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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Stepping Up to the Call

As Catholics, we are called to serve. Our vocations lead us to any variety of important roles in the community – from teachers to doctors, armed service members to the clergy.  Often times, the call may come in increments.  As St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers, wrote, “God, who guides all things with wisdom and serenity, whose way is not to force the inclinations of persons, […] [does] this in an imperceptible way and over a long period of time so that one commitment led to another in a way that [you] did not see before.” Today, we focus on a diocesan priest who continues to accept the calls of his vocation.
Fr. Sean DiMaria is the pastor of five parishes in WNY: Immaculate Conception in Wellsville, Blessed Sacrament in Andover, SS. Brendan & Jude in Alfred, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Belmont, and St. Mary in Bolivar – he was assigned to the latter two in September.  In addition to accepting a bounty of ministerial responsibilities, having five parishes also means that Fr. Sean oversees multiple Upon This Rock campaigns.  He is excited to report that his fourth campaign at SS. Brendan & Jude is currently wrapping up, as the parish passed its goal this week. 
Fr. Sean, alongside his parochial vicar Fr. Dan Serbicki, has been working diligently on the campaign at the parish.  Twenty five families have made gifts to SS. Brendan & Jude so far, surpassing goal by $40,870 – that’s 118% overall!  The hard work continues, though, since there are many more families that are still deciding on their gift.  With their returning 35%, he plans to invest in a long-term savings account and to take care of on-going maintenance. 
This is not the first time that Fr. Sean has made a splash during Upon This Rock.  Back in March, Blessed Sacrament, Andover marked the fastest parish campaign to reach goal by bringing in 91% of goal in only one week.  Blessed Sacrament went on to collect 291% of goal during Block 1 – the largest percent of goal in the campaign that has been achieved, to date.  Additionally, St. Mary, Bolivar continues to stand as the Block 2 leader since it reached its goal in June of this year. 
When we spoke with Fr. Sean in March, he credited all of the success he has seen to the dedication of his parishioners.  “Everyone at the parish is enthused about Upon This Rock,” he said, “and looking forward to seeing what will happen in the near future.”  If history is any indication, there is much to anticipate as Fr. Sean soon gets started on his fifth and final campaign at Immaculate Conception Parish in Wellsville.  Congratulations to Fr. Sean and to his partner priests, Ambassadors, volunteers, and parishioners on your continued successes!

Read below for even more good news from the Upon This Rock initiative!


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
Block 1
St. Josaphat | Cheektowaga
Fr. Richard Poblacki held his parish’s first Commitment Weekend on October 22 and 23.  Through the generosity of its parishioners, St. Josaphat raised $296,320 from 116 gifts.  The parish now has raised $359,270 – 79% of its $453,000 goal.  Fr. Poblacki and the parish hosted the second Commitment Weekend during all Masses on October 29 and 30; results from the event will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 7.


Block 2

St. Stephen | Grand Island
Fr. Paul Nogaro was excited to host St. Stephen’s first Commitment Weekend during all Masses on October 29 and 30. On Friday, St. Stephen was at 68% of its $1,635,000 goal; results from the event will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 7.

St. Brigid | Bergen
St. Brigid, Bergen has officially received its first gifts from four parishioners, putting the parish over 20% of its $180,000 goal!  Fr. Michael Donovan is looking forward to meeting with as many parishioners as possible to ensure that St. Brigid achieves its goal!  The parish plans to use its returning 35% of funds to help with the maintenance and upkeep of its cemetery.

Block 3

St. Brendan on the Lake | Newfane
Parishioners of St. Brendan on the Lake received invitations to attend a reception with Fr. Jozef Dudzik to learn more about Upon This Rock this Wednesday, November 2 at 7 pm.  The reception will take place in the parish hall at the Newfane site. Any parishioners who are interested in attending are asked to contact the parish office.

St. Jude | Sardinia
Fr. Alfons Osiander is overwhelmed by the positive responses he has received thus far from parishioners. St. Jude has raised $62,500 from six families – reaching 60% of goal.

Block 4

Our Lady of Bistrica | Lackawana
Fr. Christopher Coric is rejoicing in his parishioners’ support of Upon This Rock. For two weeks he has diligently visited more than 30 families. The parish has raised $72,600 from 19 gifts – 60% of its $120,000 goal.

St. Martin de Porres | Buffalo
Fr. Ronald Sajdak received his first gifts this week, totaling $15,000.  The parish now stands at 10% of its $156,750 goal.

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