Faith Formation Registration
If you need a particular session, it is best to come to the first night of registration as some sessions fill up quickly. All families with children in pre-K to Confirmation were sent an email with information about the registration process, but if you did not receive it, please contact Amy Slick at aslick@stbonifacechurch.org with questions. Registration takes place in the parish hall; the dates and times are:

  • Weds, May 17 from 4 – 8 pm
  • Thurs, May 18 from 4 – 6 pm
  • or after any Mass the weekend of May 20/21

Salvation Army Breakfast Casserole Drive
On the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, May 20 & 21, we will hand out casserole tins for our annual Salvation Army Breakfast Casserole Drive to help feed the homeless in the Des Moines metro area. Volunteers have two weeks to prepare, bake, freeze and mark as directed on the recipe supplied with the tin. Please return the baked, frozen casseroles at either Mass on Sunday, June 4. The Salvation Army Mobile Canteen will be in the church parking lot to collect the frozen casseroles. If Sunday doesn’t work for you, you can drop them off at the church during regular business hours prior to Saturday, June 3, 2017. The free breakfast may also include coffee or hot chocolate, milk, orange juice, individual boxed cereal, donuts, hard-boiled eggs and more depending on what is available that day.  Each casserole feeds 10 people and about 125 casseroles are served each week. If you have any questions contact Ray Scheve at scheveiu@yahoo.com

Food Pantry Food Drive
Hand-out bags: June 17/18
Return bags with food: June 24/25
All food donations will go to the Christian Food Pantry, of which St. Boniface is a sponsor. After Masses on the weekend of June 17/18, volunteers will be handing out grocery bags with lists attached to them. If you are able to help, please take a bag and fill it with some of the listed items. You can give as much or as little as you are able. Please return the bags to church next weekend, June 24/25. Thank you for your kindness! Gina Becke

The most-wanted items for the Food Pantry:
Baby Food
Size 4 & up diapers
Jelly/Jam
Pizza mix/sauce
100% Fruit Juice

Joppa Camp Experience Tours
Our second Joppa Camp Experience Tour will be Thursday, May 18th,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tour starts at the Joppa Center in Des Moines at 118 SE 4th St #120. Please email Deb Purcell or call her at 515-987-4597 x204 if you want to be part of the May 18th tour. More tour dates coming soon. Learn more about Joppa

2017 Vacation Bible School
St. Boniface Vacation Bible School is on June 12 to June 15 (Monday through Thursday). We are offering both a morning session and an evening session again this year. The morning session is from 9:00 – 11:30 am each day; the evening session is 6:00 – 8:00 pm each day. Register for either the morning or the evening session.

A note from Fr. Vince
The Catholic Church in the United States is showing its concerns for the deep cuts that are proposed in the new budget areas that provide food and other programs that assist the poor. There is a national organization called Bread for the World. They and the bishops are inviting us to commit ourselves to prayer and beginning a fast. It is on May 21 that many of these cuts will begin and 90% of funds will run out. We want to be in solidarity with families who will have less access to food for their children. The fast is encouraged on the 21st of each month until changes can be adopted.
I realize that there is an expectation of all citizens to seek employment that would help support their families. But there are hundreds of thousands of families who hold a job that does not generate enough income to support their family, and therefore may cut the necessary food for them and their children. This monthly fast is a good way for you to be involved in an exercise you can participate at home. It raises the awareness of these issues of poverty. You are also encouraged to contact our senators and representatives to support some of these funds for children being restored. It is easy to ignore these important issues because we often don’t observe many of them in our parish. But discussions with our local school districts have shown that there are a significant number of children who need supplemental food, not only through the school lunch program and other government programs. Hopefully political differences do not get in the way in supporting these very important ways to reach out to those most vulnerable.

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!

