St. Boniface Pastor talks struggles after last year's Germanfest cancelled

In 2018, the church only made one-third of the money it usually does. Father Tim said St. Boniface was forced to postpone a lot of projects because of that.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 8:01 AM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 3:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, it's that time of year again! This Saturday is the 14th annual Germanfest at St. Boniface. 

You may remember last year's Germanfest was canceled due to weather. Father Tim Alkire, Pastor at St. Boniface Catholic Church, told News 18 that really impacted the church's finances because the event brings in the majority of the church's funds for the year.

In 2018, the church only made one-third of the money it usually does. Fr. Tim said St. Boniface was forced to postpone a lot of projects because of that.

That included work on the stained-glass windows, brick work, a new sound system and overall maintenance of the building.

"We have $800,000 worth of tuckpointing, we have a lot of upgrades on our school, which was built in 1909," he explained. "We'd love to build a parish center someday because of all the needs we have, and we take care of a lot of the poor in our community."

Father Tim explained how much work needs to be done, and the funds raised from this year's Germanfest will all go toward that maintenance. 

"We count on this fundraiser every year," Fr. Tim said.  "We're a church now of immigrants, from Mexico and Latin America, and we really, really depend on this to make ends meet."

Germanfest starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 11:00 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 9th and North streets.

Tickets can be purchased at the event. Admission is free for anyone under 21-years-old. Tickets are $5 for anyone over 21, non-refundable.

Concession tickets are available for purchase at Germanfest. Tickets are $1 each and non-refundable.

Tickets for the $10,000 raffle can be purchased at the event, or call Mary at 765-404-1728 or Marta at 765-418-5566

Raffle tickets are non-refundable.

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