Peace and blessings to parishioners
and friends of St. Boniface Parish.
These are exciting times for our parish as we prepare to celebrate our 150th Anniversary in 2019.
As I have the privilege of praying with you, week after week, I have a view that is amazing, humbling and inspiring. In addition to seeing all of you, I have a unique visual perspective.
To my left I see the beautiful rose window of the 1869 church which represents so much of our past -- rooted in faith and the vision of our founding parishioners.
To my right is the rose window in our parish church which reminds me of the vision that many of you shared -- honoring our historic church while planning for the considerable growth.
Both windows glow with symbolic reminders of significant sacrifices.
Yet, there is another rose window which is in my direct view each time I celebrate Mass in this church. This window is not adorned with colorful glass and images of the Divine. Rather, it is transparent and represents a clear vision for forming our future.
Over the past 18 months, the STB2019 Planning Commission has evaluated the needs of the entire parish campus. Their hard work has culminated in a project that will help us preserve our past, form our future and allow all of us to leave our legacy.
I believe the vision for St. Boniface Parish is clear, strong, and filled with hope!
It is my prayer that each of you will support the success of our campaign by making a sacrificial gift and carry out the works of the good Lord, who loves you in simplicity of heart!
My husband and I both grew up in predominantly Catholic Communities and when we moved here in the mid 1980s, we found our new “home” at St. Boniface. We have raised our daughter among this awesome community and were excited to watch her graduate from Fr. McGivney this year – with a great deal of encouragement from this parish along the way. It has made all the difference!
St. Boniface Parish and School gave us a feeling of family. It is rich in tradition and the people of St. Boniface make everyone know and feel they are welcome. Our three kids graduated from St. Boniface School and the education they received helped them prepare for high school and college. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the students and parents and that’s what makes it an outstanding place to receive an excellent education.
Marc & Kay Kamp
My husband and I have been attending St. Boniface since the early ‘90s. It is like home for us and our two children, who were baptized and schooled there. We’d like to see the school expand to be on par with the needs for current and future families.
The Hispanic community is very thankful and appreciative of the support received from St. Boniface. Because of that support, we have been very active organizing programs that represent the traditions of the many varied Latin-American cultures. With Father Paul, who speaks Spanish, we have seen a welcome growth in the number of families joining the parish.
St. Boniface Parish has played such a large part in our family – weddings, music, school, 20 years in PSR education, community service, baptisms, and funerals, too. It’s been there for us – sturdy and strong. It’s important to our family to do our part to keep it that way. Like a retirement plan, it’s an investment in the future.
Paul & Barb Pizzini
It was my privilege to attend St. Boniface grade school and receive an outstanding education. The religion classes during those eight years are the bases of my faith in Jesus Christ. The capital campaign will ensure that my grandkids have the same opportunity.
St. Boniface is Faith, Family, and Friends.
Chris & Kathleen Amick
Realize that if your great grandfather, a farmer, helped haul bricks with his mules and wagon to build a new church, your desire to support that church is high priority.
In the 1990s, the masses were overflowing and the town expanding. So began the study to enlarge the church and look forward to the future. Also important was to carry on the traditions already in place.
There were some tears when the bulldozer took its first bite out of the altar area of the old church. But with many prayers and the dedication of parishioners and the committee, we have a truly beautiful, peaceful worship area, with much of the original preserved in the chapel.
During our years at PSR, our kids have had some wonderful experiences learning more about their faith. Madelyn especially enjoyed Christmas caroling during 1st grade and thought it was amazing to see all the smiles it brought to everyone’s faces. Chase liked preparing for First Holy Communion and particularly making the banner. We appreciate the opportunity that PSR gives our children to enhance their faith.
Jenny & Adam Milburn
Without the Sacraments, I am nothing. I am thankful that St. Boniface has been here to provide the Sacraments to generations before us and will be here to provide them for generations to come.