It was quite a day on Sunday, June 18th for St. Boniface Church to celebrate the annual Feast of Corpus Christi. It stormed bringing rain and high winds then cleared enough for the procession before the storm resumed later that morning.
The Corpus Christi celebration involves Mass, followed by a procession to the two outdoor altar houses and then returning to the church for benediction.
Father Ron Voisin led one decade of the rosary at each of the two altar houses with the singing led by Rosemary Flanagan and the senior choir. St. Boniface is one of only a few parishes in the Hamilton Diocese that still carries on this age-old tradition to honour the Holy Eucharist.
Giving directions along the way was Carolyn Stemmler, while Lisa Zettel organized the groups in church before heading outside.
Marshalls for the event were Frank Keller and Earl Haid who stopped traffic that would interfere with the procession. Procession marshalls were Carolyn Stemmlers and Tim Vegh. Bell ringing was also done by Elmer Zettel The cross bearers were Matt Uhrig with his brother Justin and Evan Sauve as altar server followed by the various members of the parish carrying flags, including Mike Weber carrying the Canadian flag, Fran Vegh carrying the flag representing the Catholic Women’s League, the flag for the Holy Name
Society was carried by Carl Reinhart and the Knights of Columbus flag was carried by Gerry Goetz. Next came the children from the parish strewing flowers throughout the procession. For this day only, they were encouraged to drop flowers on the pavement and walkway. They were followed by torch bearers Peter and Tony Wagner with the 4th degree Knights of Columbus behind them. The canopy bearers Tom & Jacob Bruder, Tery Runstedler and Gary Goetz. Dan Stemmler carried the monstrance. A stop was made in front of the “monument for the Unborn” and Twin Oaks Nursing Home for a special blessing. The parishioners then followed. Joanne and Simon Nederend and
Tim and Fran Vegh and Danny and Diane Strickler decorated the two altar houses. Thank you’s were extended to all those who supplied flowers for this occasion.