur monthly on the second Sunday of each months at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA. Learn more.

Adaptive Confirmation Program
We are implementing an Adapted Confirmation program this school year for students/adults who would not be able to participate in a traditional program due to a special need.  If you or someone you know would benefit from this type of program, please contact Amy Slick, Youth Formation Director, at aslick@stbonifacechurch.org or 515-850-1883.

Joppa
We are beginning an outreach program to the homeless by coordinating our efforts through the Joppa organization. One of the ways that we committed ourselves is to purchase the construction of one of the tiny homes. This 100 sq. ft. structure will be part of a homeless village. There will be central toilets and utilities. The cost of a tiny home $6,000. Joppa have started the project early, so our money is due early. I know that many of you were attracted to helping build this, so we are taking contributions now.  For more info, contact Fr. Vince at frvinard@gmail.com or 515-778-9370.

Traffic flow after Masses request
To facilitate a smoother exit from our parking lot after Mass we are asking all parishioners to review this traffic flow map. By following the directions, yellow arrows for those who park in the North Parking lot and red arrows for those who park in the South Parking lot, we will be able to reduce the amount of time it takes to exit in half. We appreciate everyone’s help in this matter!