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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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Our Mission In Action

The Upon This Rock campaign has seen its fair share of success stories – pastors continue to report surpassed goals, pilot parishes begin to use funds on projects to improve facilities, and volunteers all over Western New York go over and above the call of duty to support their Church.  On a week-to-week basis, it can be easy to get caught up in the statistics of the campaign; it is important that we remain open to the grace-filled reminders of our true mission, which is in constant motion:
 
Last Sunday in Rome, Pope Francis canonized one of the most significant faith figures in recent history, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  During his homily, the pope reflected on her unwavering impact, sharing, “mercy was the salt which gave flavor to her work, it was the light which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.”  In Buffalo, we see dedicated volunteers who continue to uphold this light in her name – specifically those who give their time and talent to the Mother Teresa Home.
 
The Mother Teresa Home, which officially opened its doors at the end of August, is a safe-haven where pregnant women and young mothers are guided through vital programs that enable them to become effective, supportive parents.  Cheryl Calire, executive director of the home, spoke to The Buffalo News, describing the importance of Mother Teresa as a model for volunteerism and selfless service, adding that this canonization “was just absolutely wonderful; [with] people from all around the world, people of all faiths, of no faiths, gathering to celebrate this great day.” Upon This Rock has directed $2 million to fund the establishment and continual services of the home, in order to build upon what the Diocese currently offers in support of respect for all life. 
 
Last week also garnered the beginning of another school year for students all throughout the region!  As students collected their supplies and boarded school busses, teachers readied their classrooms and lesson plans to facilitate an atmosphere rooted in Catholic tradition and Gospel values.  “The first week back is always a joy,” says Linda Garrity, Vice Principal at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore, “Our students love being back at school to learn and spend time with their friends and teachers.  This is when our work, which is truly a pleasure, really begins... It's a very rewarding experience!”
 
Upon This Rock will make a significant impact on Catholic education throughout WNY, especially with tuition assistance.  The campaign will increase the Tuition Assistance Endowment by $12 million and allow the Diocese of Buffalo to provide assistance to 40% more students each year.  This financial support will expand the assistance we are able to provide elementary school students, establish new programs to support students at the high school level, and enable more families to choose Catholic education.  Upon This Rock will also dedicate funding to STREAM program enhancements and collegiate Campus Ministry programs.   


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!

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Other Upon This Rock Highlights

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St. Gregory the Great | Williamsville
St. Gregory the Great will be holding the first of its two open receptions this Wednesday, September 14th.  This reception is open to all parishioners who would like to learn about Upon This Rock.  The second of these receptions will be held in two weeks, on Wednesday, September 28th.  To RSVP please call Jo Pierino at the parish office.


 
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St. Joseph | Gowanda
St. Joseph finished out its second Commitment Weekend strong – exceeding 120% of its goal!  Fr. Joseph Porpiglia is excited to begin the many projects that will be funded by the money raised through the campaign, including the installation of an elevator to make the church more handicapped accessible.  This kind of success would not have been possible without the generosity of time, talents, and treasure by all those who decided to participate in Upon This Rock.


St. Mary of Lourdes | Bemus Point
St. Mary of Lourdes has successfully completed its campaign!  With the help of the generous parishioners, the parish raised $502,525 – 114% of goal.  During its second commitment weekend, 27 families gave a total of $40,690.  Many congratulations to Fr. Todd Remick on a successful campaign!


Our Lady of Angels | Cuba
With the campaign coming to an end at Our Lady of the Angels, Fr. Dennis Mancuso has seen an overwhelming response from his parishioners. Having raised 106% of goal, Fr. Mancuso is appreciative of the acts of his generous parishioners. He has gained a positive outlook on the campaign and is ready to use this momentum to take him through his next two parishes.


Christ Our Hope | Clymer
Fr. Jan Trela and his parishioners have begun their public phase at 85% of goal! All parishioners are invited to learn about Upon This Rock and see how it may benefit their parish community.  


Resurrection Parish | Cheektowaga
Resurrection Parish went public on September 3rd and 4th and currently stand at 82% of its overall goal.  Fr. Conrad Stachowiak reports that his team will be holding an open reception to discuss Upon This Rock with their parishioners on Thursday, September 15th with Commitment Weekends to follow on the weekends of October 1st and 8th.


Infant of Prague | Cheektowaga
Fr. Raymond Corbin publicly announced the campaign last weekend, September 3rd and 4th; Infant of Prague currently stands at 72% of goal.  The parish will be holding an open reception to discuss Upon This Rock next Thursday, September 22nd with Commitment Weekends to follow on the weekends of October 1st and 8th.

Sacred Heart | Lakewood
Fr. Piotr Zacynski is extremely appreciative of the contributions made by his parishioners. He has a positive group of parishioners who are willing to volunteer their time to the initiative at Sacred Heart Parish. His parishioners and staff are all looking for ways to contribute to Upon This Rock.   


 
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St. Brendan on the Lake | Newfane
Fr. Jozef Dudzik continues to conduct visits at St. Brendan on the Lake in Niagara County.  The parish has already raised 45% of its goal in just three weeks.  Campaign Ambassadors will be meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm to learn their roles on St. Brendan’s Upon This Rock team.


St. Francis of Assisi | Tonawanda
Fr. Michael Uebler brought on six new ambassadors this past week who will be making visits on behalf of St. Francis of Assisi!  They have already made great progress, raising over $150,000 in the first 2 weeks of activity; this places the parish at 30% of goal!  Congratulations to Fr. Mike and his Ambassador team!


Epiphany of Our Lord | North Collins
The first gifts came in at Epiphany of Our Lord this week. Fr. Mitch Byeck's hard work for Upon This Rock has already brought the parish to over 10% of goal!
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