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Ministries

St. Boniface Parish Ministries

PARISH LEADERSHIP

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CONTACT

Parish Council

The PC is actively involved in most activities and programs effecting the liturgical and spiritual life of St. Boniface Parish.  Membership on the parish council rotates each fall.  New members are nominated or self-nominated.

Sheila Cochran 426-0624

Finance Council

Advises the pastor on financial matters and oversees the parish's money management.  Members are appointed by the pastor.

Bill Gettings 742-5063

 

Fruitful Harvest Team

Parish volunteers carry out the parish campaign for the biannual diocesan pledge campaign known as Fruitful Harvest.

Holly Schrank
743-0952
schrankh@purdue.edu
 

 

St. Anthony’s Bread

St. Anthony’s Bread is a pre-paid store card program (aka “scrip” or “gift” cards) that raises money for Catholic school tuition and parish use at no added cost to parishioners.  Any parishioner can register to have 2% of their purchases credited toward the school tuition of a family member or friend’s child enrolled in LCSS.  The tuition credit earning year runs from March 1 to the end of February the following year when tuition credits earned are reported to the schools business office.  Volunteers order and sell the pre-paid cards and maintain the records for the scrip program.  Because of its financial nature, all volunteer work takes place on the church campus.  Volunteers work at the SAB tables after Mass, in the office during the week, and pick up scrip orders from local merchants during the week. 

Holly Schrank

742-0952

schrankh@purdue.edu

Contribution Posters

Volunteers who enter parish contributions into the database.

Parish Office 742-5063

Offertory Counters

A group that counts and deposits the funds collected at Mass each week

Parish Office 742-5063

Stewardship Committee

Helps pastor to develop strategies for parish participation in time, talent and treasure. 

Parish Office 742-5063

 

FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUAL LIFE

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CONTACT

Catechists

Volunteers receive training to participate as teachers and assistant teachers in parish religious education programs.

Jenny Haro, 742-1351 or
haroreled@comcast.net

Religious Education (CCD)

CCD is religious education for students who are not enrolled in Catholic Schools, but is open to Catholic School children. CCD classes meet for 30 weeks beginning in September.  Sessions are on Sunday from 11 AM to noon, or Monday 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Registration for each year of participation is required and begins on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Jenny Haro, 742-1351 or
haroreled@comcast.net

Confirmation

Weekly formation sessions are held on Sundays and Mondays to prepare for confirmation.  Volunteers can be involved as classroom assistants.

Jessica Hickey 742-1351 or stbonifaceconfirmation@yahoo.com

 

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which the Catholic Church forms and welcomes new members. The process can take from one to three years depending on the Individual. Volunteers may provide hospitality and/or serve as sponsors or companions for people on the RCIA faith journey.

Lois Harth

742-1351

Email:

  stbrcia@comcast.net

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a 4-5 day summer faith formation program featuring music, crafts, snack and prayer, with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for children ages 5-10 years of age.  Many volunteers are needed to assist with the student groups, crafts, music, snacks and supervision

Jenny Haro, 742-1351 or
haroreled@comcast.net

Baptism Classes

Classes in English or Spanish for parents and godparents prior to baptisms.  By appointment.

Jenny Haro (Spanish) 742-4790 or Jessica Hickey (English) 742-1351

Marriage Prep

Marriage preparation classes are held twice a year on Saturday mornings in the fall and spring. These sessions prepare engaged couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony.  Married couples who would like to help with this preparation process are encouraged to contact the coordinators..

Joe & Linda Hasser; 765-427-3410 or Steve & Tanya Ramey. 838-0123

Marriage Prep-Spanish

Marriage preparation classes are held twice a year on Saturday mornings in the fall and spring. These sessions prepare engaged couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony.  Married couples who would like to help with this preparation process in Spanish are encouraged to contact the coordinators. 

Elsa & Gerardo Zamora, 203-8723

Village of the Immaculata

Consecrated to our Blessed Mother, this group meets once a month for faith formation and adoration  Meetings are held monthly from September to May.  The pre-Christmas meeting is a service project for the homebound of the parish. Check the bulletin for times and dates.  Open to all parishioners and guests.

Gina Richey, 742-5063

Youth Knights

Youth in grades 7-12, meet on Sundays after Benediction for spiritual enrichment, consecrated to Blessed Mother.

