Parish Drive
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SAINT BENEDICT

CATHOLIC CHURCH

1317 EGGERT ROAD         AMHERST, NY 14226-3396          (716) 834-1041

May 4th, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Of all the gifts parishioners of the past have left for us, few are as remarkable as the classical pipe organ which adorns our church.

In our congregation, we are fortunate to have music as such a significant part of our ministry.  Providing the beautiful backdrop is our pipe organ which was built and installed by the Herman Schlicker Company in 1952, having served us and our legacy of gifted organists admirably over the years.   Mr. Schlicker was a 3rd generation Bavarian organ builder and his team was integral in reviving the art of traditional organ design in America.  Ours was well known to be Schlicker’s finest work in Buffalo.  The company would bring potential clients from all over the country to our church to have them experience the wonderful sound.  When an instrument such as ours has been properly designed, built and voiced, it possesses great value due to its life expectancy.

What you may not know, is that nearly all of the components, (including every pipe,) have a leather bellow inside to help control the flow of air through the instrument.  There are nearly 2,000 such leather sections in our organ.  Typically, as part of regular maintenance, these should be replaced after about 50 years.  Unfortunately, no such repair work has ever been performed and certain stops no longer function properly, affecting our musical repertoire.   A helpful analogy would be to compare these repairs to having the oil changed in your car:  Even the best of cars, without proper care, will eventually seize and fail.  This magnificent instrument is worthy of being maintained and preserved so that it does not fall further into disrepair. 

Replacing the leather components is a painstaking and labor intensive process, complicated by the fact that it will be necessary to remove the cantilevered wind chests in order to access their interior components.  In order to make these necessary repairs a reality, I am asking for your support of our annual Parish Drive by helping us reach our goal of raising $115,000.  Since, over the last few years, we have worked together to keep our buildings and grounds in excellent condition, we can now look towards taking this important step in preserving this historical treasure for generations to come. 

Please accept my sincere thanks for your love and support of our music ministry at St. Benedict.   I thank you for your prayerful consideration and contribution to the 2017 Parish Drive.

Sincerely, 

 

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Reverend Robert M. Mock

Pastor

                        

 

 

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” ~ Colossians 3:16

 

To recognize those who lead by example and give at exceptional levels to Parish Drive, we will be dedicating a plaque near the entrance to the choir loft for the following donor types:

Great Rank $2000 (and higher)

Pipe Patron $1000 (and higher)

Swell Sponsor $500 (and higher)

 

“The success or failure of parish programs, the vitality of parish life, or its absence, the ability or inability of a parish to render needed services to its members and the community, depend on all.” ~USCCB

 

Please visit or call the rectory (834-1041) to make

your donation to our Parish Drive. Thank you!

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