Building Fund

St. Michael’s Steeple Repair, 2012


Bernard Grizard
Diocesan Director
Department of Pastoral Services
585-328-3228 ext. 1328

Tom Kubus
Planning Consultant
Parish Finance, Data Management 

Total Paid Out Since Inception

Over $2.5 Million


In 2001, the Parish Building Fund was instituted as an annual expression of stewardship and shared responsibility to help those parishes that, because of aging building or catastrophic misfortune, must bear the financial burden of unusual structural repairs or renovation.  Its goal is to ensure that even our struggling parishes are able to have worship spaces that are maintained in accordance to our liturgical guidelines.

Sometimes this is referred to as the 1% Parish Building Fund.  This stems from the recommended parish contribution of 1% of their savings.  To date over $2.5M has been collected and disbursed to our neediest parishes for projects that would be difficult for them to fund by themselves.


During 2016, several revisions were made to the process of soliciting both projects and funds.  It was determined that it made more sense to choose the projects first so parishes would know what the projects to which they are contributing.  To help in this endeavor, we enlisted the assistance of key personnel from donor parishes.  Now the annual process goes like this:

September      Solicit parishes for projects where assistance is needed

November       Committee of Parish and Diocesan personnel chooses the projects to be funded

December       Solicit funds from parishes to support the chosen projects

April                 Start to disburse funds for projects as they are completed


Projects Selected for Funding in 2018

Parish Name Location Project Description Approx Cost Committee Recom-mendation
St. Katharine Drexel Macedon Painting interior of church, sanctuary, foyer, entrances, side rooms, balcony, sacristy and office 19,783 9,892
Blessed Trinity Wolcott Parish Kitchen renovation at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Wolcott 10,903 5,452
St. Joseph the Worker Clyde Flat roof replacement on St. John Rectory 6,975 3,488
Four side shingle roof replacement at St. John School 13,475 6,738
Fire security system at St. John Church 11,950 5,975
Painting exterior trim and windows at St. Michael’s Church 16,495 8,248
Mary, Mother of Mercy Interlaken Sacristy renovations at St. Francis Solanus 27,500 13,750
St. Matthew Livonia Replace existing tiles in Community Room, Kitchen and small conference room — safety concern 18,000 9,000
St. Agnes Avon Church Bell Tower and Chimney restoration and repointing of bricks on church 152,560 76,280
St. John Vianney Bath Replace electrical wiring of parish rectory/office at St. Mary’s 2,750 1,375
Replace boiler at St. Gabriel’s Church 8,500 4,250
Replace roof at St. Mary’s Church * 60,000 20,000
Extensive masonry repairs at both St. Mary’s & St. Gabriel’s * 343,800
St. Frances X. Cabrini Rochester Slate roof repairs at St. Michael’s not covered by insurance 20,028 10,014
Amount recommended: 174,460
  * $20,000 funding to be used to defray administrative costs of a capital campaign

Source of Funds for 2018 Projects

Parish Contributions                        $164,252            from 57 parishes

Underruns from prior year                  38,648

Total Amount Available for 2018   $202,900