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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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Our Appreciation Continues

Upon This Rock is made possible by the overwhelming support from parishioners throughout the Diocese of Buffalo.  By the end of 2016, over 12,000 families had made a financial commitment to the campaign.  While many voices – our staff, pastors, Bishop Malone – have spoken up to thank you for your contribution, as tax season approaches, you will soon receive formal documentation in recognition of your gift.
 
In the coming days, our office will send out tax statements to anyone who contributed $250 or more to Upon This Rock in 2016.  All gifts made to the campaign are tax deductible, so make sure to submit this paperwork when you file.  When you receive your letter, please review the document to make sure all the information is correct; should you notice an inconsistency, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Administration, Marian Owczarczak, at mowczarczak@buffalodiocese.org or 716.847.8742 and she will rectify the letter.  Likewise, if you do not receive your letter by the first full week in February, or if you made a gift under $250 but would still like a statement for your records, you may call Ms. Owczarczak and she will send one to you.
 
As always, thank you for your constant support of this historic initiative.  We look forward to sharing more good news with you in the coming weeks – that which is a direct result of your ongoing dedication. 


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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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All Saints | Lockport
The campaign at All Saints is going very well, as Fr. Walter Szczesny met with 17 families this past week and plans to meet with even more this week.  Over the weekend, the parish conducted its first Recruitment Weekend, which is guaranteed to spark more interest in the campaign.


St. Bernadette | Orchard Park
St. Bernadette has officially begun its Upon This Rock campaign, with Fr. Paul Seil hosting his first visits with parishioners!  The parish will be using its returning 35% of funds to establish a deferred savings fund to support any current or future parish expenses.  Any parishioners at St. Bernadette who would like to learn more about the campaign and find out how they can participate should contact Fr. Paul. 


Our Lady Help of Christians | Cheektowaga
Fr. Richard Jesionowski is excited to have started his campaign and get as many parishioners involved as possible in order to educate them on the mission of Upon This Rock. He has had some initial support and encouragement from a wonderful group of volunteers.
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