New Community Outreach Co-Chairs Take the Helm
Sisters Katy Hildman and Kelly Grimm have graciously agreed to be the new Community Outreach Co-Chairs replacing Kelly Steer and Cathy Peters who have done an admirable job overseeing the operations for the past three years. Katy and Kelly will oversee the Salvation Army casserole drive, Heartwarming Collection, Winter Coat Collection, School Supply Drive, and Community Blood Drive. If you’ve ever participated in these activities, you’ve played a key role in assisting the St. Boniface mission to promote community building to foster our growth in faith. And, with two new leaders, we look forward to the continued success of these valuable community services.
About Katy: My husband Quinn & I have been members of St. Boniface since 2006. We have 2 children (Kyla 5, Kobe 3) whom you’ve probably heard during mass at some point! St. Boniface has been such a good/welcoming friend to me over the years and has inspired me to get more actively involved. I love meeting enthusiastic members of this parish and figure the Community Outreach program is a perfect place to build upon this. You won’t want me cooking any casseroles, but I’m solid at donating blood. Thank you for having me!
About Kelly: Two years ago my husband, Nolan, and I moved back from Minneapolis and immediately started attending St. Boniface. We have two girls, Rossi (2) and our most recent addition, Sage, born just a few weeks ago in April. St. Boniface does a great job of making new members feel welcomed and I have been searching for a way to get involved and give back to the Catholic Church that has done so much for me over the years. I am excited to be the link between the church and community, and look forward to getting to know more parishioners and helping others. I am also looking forward to sharing this experience with my sister and growing as a member of the church and my faith.

Ushers and Greeters Needed
Ted Hawkins, Pastoral Council Chairperson, spoke at all Masses this past weekend about the need to make room in our pews for the many new families that have joined this past year and will be joining in the next few years. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Ted via email. Here are the main points from his talk:

  • We have seen a net increase of 100 new families per year – which works out to about 350 new parishioners. We want all members of our community to experience a sense of welcoming and hospitality – whether that is a friendly “Hello” at the door or help finding a seat.
  • The current pool of volunteer ushers / greeters isn’t large enough to adequately handle these near-capacity crowds. The option of adding another weekend Mass really is not a viable option as there are no other priests who can assist us with one additional Mass a weekend.  Most of the weekends during the spring through fall,  Fr. Vince has  a wedding on Saturday and usually three baptisms each weekend; he is not able to add another Mass on Sunday mornings.
  • To make room for growth, we are asking all of you to consider helping by volunteering to be a greeter or usher. By adding another 50 greeters and 50 ushers to the volunteer list, we can certainly provide a welcoming atmosphere and help others in our parish find a place to sit. Since you are already coming to Mass, this doesn’t add any extra time to your already-busy schedules. (See information below about volunteering to be a greeter or usher.)

Lastly, Father has talked about a number of ways everyone can help; let’s make these a regular habit when attending:

  • Please try to arrive early. As Father has said, the priest should be the last one to enter the sanctuary.
  • Please fill seats from the front to the back. I promise this isn’t like being in class – if you sit at the front, Father won’t call on you to answer a question.
  • And finally, please fill in the space in the pews to ensure there is enough space for all. If you’re at the end of a row, consider sliding in to allow others to fill in more efficiently.  This is especially helpful for families with young children who may need to make a quick exit in the event of a meltdown or other parishioners who are volunteering .

This is your congregation, let’s make it a good one. No, wait.  Someone recently said being good is not good enough—let’s make it a great one!

Volunteer Information:
Your parish needs your support! Please consider volunteering to be an usher or a greeter (or both!). If we get enough volunteers, you can plan to be scheduled just once a month and maybe less frequently depending on how many people volunteer. We welcome individuals, couples and entire families to train for either position.

Funeral Luncheon Volunteers Needed
With the generous donations from loved ones’ families to defray the cost of food and with donations of salads and desert from parishioners, volunteers serve funeral luncheons and give families a time to share memories. If you would like to be involved with this ministry, contact Barb Arkwright at barbarkwri@gmail.com