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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Parishioners at Holy Name of Mary Go Far and Beyond The Call!

Fr. Mierzwa is excited to report that Holy Name of Mary in Ellicottville, with $479,687 pledged to date, has raised 108% of its $448,000 goal! At the first Commitment Weekend, the parishioners raised 14% of their overall goal, a total of $62,450. 

We spoke with Fr. Mierzwa who attributes the success of the campaign to his generous parishioners. “I am humbled by the profound generosity of my parishioners as we approached [and surpassed] our goal of $448,000," he said, and “it was bolstered by [some] generous parishioners who are seasonal visitors.” Fr. Mierzwa feels blessed by the support the parish has given to the campaign.

With their 35% share, Fr. Mirezwa will create an endowment fund that will aid in preserving the parish for years to come. 55% of whatever is raised now will remain in the parish.

Congratulations again to Fr. Mierzwa and all of the parishioners at Holy Name of Mary!


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
Fr. Bossi received overwhelming support during his second Commitment Weekend, bringing in over $100,000 that weekend alone! This brings the parish to 95% of its goal.

St. John Paul II | Lake View
St. John Paul II had its first Commitment Weekend last week, which raised $228,190! From 272 gifts, the parish is now at 87% of goal, or $1,477,040.

St. Louis | Buffalo
Generosity is abound at St. Louis where it continues to push past the Challenge Goal of $1,350,000, raising $1,353,035! The Challenge Goal was set in April once donations surpassed the original goal. Msgr. Manganello set the Challenge Goal for his parish members to help motivate congregants to participate in this campaign, and it worked!

Resurrection Parish | Batavia
Fr. Trujillo is proud to report that two weeks after the two Commitment Weekends there are still donations coming in from generous parishioners at Resurrection. Thirty families have pledged an additional $45,275 – bringing the total to $1,164,827, which represents 126% of their goal.

Block 2

St. Joseph University | Buffalo
Fr. Ledwon had four families give over $100,000 to Upon this Rock this week; they have now raised $248,250.

Blessed Trinity | Buffalo
Fr. Reger has raised $90,000 in the first two weeks of campaign activity! They have reached 43% of their $211,500 goal at Blessed Trinity.

Holy Spirit | North Collins
Fr. Grabowski is thrilled to report that he has raised a whopping $146,500 during his first week of parishioner decisions, which puts Holy Spirit at 77% of its $190,000 goal.

Our Lady of Peace | Clarence
After being asked to consider a gift, a couple at Our Lady of Peace decided to give a $40,000 gift towards the campaign, which is 160% more than what Fr. Doyle had asked! They felt that Upon This Rock was a very worthy cause for their parish and the entire Diocese of Buffalo; particularly, the education portion was extremely important. They were inspired to give not only financially, but also contribute their time to volunteer as Ambassadors.
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