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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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Building a Stronger Future

Two parishes have successfully completed their Upon This Rock goals this week – Infant of Prague, Cheektowaga and Our Lady of Peace, Clarence.  This success is a testament to the ongoing support for Upon This Rock at each of these parish communities.  Let’s take a look at how each church will benefit from this generosity:
 
In Cheektowaga, Fr. Raymond G. Corbin reports that Infant of Prague went over goal after its second Commitment Weekend.  Thanks to a strong parishioner turnout on October 8 and 9, the parish reached 101% of its $800,000 goal.  Fr. Corbin explained that Infant of Prague will use its parish share to establish a Deferred Maintenance Fund, which will provide a mechanism for the church to underwrite various future projects.  A few of the items that Fr. Corbin will target include replacing exterior doors in the Parish Center, repaving the parking lots, and replacing the church boiler – which is original to the property.
 
Our Lady of Peace in Clarence is also celebrating its success this week, as parishioners surpassed its $1,240,000 goal.  Fr. Thomas Doyle says that the parish received 200 gifts to Upon This Rock, averaging over $6,200.  Like Infant of Prague, Our Lady of Peace will also be creating a Deferred Maintenance Fund to aid the parish in sustaining itself for years to come.  Some of the items Fr. Doyle plans to address include insulating the church building, repairing the stone wall in front of the parish, and providing air conditioning for the church. 
 
Both parishes have demonstrated incredible resilience as they have strived towards their Upon This Rock goals.  Congratulations to Fr. Corbin, Fr. Doyle, and all of the Ambassadors and volunteers at both parishes for your tireless efforts!


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. Gregory the Great | Williamsville
Fr. Leon Biernat reports that his parish has officially raised over $3,000,000!  After a strong response to a recent campaign mailing, the parish is now at 53% of their $5,750,000 goal.  St. Gregory the Great’s Commitment Weekends are coming up on November 5-6 and November 12-13.

 
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St. James | Jamestown
St. James Parish in Jamestown had yet another fruitful Commitment Weekend. The parish has surpassed $600,000; 201 parish families have given $605,070, bringing the parish to 109% of goal.

 
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SS. Brendan & Jude | Alfred
Fr. Sean DiMaria has talked to many parishioners who are willing to support Upon This Rock. The parish had its Public Announcement on October 9; after Mass, many families decided to make their pledge to the campaign!  In the last week alone, the parish has raised over 50% of goal, bringing it to 77% of its overall goal.
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