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Blessed Sacrament in Andover Sets Upon This Rock Record!

Fr. Sean DiMaria has surpassed his parish’s $75,000 goal, bringing in 91% of goal in the past week alone.  This marks the quickest parish campaign to reach its goal in the Upon This Rock initiative to date. The parish's incredible momentum doesn’t end just yet – Fr. Sean is still scheduled to meet with more parishioners this week and Blessed Sacrament’s will soon be entering the public phase of its campaign. 
We talked with Fr. Sean who, first and foremost, wanted to thank the people of Blessed Sacrament for making this possible.  “Even though we haven’t started the public phase of our campaign,” Fr. Sean said, “It’s a real blessing to see that people have been so generous.  Everyone at the parish is enthused about Upon This Rock and looking forward to seeing what will happen in the near future.”
Now that Blessed Sacrament is over goal, 55% of whatever is collected will come back to the parish for ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the parish grounds.  A key component to this preservation will be the repair and partial replacement of the archway to The Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  “We have a perpetual need for our rural cemetery,” Fr. Sean added, “and it’s important that we maintain this land as best we can.”
Congratulations to Fr. Sean and parishioners at Blessed Sacrament for all of their successes up to this point in the 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

St. Louis | Buffalo
Msgr. Salvatore Manganello has a wealth of activity happening this week with 11 new meetings and 5 follow-ups with parishioners to discuss the Upon This Rock initiative.  St. Louis is currently at 63% of their goal, with $600,360 raised from 35 gifts.

St. Michael | Warsaw
Fr. James Hartwell saw an increase of 19% of St. Michael’s goal in just one week, thanks to the help of many parishioners!  The parish has now raised $158,725 from 24 gifts, which is 60% of its overall goal.

Good Shepherd | North Tonawanda
Campaign Ambassadors continue to work alongside Fr. Daniel Young as they meet with new families each week to discuss Upon This Rock.  Good Shepherd is currently at 54% of their goal; 43 families have given $278,298 from 43 gifts.

Queen of Martyrs | Cheektowaga
75% of the families that attended Fr. Louis Klein's first reception made a pledge that very evening demonstrating parishioners’ ongoing excitement for Upon This Rock!

St. Leo | Amherst
Msgr. Robert Zapfel has 12 meetings scheduled with parishioners this week.  St. Leo’s is currently at 26% of goal, with $312,100 raised from 25 gifts.
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