(Sentinel archives)
(Sentinel archives)
This Sunday, Aug. 7, is the date for the next annual barbecue chicken dinner at the historic St. Boniface Parish in Sublimity. Hours are 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Expect generous portions, boxed to go if you choose or ready to enjoy under a covered area on-site — with beer also on-site from Snow Peak Brewing Co.

The meal ($14) includes a half barbecue chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread muffin, pie and bottled water.

Fun includes a raffle and silent auction, a Sublimity Quilters Raffle, jingle board, Jenga, corn hole competitions, horseshoes and more — including live music.

Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a walk through the antique tractor display and the archives museum.

The Catholic history is deep here.

The Sentinel covered the parish’s 125th anniversary celebration with a photo spread and story in 2004.

'This is a wonderful event,' said Ray Heuberger, Sublimity’s mayor at the time. 'The town has tremendous Catholic roots, and it's nice to see a lot of those roots are alive and well.'

Heuberger told the Catholic Sentinel that his family moved to Sublimity in the late 1890s.

German Catholic farmers had arrived in the area about the time when the Civil War was drawing men east to fight.

They started the parish in 1879, despite the fact that there was no church building. Services were held in homes, and later in a leased building.

After months of hosting traveling priests to perform Mass, the parish got its first pastor, Father Peter Juvenal Stampfl, a German-speaking priest from Minnesota. He bought the 20 acres where the church, built in 1889, now stands.

The parish once had a high school (torn down in 1963), an elementary school and the beginnings of the first Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon convent. The current church building is the parish's third house of worship.