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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Upon This Rock Pilot Phase Surpasses Group Goal!

The Pilot pastors, parish leaders, and their campaign ambassadors are thrilled to announce that the Pilot-phase parishes have surpassed their campaign goal! 

These results are the product of the commitment of pastors, their parishioners, and their continual outpouring of time and talent.  Upon This Rock has been a concerted effort to foster community within the Diocese of Buffalo.  To date, the eight Pilot parishes have raised $6,713,922 from nearly 1,200 gifts – this is 101% of the phase’s goal. 
With the Christmas season well underway, it is especially humbling to see the selflessness of Buffalo’s parishioners as they help to shape the Church’s future.  In the coming weeks, five parishes will be hosting their Commitment Weekends, which means the Pilots will far exceed their goal.  The Upon This Rock initiative continues to develop momentum as Block 1 parishes commence their early activity. Everyone from Upon This Rock looks forward to sharing more good news from the Pilots and Block 1 in the coming weeks.

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

Immaculate Conception | Ransomville
Upon This Rock has officially come to an end at Immaculate Conception.  After a tremendous outpouring of generosity from the entire parish, Fr. Jim Bastian reports the initiative brought in $584,547 from 155 gifts – that's 172% of their goal!

St. Mark | Buffalo
Fr. Joe Rogliano is excited to lead St. Mark into their first Commitment Weekend.  To date, parishioners have raised $965,335 from 111 gifts – that’s 131% of their goal!  

St. Vincent de Paul | Niagara Falls
St. Vincent de Paul kicks off their first Commitment Weekend only 10% away from their challenge goal.  Fr. Bob Hughson reports that, to date, his parish has raised $1,025,885 from 168 gifts.

Holy Family | Albion
Fr. Richard Csizmar is proud to announce that his parish has surpassed its goal!  To date, Holy Family has raised $492,525 from 112 gifts.  Fr. Dick is optimistic about his parish’s continued success as they move into their first Commitment Weekend.  

SS. Peter & Paul | Hamburg
Having reached 75% of the parish goal, SS. Peter & Paul will host their first Commitment Weekend.  Fr. Art Mattulke is looking forward to all of his parishioners having an opportunity to participate in Upon This Rock.
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