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May 19, 2000 Issue

Parish ranks as Manitowoc's first

Apostle of Germany serves as the patron of St. Boniface Parish

By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor

During this Jubilee year, we are asked to turn our hearts back to God, to be reconciled with God and with one another. One way to set our hearts and minds upon this reconciliation is through a pilgrimage.

Bp. Robert Banks has designated 10 pilgrimage sites for the Jubilee Year. Pilgrims may receive a special Jubilee Year indulgence granted by Pope John Paul. Conditions for the indulgence, besides the pilgrimage itself, include: Sacramental confession, at any time and place, during the Jubilee Year; Eucharistic Communion; and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Once at a pilgrimage site, the pilgrim is asked to recite the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles or Nicene Creed and a prayer for the Holy Father. Below is one of the 10 pilgrimage sites:

St. Boniface, 1110 S. 10th St., Manitowoc

Weekend Masses: Saturday: 4 and 7 p.m.; Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

Daily Masses: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 a.m.

Liturgy of the Word with Communion: Monday, Thursday and Friday at 7 a.m.

Confessions: Saturday at 9 a.m. and by appointment.

Parish founding: Dedicated to the Apostle of Germany, this parish was founded on March 15, 1853, as the first parish in the city of Manitowoc. It was a daughter parish of the now-closed Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Manitowoc Rapids. (Manitowoc Rapids was the county seat until the courthouse burned down in the early 1850s. The new courthouse was then built in Manitowoc).

Within a decade of the parish founding, Polish-speaking members of St. Boniface had increased and the pastor from St. Casimir, Northeim would come monthly to preach in Polish. In 1870, these Polish-speaking members formed St. Mary Parish, the first daughter parish of St. Boniface.

Present church: The present church was built in 1884, at a cost of $30,000. The church was consecrated -- a more elaborate ceremony than the simple dedication of the time -- on Nov. 25, 1886. Candles along the church walls were lighted on the anniversary of the consecration. (This can be seen in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.) The old church (built in 1853) was moved and remoded into a school. (A new school was built in 1951). A side chapel was renovated in 1985, with a parish volunteer labor, to be used for daily mass.

Pastor: Fr. Camillus Janas, OFM

Parish membership: 1,002

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