Fr. Mark Walter and
Grant Freeman, freeman@lcss.org
Office:  765-742-5063

Hispanic Youth Group

Hispanic Youth spiritual enrichment, meets Friday evenings in the School. This group gets youth involved in the church community.  Volunteers over age 18 are welcome to contact the coordinators.

Hector and Leslie Avila, 404-7871

 

 

Hispanic Bible School

Study of the Bible conducted in Spanish..

Fr. Gustavo Lopez, 742-5063

Secular Franciscans

The Secular Franciscans meet at 2PM on the second Sundays of the month (except April, May and October).  The Secular Franciscans is a calling or vocation to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis going from gospel to life and life to Gospel.  Contact the coordinator for more information about participation or attend a meeting.  The annual Transitus of St. Francis is sponsored by this group.  (See Parish Events)

Carolyn Pruitt 474-6796 or
Betty Price 447-6182

Christian Family Movement (CFM)

CFM groups meet monthly at member’s homes. Its purpose is to strengthen families, grow in faith, and be a source of encouragement to other families in the parish.  New groups can be formed.  Volunteers are needed to babysit on the 3rd Friday of the month from 6:30 to 9:30 for the Ramey’s CFS group.

Joe and Linda Hasser 765-427-3410

Steve & Tanya Ramey  765-838-0123

CFM-Hispanic

CFM meets monthly at member’s homes. Its purpose is to strengthen families, grow in faith, and be a source of encouragement to other families in the parish. There are openings for marriage couples or couples in the process without any impediment.

Rudy Ortiz 491-5317 & Francisco Casas

Parish Mission

Parish Mission Days occur during the weekend just prior to Lent and include a guest preacher, adoration and confessions.

Parish Office, 742-5063

Parish Talent Show

The parish talent show serves as a opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the talents of parishioners and mark the end of Ordinary Time and beginning of Lent.  Volunteers for the talent show recruitment, advertising, emcee and and stage management are welcome. The talent show follows the annual fish fry (see Parish Events).

 

Grant Freeman,  765-250-5936

 

Living Your Strengths

TBA

Parish Office

 

PRAYER

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CONTACT

Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction at St. Boniface

First Friday adoration begins after the 6:30am Mass and ends Saturday at 8:00am.  Confessions are usually available beginning at 7 PM on First Fridays.  Sign-up sheets for Adoration hours are in the side vestibule of the church a week prior.

Benediction is held on Sundays at 7 PM.

Jenny Haro, 742-1351 or
haroreled@comcast.net

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at
St. Elizabeth’s Chapel

Parishioners participate in Perpetual Adoration by committing to a weekly personal holy hour at the chapel.  To sign up for your hour, go online or contact the coordinators.

www.lafayetteadoration.org

Ken & Michelle Newcomb (Coordinators) 765-471-2653

Children’s Adoration

 

 

Children's Adoration is held as part of First Friday from 6:00 to 7:00pm.  Children’s adoration is a wonderful way for our children to learn about Jesus, the Eucharist, and how to pray.  Parents are urged to bring their children to First Friday Adoration.  Adoration is followed by pizza and fellowship in the school gym.  Families bring something to share, such as a side dish, dessert or beverages.

Ann Leclere, 413-7886 or thelecleres@yahoo.com (Adoration);
 Brian & Sara Thieme,  765-477-0667(fellowship and meal).

Apostolate of Holy Motherhood

This group gathers from 9:30 to 10:30 on Friday mornings (when school is in session) in the St. Philomena Center for rosary, daily reading and fellowship. Open to all mothers, children and others who support holy motherhood.

Stacey Hack, 538-2998

Pro-Life Rosary

The rosary is prayed every Friday morning at 8:10am in the church in support of LIFE!. 

Joe Wippel, 589-7037

St. Lawrence/St. Gabriel Prayer Chain

An online email prayer chain of 50+  volunteers who pray for those who request spiritual intercession for various needs.  Petitions are also sent to Fatima. Privacy is carefully guarded.

To volunteer, email either schrankh@purdue.edu or krclark43@yahoo.com.  To submit a petition, email it to either address above or register it on the parish website prayer requests page.

