Sankt Bonifatius 90th Anniversary
**Sunday March 1 Mass: no significant snowbanks to worry about. The usual parking is available. More rain than snow in city.**
CELEBRATION OF KIRCHWEIHFEST 27 SEPTEMBER, 2020
Heilige Messe: Sonntags um 10 Uhr
Holy Mass: Sundays @ 10:00 am
We always welcome our McGill University participants.
St. Boniface Parish (Office)
3760 Avenue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Montréal, QC H2W 2G4
1930 - 2020
Die Geschichte von "Sankt Bonifatius" beginnt 1930 mit den frühen deutschsprachigen Einwanderern. Wir sind dankbar und freuen uns, dass wir 2020 weitermachen können.
In the beginning...
From the Directory Archives, we found the following excerpt from "The History of the German Presence in the Montreal Region", which was researched and compiled by Jacques Gagné, and contributed by Rudy Jobba (and Julia Gerke).
"Even before World War I, there were numerous German Catholics in Montreal. Attempts were made to set up a Catholic parish, but because of the small number of Catholics, they did not succeed.
After the war, more and more Germans had to leave their homeland, and many came to Canada. In Montreal, soon a larger colony of German Catholics emerged, all of whom more or less also spoke Hungarian, as they had emigrated from Hungary, and from the regions separated from Hungary: from Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Yugoslavia.
Our people felt very unhappy: they would have liked a Holy Mass with German church songs and with a sermon in German. In 1928, Franciscan Father Jerome Hedly established the Hungarian parish;
many of our fellow countrymen joined this community and were members of the same, until the emergence of our German community in Saint Louis de France (district).
On the 31st of January, 1930, a small meeting was held.
Present were: Anton Schlachter (Bácska, Yugoslavia), Erhard Weisenberger (Germany), Georg Marx (Switzerland), Matthias Vogel (Hungary), Nikolaus Ginder (Bácska, Yugoslavia), Josef Beck (Bácska, Yugoslavia), Valentin Kilbertus (Bácska,Yugoslavia), Michael Schneider (Bácska, Yugoslavia), Alfred Schultes (Germany), Johann Monn (Switzerland).
The Lord Archbishop asked for a German priest from the General Abbot of the Cistercian Order in Rome, who then sent his secretary, Dr. P. Tiburtius Hümpfner to Montreal. Invitations were sent to all known German language families in Montreal.
Holy Mass was celebrated in German with a German sermon, on Sunday 18 May, 1930, at
9 o'clock in the morning in the lower (French) church of St. Louis de France (at Roy st. and City Hall, corner Laval avenue). Approximately 300 people attended this first Holy Mass. "
1st Mass, Sunday May 18, 1930
The 1st Mass of Sankt Bonifatius Gemeinde was held on May 18, 1930, at 9 o'clock, in the lower level (basement) of the French church of St. Louis de France (for a rental fee of $25 per month) on Roy and Laval Sts., until it was destroyed by fire in 1933.
The German Mass was then moved to the ground floor of a building, situated on Roy and de Bullion Sts.,which was administered by the congregation of nuns of Notre Dame des Neiges, and which primarily served as a schoolhouse for many years. This schoolhouse additionally accommodated early catechism classes in the German language, then later in the Hungarian language, for the children of our immigrant families.
Eglise Saint Louis de France
(destroyed by fire: January 12, 1933).
Lower level "Kapelle" reserved for the Sankt Bonifatius Gemeinde
As more German speaking immigrants were continuing to arrive in very large numbers, in finding a very supportive community, there was the desire and the feasibility to acquire land to build a dedicated church of our own.
In 1946, the initial lower level (our community hall today) was completed. Celebrations of Sunday Masses were initiated in this hall for over a year, until the upper portion of the church building was completed in 1948. Today we are blessed to celebrate Sunday Masses in our Parish, very respectful of the early arrivals of our families, and our new families that have come to join us.
The 1st phase of construction of St. Boniface, completed in 1946.
First Communion June 15, 1947.
1970. Church decorated for 40th Anniversary celebration.
Seraphim Chamber Choir
On the rainy evening of Tuesday February 18, 7:30 pm, we dearly enjoyed a lovely respite; enchanting voices in song under the theme, "A Voyage Across Spain". A heartfelt thank you to John Guzik and all!
Chor mit Dirigent / Choir with Artistic Director, John Guzik.
John Guzik previously directed Der DeutscherChor.
Beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, February 26.
Aschermittwoch am Sonntag feiern / Receiving of the Ashes.
Sunday March 1.
The Lent season lasts 40 days (not including Sundays) representing the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.
"Denken Sie daran, das du Staub bist, und zum Staub wirst du zurückkehren."/ " Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."
Familienmesse/Family Day Mass
Sunday March 8
Kaffee und Kuchen nach der Messe./
Coffee and Cake after Mass.
Beginning of Daylight Saving Time.
Remember to "spring forward" 1 hour.
Palmsonntag / Palm Sunday, April 5.
Celebration of Love with Charity Luncheon, April 5, after Mass.
(Karten nur im Vorverkauf / Tickets in advance only)
Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.
Details of luncheon to follow later.
Familienmesse / Family Day Sundays
KAFFEE UND KUCHEN NACH DER MESSE / COFFEE AND CAKE AFTER MASS.
Please bring something sweet to share!
March 8 April 5 (Palm Sunday/Charity Luncheon) May 10
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
― Mother Teresa
Our Parish Family Photos
Family Sunday with Santa
Santa Bearing Gifts
TAUFEN: Rufen Sie bitte an zur Vorbereitung.
HOCHZEITEN: Rufen Sie bitte an bevor Sie ein Hochzeitsdatum festlegen.
KRANKENBESUCHE: Rufen Sie bitte an, wenn jemand einen Besuch wünscht, die Krankensalbung oder die Kommunion.
BEICHTEN: Es besteht immer die Gelegenheit vor der heiligen Messe zu beichten.
BAPTISM: Please call the parish to arrange for preparation.
MARRIAGE: Please call the parish before setting a wedding date.
VISITING the SICK: Please call the parish if a sick family member would like a visit to receive the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick or Communion.
CONFESSION: There is always the opportunity for Confession before Holy Mass.
St Boniface Parish Montréal
ADMINISTRATOR & PASTOR:
Father Gerald Westphal
St Boniface Parish
We have attempted to highlight, in orange on this map, where there are potential free parking spots for our Sunday Masses.
We continue to suggest that a good option is to park in front of the meters around us, which are free until 1 pm, or one can purchase a $12 day sticker from the corner store.
Public Parking Lots: St. Dominque between Pine & Sherbrooke $10 per day. Cherrier & St. Denis $8 on Sundays. ***LAVAL ST & ROY ST are now OPEN for PARKING again.***
Church: 3751 Avenue de-l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Montréal, QC H2W 2G4
Mailing Address (Rectory): St. Boniface Parish, 3760 Avenue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Montréal, QC H2W 2G4
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