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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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Strength in Numbers

This time of year calls us to reflect on the many blessings that we have been provided.  All of us at Upon This Rock want to thank you, our pastors, staff, volunteers, and parishioners across WNY, for your continued support.
 
Upon This Rock has plenty to be thankful for.  We are thankful for the 65 parishes from all across the diocese that have completed or are in the process of running a campaign.  We are thankful for the more than 12,000 families that have met with their pastors, clergy, or ambassadors to learn about this historic initiative and decided to make a gift.  We are thankful that we are nearly a quarter away from our goal, having already raised over $74 million, which will benefit each of the campaign’s vital programs and endowments.  Most importantly, however, we are thankful for this 1 dedicated community that has come together to build a stronger future for Church in Western New York.
 
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the countless ways you have contributed to Upon This Rock.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving this Thursday – you are all in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season. 


Read below for even more good news from the Upon This Rock initiative!

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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
 
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton | Dunkirk
On November 12 and 13, Fr. Dennis Riter held St. Elizabath Ann Seton’s first Commitment Weekend. Going into the weekend, the parish was at 81% of goal.  Parishioners were inspired by Fr. Riter’s description of the campaign and the many programs it promises to benefit.  As a result, the parish has surpassed its goal – having raised 101% of goal, $460,429 from 93 families.  A second Commitment Weekend was held this past weekend, November 19 and 20, during all Masses.  Results from these events will be reported in our next newsletter on December 5.


St. Brendan on the Lake | Newfane
St. Brendan on the Lake raised $84,365 from 41 families during its first Commitment Weekend on November 12 and 13.  A second Commitment Weekend was held this past weekend, November 19 and 20, during all Masses.  Results from these events will be reported in our next newsletter on December 5.


Church of the Annunciation | Elma
The volunteers at Church of the Annunciation held their first meeting this week; this eager and dedicated group of individuals will act as parish Ambassadors for the Upon This Rock.  Fr. Euene Ulrich is excited to bring on as many people as possible from his community to participate in Upon This Rock.


St. Bonaventure | Allegany
Fr. James Vacco will hold Commitment Weekends at St. Bonaventure this weekend, November 26 and 27, and the following weekend, December 3 and 4.  Parishioners are encouraged to visit the campaign website and contact Fr. Vacco by phone at the parish rectory if you have any questions about Upon This Rock.
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