 

PARISH EVENTS

DESCRIPTION

CONTACT

Men’s Retreats

The men’s retreat takes place in on a Saturday in February of each year. It includes a retreat speaker, luncheon, reconciliation and Mass. Volunteers help with sign-up, set-up or meals. 

Parish office, 742-5063  and Roger Feldhaus 430-9375

Women’s Retreats

The women’s retreat takes place in October of each year, usually the second weekend Saturday. It includes a reknown retreat leader, luncheon, reconciliation and Mass.  Volunteers are needed to assist with signup on two weekends prior to the retreat.

Parish Office and  Elizabeth Bonner  413-9458

Living Way of the Cross

The Living Way of the Cross takes Christ’s Passion to the streets on Good Friday Morning.  It is provided for our faith formation by the Hispanic community of the parish.

Fr. Gustavo Lopez 742-5063

Fish Fry

Men of the parish organize a fish fry for the parish during Lent.  Volunteers are needed for set up, cooking and cleanup.

Dan Schumaker, 765-742-6992

40 Hours

40 hours consists of a weekend of continual Eucharistic Adoration with a homily each evening.  Solemn closing is Sunday evening.

Parish Office

Assumption Pilgrimage

Each year on the weekend prior to the Feast of the Assumption, the parish sponsors a 30 mile overnight pilgrimage that promises difficulty, discomfort and fatigue, but also joy and accomplishment and renewal of the pilgrims’ love for Our Lady, Protector of Families.  Many volunteers are needed to help carry out this event.  Women volunteers should contact Mary Schnerre.  Men volunteers who can take on tasks related to pilgrimage preparation, transportation, emergency vehicles, shuttle service or pilgrim carpool should contac Grant Freeman.

Grant Freeman, 250-5936

Mary Schnerre, 765-404-1728

Transitus of St. Francis

An important part of the heritage of St. Boniface parish has been its continual Franciscan presence. A devotion familiar to all Franciscans is the Transitus. Each year on the third evening of October, we ritually remember the passing of Francis of Assisi from this life into eternal life.  This event is held in the church, check the parish bulletin for the time.

Carolyn Pruitt 474-6796

May Crowning

On the first Sunday in May, the parish celebrates Mary Our Queen at 7 PM on Sunday evening with a procession of flowers for Our Lady, Her Crowning, vespers and a social event in the gym..

Parish Office

Divine Mercy Sunday and Novena

Divine Mercy Sunday is preceded by a Novena to Divine Mercy.  On Divine Mercy Sunday the parish has a special event in the afternoon followed by Vespers in the evening. 

Parish Office

GermanFest

GermanFest is a parish festival featuring family fun, German food, music and dancing, and carnival rides.  Thousands of people from the community attend this event, and nearly everyone in the parish is needed to help carry it out.  GermanFest is the only parish fund raiser.  Contact any o fthe chairpersons to get involved.  This is an easy and great way to support our parish both financially and spiritually.

Sheila Cochran, Annette Wilson and Gail Gettings 404-4717

Christ the King (weekend prior to Advent)

The Christ the King celebration at St. Boniface consists of weekend Masses, Sunday evening Benediction, and an outdoor Eucharistic procession.  The celebration is followed by a gathering  in school gym

Parish Office

Kristie Dowell (church flowers and décor) 474-4601

Jessica Hickey (gathering event) 742-1351

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Novena, Mananitas, Mass and Feast

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated in a big way at St. Boniface with a novena, morning song, a procession, dancing, Mass, reenactment of the appearance of Our Lady to Juan Diego, and a fiesta.  A special committee serves as the organizing body, but many volunteers are needed throughout the week.

Fr. Gustavo Lopez 742-5063

Christmas Pastorelas

Accompany Mary and Joseph with bilingual prayer, song and meditation as they seek a room in the inn.  The pastorelas are followed by refreshments in the school gym. All are invited.

Fr Gustavo Lopez 742-5063

Reception for volunteers

Each January, the parish staff host a reception to celebrate the talents and commitment of parish volunteers and express thanks.

Parish Office.

 

LITURGY

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Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Eucharistic ministers assist the priest to serve the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass and to the sick and homebound. Eucharistic ministers are trained and commissioned by a parish priest for this ministry.

