Parish News and Events
TWO NEW PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NEEDED
In the coming weeks, Pastoral Council (or Parish Council) will discern for two new members for terms beginning July 1.
The Pastoral Council serves as an advisory body to the pastor assisting him in planning for the spiritual, educational, financial and social affairs of the parish. The council positions are open to any active parishioner in good standing age 18 and over. Could this be your call to serve St. Boniface? Please prayerfully consider your participation.
Enclosed in the April 19th bulletin you will find the Nomination Form to nominate yourself or someone else. The weekend of April 26th, we will hold Nomination Weekend when current Council members will speak at the Masses offering their insight into what it means to serve on Pastoral Council. We hope that you will listen closely and, through your own prayerful reflection, decide if you or someone you know is being called to this important parish ministry. You may return the Nomination Form in the boxes located in the back of church at Masses either weekend. Or you could mail/drop off the form at the Rectory on or before Monday, May 4. Nominees will then be contacted to attend a Discernment Meeting in late May.
FOOD PANTRY FOOD DRIVE
Volunteers needed from 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm on Saturday, May 9, at the Germantown Post Office on Pilgrim Road. Help date, sort, box and load items onto a truck donated by the John Kohl Family.
Help also needed after the 4:30 pm Mass that day to unload the truck into the garage and food pantry. Please call Deacon Jim at 262-677-2179 if you or a group can help. Food Pantry alsonNeeds paper bags Please bring paper bags to the Food Pantry at any time. More will be needed as we continue to provide food for families. Thanks from the Food Pantry Committee.
ADULT MISSION TRIP
We will be traveling to David, Kentucky, the week of May 17 - 23. You must be at least 18 years old. We do minor home repair for clients of St. Vincent Mission. There is a small cost per person. Anyone interested in participating, please call Pat and Mike Hilgers at 262-677-3540.
On Sunday, May 17, at the 10:00 am Mass, St. Boniface will celebrate the communal Anointing of the Sick.
If you are -- or know of anyone who is –
• preparing for surgery or a serious procedure,
• enduring a long term or terminal illness,
• or experiencing health issues related to old age,
please join us for the Anointing of the Sick.
Know that the Anointing of the Sick can be received more than once. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he/she may receive the Anointing of the Sick. He/She can receive the Sacrament again if the illness worsens.
If you or someone you know would like to celebrate the Anointing of the Sick, but are unable to attend, please call the parish office at (262) 628-2040.
St. Boniface Church needs help.
We are looking for a volunteer or two who could work for 2 to 3 hours on a Wednesday or a Friday cleaning the church. It would include vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and bathrooms.
For more information, contact Joe Konrad at 262-628-2040 or email@example.com.
St. Vincent de Paul Fiscal Year Report
Thank you to all who donated to our Washington County Thrift Stores this past year. St Boniface is one of five other parishes in Washington County who volunteer or donate to help the needy. Vincentian members received 951 requests for help. With your support, Vincentians provided financial assistance for rent, utility bills, food, clothing, furniture, household items, transportation and medical expenses.
Vincentians personally visited over 1,100 homes and apartments this year, helping 2,953 adults and children, resulting in $176,800 in financial assistance. Specifically, thank you St Boniface parishioners for putting your cash donations in the St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box located in the Parish Center hallway outside the Food Pantry. Shopping or donating to the Slinger, Hartford and West Bend Stores has been a tremendous help. Your dollars are hard at work. To help or become a member, contact St. Boniface Society Secretary, Kathy Smith, at 414-687-0546.
Volunteer Needed to Help the Homeless
For the last several years, St. Boniface has provided food and shelter for one week in the summer for those less fortunate in Washington County.
Do you have a desire to help those less fortunate in your own community? Family Promise of Washington County provides shelter and food for families with no place to call home. They rely on area churches to open their doors from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am one week out of the year. St. Boniface will be participating the week of Sunday, June 14, to Saturday, June 20. If you can help, please call Ann Lambert at 262-255-6016 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Chrisien at 262-677-2179 for more information.
The picture in this frame is a miniature of a life-size sculpture, and was blessed by Pope Francis. The bronze sculpture, called "Homeless Jesus," depicts a faceless man sleeping on a park bench, but his uncovered, scarred feet reveal nail wounds as described in Jesus' crucifixion. The life-size version of the sculpture was designed by artist Timothy Schmalz, who also took this photograph.
"The Incarnation says he entered into our humanity, he entered into the very messiest places of our lives, to redeem them," said Dr. David Swanson, senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando. "There's no doubt in my mind that He would identify with and be with the people who are homeless."
