Angel Tree

Angel Tree began in 2001 to help area families that could not afford to purchase Christmas gifts for their children. Angel Tree is an opportunity for the parish to reach out to our community by providing Christmas gifts and food to those unable to provide their own. In 2015 Angel Tree assisted approximately 146 families/379 individuals and provided over 100 families with food for a Christmas feast.

2016 Schedule of Events
Purchase Christmas Gifts
Select an ornament and purchase gifts. Return gifts by 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 4. Please make sure to complete your ornament’s pull tag with your contact information and leave the pull tag in the marked containers in the Gathering Space

Provide a Holiday Meal
Take an empty food box and fill it with all the holiday meal fixings…and more.  Return food box by 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 4. 

Be a Shopper
Shop anytime Dec. 7 - 9.  Shoppers purchase gifts to fill in any gaps. Gift cards and lists will be provided.  Sign up in Gathering Space.

Wrap Gifts*
Wrap gifts Dec. 10, 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m in church hall.  Come anytime, stay as long as you like.  Please bring scissors.

Provide Snacks and Refreshments
Bring snacks and refreshments for the gift wrappers on Dec. 10. Sign up in Gathering Space

Earn Silver Cord or Service Hours
Help parishioners carry in gifts/food boxes and place in hall, wrap gifts, bag wrapped gifts and clean up.

Sign-ups, ornaments and food boxes will be in the Gathering Space beginning November 19.
Questions? Contact Stephanie Groathouse at 515-480-3183 or stbangeltree@hotmail.com

 

About

Recipients for the Angel Tree come from Waukee, Adel, Van Meter, and Dallas Center. Names are obtained from the local Christian Food Pantry and the Adel Crisis Center. St. Boniface parishioners may also recommend recipients.

The paper Angels hung from the Christmas trees as well as food boxes are put out for distribution in the gathering space the weekend before Thanksgiving. Gifts are to be returned within two weeks. After a week of inventorying the gifts and shopping for any unreturned Angels, thousands of gifts are wrapped and distributed in one whirlwind weekend. This would not be possible without the amazing volunteer efforts of our parish! We fill the hall with wrappers and Christmas music!

How Can I Help?

Join the organization team – the team begins meeting in early October to begin assigning and dividing tasks.  The busiest time for Angel Tree is the week before Thanksgiving and the week following gift return. 

Take an Angel – pull an Angel off the tree that has the wish list for one of our recipients.  Purchase as much as you feel called to.  We do ask that you provide all the winter clothing that is requested. 

Take a Food Box – A shopping list is included in each box, along with the size of the family receiving that box.  Simply fill the supplied box with the items on the list!

Volunteer for one or more of the many tasks that need completed – these include (but are not limited to) wrapping presents, providing snacks for wrapping day, delivering gifts and food boxes to the agencies, cleaning up after!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to purchase everything on the list?

No, purchase what you feel called to or can afford.  We do ask that all winter clothing requested is provided, but if you can’t do it, we will use other funds to make sure it is received.  

Can I return my gifts late?

Gifts are inventoried when they are submitted.  Requested gifts that have not been donated will be shopped for by volunteers using donated gift cards or cash. Funds are limited, so prompt return of gifts is necessary.  The committee cannot accept gifts once the presents have been delivered to the agencies.

Can I just donate money? 

Absolutely, but shopping for a specific person can be a lot of fun, too. Whether you buy gifts or donate money for gift purchases, try to imagine the happy faces these presents cause on Christmas morning.

Why can’t I just wrap the gifts myself?

Part of our inventory process is making sure gifts for children within a family are “equal.”  We don’t want jealous siblings Christmas morning!  Extra funds are used to supplement gifts when necessary, and having the gifts unwrapped makes this process easier. 

Earth Keepers

Our parish is actively participating in honoring and protecting  God’s gifts to us  by reducing our waste through recycling efforts.

However, recycling is only effective when the material collected is usable in the marketplace. Contaminated recyclables cannot be used and cost more to process. To help combat these added costs of contaminated recycling bins Waste Management instituted a contamination fee which began  October 1. If our recycling container is contaminated with non-recyclables we will be billed a $175 contamination fee per container each time the load is found to be unclean.

