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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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Commitment Weekend Leads to Community-Wide Success!

Throughout the coming weeks, many Block 1 parishes will be holding their Commitment Weekends. These events are some of the most exciting of a campaign, as they involve an entire parish community unifying in support of the Upon This Rock initiative. This is also when many parishes meet or surpass their goal. One such parish to have recently gone past its 100% mark is Resurrection Parish in Batavia. 
 
The parish held its first Commitment Weekend on May 21 and 22, seeing a swell of support from everyone who attended. Fr. Ivan Trujillo reports that parishioners raised $124,887 from 76 gifts in those two days alone. Going into its second Commitment Weekend this past Saturday and Sunday, Resurrection stood at 110% of goal, with a total of $1,017,787 raised from 200 gifts. A full report of this past weekend’s success will be published in next week’s newsletter.
 
As Resurrection is now over goal, 55% of any additional funds will go directly to the parish community. Fr. Trujillo is especially excited to establish a deferred maintenance fund which will address a number of future projects at both of his parishes' churches. These projects may include repairing the roof and updating the heating/cooling system at St. Joseph Church, as well as replacing the sidewalk in front of St. Mary Church. 
 
Congratulations to Fr. Trujillo, campaign volunteers, and all of the parishioners at Resurrection Parish for all of your continued successes!


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
 
Block 1

St. Michael | Warsaw
Fr. James Hartwell held his second Commitment Weekend on May 21 and 22, which brought St. Michael’s to $381,275 through an additional 17 gifts, totaling $27,100. The parish is now at 145% of goal.


St. Leo | Amherst
Msgr. Robert Zapfel reports that his parishioners are now just $5,000 away from goal. St. Leo’s will be holding a reception this evening, Tuesday May 31; their Commitment Weekends will take place during the weekends of June 18-19 and 25-26.

Holy Name of Mary | Ellicottville
Fr. Ronald Mierzwa reports that $37,000 in gifts came in this week, bringing Holy Name of Mary to 94% of goal. Their first Commitment Weekend will be held this Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5.

St. John the Baptist | Alden
St. John the Baptist is closing in on 80% of goal; Fr. James Ciupek and the Ambassadors are hoping to receive decisions from remaining parishioners before their first Commitment Weekend on June 11 and 12.

 
Block 2

Holy Apostles | Jamestown
Holy Apostles surpassed 60% of goal after less than a month of visits. Fr. Dennis Mende has assembled an enthusiastic team of eleven parishioners who are helping to spread the message of this important program.

St. Joseph | Gowanda
In the first three weeks, St. Joseph has raised 40% of goal. Fr. Joseph Porpiglia is ecstatic about the early returns from parishioners and thankful for their early generosity.

St. Anthony | Farnham
Fr. James Fliss met with a parishioner last week who decided to give the full request amount on the spot. The parishioner was very excited to participate, as he sees the importance of giving back in order to support the future of St. Anthony’s and all of the programs throughout Western New York that will benefit from Upon This Rock.

St. Michael | Buffalo
Fr. Benjamin Fiore, S.J. began meeting with parishioners last week to discuss the Upon This Rock initiative. St. Michael's is now at 5% of goal, having raised $22,500 from 3 gifts.

Infant of Prague | Cheektowaga
After just one week of visits, Fr. Raymond Corbin is very happy to report that his parishioners have raised $35,500. Infant of Prague had its first Ambassador meeting with five volunteers willing to go out and make visits.

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph | Niagara Falls
Fr. Duane Klizek will commence visits with Holy Family parishioners this week.
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