Do you like to sit in the sun? Well, how about sitting before the Son?
Include adoration in your Lenten devotions this year.
In Matthew 24:40 we read the words of Jesus "Could you not watch one hour with me?" Would you like to respond to His request by spending an hour during our parish time of adoration? We have 24 hours of adoration, beginning after the 8:00 a.m. Mass each Tuesday, and ending just before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Wednesday. We have an immediate need for the 12:30 to 1:30 pm Tuesday time slot, and 2:30 am to 3:30 am Wednesday time slot. You will be amazed at the peaceful oasis this one hour of dedicated prayer and contemplation will do for your peace of soul! Come and soak up the rays of grace! Contact Dave and Mary at email@example.com or 262-617-3389 to schedule an hour. Or drop by any time!
The Kingdom of God
Jesus said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God? . . . It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” Mk 4:26-32
The kingdom of God is a vast enterprise. It stretches across all of history and includes all the
creation. It includes more than simply this tiny Earth. It includes more than simply this tiny country called the United States.
It could be that we are only at the very beginning of Christianity. In centuries to come, people might write of this as the primitive Church. Yet, the seeds that we sow are like the mustard seed . . . tiny when planted in the earth, then springing up to stretch out with great branches.
Our task is simply to plant good seed and know that it is the Lord who gives growth. We do not know where or when it happens. We simply plant good seed. Never mind that the effects are not seen or appreciated. We walk by faith and not by sight. Is it hard or easy to plant good seeds and not see the results? Either way let us pray and let God give nourishment to the seeds that we have and will plant.
John Gibbs, President of Trans World Travel, Inc. in Highland Park, IL, presented the pilgrimage plans on Sunday, April 26.
Trans World Travel has more than 60 years experience creating Christian travel tours to the Holy Land. Come join us.
Have you ever dreamed of walking in the footsteps of Jesus, sailing on the sea of Galilee, kneeling at the site of Jesus birth, praying in the tomb from whence He rose? St. Boniface and St. Gabriel Parishes will be sponsoring a soul-filling, life changing, prayerful pilgrimage to the Holy Land for approximately 30-35 parishioners from November 2-12, 2015. The cost of $3695 includes airfare, excellent hotels, all breakfasts and dinners, and 4 lunches. Despite news out of Israel, there are currently 70,000 pilgrims visiting the Holy Land and all pilgrimage sites are open. Fr. Loyola, Pastor at St. Boniface, will be offering Mass each day and Lynn Ann Reesman, Director of Adult Ministry at St. Gabriel Parish, will be handling pre-pilgrimage organization and formation. Contact Lynn Ann for information at 262-628-1141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 MASS INTENTIONS
St. Boniface has openings for Mass intentions this year. Masses may be scheduled by calling 262-628-2040 or visiting the parish office. Whether you ask us to remember a deceased loved one, a
person who is living or any special need, be assured that your intention will be remembered. Stipends are $10 per Mass and may be paid at the time of request or placed in an envelope for Mass collections. Every parish pastor is required by canon law to offer at least one Mass each Sunday for the needs and intentions of his parishioners.
January does not seem to be the time of year that we want to be thinking of our Fall Festival, but this is the time of year that we
need to prepare. From planning for bands and entertainment to making sure paper towels are stocked in the water dispensers, it
all needs to be mindfully planned for.
After a hectic 4 months of putting last year’s festival together, Iwalked away with a lot of questions along with some blisters and
an aching body. I believe we need to make a few adjustments sowe are not in the same boat as last year (almost losing the
festival). My biggest concern is: How can we continue to have thisfestival without burning out our volunteer base?
This festival is for YOU. What would you like to see? Are we doing the right things? Or are we doing things that are wasting
our energy and efforts? If you could take a few minutes toanswer these questions, it will help point us in the right
What is most important to you at the festival?
3. Children's Entertainment
6. Other _____________
If you haven't attended our festival in the past what is the main reason(s) for not attending?
2. Entertainment Choices
3. Food Options
5. Other _____________
What would you like to see on Sunday afternoon for the festival?
A. Music (band)
B. Family Entertainment (Magician, Dancers, Accompany of Kids,
C. Combination of A and B
D. Sunday is a long day and we shouldn’t start until later
E. Other _____________
You can either print and fill in the answers on this page and drop it off in the basket in the back or the church/hall or email me.
Thank you for helping us out and making St Boniface Festival as great as it can be. We’re all in this together.
