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January 17, 2013


Catholic Charities prepares for annual drive

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Most Reverend Richard J. Malone recognizes raising money for Catholic Charities can be a very daunting chore, but the new bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo called the chore a gift while addressing local community volunteers Wednesday night at the Tuscarora Inn.

Christians have an obligation to love and care for their neighbors, he said and “Catholic Charities gives the instrument.”

About 25 men and women attended the workshop for parish appeal volunteers. Clergy and lay leaders, as well as Catholic Charities staff, were updated on what has changed and how to run a successful parish effort. They were given ideas for gaining new donors.

Malone made just his second visit to Lockport since being was installed as bishop on Aug. 10, 2012. His earlier visit was for the funeral of Father Louis Della Neve.

Malone, who had served as a bishop in Boston and Portland, Maine, said that the Buffalo Appeal has an excellent team.

”It’s the generosity of the people of Western New York who appreciate the dramatic needs in this area and who see that the charities in this area a very credible organizations,” Malone said. “I think that people believe in Catholic Charities. I think Catholic Charities is one thing we can be proudest of in the life of Catholic Church.”

Stephen Ulrich, a native of Lockport, is the Catholic Charities 2013 Appeal chairman. It’s his fourth, and last, year on the Appeal Team.

Building rapport with youth is one of the goals. “We’re going into schools. We’re trying to get schools involved,” he said. “DeSales in Lockport is doing a great job of spreading the mission of Catholic Charities their students. They are doing that now. We need to continue to do that, to reach out to our youth. It can be a jeans day, it can be a car wash, anything to help those is need. That money goes to services right in Lockport.”

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