DO RECYCLE

– Clean paper, cardboard
– Aluminum cans, aerosol cans
– Hangers
– Waxed paper containers (milk, juice)
– Yogurt or butter containers
– Plastic bottles with screw top lids

DON'T RECYCLE

– Pizza boxes
– Plastic bags (recycle at grocery store)
– Plastic clam shells (cookie, fruit trays)
– Styrofoam and polystyrene (cups, etc)
– Fast food drink cups
– Aluminum foil and baking tins

More Recycling Info
Disregard the number on the bottom of plastics;ONLY yogurt and butter/margarine containers and plastic containers with twist-off tops (empty & twist back on) are accepted.   Please help our efforts and take a moment to educate yourself (and then others!) with the attached guideline that includes pictures of recyclable and not recyclable items.  We also encourage you to visit www.mwatoday.com for more information about recycling. Finally, if you are interested in having a representative from MWA (Metro Waste Authority) visit with St. Boniface about what is/isn't recyclable, please let us know.  The recycling business is much more than meets the eye. If there is enough interest, we will set up a meeting time and request that a speaker come talk to our group (similar to what MWA did for the Monday night Faith Formation sessions last year for Earth Day).

Fall Dinner

The annual Fall Dinner is held in church hall in late October. To learn more or to volunteer visit the online Events Calendar for October.

"In addition to a great meal, this is an excellent opportunity to bring our parish family together. Friendships are fostered as parishioners work a shift together… enthusiasm builds as the building fills on the day of the dinner… we take pride in coming together to accomplish the challenge set before us… and when the day is done, we hope the sense of accomplishment nourishes the soul of our parish family." -Father Vince 

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Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is a non-profit outreach ministry sponsored by area Waukee churches. As a community of faith, this organization is united in sharing God’s love with those in need by providing assistance and linking them with resources that will enable them to become healthier in mind, body and spirit.

Email for more info
Mark Masters
St. Boniface Committee Chairperson
klm0619@aol.com

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How It Works

The pantry’s mission is to provide non-perishable food and personal items to meet short term needs to those living in the Waukee School District or those with approval from any supporting church. Patrons will be asked to fill out a short form and go through a quick interview process which includes verification of residence (photo ID and copy of utility bill).

Food and personal items will be given based on availability and family size. Services are confidential and private. Non-perishable food and personal items are donated through local churches, individuals and businesses. The items are then redistributed to individuals and families in need.

Funeral Luncheons

The St. Boniface Funeral Luncheon Committee prepares and provides meals after funerals, allowing the family to focus on their families and friends while committee members prepare and serve the meal. Luncheons are served in the church hall. Parishioners are invited to contribute side dishes, cold salads, and desserts for the luncheon. The committee, consisting of men and women, remains one of the most caring and helpful services we provide families during their time of grief.

If you would like to help with this ministry by working in the kitchen with food preparation and serving, or would like your name added to our calling list to make a dish for the luncheon, please contact Barb Arkwright or the parish office.

Hospitality Weekend

The first weekend of each month is designated as Hospitality Weekend. After the 5:30 Saturday Mass, cookies and coffee are served; and after the 9:00 and 10:30 Sunday Masses donuts, juice and coffee are served. All are encouraged to stay around after Mass and meet new people and enjoy visiting with friends in the gathering space.

Knights of Columbus

Council 9574 Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witness to the Good News of the Gospel. Membership is open to all Catholic Men 18 years or older. Council 9574 meetings are the third Thursday of every month at 7 PM. The first six months of the year, the council meets in the May and Joseph room at St. Boniface and the second six months in the parish hall at St John’s in Adel. Learn more about the Knights of Columbus

Council Info

Adel-Waukee
Grand Knight: Dan Jones
Deputy Grand Knight: Jim Bates

Activities and Projects

– Organize annual Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities (tootsie rolls)
– Support Seminarians and Religious Vocations.
– Fundraisers include Breakfasts, Lenten Fish Fries, Dinners for Religious Ed Classes, and Concession help for RAGBRAI.
– Honor deceased Brother Knights with an annual memorial Mass.
– Recognize a Knight(s) of the Month and Family of the Month.
– Sponsored activities include spelling bee, Knights golf outing to shrink the parish debt, and many more.
– Financial and/or labor support for organizations and groups like our parish, Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Iowa, and many more.
– Purchase new Rosaries for candidates.
– Scholarships for high school graduates
– Support for the Innervisions health care facility, local food pantries and coats for kids
– Always keeping our faith first, we participate in a rosary before every meeting

Scholarships Awarded

At the Senior's Mass on May 5th 2015, the Knights of Columbus awarded four scholarships (left to right): Peter Dressel - $500, Bailie Uppena - $500, Emily Bieker - $500, and Noah Gratias - $750.

2015-KoC-Schalarships

Labyrinth Memorial Garden

What is a labyrinth?

