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

Lenten Reflection
Take a few moments to read the Catholic UpdateLiving Out Lent Today. This Update shows you many ways you can use a few minutes to make Lent come alive. Printed copies are also available in the gathering space entryways if you’d like to pick one up this weekend.

Delegation arrives at El Recreo
You may have watched the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics, but did you ever wonder what it looks like when the St. Boniface delegation arrives in El Recreo? View an online album to see the arrival of our January, 2018 delegation. There is no Olympic flame, but there is a huge warmth in the hearts of the villagers.

Stations of the Cross and Evening Eucharist
7 p.m. Friday, February 23 and Friday, March 2

Communal Reconciliation
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13

Outdoor Stations of the Cross
7 p.m., Friday, March 23

Black Christ Luncheon
View images of the January 2018 delegation serving lunch at the Black Christ church in Berlin, El Salvador.

Have a Heart Online Photo Albums
The annual Have a Heart Luncheon was held Saturday, February 3 in the church hall. This year’s theme was “This Is How We Roll”. The luncheon included numerous beautiful tables decorated by the hosts of each table. See two online albums of the event: Have a Heart Lunch, Album 1 and Album 2.

El Recreo, January 2018
Just as we shared images of our families with the families of El Recreo, they shared images of their families as well with us. View a sampling of those images. Also during this delegation trip, the community celebrated our 25th trip with a special fiesta. View images of the event.

Lent is just around the corner!
Lent starts on February 14 – which is also Valentine’s Day… What a time to give up chocolate! Instead – join a faith-sharing group with other parishioners of St. Boniface. No special knowledge of scripture or the Bible is necessary. With a commitment of just 60 – 90 minutes per week for 6 weeks, you will be giving yourself a great gift.  We are offering two different study guides/books this year.  One is Perfectly Yourself, a Matthew Kelly book (tied to BestLentEver.com, below). The other is Lenten Longings that is based on the Sunday readings for Lent 2018 (Gospel of Mark). Sign-up sheets will be available in the gathering space soon.
Form a group yourself with family or friends or lead a group and meet other parishioners. Groups can meet in homes, at church, coffee shops, etc.  Small group leaders help facilitate sharing/discussion by making people feel welcome and allowing everyone opportunities to share. You do not need to be a scripture or Catholicism expert. Tips for leading are available. Contact Deb Purcell at dpurcell@stbonifacechurch.org or 987-4597 if you would like more information about leading a group.

Boniface+ Potluck and Bunco is returning
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., St. Boniface Hall
This event will be similar to the one last September. Again, we will be providing the entrée, the coffee, plates and flatware. This time Paul’s making pulled pork for sandwiches. (Sounds good, doesn’t it?) You bring your favorite soft drink, wine or beer and a side dish or dessert to share.
We couldn’t resist changing things up a bit, though. We don’t want you to be bored so instead of Bingo, we’ll be playing BUNCO!  It’s kind of a wild and crazy game, but lots of fun. It’s not hard to learn. Paul learned how to play it by watching a 5-minute YouTube video and he is EXCITED!  We’ll have some more experienced Bunco players there, too, to help you get started.
Yes, we will have some lovely prizes again. This time, there will even be a special drawing for everyone who registers in advance!
So, what now?  Look at your calendar and move whatever is already there so that you’re free to join us.  RSVP your acceptance or send your questions to funplusfriends@yahoo.com or you can call Jeannie Sheldon at 515-987-1350 or Paul Hoppe at 515-945-0905. (Free will donations accepted and appreciated.)

Best Lent Ever sign-up
Sign up for BestLentEver.com, the free video-based email program based on Matthew Kelly’s newest book, Perfectly Yourself (Discovering God’s Dream for You).  Then pick up your free book at church before Lent begins, one per household, while supplies last. When Lent starts, you’ll receive the daily emails and follow along in the book. Questions? Contact Deb Purcell at dpurcell@stbonifacechurch.org or 515-987-4597.

Navigating Life’s Later Years
Hospice Care, When Is the Right Time to Start the Conversation?
Presented by: Eddie Erlbacher, Parishioner
When: Monday, February 19, Noon to 1 pm
St. Boniface, Mary and Joseph Room
Open to all Parish Members
This presentation will address in a practical way many of the issues surrounding aging and dying. Parishioner Eddie Erlbacher will help you chart a course through life’s later years for loved ones in your care. Open to all parish members.

Usher training
We are in great need of more ushers.  We are at near to overflow capacity at the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. 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.

Joppa – Current Needs
Thank you for the tremendous response in the call for warm, clean blankets for the homeless.  To date, through your generosity, we have donated over 150 blankets with more continuing to come in.  The blankets are provided to the homeless that visit the Joppa Center seeking warmth and are distributed on weekend routes to the homeless.  We will continue to collect new and gently-used,warm blankets throughout the winter months. We do have another immediate ask.  Joppa is very, very low on toilet paper, bottled water, and warm men’s gloves (size large).  As with the blankets, these items are provided to the homeless at the Joppa Center and on weekly routes.  Please place these items in the Joppa box in the entryway. Learn more about Joppa. 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

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, February 11, 2018 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.

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!

Vacation Bible School 2018
Mark your calendar: St. Boniface will hold VBS sessions from June 18–21 this year. We will have sessions both in the morning and the evening. Information about registering and volunteering will be available after Easter. Contact Sarah Schaefer with questions at stbonifacevbs@gmail.com