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ARCHDIOCE SE OF NE W YORK SPRING 2018

FR ANCIS, GO AND REPAIR MY HOUSE
WHICH, AS YOU SEE, IS FALLING INTO RUIN.
St. Bonaventure’s Life of Francis of Assisi

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PARISH BY PARISH, RENEW + REBUILD
IS MAKING US STRONGER

The combination of Fr. Maurer’s

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ix months ago, St. Mary’s The new, 6,800-square-foot focused attention to personalized
Parish in Washingtonville parish center will sit adjacent
notes and individual meetings
broke ground on a new parish to the church and be used
center, thanks to parishioners for staff offices, religious
and the support of his volunteer
answering the call to participate in education classes, middle and committee allowed the community
Renew + Rebuild, the Archdiocese high school youth groups, to surpass their target and
of New York’s capital campaign. choir rehearsals and child- start the project sooner.
Renew + Rebuild care services during Masses.
is raising funds Having a unified campus will be important, the original parish
for critical more efficient, allow for better center will be freed up to offer
improvements to integration between programming more outreach services, including
parish facilities and liturgies and eliminate the pre-school, a food pantry and a
– like the “one- confusion created by having parish thrift store, enhancing St. Mary’s
campus solution” activities in two locations. Equally connection to the community.
St. Mary’s pastor,
Fr. Jeffrey Maurer Fr. Jeffrey
Maurer, knew
his growing community of 2,400
weekly worshippers needed.

For years, the church stood alone
on Goshen Avenue, and about one
mile down the road, there was a
second facility for parish activities. The new parish center at St. Mary’s Parish is expected to open September 2018. (artist’s rendering)

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Success at-a-Glance: The First Three Years

STRONG Renew + Rebuild has reached 85% of the
MOMENTUM overall campaign goal of $200 million

MOTIVATED
80% of parishes have hit their Renew + Rebuild goal
PARISHIONERS

GENEROUS Renew + Rebuild has raised $170 million
HEARTS from more than 28,000 donors

A BRIGHT 128 parishes are gearing up to start their
FUTURE campaigns between now and January 2019

Fr. Maurer and the parishioners of the time. The recipe provided welcome religious education
St. Mary’s exceeded expectations by the archdiocese works.” He students in September.
in their Renew + Rebuild campaign added, “I had the benefit of eight-

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in two ways. First, they vastly and-a-half years at St. Mary’s, very parish has its own
exceeded their goal of $1,463,500, which allowed me to gain trust history, and a community
ending their campaign at 142% of by committing to improvements with unique needs. For
the goal with $2,085,455 pledged. around the building and making some parishes, like St. Anthony
Second, they set out to reach their them happen through the in Yonkers, the best use of Renew
goal in six months. + Rebuild funds was to
The combination eliminate debt and take
of Fr. Maurer’s care of much-needed
focused attention to repairs around the church
personalized notes and and school. The pastor,
individual meetings Fr. Arthur Mastrolia,
and the support explained that while
of his volunteer paying off a loan taken
committee allowed out for new boilers eight
the community to years ago was not the
be almost at goal by most rousing initiative
the announcement to announce from the
weekend, and pulpit, “getting this
ultimately surpass monkey off our backs”
their target and start was much appreciated
the project sooner. St. Mary’s broke ground on their new parish center in November 2017. by parishioners.

When asked about the strategy for generous support of parishioners. St. Anthony also had large, heavy
St. Mary’s campaign, Fr. Maurer Trust is a critical component.” wooden doors that over time
didn’t hesitate. “If you follow had started to rot and stopped
the directions on the cake box, The new parish center is closing properly. This summer,
the cake comes out right 95% of expected to open its doors to with Renew + Rebuild funds, the

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parish will finish installing new
doors and remount a life-size
statue of St. Anthony over them,
in its restored bronze state.

After getting estimates for other
needs –
including a
new roof for
the school,
where solar
panels are to
be installed
Fr. Arthur Mastrolia this summer,
changes to
the sacristy and an additional
church restroom – Fr. Mastrolia The current entrance at St. Anthony. An artist’s rendering of the renovated entrance.

took the proactive step of
increasing the parish’s campaign surprise us with their readiness to the fundraising effort to great
goal from $712,500 to $757,720. be of assistance and to contribute success. His words for parishes
Still, the parish raised $958,915 towards the excellence of their that have not yet embarked on
in pledges: 134% of its goal. parish,” said Fr. Mastrolia. Renew + Rebuild? “Be not afraid!
Our people will do their best.”
“As intimidating as it is to consider Fr. Mastrolia is grateful for the
the funds that are needed, our strong spirit of volunteerism at
parishioners never cease to St. Anthony’s, which supported

74%
of funds raised by parishes
Rebuilding Our Church
The Archdiocese of New York continues the campaign to renew and rebuild
our Church physically and spiritually. The vast majority of the $177M raised
by parishes will stay within parishes, and the rest will support campaign
stay within parishes for
capital improvement projects
costs and other archdiocesan priorities.

26%
supports other archdiocesan priorities, such as:

$130,000,000 $10,000,000 $4,000,000 $8,000,000 $4,000,000 $14,000,000

Extraordinary Evangelization Catholic Catholic St. Patrick’s
capital projects for and lay leadership high schools Charities Cathedral
needy parishes* formation restoration*
* These allocations also represent parish capital needs, above the $130M.

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PHONE: 646.794.2008
E-MAIL: RENE WREBUILD@ARCHN Y.ORG
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Of funds raised by parishes, 74% stays in parishes for
capital improvement projects. FORMED is one example
of how the other 26% is used by the archdiocese.
Every day, Catholics are logging
into FORMED to explore, listen
and learn more about their faith.
This digital content service
features audio, video, ebooks
and feature-length films from
some of the world’s most credible
Catholic sources, such as the
Augustine Institute and Ignatius
Press. Some may be drawn to
better understand the history of
the Church, while others may be
searching for purpose or a stronger
connection to God’s love. Whatever
the reason, there are over 14,700
registered FORMED users in
the Archdiocese of New York.
Thousands of resources are available at FORMED.org.

“FORMED has something for
everyone, at every level of their continue growing in their faith Three-quarters of parishes
faith journey, and that’s why through adulthood. This often in the archdiocese are using
it’s such a useful resource for starts with an article, film or book. FORMED. Interested? Email
us,” says Dr. Daniel Frascella, FORMED’s enormous library formed@archny.org to request
director of the archdiocesan of content can spark thoughtful the code for your parish.
Office of Adult Faith Formation. conversations between couples
The office’s mission is to provide and among friends, families,
opportunities for people to bible study groups and more.

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