Michael Kesler, Festival Chairman email@example.com
2014 GHANA PROJECT THANKS
The Human Concerns Committee would like to thank all parishioners for their continued support of our sister parish in Bolgatanga, Ghana. This year, we collected over $20,000 for Sacred Heart Parish and sent it to Monsignor Roger in time for Christmas. He says, “Words can NEVER express my joy and gratitude. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Our Lady and St. Boniface bless you all”.
He reports that he is in good health and working hard on the Cathedral and other projects. In his Christmas letter, he outlined his plans to provide several wells for villages and also additional classrooms for the children. He reported that the ebola virus has not occurred in Ghana which hopefully will allow for visitors in 2015.
Priest, Prophet, King Bible Study
On February 12th, we begin the bible study Priest, Prophet, King.
Join us as we delve into a scriptural view of Jesus as not only our Savior, but also as the consummate Priest, Prophet, and King. These divinely-ordained roles, foreshadowed in the Old Testament, become our calling once we are baptized into Christ. Father Robert Barron presents the study in DVD format. Join Fr. Barron as he connects the Old Testament priests, prophets, and kings to their fulfillment in Christ, to you as a baptized disciple, and to us as we discuss the information presented. All are welcome!
We will meet for six Thursday night sessions beginning Thursday, February 12th, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, and ending Thursday, April 30th, 2015. Please contact Amy Starke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-617-6171 or Jean Kascht at email@example.com to sign up. The last date to register and order books is January 26.
That Man Is You
Gentlemen, become a better man, a better spouse, a better father. Plan to participate in the That Man Is You program starting Wednesday, January 14, in Hanel Hall at St. GabrielParish from 5:45 - 7:10 am.
This 13-week program begins with breakfast, prayer, video presentation and sharing our thoughts of that day’s topic. Come and give this event a try. We realize not everyone can make it every week. We are always looking for newcomers to add to the discussions. Contact Mike Kendall at 262-844-1211 or Dan Lloyd at 414-507-9751 for additional information.
Be the best father, husband and man you can be.
Psalms: The School of Prayer
Please join us for Women’s Bible Study beginning Wednesday, January 7, from 9:00 - 11:00 am as we study the psalms. This is an eleven week course. Discover a rich prayer school. Experience the transforming power of the responsorial psalms in the Mass. Learn how to visualize the psalms in order to empower their meditation. Study the many ways the psalms foretell the life and mission of Jesus. To register for materials, please call 628-8143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archdiocese Asks Catholics to Show Their I.D.
MILWAUKEE – Hot on the heels of its first archdiocesan Synod in 27 years and its world-renowned web series, “C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith,” comes an all-new initiative from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee; “Catholic I.D.”
A video blog, “Catholic I.D.” is a direct response from Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki’s synodal challenge for Catholics to “ignite, renew and energize” their faith. Available on the archdiocesan homepage and YouTube, this original, weekly web series premieres on June 20, 2014, the last day of spring.
While the blog invites Catholics to take a collective, closer look at Christ in their daily lives, it also encourages them to live the Gospel; to live like Christ and his disciples. Even the name of the series serves as an invitation, with its simple double entendre.
Many recognize the letters “I-D” as an abbreviation for the word “identification.” However, in this instance, the combination also stands for the words “Intentional Discipleship.”
This phrase, made famous by writers like Matthew Kelly and Sherry Waddell, calls for people to do more than carry the religious title, but to truly “be” Catholic by their actions, every day.
“I’m looking forward to it,” says Rich Harter, the director of the office of evangelization and series host. “We want to reach both engaged and disengaged Catholics in southeastern Wisconsin and help them to answer the call to be Intentional Disciples – someone purposefully sharing the Gospel in their part of the world.”
Recorded at various spots across the Milwaukee area, these slice-of-life, one-minute vignettes include both a scripture passage and reflection. As with the most recent “C4” series, “Catholic I.D.” is a joint venture between the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s evangelization and communication offices.
“It’s pretty cool,” says Nisa Dalmas, assistant director of communication and blog producer. “We’re taking the Good News out to the streets and using our gifts to share it with everyone. It really gives me the feeling that we’re following in the footsteps of Christ in a fun, exciting way.”
In addition to social media promotions and reminders, interested viewers can subscribe to the archdiocesan RSS Feed for up-to-the-minute notifications. The entire “Catholic I.D.” series will feature 52 weekly blog uploads and is scheduled to run through June 2015.
Do You Shop at Target and Use Your REDcard?
