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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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A Community Comes Together

Commitment Weekends are an integral part of Upon This Rock.  This is a pastor’s final opportunity to appeal to his community and encourage its members to support the campaign.  This call to action is often received with much enthusiasm by parishioners, some of whom are hearing about certain aspects of this initiative for the first time and are inspired to make a pledge.  We are happy to report that the Commitment Weekend at St. Martin de Porres – the first of 2017 – was incredibly successful and brought the parish to 147% of goal!
 
Going into the weekend of February 4 and 5, St. Martin de Porres was at 87% of goal.  After sharing information with his congregation about the various programs and ministries that Upon This Rock will strengthen, Fr. Ronald Sajdak had raised over $100,000!  With the 35% of funds coming back into the parish, Fr. Sajdak says that the parish will be constructing a new meeting space for a whole range of events and activities.  Since St. Martin de Porres has now surpassed its campaign goal, 55% of any additional funds will go directly to the parish community. 
 
Fr. Sajdak hosted the second Commitment Weekend on February 11 and 12; results from those dates will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Tuesday, February 21.  Congratulations to everyone at the parish for your continued success! 


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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. Margaret | Buffalo
Fr. Joseph Wolf hosted the parish’s first Commitment Weekend on February 4 and 5, during which 31 families pledged a collective total of $75,650!  The returning funds at St. Margaret will be used to repair the rectory roof and strengthen the parish’s financial reserves.  Fr. Wolf hosted the second Commitment Weekend on February 11 and 12; results from those dates will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Tuesday, February 21. 

 
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Mary Immaculate | East Bethany
The following is a message from Fr. Innocent Diala, the pastor at Mary Immaculate:
“I have met with 60 parishioners since Mary Immaculate began the campaign in January. I am truly humbled by the generosity of parishioners who have enabled us to achieve more than 60% of our goal thus far. I look forward to our continued success and the opportunity to meet with more parishioners over the next few weeks. To the Mighty One; in whose name we make these sacrifices be all the Glory of whatever success we are able to make in our parish campaign! Amen!”
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