A labyrinth is an ancient tool used for prayer and quiet meditation. Like those found in many cathedrals and monasteries, our is patterned after the Chartes Labyrinth in France. It serves as a metaphor for our spiritual journey - our walk with God - with the many twists and turns of life. In contrast to a maze, a labyrinth has no dead ends; there is only one path in and out, so there are no decisions to make. You may bring a prayer intention to the walk, much like the act of lighting a votive candle.

Three Stages of the Christian Walk

1. Purgation (Releasing) - a releasing, a letting go of the details of one's life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions in order to prayerfully open the heart and quiet the mind.

2. Illumination (Receiving) - coming to a point of clarity or clear seeing. On the labyrinth it is the center. Our labyrinth has a bench in the center where one can sit to reflect and pray.

3. Union (Returning) - This is the walk back our of the center, returning to the work of the world in communion with God. We join God in bringing His Kingdom on earth. We become His hands and feet to do His will.

Using the Labyrinth

Before walking the labyrinth, pause to consider your purpose and intent. You may wish to bring to mind a specific prayer intention before you walk. Or you may want to walk just to spend time with God.

Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may "pass" people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.

The labyrinth is a place of presence; a place where we allow ourselves to be present to God. What does God call me to do, to think, to see, to hear, to be? How is God speaking in my life?

Landscape Committee

Do you like working outdoors and don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty? The landscape committee moves mulch, plants flowers, and tends the beautiful gardens around. St. Boniface. A helping hand is always appreciated. For more information contact Ann Morrison at morrison_five@msn.com or call her at 402-660-1539.

Men of Boniface

The Men of Boniface is an early morning men’s ministry for men in the parish who would love to be part of a church group, but family and other commitments keep you from being able to do things in the evenings or on the weekends when those groups typically meet. This group is called Men of Boniface. We invite you to join our group to cultivate friendships among your fellow parishioners, have fun, and learn from one another on how to be a better husband, father, son, employee, Christian man, and Catholic parishioner. Men of Boniface will gather each Thursday morning in the Mary and Joseph room at 6:30 a.m. for some social time before we begin our discussion at 7 a.m. We’ll have you out the door no later than 8 a.m. Contact Ed Minnick at Ed.minnick@servicelegends.net if you have any questions.

Monday Night Prayer Group

We Are an Intercessory Prayer Group. We pray the rosary for the intentions of those who have asked for prayers for healing or help. Join us at 7:00 PM in the Chapel.

Multi-Media Communications Committee

To tackle the numerous opportunities for broadening the reach of our ministries through communications this active committee includes several subcommittees: media presentation, photography, social media, surveys, videography, website enhancement, editorial creation, branding, and marketing. Subcommittees are often formed around the talents and interests of committee members. The group meets once a month and the average time commitment is one to two hours a month.

 

About

Since its humble beginnings the fall of 2014, the committee, under the leadership of Kayla Engebrecht, has made great strides. “We were fortunate to start the committee with nearly 20 talented individuals,” reported Kayla. “By dividing the overall committee in to several subcommittees, we were able to match people’s skill sets and what they liked to with the needs of the parish. We have videoed numerous events and created a YouTube channel. We went live with a Facebook page, populated numerous photo galleries in the St. Boniface website, and wrote several articles on parishioners for both the bulletin and website. And probably most noticeable of all is the gathering space monitor message center. We now use the monitor to share numerous church events and information.”

The accomplishments of this innovative group have not gone unnoticed in the Catholic Community. In June of 2015, the Communications Technology Committee along with St. Joseph Educational Center co-hosted a Digital Discipleship workshop at St. Boniface featuring Scot Landry author of the book Transforming Parish Communications. The workshop drew in nearly 150 participants from more than 20 parishes in central Iowa.

Play Group

The St. Boniface Play Group will be meeting biweekly on Wednesdays for the summer months. The first gathering with the new summer schedule will be Wednesday, June 3rd from 10 - 11:30. The weekly meeting schedule will resume on September 9th. Connect with other caregivers with young children. Weather permitting the group will meet at Centennial Park. In the case of inclement weather, the group will meet in the Hall. Children in the group range from four months old to five years old and play with toys provided by the church. The group is a great way to connect with other caregivers and parents within the parish. It is also an opportunity for children to play and meet with other children in a safe, casual, and fun environment. In addition the parents provide support for one another regarding parenting challenges and successes. Come join in the fun there is lots of room for more parents and children.

Respect Life Ministry

Our mission is to encourage and provide opportunities for our parish family to answer God's call to give voice and caring support to the most vulnerable in our society - the unborn, the impoverished, and the sick and dying.  United in prayer, word, and action, may we witness to all our belief in all human life as a gift from God.

Grace Within

Email for more information.