Did you know that if you designate St. Boniface as the beneficiary of the “Take Charge of Education” program, our school received 1% of all your Target purchase?
We receive checks for over $1,000 two times a year thanks to school families, parish members, and friends like you.
Thank you for your continued support!
St. Boniface is looking for an administrator and content provider for our Facebook page.
Please call the Rectory if you are interested, 262-628-2040.
Something New is Starting at St. Boniface Parish!
It’s called Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Children come to church with their families as usual and are taken out with a leader for the Liturgy of the Word. The first reading and the Gospel are adapted for kids (no second reading). They also sing a psalm response and a Gospel Acclamation composed just for them. There is a discussion homily in which the children participate. A simple creed and Prayers of the Faithful are also included. They get a sheet to take home, and are back in church by the time of the collection. It is not a Sunday school lesson, but liturgy for children. It is geared for kids in K5 -5th grade. Younger children are welcome with a parent. It’s a win-win situation for all. The kids get a better understanding of the Scripture readings at their level, and parents can focus on the readings and homily in church. We will begin by having this service on the 4th Sunday of the month at the 10:00 A.M. Mass starting in Sept.
Assistants high school age and up are still needed. Contact Joan Plumley at email@example.com
GOOD COOKS HAVE A CHARISM TO SHARE!
The opportunity to prepare a meal for Fr. Loyola is open to all cooks on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings.
If interested, please call Lisa Ziolkowski at her home at 262-512-0272 or via cell phone at 414-559-0272 or email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
St. Boniface and St. Gabriel are working together to offer Adult Formation as part of Lifelong Faith Formation. There will be a variety of types of gatherings at different times of the day focusing on a wide range of topics. Watch for more information here, in the bulletin and on the Parish website. You can also contact Liz Kuhn, Pastoral Associate and Youth Minister, at email@example.com
Men's Bible Study, reflections on the reading of the week.
Gospel of John study begins Tuesday, April 21. Meets the first and third Tuesdays at 7:15 pm in Ghana Hall.
Contact Ray for more details, firstname.lastname@example.org; to be held at St. Boniface
That Man Is You: St. Gabriel, along with St. Boniface, continues “That Man Is You” 13 week program for men of all ages. The program begins at 5:45 am with a simple breakfast, goes into a DVD presentation and small group discussions, and ends at 7:15am. To register, call or email name, phone number, address and parish to Lynn Ann at email@example.com.
Sunday Scripture Study, starting Sept. 7 to Nov. 30, 9:10-10:15, The Psalms; to be held at St. Gabriel.
Fr. Mike's Study, Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm Gospel of John, to be held at St. Gabriel.
Thoughtful Thursdays: How to Talk about God in Today's Culture: You will explore contemporary issues of talking about God. How have people talked about God in the past? How do we talk about God now? Become more knowing, ready. Just come - no signup. Thursday 9:00 am-10:30 am in the Council Room at St. Gabriel
St. Gabriel Book Club, 3rd Monday of the Month, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Alpha in a Catholic Context: Mondays at St. Gabriel For adults of all ages, including high school seniors. Reconsider your purpose in life and relationship with Christ. . Call or email name, phone number, address and parish to Lynn Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. (Google Alpha for Catholics-Alpha USA for more information and testimonials.)
SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE
The Saturday Mass is at 4:30 pm Mass and is in the church proper.
The Sunday Masses are at 8:00 am and 10:00 am and are in Boniface Hall.
TV MASS FOR THE HOMEBOUND
Is someone you love unable to get to church? TV Mass every Sunday gives spiritual comfort to the homebound. Tune in at 9:00 am on WCGV channel 24 and 5:30 am on WITI channel 6. For cable/satellite listings, or to view the Mass online, visit here (TV or online liturgy does not meet the Sunday Mass obligation if you can get to church.)
Communion to the Sick and Homebound
Are you or someone you know in need of receiving Communion at home, in a nursing home, or in a hospital?
St. Boniface has ministers who are ready to be of service! Please contact Liz Kuhn, Pastoral Associate, at the Parish Office. In addition, if you are interested in being such a minister, please contact Liz as well. Training is provided. Help us spread the message of Jesus: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever” (John 6:51).
Are You Called to Service at Mass?
Have you considered serving as a Usher, Lector (Reader), or Eucharistic Minister?
St. Boniface welcomes Ushers and Lectors from Grade 5 through Adult. We welcome Eucharistic Ministers from post-Confirmation through Adult. To find out more, contact Liz Kuhn, Pastoral Associate, at the Parish Office. Training is provided. And we can accommodate your schedule! Please help all the faithful to take a "full, conscious, and active part in liturgical celebrations" (Vatican II, CSL, 14) !
