FALCONER - More than 150 area residents turned out Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Loreto Roman Catholic Church in Falconer.
"This church seems old to a lot of us who have been coming here for so many years," said Mary Short, parishioner at Our Lady of Loreto. "But it's relatively young compared to other parishes."
The year-long celebration culminated Sunday in a special appearance by Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Priests past and present also stopped by for the special Mass.
Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, waits to enter Our Lady of Loreto Roman Catholic Church in Falconer on Sunday. The church is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
P-J photos by Eric Tichy
Said Short on Malone's visit, "It's quite a tradition for the bishop to come to these events. Malone just recently became bishop in Buffalo, and we were excited to hear he would stop by for a visit."
The bishop was enthroned by the Buffalo diocese Aug. 10.
"It's great to be here," Malone said outside the church to a few passerbys.
Also taking part in the 100th anniversary were: the Parish Choir and Music Ministry, Faith Formation students, OLL Youth Group, CREW young families group, Altar and Rosary Society, Holy Name Society and St. Vincent DePaul Society.
"These celebrations have really been two fold," Short said. "We had a big festival that celebrated all the different ethnicities we have here at the church. We had food and games and dances.
"It was wonderful, and I am excited to be a part of the celebration. I've been part of this parish all my life. I was baptized here; I had my confirmation here. It's near and dear to my heart and soul."
Current pastor, the Rev. Joseph Janaczek, also was present Sunday.