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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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Upon This Rock Surpasses $90,000,000!

We are thrilled to announce that Upon This Rock has now surpassed $90 million in gifts from donors across Western New York!  Many thanks to all of you who have contributed your time, talent, and treasure to allow us to strengthen essential pillars within our Church. 
 
So many organizations and individuals have already benefited from this incredible support – we gathered a few representatives for a new video to thank you for the work that has already been accomplished.  Click the image below to watch:

We are now less than 10% away from our goal!  Now is the time for those who have not yet contributed to the campaign and stand together with their community to help support our historic initiative.  Please share this video to help us raise awareness for Upon This Rock in these final months!


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

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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.

Amen!

Other Upon This Rock Highlights
 
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Immaculate Conception | East Aurora
Fr. Robert Wardenski hosted a Recruitment Weekend for his parishioners this past Saturday and Sunday.  Fr. Bob was eager to share as much information as possible with those in attendance, including plans for Immaculate Conception’s parish share, which will be used to remodel all of the bathrooms in the school building. 


Holy Spirit | Buffalo
Fr. Joseph Wolf reports that after just a few weeks of campaign activity at Holy Spirit, 15 families have made gifts, bringing the parish to 25% of goal. 


 
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St. Mary/St. Mark | Holley/Kendall
After a very successful Commitment Weekend on March 11 and 12, Fr. Mark Noonan reports that the combined efforts of St. Mary in Holley and St. Mark in Kendall brought the parish communities to 103% of their goal. 


Ascension | Batavia
Msgr. David Glassmire is pleased to report that his parish surpassed its goal!  86 families made gifts to the campaign, totaling $431,250 – that’s 102% of Ascension’s $423,000 target.


St. Mary of the Angels | Olean
Fr. Gregory Dobson reports that, “After a very successful first Commitment Weekend [on March 11 and 12], St. Mary is now closing in on 90%!”  An update from the parish’s second Commitment Weekend will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, March 27, 2017. 


Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta | Depew
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta hosted its first Commitment Weekend during all Masses this past Saturday and Sunday.  The parish went into this event at 63% of goal, largely thanks to the dedicated efforts of Fr. Lawrence Damian, as well as the parish business manager Janet Corda.  Results from this weekend will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, March 27, 2017.


Blessed Sacrament | Tonawanda
Fr. Matt Nycz continues to move at a swift pace through the early stages of his campaign. In one week, he brought in 10% of Blessed Sacrament’s goal, bringing the parish’s total to 31% of its $644,000 target.
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