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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This is a correction to the Upon This Rock weekly newsletter that came out earlier today at 3:00.  That report stated the current total was $27,309,867.  The corrected total, reflected in this updated newsletter is $27,390,867.  

St. Peter in Lewiston Surpasses $1,000,000 and Announces Combined Campaign

Last week, Msgr. David LiPuma announced that his parishioners had already raised $1,015,000 from 29 gifts.  The parish’s goal is set for $2,000,000, meaning the church is at 51% of their benchmark overall.  Msgr. LiPuma, pastor at St. Peter is proud to see these accomplishments thus far.
St. Peter in Lewiston is also the first of the Upon This Rock parishes to participate in a Combined Campaign.  The Diocese of Buffalo has recognized that some parishes may have extraordinary local fund-raising needs and wish to consider raising capital funds for parish needs in conjunction with Upon This Rock during the established timetable.

"While our parish has a solid financial base at this time," Msgr. LiPuma shared with us last year, "we are exploring the possibility of making significant improvements and renovations to our parish hall, school and church."  He added, "these improvements would greatly improve the handicap accessibility of our facilities."
We will continue to report on the success happening at St. Peter and any additional Combined Campaign parishes in our weekly newsletter as we move forward in the Upon This Rock initiative.  

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



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

Queen of Heaven | West Seneca
Having collected gifts from 94 families, Fr. Gregory Faulhaber reports that his has raised over 50% of their goal.

Queen of Angels | Lackawana
Fr. John Kasprzak reports that early gift donations from parishioners have allowed Queen of Angels to surpass the 50% mark of their goal.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga | Cheektowaga
Following his parish’s first Recruitment Weekend, Msgr. Peter Popadick has scheduled a number of initial visits with parishioners who look forward to learning more about Upon This Rock.

Resurrection Parish | Batavia
Both Fr. Ivan Trujillo and the parish’s Business Manager made their gifts to Upon This Rock, demonstrating a personal commitment to the campaign’s success.

Our Lady of Czestochowa | North Tonawanda
Fr. Gary Szczepankiewicz delivered a heartfelt announcement of Upon This Rock during Masses at his parish’s first Recruitment Weekend.  More than 180 families have expressed interest in supporting the initiative.

Our Lady of Hope | Buffalo
A family at Our Lady of Hope welcomed Fr. Quilin Bouzi and other parishioners into their home for a home cooked meal, so that Father could share further details about Upon This Rock.
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