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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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STRENGTH IN FAITH!


Blessed Trinity began their Upon This Rock campaign over a month ago and with the support of the parishioners they have reached goal before their first Commitment Weekend! Fr. Reger reports that the parish has raised $55,000 this week from 6 generous gifts, which pushed the total goal to $225,000, 106% of goal. With two Commitment Weekends coming up, 55% of any additional funds raised from them will go directly to the parish!

We spoke with Fr. Reger about the momentum he has been seeing at Blessed Trinity and the support that he has been receiving from the parish. He stated, “The conversations I’ve had with parishioners, about the scope of sacrificial giving in their lives, intensified the pastor-parishioner bond – all of which I did not expect.” He feels blessed for the support his parishioners have shown; this campaign has brought the parish closer together. Fr. Reger is hosting a Kick Off Reception this week and will announce the good news to everyone at the event.

With the parish’s share, Blessed Trinity plans to restore the skylight over the altar, the handicap ramp and the copper roof on the east side of the church. Additionally, the parish will renovate the entire front porch and steps of the church.

Congratulations to everyone at Blessed Trinity for your parish’s strong start!

Starting this week, Upon This Rock will be producing a podcast to give people in our community a chance to hear stories from other parishes that would otherwise never be heard. These podcasts will be posted every Friday and can be found through our website: http://www.uponthisrockwny.org. This week, we are kicking off the first episode with an interview with Bishop Malone!   
 

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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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Christ Our Hope | Clymer
Christ Our Hope is rapidly scheduling meetings and reaching out to parishioners in order to spread the news of Upon This Rock.

Christ the King | Snyder
Fr. Gaglione is thankful for the early parishioner generosity and is excited to have his Ambassador team get started this week. The parish has raised $428,500 to date.

Corpus Christ | Buffalo
Corpus Christi received the first gift to their campaign, and they’re on their way!

Holy Apostles | Jamestown
Holy Apostles had their Kick Off Reception last week, bringing them to 93% of their goal! They held their public announcement this past weekend. Fr. Mende and the Campaign Executive Committee members are eager and excited to begin the public phase!

Holy Spirit | North Collins
Fr. Grabowski hosted a Kickoff Meeting on June 30th. Eight families collectively pledged $25,500 which brought them over their Challenge Goal of $230,000! They are now at 127% of their original goal!

Holy Trinity | Medina
Fr. Fawls reports that the parish has raised over $300,000 of the $520,000 goal. Last week, they held their first Ambassador meeting. He is excited to finish out strong!

Infant of Prague | Cheektowaga
Infant of Prague raised another $41,200 this week with $18,000 coming from Ambassador Gifts. They are 43% of goal with $340,700 raised. Great work by Fr. Corbin and the Ambassadors!

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart | Orchard Park
Fr. Kowalczyk continues to conduct visits at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Parishioners have been positive about the 
campaign, and are particularly excited about the Mother Teresa Home, which is opening at the end of August.

Resurrection Parish | Cheektowaga
Resurrection has hit the 40% mark! With the gifts received this week, Resurrection has raised $212,420 and which is 42% of their overall goal of $500,000.

St. Joseph University | Buffalo
St. Joseph University continues to make 
significant progress, and has raised $940,250 from 32 gifts during the initial stages of Upon This Rock.

St. Timothy | Tonawanda
In response to Recruitment Weekend at St. Timothy, Fr. Fronckowiak is reaching out to his parishioners who want to learn more about the campaign.

Our Lady of Mercy | LeRoy
Fr. Donovan received 10 gifts from his parishioners this week and is overwhelmed by their generosity.


 
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