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hen Cardinal Dolan The Church of Christ the King
asked Fr. Sixto was established in 1927 and is
Quezada, pastor at the the spiritual home of a diverse
Church of Christ the King in the community in the southwest
Bronx, to participate as one of section of the Bronx. The parish
the early parishes in the Renew + serves more than 2,100 households
Rebuild campaign, Fr. Quezada and approximately 300 young
immediately appreciated that his people are currently enrolled
parish might finally be able to in their religious education
undertake some urgently needed programs. Fr. Quezada began the
capital projects. What he did not planning process by convening
anticipate was the unusually high his parish council to determine
participation rate. Thirty percent which projects to prioritize and
of Christ the King’s parishioners to identify their most achievable
– 625 donors to be exact – came goals. After several meetings and A column in need of repair at Church of Christ
forward to make contributions. much prayer, the parish council the King in the Bronx.


What capital
improvement Church repairs (walls, floors, pews) 198
projects are parishes New and repaired roofs 90
tackling through
New HVAC (heat, ventilation and air conditioning) 86
Renew + Rebuild?
Parking lot restoration 61
New boiler? Repairing the
parish hall? Restoring stained Upgrades to eco-friendly lighting
glass windows? Here’s a and/or installed solar panels
snapshot of the most common
projects identified by parishes New boilers 38
– and these are well under way!
Parish hall repairs 36
These improvements help keep
our parishes strong and are Stained glass restoration 36
only possible because of the
generosity of our parishioners. Emergency fund replenishment 34

Accessibility ramps 24

made the unusual against the effects The parishioners of Church

decision to set of rain and snowfall. of Christ the King surpassed
their goal nearly The restored canopy their goal, raising $1 million
$100K higher than will provide much in six months’ time.
that which was needed coverage for

originally requested people gathering ven though Fr. Niranjan
by the archdiocese. outside of the church Rodrigo had been working
This new goal after Mass. The for the archdiocese for
would enable the parish also plans nearly 20 years, he only assumed
parish to address on putting aside the role of pastor at the Church
not only capital $100,000 toward of the Infant Saviour in Pine
project needs that reducing parish debt. Bush in January 2015. Less than
Fr. Sixto Quezada
required immediate a year later, the archdiocese
attention, but those “From the beginning, asked him to embark on a major
maintenance needs that had we were enthusiastic and capital improvement campaign
been previously deferred due to committed to Renew + Rebuild,” with a goal of raising $653,000.
cost – for example, repairs to the said Fr. Quezada. “With prayer
columns in the church and the and thoughtful collaboration, we “The goal was completely
doors that connect the school identified our projects, reached out overwhelming,” said Fr. Niranjan.
to the church. They also plan to to our parishioners and achieved “I hadn’t been at the parish very
repair and restore the canopy at what we set out to do. We can’t long, so I didn’t have any established
the church’s entrance to protect wait to get our projects started.” relationships and suddenly

The new sanctuary at Mission Church at Church of the Infant Saviour in Pine Bush.

found myself sitting across the

table from parishioners asking
for their hard-earned money.” “This campaign is not just
Under Fr. Niranjan’s guidance, the
about Infant Saviour in
parish formed a Renew + Rebuild Pine Bush – we are part of
campaign executive committee a larger entity, and this is
that included two deacons
and three parishioners. They part of our Catholic faith.”
prioritized replacing the roof of the – Fr. Niranjan Rodrigo
church and church hall, repaving
the hazardous, torn-up parking
lots, refurbishing the sanctuary priests – a welcome support for the Saviour in Pine Bush – we are
and altar for what they refer to as pastor and the parish community. part of a larger entity, and this
the “mission church” (a second is part of our Catholic faith.”
church on the property). They Fr. Niranjan took the time to
also intend to convert an unused meet with many parishioners Much to Fr. Niranjan’s surprise,
pre-kindergarten building into a one-on-one and discuss the Church of the Infant Saviour
rectory, replacing the mobile home breadth of the campaign. “People reached 102 percent of its
that for more than 20 years has wanted to understand why 26% goal. The parking lot has been
served as the pastor’s residence of their contribution would go repaved, there are new roofs over
and which has been deteriorating back to the archdiocese,” said Fr. parishioners’ heads, there is a
over time. The new rectory will be Niranjan. “I explained that this new sanctuary and soon the new
able to accommodate additional campaign is not just about Infant rectory will be under way.

NE W YORK, N Y 10022

PHONE: 646.794.2008

The Archdiocese of New York continues the campaign to renew and rebuild
Parishes retain our Church physically and spiritually. The vast majority of the $177M raised

74% of the funds by parishes will stay within parishes, and the rest will support campaign
costs and other archdiocesan priorities.
they raise as part
of Renew + Rebuild,
but for some, that’s 74% of funds raised by parishes stay within
parishes for capital improvement projects $130,000,000

just not enough.

26% supports other archdiocesan priorities, such as:

ll of our parishes have $10,000,000 $4,000,000
pressing needs, but Extraordinary Evangelization
some are situated capital projects for and lay leadership
in communities that lack the needy parishes* formation

resources to finance repairs and

refurbishments needed to keep $8,000,000 $4,000,000
their facilities viable. Further, Catholic Catholic
for 30–40 parishes, even general high schools Charities
operating expenses cannot be fully
covered by income. Recognizing
this, the Renew + Rebuild campaign * These allocations also
St. Patrick’s represent parish capital
is setting aside $10 million from Cathedral needs, above the $130M.
the archdiocese’s 26% of funds (see restoration*
graphic) in an arrangement that
will help underfunded parishes pay
for renovations and repairs. This Rebuild funding allocation will Contributions to Renew +
will also allow the archdiocese allow the Church to maintain a Rebuild provide support beyond
to help churches make necessary presence in communities where the four walls of your church. By
repairs after catastrophic events parishes would otherwise have donating, you are practicing good
like Hurricane Sandy. This Renew+ trouble surviving financially. stewardship for our neighbors.

If you have not yet submitted funds to support your pledge, please contact
the Renew + Rebuild office at 646-794-2008 or

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