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 Halloween Parade – the Results!

Two weeks ago, we asked you to send in photos of your faith-filled costumes to help us celebrate Halloween.  Our readers surely did not disappoint!  Not only did we receive photos of kids throughout the Diocese dressed up like figures in Church history, we also received submissions of pastors dressing up in the spirit of Halloween, too! 
Many thanks to everyone who participated this year – especially Fr. Michael Parker and Fr. Sean Paul Flemming.  We can’t wait to see what kind of creative attire you all come up with next year.  We’ll be here to continue to share your boundless enthusiasm with our entire Upon This Rock community!

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 | Buffalo
Parishioners at St. Josaphat raised $65,850 during their second Commitment Weekend on October 29 and 30.  The parish has raised $425,120 – 94% of its goal. 

Block 2

St. Joseph University | Buffalo
St. Joseph University raised over $350,000 before its first Commitment Weekend on November 5 and 6, putting the parish more than $100,000 over goal.  Congratulations to Fr. Jack Ledwon and his entire team at the parish for all of your hard work.  Since the parish is now over goal, 55% of any new funds raised at St. Joseph University will stay with the parish.  

St. Stephen | Grand Island
After the first Commitment Weekend on October 29 and 30, St. Stephen Parish is now at 80% of goal!  Results from its second Commitment Weekend, which was held on November 5 and 6, will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 14.

St. Maximilian Kolbe | Corfu
St. Maximilian Kolbe has raised 60% of its $300,000 goal thanks to Fr. James Fugle's hard work and the generosity of his many parishioners.  Keep up the good work!

Our Lady of Mercy | Leroy
Our Lady of Mercy Parish hosted its first of two Commitment Weekends on October 29 and 30.  Due to parishioners’ overwhelming generosity, Our Lady of Mercy was able to raise an additional $61,000, taking the parish to 57% of goal.  Results from its second Commitment Weekend, which was held on November 5 and 6, will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 14. 

Block 3

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton | Dunkirk
On All Saints Day, Fr. Dennis Riter hosted an Upon This Rock reception where many families came to learn about the campaign and how their church would be impacted. As a result of the reception, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is now moving forward to the final parts of its campaign with 79% of goal already pledged!

St. Brendan on the Lake | Newfane
Fr. Józef Dudzik reports that St. Brendan on the Lake has moved into its public phase of Upon This Rock. The parish’s two Commitment Weekends are scheduled for November 12 and 13 and November 19 and 20.
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