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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The next phase of the Upon This Rock campaign is upon us as all the parishes from the Pilot phase received their first checks. To congratulate their accomplishment, Richard C. Suchan, the Executive Director of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will present each of the Pilot parishes with a giant check. The physical cash has already been deposited.
Of the nine parishes, SS. Peter and Paul of Hamburg received the largest amount at $152,365! They received incredible support from the parishioners, raising $2,154,207 from 605 gifts. That is the most gifts we have seen from one parish to date! The parishioners at SS. Peter and Paul truly believe in Upon This Rock, and the benefit that the campaign will have on their community. With the first payment in their grasp, Fr. Mattulke can establish an endowment to fund and sustain the parish school and faith formation programs. The money will also be used to help refill the funds that went into recent upgrades for the school.
St. Mark of Buffalo is right behind SS. Peter and Paul with the astounding amount of $105,713! They raised $1,327,498 from 200 gifts, surpassing their goal of $740,000 by 79%. Fr. Rogliano plans to use the money to continue working on the buildings within the parish grounds, such as the interior of the church, rectory, and school buildings.
St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, Vincent de Paul in Niagara Falls, St Rose of Lima in Buffalo, St. Mary in Arcade, St. Benedict in Eggertsville, Immaculate Conception in Ransomville, and Holy Family in Albion all received their first disbursement last week as well. We will hear from two of the parishes, Immaculate Conception and Vincent de Paul in Friday’s podcast regarding where the money will go and what Upon This Rock meant to them.


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

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Christ the King | Snyder
The parish Campaign Executive Committee volunteers took their first assignments last week and are excited to get out and meet with fellow parishioners to share the good news.
Holy Apostles | Jamestown
Fr. Mende, along with a dedicated group of volunteers, are working tirelessly for the campaign as the goal is almost upon them. They are currently 96% of goal from 76 gifts, totaling $643,467.

Holy Spirit | North Collins
Holy Spirit had their first Commitment Weekend on July 16th and 17th. Thirteen more families decided to participate in the effort and with their help, an additional 13% was raised at Holy Spirit bringing their total raised over a quarter-million dollars! 
Infant of Prague | Cheektowaga
Fr. Corbin and the Ambassador team keep moving forward with visits in anticipation of their public announcement and
kick off in September. They are currently at 49% of goal, or $391,700.  

Our Lady of the Angels | Cuba
Fr. Mancuso has officially reached 68% of his goal! He continues to have a positive outlook on the campaign and is overwhelmed by the generous support of his parishioners. Our Lady of the Angels will be hosting a reception on Monday, July, 25th to inform the remaining parishioners of the campaign.
Resurrection Parish | Cheektowaga
Fr. Stachowiak reports that the parish had a great week! In total, they have raised $231,420 of their $500,000 goal.

St. Joseph | Gowanda
Fr. Porpiglia and a committed group of volunteers are working hard conducting visits with the parishioners at St. Joseph. They have officially reached 90% of their goal and are eager to begin the next phase of their campaign! 
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