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St. Joseph Cathedral Wraps Upon This Rock Campaign at 140% of Parish Goal

Following the parish’s second Commitment Weekend, Fr. Peter Drilling is very proud to report that St. Joseph Cathedral will be finishing the Upon This Rock campaign at 140% of the parish goal!  St. Joseph found early success with the initiative through visitation and was the first Block 1 parish to reach their goal.  As their campaign comes to a close, the parish raised $758,943 from 62 gifts.
Fr. Peter Drilling, the rector of St. Joseph Cathedral, is very proud of his parish’s success.  “Right from my first meetings with parishioners,” Fr. Drilling shared with us, “I have been overwhelmed by their generosity.  What a blessing!”  With its parish share, St. Joseph Cathedral plans to create a Deferred Maintenance Fund that will aid them in preserving the parish for years to come.  Some of the items that may be addressed over the upcoming years include replacing the floor underneath the pews, ongoing repair of the parish windows, and painting refurbishment of various areas of the Cathedral.   
Congratulations to Fr. Drilling, Campaign Ambassadors, and parishioners at St. Joseph Cathedral for running such a great campaign!

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

Queen of Angels | Lackawana
Fr. John Kasprzak publicly announced the Upon This Rock campaign at Queen of Angels this past weekend.  The parish is currently at 78% of goal; they have raised $239,340 from 135 gifts.

Queen of Heaven | West Seneca
Queen of Heaven has passed the $1 million mark toward their goal. The parish has raised $1,020,295 from 158 gifts.

Blessed Sacrament | Buffalo
Fr. Paul Bossi’s parish raised 9% of their goal in just one week!  With 3 gifts, Blessed Sacrament is now over 50% of their goal.

St. Mary of the Assumption | Lancaster
Fr. Paul Steller reports that St. Mary raised more than $50,000 this week and officially surpassed the 50% mark of their Upon This Rock goal!

Good Shepherd | Pendleton
Fr. Daniel Young and his Ambassadors are enthusiastic to say that Good Shepherd has surpassed the 50% mark of their goal!  To date, the parish has raised $268,818 from 37 gifts.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga | Cheektowaga
Msgr. Peter Popadick reports that St. Aloysius Gonzaga raised $27,200.  The parish is now at $311,875 from 70 gifts and is at 47% of their goal. 

St. John the Baptist | Lockport
At St. John the Baptist’s first Recruitment Weekend, 267 cards were collected.  Fr. James Waite says that more than 100 parishioners indicated they would like to meet regarding Upon This Rock in order to learn more about the program.  Additionally, over 75 parishioners are willing to volunteer.

Holy Name of Mary | Ellicotville
After only four weeks of meeting with families at Holy Name of Mary, Fr. Ron Mierzwa is proud to say his parish is at 42% of their goal.  So far, from 19 gifts, his parishioners have pledged $187,500.

St. Amelia | Tonawanda
During the parish’s Recruitment Weekend, Msgr. Thomas Maloney says he collected 307 response cards. This terrific response means that his parishioners are excited about the initiative and ready to learn more!

St. John Paul II | Lake View
The Campaign Ambassadors at St. John Paul II have been meeting with many parishioners.  The Ambassadors' tireless efforts resulted in 10 gifts this week.  The parish now has 72 pledges overall, totaling $637,105 and 38% of their goal.

Our Lady of Hope | Warsaw
Fr. Quilin Bouzi is currently recruiting bilingual parish leaders to help spread the word of Upon This Rock, as there are a number of different languages and dialects therein spoken at Our Lady of Hope.
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