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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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PUSHING ONWARDS!


Every week a parish reaches and exceeds its goal in the campaign and with Labor Day behind us, this week is no exception as two parishes – St. Mary of Lourdes in Bemus Point and Immaculate Conception in Eden -- rose above their goal!

This week is also the start of Block 3 of Upon This Rock, and it isn’t a surprise to see a parish surpass their goal before the new block is publicized. Immaculate Conception will be the first of many to reach goal, raising a total of $403,300, from 50 gifts. Fr. Grabowski wasn’t astonished at the success of the campaign as he worked tirelessly to send out the message of Upon This Rock. He contributes the accomplishment to the “deep faith and love of the Church of the parishioners who understand this initiative.” Since the parish met goal, 55% of all additional funds will go directly to its community.
 
Fr. Remick reports that St. Mary of Lourdes held its first Commitment Weekend last week, where it raised over $100,000 to bring the total to $461,835! The parish is now over goal from 81 gifts and 55% of future funds raised will go directly to the parish to be used to install air conditioning in Bemus Point and Mayville, as well as an endowment for the church.  The second Commitment Weekend was held this past weekend and will be reported on in the next newsletter. 

Congratulations to Fr. Grabowski, Fr. Remick, and parishioners at Immaculate Conception and St. Mary of Lourdes for all of their successes up to this point in the campaign!

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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

Block 1
 
St. John the Baptist | Kenmore
Fr. Parker reports the parish has raised more than 75%, or $1,371,964 from 427 gifts and continues to receive new gifts each day! 

St. Gregory the Great | Amherst
St. Gregory the Great is over $2,500,000! After a strong week, the parish has pushed past the $2.5M mark with receptions coming on September 14th and 28th.

Block 2

St. John de LaSalle | Niagara Falls
St. John de LaSalle has now raised 60% after its Commitment Weekend! Fr. Siok is very happy with the progress, and continues to receive new gifts.

St. Isidore | Perry
Fr. Blazejewski is delighted that the campaign continues to progress well, the parish is at $211,715 of goal, or 83% raised! Fr. Blazejewski remains available to meet with parishioners and is happy to inform parish families of the progress made every week, as well as feature different aspects of the case at every Mass.

St. Timothy | Tonawanda
Fr. Fronckowiak is recovering from surgery.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him for a speedy recovery.

St. Joseph | Gowanda  
St. Joseph is finishing up its second Commitment Weekend!  After a successful first Commitment Weekend, 8 new parishioners made a commitment to participate in Upon This Rock putting the parish at 117% of goal! Fr. Porpiglia is so thankful for all those who have made this a possibility and all those who continue to pray for the success of the Upon This Rock campaign.

Christ Our Hope | Clymer
Welcome Fr. MarkItua
! Although we are sad to see Fr. Trela leave, Fr. Itua is excited and eager to take over Upon This Rock at Christ Our Hope.  Fr. Itua and Dcn. Armstrong will be working diligently to meet with as many parishioners as possible and spread the message of Upon This Rock. After already raising over 80% of goal they are looking forward to inviting other parishioners to participate and help them reach goal.

Church of the Annunciation | Elma
Fr. Ulrich has just begun conducting visits for the campaign! He plans to use the parish share to fund a "Master Plan" of improvements that he has been working on for a long time. The 35% returning funds will allow him to get started on this plan. He is excited to reach out to as many parishioners as possible to invite them to learn about and participate in Upon This Rock.

Holy Trinity | Medina
Holy Trinity is at 87% of its $520,000 goal from 77 gifts. Fr.
Fawls is excited to reach goal and is looking forward to his first Commitment Weekend next week.

St. Maximilian Kolbe | Corfu 
Fr. Fugle is working hard at St Maximilian Kolbe and he is very excited to have reached 29% of his $300,000 goal.

Our Lady of the Angels | Cuba 
Before moving into the campaign at his next two parishes, Fr. Mancuso is continuing to receive gifts from his generous parishioners. The parish successfully reached 106% of
goal, or $168,980 from 35 gifts. He is hopeful for his next two campaigns and is looking to spread his positive attitude to both.
 
Block 3


Epiphany of Our Lord | North Collins
Fr.
Byeck conducted his first visits this week as Epiphany of Our Lord as his parish begins the campaign.

St. Andrew | Kenmore          
St. Andrew has recorded the first two gifts this week, bringing its total raised to $30,000!

St. Brendan on the Lake | Newfane
Fr. Dudzik started conducting visits for Upon This Rock. So far, parishioners have raised $184,000 in just two weeks!  He is excited to continue informing his parishioners about the campaign.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton | Dunkirk 
Fr. Riter has started his campaign with great momentum! This past week, Fr. Riter met with eighteen families over the course of 3 days!

St. Francis of Assisi | Tonawanda
Fr. 
Uebler and his Ambassadors are off to a fantastic start.  In just the second week of making visits, St. Francis of Assisi has raised $142,800 on 12 gifts thus far. It has raised 25% of the $571,500 goal.  Congratulations to Fr. Mike and his team of Ambassadors!
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