Every week, Upon This Rock will report to those involved with the campaign with updates on parish goals and momentous news from this wonderful initiative.
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 “Wonderful Things Happen When People Come Together” – Fr. Bouzi

The generosity of the parishioners within the Diocese of Buffalo continues to astound us at Upon This Rock. While Commitment Weekends are in full swing, three parishes rose above their goal thanks to the support of the community here in Western New York.

At Holy Cross in Buffalo, Fr.
Quilin Bouzi held the first Commitment Weekend at the parish.  Forty-eight new families have chosen to participate and pledge $90,350 to the campaign, which is almost 50% of their goal! In total, the parish has raised $200,800 that is $15,800 more than their goal of $185,000! Fr. Bouzi was thrilled at the success of the Upon This Rock campaign, stating that “we worked together as one.” With the funds raised, the parish plans to create a Deferred Maintenance Fund that will help address issues such as renovating the ceiling and floor of the parish hall, and restoring the stained glass windows in the church.

Fr. Walter Grabowski is thrilled to announce that Holy Spirit of North Collins has surpassed its goal before the public announcement! A total of 37 families have already participated in the campaign and collectively raised $209,200. That is 110% of goal! With its parish share, Holy Spirit will repair the windows of the convent, purchase A/C for the church, and repave the parking lot.  

Elsewhere in the Diocese, even more parishioners are getting involved with the campaign. In Belmont, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph held their first Commitment Weekend resulting in 11 new gifts, totaling $46,940 of the $91,750 raised. That is 67% of goal in one weekend! These contributions have brought the parish to 131% of goal!Dcn. Francis Pasquale, Jr. will use these funds for ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the parish grounds such as St. Joseph and St. Mary Cemeteries.

Congratulations to everyone at Holy Cross, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and Holy Spirit on all of your successes!

A Prayer for Upon This Rock

Loving God, we come to You,
standing together in faith,
ready to realize the freshness of a bold endeavor,
as we look to the future of our Church.

Building up the Kingdom of God on earth is Your will and our privilege.
Bless our efforts with the energy and enthusiasm we need. 

Jesus, our Redeemer,
encourage and guide us.
Open our hearts to be good stewards because of our love for You.

Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier,
empower us to carry out Your will for the Upon This Rock campaign.

May Your Goodness be upon us,
And give us success to the work of our hands and hearts.

We ask Your blessing now and always 
through Christ Our Lord.


Other Upon This Rock Highlights

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St. Amelia | Tonawanda
Fr. Maloney is thankful for the outpouring of support during their first Commitment Weekend. The parish increased its total raised by 11%, securing 141 new gifts for a total of $253,318. St. Amelia held its second Commitment Weekend this past Saturday and Sunday, which will be reported in next Monday’s newsletter.
St. John the Baptist | Alden
St. John the Baptist held its second Commitment Weekend last week, which raised more than $54,000 from 22 gifts! The generosity of the parishioners continues as they surpassed their goal by 13%.

St. John the Baptist | Lockport
Fr. Waite is happy to report that $60,000 was raised at the second Commitment Weekend last week from 30 gifts, bringing them to 105% of goal.

St. Mary of the Assumption | Lancaster
Fr. Steller reports that St. Mary is less than $5,000 away from reaching goal! Just last week, the parish conducted their second Commitment Weekend, and raised more than $64,000 from 41 gifts. 

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Blessed Trinity | Buffalo
Fr. George Reger reports that seven families have participated in Upon This Rock this past week which resulted in a 17% increase. The parish now stands at 80% of their $211,500 goal, from 19 gifts.

Christ the King | Snyder
Starting out the campaign strong, the parish raised $221,000 from its first six gifts. They are at 11% of their $2,070,000 goal.

St. Aloysius | Springville
Fr. Cobel is happy to report that St. Aloysius received five gifts this week totaling $63,000. That is 19% of the goal in one weekend! To date, the parish has raised $563,850, which is 84% of goal.

St. Joseph University | Buffalo
Saint Joseph University Parish had another huge week, raising $450,000 from 10 gifts! A total of 25 gifts has the parish at 45% of the $1,825,000 goal.

St. Mary of Lourdes | Bemus Point

Fr. Todd Remick had a tremendous week of visits, raising $91,200 from three gifts; bringing the total raised to $140,000. The parish is now at 32% of their goal of $440,000.
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