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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Full STREAM Ahead!

Catholic education is one of the greatest gifts the Diocese of Buffalo gives to Western New York; thanks to Upon This Rock, diocesan schools will be even better equipped to offer 21st century learning skills to its students.  The STREAM Education Initiative promises to enhance the already excellent education provided by our Catholic schools and has begun supporting the future of Catholic education.
The initiative, which focuses on science, technology, religion, engineering, the arts, and math, promotes a higher level of critical thinking and a deeper understanding of content.  This method promotes a very hands-on approach to education.  Additionally, it stresses the importance of interdisciplinary skills, as content from a particular subject often times overlaps a different subject and allow a deeper understanding of both fields to take place. 
“How we teach must reflect how students best learn,” explains Jean Comer, STREAM Education Initiative Coordinator, “It must reflect the world our students will move into.  These continuous improvements and updates of programs reflect excellence in education.”  STREAM was first implemented at ten pilot schools in the fall of 2014, while a second cohort with six additional schools joined the program last June. 
The Diocese of Buffalo has experienced tremendous success with the initial implementation of the STREAM Initiative and will continue to partner with schools to fund this program.  Upon This Rock will allocate $3 million to fund leadership and professional development, as well as essential technology upgrades.  For more information on STREAM programming, please visit

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

St. Michael | Warsaw
Fr. James Hartwell is less than $20,000 away from his goal as he prepares for St. Michael’s first reception next week.

St. Louis | Buffalo
Msgr. Salvatore Manganello continues to make visits and St. Louis is now over 82% of goal, with the parish’s first reception tomorrow, Tuesday April 12th.

Good Shepherd | Pendleton
Fr. Daniel Young is holding Good Shepherd’s Kickoff event this Thursday, April 14 at 7pm and will be announcing Upon This Rock during Mass this weekend.  From 61 gifts, parishioners have given $326,148, which is 63% of the parish goal.

Queen of Martyrs | Cheektowaga
To date, Fr. Louis Klein has met with over 120 families to share with them what Upon This Rock is all about.  From 86 gifts, Queen of Martyrs has raised $483,375, which is 53% of the parish goal.

Holy Cross | Buffalo
Fr. Quilin Bouzi has surpassed 50% raised from 18 gifts as he prepares for Holy Cross’s first reception next week.

St. Leo | Amherst
St. Leo received $61,200 from 8 gifts this week, including 3 gifts from new Campaign Ambassadors.  Msgr. Robert Zapfel reports that spirits are high as his parish is just shy of $500,000!
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