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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With the help of Deacon Francis W. Pasquale, Jr. and the Ambassadors, St. Mary had reached goal before their first Commitment Weekend! The dedication of the parishioners never stopped even after reaching the parish goal. Dcn. Pasquale commends the members of the parish saying that “they have a great catholic faith, love for their churches and belief in one another... They know that there are many needs within their parish community, and truly realize that the church does not end at their front doors.” The faith the parishioners have for the campaign shows as they raised $97,000, raising the goal to 162% from 30 gifts.  
In Belmont, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph raised $99,650, or 142% from 38 gifts. The generosity of the parishioners was remarkable as they worked together to raise 67% of their goal at the first Commitment Weekend! The parish understood Dcn. Pasquale’s message, that “the campaign was for the community, a chance to help our neighbors as well as ourselves.” Upon This Rock was a chance to not only give back to the community but to others in the Diocese of Buffalo.  
Dcn. Pasquale would like to thank everyone at these two parishes for answering the call. “It has been a pleasure to serve as Pastoral Administrator for the churches of St. Mary and Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Even though these catholic communities are relatively small compared to most suburb and city churches, they are large in both heart and spiritual devotion.” Congratulations to everyone involved with Upon This Rock at St. Mary and Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

If you would like to hear more from Dcn. Pasquale, tune in Friday for Together in Faith as we speak with him about the campaign.


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
Blessed Sacrament | Buffalo
Blessed Sacrament brought in a few new gifts since Commitment Weekend and is now less than $4,000 to goal!

Block 2
Blessed Trinity |  Buffalo
During the second Commitment Weekend at Blessed Trinity, 10 more families decided to pledge a total of $16,500, bringing them to a total of $274,650. As a result, they are at 130% of goal!
Christ the King | Snyder
Christ the King reached the 40% mark this past week and Fr. Gaglione is thankful to those who made it possible.

Holy Apostles | Jamestown
Holy Apostles finished up with their second Commitment Weekend well over their goal.  This would not have been possible without the excellent efforts of Fr. Mende, the Ambassadors, and the entire parish community. 
Holy Trinity | Medina
Holy Trinity’s volunteer team had their first visits this 
week, and are excited to participate in the campaign.

Infant of Prague | Cheektowaga
Infant of Prague had a fantastic week with $90,600 pledged! This is an increase of 11% towards their goal of $800,000.  They are currently at 65% of goal with their Public Announcement coming in September.
Resurrection Parish | Cheektowaga
For the second week in a 
row Resurrection had a strong week. With $41,700 in pledges collected, they are now over $300,000 raised! They stand at 68% of their $500,000 goal with $338,620 pledged.
Our Lady of the Angels | Cuba
Fr. Mancuso received a positive response after his Public Announcement last weekend. His parishioners continue to support the campaign. Our Lady of the Angels will have their first Commitment Weekend August 13 and 14.
St. Isidore | Perry
Fr. Blazejewski reports that the parish had another good week, raising $30,000 to bring the total to $135,640 or 53%.
St. Joseph | Gowanda
St. Joseph’s had an amazing turnout for their Upon This Rock Kick-Off Receptions.  Fr. Porpiglia and the volunteers did
an wonderful job making sure the night ran perfectly. They will begin the public phase of their campaign and are eager to invite as many parishioners as possible to participate in Upon This Rock.
St. Mary | Canaseraga
Fr. Cullen is happy to report that the parish has surpassed the 50% mark! From 13 families, the parish has raised $73,275 of the $140,000 goal.

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