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An "Attitude of Gratitude" Across the Diocese

As Block 2 of Upon This Rock nears its end, there have been many parishes surpassing their goal – this week was no exception!  Both Fr. Robert Yetter, pastor of St. Mary in East Amherst, and Fr. Richard Blazewski, pastor of St. Isidore in Perry, reported their parishes’ success with great enthusiasm.  We spoke with both of them about what these accomplishments mean for their communities. 
The church building at St. Mary’s in East Amherst, constructed in 2010, stands as a testament to every family that has worshiped at the parish since its opening in 1849.  Built to accommodate the parish’s ever-growing population, the church culminated years of planning and dedicated work by hundreds of families.  Thanks to the incredible parishioner support for Upon This Rock, the church’s mortgage can be paid off in full, representing yet another important turning point for St. Mary’s parish. 
“I have been very happy with such supportive results,” shared Fr. Yetter, discussing the impact Upon This Rock has had on St. Mary’s.  “We have built upon the past in order to create a solid foundation for the future of our parish and the Diocese of Buffalo.”  With the remaining funds from their parish share, Fr. Yetter said he hopes to expand parking facilities and set up an endowment at St. Mary’s.
In Perry, Fr. Blazewski expressed similar sentiments as St. Isidore celebrated its recent accomplishments.  “My best experiences of the campaign were the one-on-one meetings with my parishioners,” he said, describing his numerous encounters with families, learning more about them and their call to serve.  Many at St. Isidore felt they had benefitted from their Church and saw Upon This Rock as an opportunity to give back – Fr. Blazewski explained, “I call it an ‘attitude of gratitude.’”  With the funds from the campaign, the parish plans on addressing needs at both of its worship sites, including heating and cooling issues, as well as replacing the churches’ roofs. 
We look forward to seeing what the future holds for both of these two parishes.  Congratulations to Fr. Yetter, Fr. Blazewski, and the supportive communities at both St. Mary’s and St. Isidore. 

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 2

Our Lady of Peace | Clarence
The parishioners at Our Lady of Peace came together during their Commitment Weekend and collectively pledged 10% of goal the weekend of September 24 and 25.  After Mass, they hosted their annual Wine Tasting event which included a silent auction and a basket raffle.

Block 3

St. John Gualbert | Buffalo
Fr. Michael Burzynski is off to a speedy start with the campaign at St. John Gualbert. With just three weeks of campaign activity, parishioners are already 43% of goal. Fr. Mike says they have responded positively to the campaign and are excited to carry on the Gualbert legacy, especially since a majority of them are life-long members at the parish.  

St. John XXIII | West Seneca
Fr. John Stanton reports continued support for Upon This Rock at St. John XXIII, having raised an additional $56,000 from four families. The parish has now surpassed 25% of its $565,000 goal!

Church of the Annunciation | Elma
The parish has raised over $50,000 from its first five gifts.  Fr. Eugene Ulrich is amazed by the generosity of just a few parishioners and is excited to continue to bring in more families to hear about the mission of Upon This Rock.  He is eagerly extending the invitation to participate to as many people as possible – knowing that this initiative will not only benefit their parish, but the entire Catholic community across Western New York.
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