Have you ever thought about taking this step?
- have never been baptized, but now you feel drawn to explore it,
- have been baptized in another Christian tradition, but now you want to continue your faith journey in the Catholic Church,
- have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but never received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation,
- have children in third grade or above whom you would like to celebrate Baptism.
If any of these describe you, we would very much like to hear from you. We want to listen to your story of faith, answer your questions, and share with you about the Catholic faith. To know more, please contact Liz Kuhn at the Parish Office at (262) 628-2040 or email@example.com.
ST. BONIFACE SCRIP PROGRAM
Scrip is fundraising while you shop!
Scrip is simply a term that means “substitute money.” Scrip fundraising is a no-selling program that allows families to raise money for their non-profit organization (NPO) by using gift cards, or script, to pay for everyday purchases. Families order gift cards from St. Boniface and pay face value, and St. Boniface orders the gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center for less than face value. The difference, or rebate, comes back to St. Boniface and that’s where the fundraising comes from. It’s really that simple! You can also apply 70% of the rebate towards Day school tuition and Faith Formation tuition!
When families use scrip cards instead of cash, checks or credit cards at their favorite retailers, they are fundraising while they shop. Great Lakes Scrip Center offers a huge variety of retailers, including grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations and so much more, so it’s easy to make scrip a part of any shopping routine. Just by regularly using scrip for weekly purchases, a single family can easily generate $500 or more annually toward their fundraising goal! It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work! Visit HERE to see what we offer. Get ready to see how easy fundraising with scrip can be!
For more information or to get started, please contact Sarah Zomboracz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-2156.
WE NEED PHOTOS!
The Parish has so many ways and opportunities to incorporate photos to help tell the story of the St. Boniface community. We need someone who is interested in gathering, cataloging, and maintaining a photo gallery from which photos can be drawn from for use in reports, brochures, the website, bulletin, etc… This individual will serve as a liaison for anyone wanting to submit their photos. If you are interested, contact the Communications Committee via the Parish Rectory.
Clothes needed for “Our Kids’ Closet”
When you are going through your children's closet and getting rid of the clothes that don't fit anymore, please remember "Our Kids' Closet" needs help. Please donate your like-new children's clothing, sizes newborn through 14/16. Your gift will help support local low income families within our community. You can drop your donations off here at St. Boniface in the Our Kids' Closet bin located in the upper parking lot next to the garage.
You can help in other ways too: We are an all-volunteer organization, with all of our clothing supplied by donations. We're always seeking volunteers to help in the facility to sort and hang clothes and help during open shopping hours. We take clothing donations from individuals, families, and service organizations. Bottom line, we need your help! Please consider donating your time or treasures to help struggling people in our community. For more information, email Ourkidscloset.email@example.com or visit www.ourkidscloset.blogspot.com
Thank you to all of those families that have already signed up for Electronic Giving!
Electronic giving is a great option for busy people, snowbirds, and summer travelers. You will save the cost of purchasing hardcopy checks, and it will help St. Boniface lessen the cost of printing and mailing envelopes. Also, there will be no envelopes to stop or forward to your winter / summer homes. Please consider these benefits and sign up for electronic giving. Click here to print out a registration form. Forms can also be found on the table outside of Boniface Hall. Please contact the parish office with any questions (262) 628-2040.
Thank you for your support with helping St. Boniface become more efficient and cost-effective!
The Finance Committee
"I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE ME TO DRINK."
In the Gospel, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples with the miracle of changing the drinking water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. Every day, God also gives us signs of his love and so we also can respond in faith and trust. As you place your gift in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box (located on the wall in the Parish Center), know that you are a sign of God’s love to those who are suffering and you inspire them to believe and to trust.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR
NEW DEPTHS OF ENLIGHTENMENT
FROM THE SCRIPTURES?
Father Loyola offers insightful and stirring homilies for us each Sunday, bringing the Scriptures alive with meaning and spiritual nourishment.
You can find recordings of his homilies here!
You can also find links to Scriptural meditations by various authors for daily and Sunday readings here. These encompass text, audio and video presentations of various lengths and depth.
The Word of the Lord! Blessed be the Lord!
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: TAKE ACTION HERE
WISCONSIN CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF BISHOPS ON FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
* Openness to New Life
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator, through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Litany for Liberty
Last Updated Date: 05/01/2015