Parish Office

Altar Servers

Young men from grade 3 and above assist the priest at the liturgy. Training is provided by the priests.  This is a wonderful opportunity for young men to discern their vocations.  Altar Server vestments, especially the white surplices are maintained by the mothers of altar servers.  If interested in serving, contact the parish office.  For more information on maintaining altar server vestments contact Loria Aschenberg.

 

 

Parish Office, 742-5063

 

Loria Aschenberg, 446-8032

Readers

Readers who proclaim the Scriptures at Mass and other services, readers also read the Mass petitions and sometimes the announcements. Training is provided.

Parish Office

Linens Team (aka the “Lipstick Police”)

Responsible for the preparation and care of the altar linens. This includes the washing and ironing of purificators, corporals, and altar linens on a rotating basis.  A manual is provided since there are special requirements for the care of altar linens.

Volunteers also take responsibility for the care, maintenance and replacement of altar cloths.

Holly Schrank,
schrankh@purdue.edu

Church Art & Environment

This group advises the pastor as needed regarding the interior environment of the church including decorating, painting and banners. No volunteers needed at this time.

Piroska Haywood,
463-4259

 

Altar Society

The responsibility of the Altar Society is to provide for the needs of the Altar.  Altar Society members hold bake sales, host funeral dinners, hold other events to raise funds, and charge themselves nominal dues in order to purchase altar linens and flowers.  Members also interface with sacristans and the liturgical events team and assist in the care of the Altar linens and sacristy. All women of the parish are automatically members of Altar Society and are encouraged to get involved.  And, interested men are welcome as well.  

Jeanine Klumpe, 589-8961

 

MUSIC

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CONTACT

Schola Cantorum & Cantors

Schola Cantorum, Mass Cantors and Musicians.  The Schola Cantorum specializes in traditional sacred music.  Members of Schola are parishioners whose voices blend to honor God and enrich the spiritual experience of the parish.  Schola members also serve as cantors at Masses.  Parishioners who sing or play instruments may contact the director for auditions. 

 

Linda Schafer,
765-742-5409

Children’s Choir

Children's Choir:   Children of the parish in second grade through high school can participate in the children’s choir which sings at Mass once a month during the liturgical year including the Christmas Vigil Mass. All children are encouraged to participate in choir, bell choir and lecturing.

Linda Hasser

765-427-3410

 

Hispanic Choirs

The Hispanic Choirs:  The Hispanic choirs sing in Spanish at Masses and at special events, often with musical accompaniment.  Parishioners who would like to audition should contact the Hispanic Choirs director.

 

Eligio Viera, 420-9834 

St. Michael Hymnal

The parish is blessed to have a locally produced and internationally known hymnal.  The hymnal is designed to meet the parish’s need for congregational music that was “liturgically appropriate, doctrinally precise, and accessible to all parishioners". Today the hymnal is in its 4th edition and has been adopted in parishes and seminaries throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  Tens of thousands of copies have been sold.   Although volunteer involvement is limited by the nature of the project, anyone interested in being involved is urged to contact Linda Schafer to express an interest. 

 

http://www.stmichaelhymnal.com/

 

Linda Schafer
765-742-5409

 

HOSPITALITY

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CONTACT

Newsletter

Bonifacts is our parish newsletter.  It provides information on upcoming events, and celebrations of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, etc.

Mary Ann Haan, 765-296-3510 or jgmahaan@yahoo.com

Coffee and Donuts

Volunteers who serve coffee, donuts and fellowship after the 9:30am Sunday Mass in the school gym. 

Phil Hammen, 743-0786

Name Tag Sunday

Name tag Sundays are held periodically to help parishioners meet one another at Mass.  Volunteers help by handing out name tags prior to Mass.

Cristeen Wingate, 765-532-6965

Ushers

Men who greet and assist people to their seat if necessary. They also take up the collection and manage the church area during Mass. 

Mike Aschenberg, 765-491-0407

Women’s Circles

Groups of women organized in circles assist with special events in the parish on a rotating basis

Mary Schnerre, 765-404-1728

Funeral dinners

A meal is provided for families after funerals, upon request.  Volunteers are needed for shopping, preparation and setup, serving and cleanup. Most activity is the day before or day of the funeral.

