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Kneeler elves visit St. Boniface Parish

Brian Greggila, Lucas Greggila, John Madison, Ron Powell strip old vinyl and batting from the kneelers.

St. Boniface parishioners are not ones to back off from a challenge. In the last few years alone they renovated their church and helped raise $100,000 to save their school. This Christmas season they were faced with another daunting task, the restoration of church kneelers that needed to be done by hand. 

According to Fr. Timothy Ferris, pastor of St.Boniface, the oak kneelers installed in 1915 had no padding at all. Later parishioners added batting to make kneeling easier. This batting was last replaced 40 years ago. Over decades of use it packed down, deteriorated, and once again resembled bare oak to aching joints. Replacing the padding was often discussed, but the estimated $10,000 price to remove the old material and replace the padding was simply too costly.

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