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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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Moving the Plot Forward

A thorough read of Upon This Rock’s timeline will reveal that we are only still on the opening pages of a much longer story.  This fundraising, which has dominated the narrative – our journey to raising $100 million – for the better part of two years is simply a prologue.  The main focus of this story is the way these funds return to the community in order to strengthen our future.  We are excited to share with you, our compelled audience, that the next chapter of the campaign is finally unfolding, as the second round of disbursement checks make their way to the parishes.
 
The Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the organization that manages the generously donated funds, disburses funds every six months, on January 31 and July 31.  Any parish that has completed its campaign for at least 90 days prior to a disbursement date will receive a check with a portion of its 35% parish share.  This month, 62 parishes will receive checks to begin their individual improvements; the Pilot parishes and St. Joseph’s Cathedral were sent their first checks in July of 2016. 
 
Last week we spoke to Msgr. Thomas Maloney at St. Amelia in Tonawanda, one of the parishes to receive a disbursement check this week.  He shared his parish’s inspired plans to use Upon This Rock funds for a new, state-of-the-art building to further foster discipleship within his community.  “People […] don’t join because they come to a church liturgy,” he said, “They join because of what happens after.  After Mass they have an opportunity to meet people, people reach out to them, and they do this over the period of weeks – three, four, five, six, eight, ten weeks – and then they feel that they belong here.  That’s when they register.  We don’t have a really good place for that kind of fellowship to take place.  So we want to erect a building where that can happen.” 
 
We are excited to share more stories like this one in the coming weeks, as we speak to more pastors who are moving the plot forward in their stories as they receive disbursement checks on Together in Faith, the campaign’s monthly podcast.  Thank you as always for following our story as we build a stronger narrative for the Diocese of Buffalo. 


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. Martin de Porres | Buffalo
Thanks to the hard work of Fr. Ronald Sajdak and the generosity of his parishioners, the parish has reached 87% of its $166,750 goal.


SS. Joachim & Anne | Attica
Fr. George Devanapalle continues to have meetings with many parishioners on a weekly basis. He is excited about the opportunity to spend time with them, in order to share information about this historic campaign and its potential impact on SS. Joachim & Anne.


All Saints | Lockport
In just one week, Fr. Walter Szczesny and his Ambassadors raised $73,500! This brings the parish to 45% of its $640,500 goal.


Our Lady of Victory Basilica | Lackawana
Our Lady of Victory Basilica brought in $245,000 in its first week of fundraising!  Msgr. Paul Burkard is glad to see that his parish is already at 20% of goal.
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