Pat Brouwer, 423-1954  or Jeanine Klumpe 589-8961 (to volunteer)

 

 

SERVICE

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CONTACT

Homebound Ministry

Visit the elderly, sick, hospitalized and homebound. Interested volunteers should contact sr. Jane.

Sr. Jane Anthrop, OSF - 65-742-4693

Financial Peace University

Providing a biblically-based curriculum that teaches how to handle money God’s way.

Mark & Pam Hartman 414-5825 or pam_hartman@yahoo.com

St. Faustina’s Helpers

Our Church is kept clean by parishioners volunteers cleaning on a biweekly basis. Many volunteers are needed and welcomed to assist with this large task!

Kristie Dowell, 765-427-4601 or Diana Zahn, 765-426-9560

Bereavement Committee

Offering consolation and help to those who have lost loved ones.  Always accepts new members and a variety of jobs to participate in.  Call for details.

Sheila Cochran, 426-0624

LIFE! COMMITTEE

The LIFE! Committee serves to promote dignity and respect for all human life and to build a culture of Life within the parish and community. 

Cheri Irons, 567-6152

Social Life Committee

The social life committee helps to build an engaged parish by taking dinners to families in need and organizing “name tag Sundays” to help new parishioners get acquainted.

Heather Spiering, 765-426-2510 or hmm6035@gmail.com

Mary’s Angels

Making Rosaries as gifts spreading devotion to Mary, Our Mother. Rosaries are distributed to the missions.

Cheryl Wagner, 765-572-2681

Cursillo

Cursillo in Christianity is a movement that, through a method of its own tries to, and through God's grace manages to; enable the essential realities of the Christian to come to life in the uniqueness, originality, and creativity of each person

Jeff and Marlene Jarboe local coordinators, 765-567-2216

 

COMMUNITY & OUTREACH

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CONTACT

Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center

Offering alternatives to men and women considering abortion by providing education and support before, during and after pregnancy.

www.matrixprc.com

765-742-1533

40 Days For Life

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. Events are scheduled twice a year in the Lafayette area.

www.40daysforlife.com

Habitat for Humanity

Participating with members of other parishes to raise funds and build homes for qualifying partner families.  Volunteers with building skills such as painting, roofing, etc. are encouraged to contact the coordinator for more information. Volunteers to help with hospitality (lunches and snacks), coordinate volunteers and mentor partner families are also needed.

Mary Ann Haan, parish coordinator, 296-3510

Lafayette Urban Ministry LUM

Serving with members of other churches in the community to provide a social safety net for needy children and families.

Mary Ann Haan, 765-296-3510

Jubilee Christmas

Jubilee Christmas is a project of LUM that St. Boniface supports with time, talent and treasure. Parishioners donate gifts and money and volunteer at an event prior to Christmas that enables parents of needy families to select and wrap gifts for their children that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Jackie Jones, 765-447-6904

Pro-Life Billboards

Accepts donations to support the cause for respect of all human life thru a local pro-life billboard campaign

Marcia Gretencord, 742-5063

Natural Family Planning

NFP is taught by a group of trained volunteers to assist couples to plan their families within the guidelines of the faith.

For more information, go to our NFP page.

 Project Gianna

Project Gianna is a ministry of our diocese and provides counseling for women who have pregnancy needs.

Linda Hasser

765-427-3410 or 888-583-2303 or http://www.dol-in.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=358

Project Rachel

The Project Rachel team is a post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church to those who are struggling after an abortion to find support, healing, joy and forgiveness.

Jennie Hack 477-7706 or 877-522-3300. Or http://www.dol-in.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=358

St. Boniface Softball

 

Ramon Del Real, 765-523-3168

Knights of Columbus Council # 456

Catholic men’s fraternal society serving four Lafayette parishes, in support of the Church.  Members must be age 18 or older.  Applicants should apply to the local council.

Brian Thieme, 765-477-0667

Boy Scouts

http://www.scouting.org/ Louis Scott, 765-586-7213 or lpscott@gmail.com

Girl Scouts

 

Patty Siener

Church Women United of Tippecanoe County

The St. Boniface Altar Society helps to collect food and monetary gifts for the Bauer Food Pantry as part of Church Women United of Tippecanoe County.  The assigned months are April, August and December.  Volunteers are always welcome. 

Michele Hickner, 477-6239.

 

 

 

 

 

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