July 31, 202005/18/2021
July 31, 2020
Dear Fellow St. Boniface Parishioners,
As I mentioned in my last update, due to an increasing number of parishioners returning to Mass, which is wonderful, we have consistently approached our mandated 1/3 church capacity limit for several weeks at the 7:30 and 10:30 Sunday Masses. Therefore, I have decided to add a Mass on Sundays. Beginning August 9th, we will temporarily add a 9:00 AM Mass on Sundays. This Mass will continue until the present restrictions are lifted, at which point we will return to our normal Mass schedule. Hopefully this will enable us to continue to provide public Mass for our parishioners while honoring the current restrictions. We will need to recruit liturgical ministers to serve at the new Mass, so if you are a reader or server and are able to help with that, please contact the parish office. We will also need volunteers to wipe the church down with disinfectant after that Mass, so please let us know if you can help with that.
- The 7:30 AM Sunday Mass continues to be livestreamed and recorded each week for those who are unable to return to Mass at this time. Please use the link below to livestream.
Meeting ID: 957 1341 3958
- Please keep in prayer the young people of our parish who will receive 1st Holy Communion this Sunday, August 2nd, at 12:00 PM. The Mass itself is restricted to the families of the 1st Communicants, but feel free to watch it on Zoom by using the link below:
- Meeting ID: 845 9091 6383
- Passcode: 2VU5FN!
- We also continue to expand our outreach online with a new daily podcast. Tuesday through Saturday I will record my weekday Mass homilies and post them on Podbean, a free, online podcast hosting service. You can use the following link or go to our parish website under the “Mass” tab to check these short daily reflections out: http://www.stbonifaceparisherie.org/podcast.html.
- The new summer raffle on August 9th is only one week away! Tickets for the summer raffle can be picked up at the church as usual. We are also offering a completely new way to participate in the raffle for those who are concerned about coming to church to get your tickets – you can purchase them online! This can be a great way too for friends and family who have moved out of the area to still participate, so please reach out and let them know about it. Please visit the website or check our Facebook page to order online. Please also note that the online option for purchasing tickets will close at 12:00 PM on Thursday, August 6th.
- The drawing of the winners for the big ticket items as well as the main prize will be aired live on Facebook and Youtube beginning at 2:00 PM on August 9th. Please stay tuned for information on how you can watch. Also, we will have an opportunity for the public to view the prizes and baskets that are available and to purchase tickets the day of the drawing. The prizes will be on display in the Coleman Center 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Masks and social distancing will be required, so please plan accordingly. We are also still in need of volunteers to help that day, so if you can spare some time to help, please contact the parish office.
- Since there is no summer festival this year, there will be no “pie talk” or request for people to bake pies. Have no fear, though, as I have accepted the challenge to bake a pie in honor of the festival-that-is-not, and, what’s more, my baking efforts will be video recorded and posted online so that you can learn from my mistakes! We will also be selling T-shirts in honor of the occasion. Order forms for the T-shirts are available in the church and through our website and Facebook page. Please stay tuned to our website, Youtube, and Facebook page to watch the video, which, if all goes well, will be posted on Tuesday, August 4th.
Thanks again to everyone for putting in the extra effort to get our parish through these strange times while continuing our mission to sow and nurture the seeds of God’s saving love in the hearts and minds of all around us by living the Gospel. Hang in there, take care, and please let me know if I can be of help to you in any way.
God bless!Fr. Marc