1917 * Centennial of St. Anthony of Padua Church * 2017
St. Anthony's is in the midst of a year-long celebration of the parish's inception in 1917. In November 2016, an inaugural Mass was celebrated with past clergy, religious and staff joining us.
June marked the feast of St. Anthony. To celebrate our patron, Bishop Folda celebrated Mass with us, followed by an all-school reunion, parish picnic and dance. Our centennial celebration will close with a Mass on November 18th, 2017.
Centennial Campaign Nears $700,000!
On May 6 – 7 St. Anthony launched the Centennial Campaign with two goals: (1) Remodel the sanctuary, paint the entire church interior, and clean and seal the wooden ceiling and beams. (2) initiate an endowment for the long-term financial future of the parish.
Volunteers called on fellow parishioners through June and early July. On August 8, Fr. Courtright issued a letter to parishioners who have not yet responded one way or the other.
Goal. Our campaign goal is $750,000, with $450,000 earmarked for physical improvements, and $300,000 set aside for the endowment.
Progress. As of August 18, we have received $629,699 in gifts and pledges from 225 donors. In addition, we now qualify for the entire Catholic Development Foundation matching grant of $45,000, bringing us to a GRAND TOTAL of $674,699! That is 90% of our goal!
Campaign Wrap Up. "As I send out thank you letters every week, I am touched by the fact that most people 'do what they can'. That has brought us within striking distance of the goal. I hope you will join your neighbors. Pledge forms are available in the gathering space [and on this web page] for anyone that wants to make a pledge or a one-time gift." -Fr. Courtright
Hommerding grants are restricted to capital improvement projects within the diocese. The grant is based on $1 matched for every $10 donated for the sanctuary re-design, church painting, ceiling cleaning/sealing and pews.
Matching funds are available as pledges are paid and cash is received by the parish.
Special Tax Credits for Endowment Gifts. The state of North Dakota has generous tax credit incentives for planned gifts and gifts specifically restricted to endowments. Check with your tax advisor for details on how to make a qualifying gift. The Catholic Development Foundation web site provides an overview of the North Dakota Endowment Tax Credit at http://www.cdfnd.org/ndtaxcredit.
Church Painting Underway. The remodeling and painting crew began their work in the church on July 10. So Mass will be celebrated in the social hall through October.
The onset of work doesn’t mean that our Centennial Campaign is complete. It just means we have made sufficient progress to move forward, confident that our campaign goal will be attained even as work is underway.
Centennial Campaign Materials
Pledge forms and other materials are available in the gathering space of the church, or click a link below to download.