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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Success Blooms at St. Joseph, Holland!

For the fourth week in a row we are able to report another parish has surpassed its Upon This Rock goal – this time we laude St. Joseph in Holland for reaching 107%!  Fr. Lathislaus “Benjamin” Mariasoosai was only installed as pastor at St. Joseph in September 2016, but he has deftly led his new community to success.  During the parish’s second Commitment Weekend on April 1 and 2, Fr. Benjamin truly rallied the congregation, which brought in 9% of its $304,000 target. 
Fr. Benjamin sees this achievement as marking a new era for his church.  With the returning funds raised by his parishioners, he plans to update the church’s lighting to a new, more cost-effective system, replace the church and rectory roofs, and reseal the campus’s parking lot.  Now that the parish is over goal, 55% of any additional funds will go directly to the community for further development or savings!
St. Joseph, Holland is one of the parishes that has been bundled during the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal.  As reported in a previous newsletter, this year only, some parishes’ fundraising for Upon This Rock will overlap with the Appeal.  Therefore, these drives have been combined – helping Catholic Charities reach its goal without running two concurrent campaigns.  Upon This Rock will create endowments for Catholic Charities and other vital Catholic ministries, ensuring their financial security in perpetuity. 
Many congratulations to Fr. Benjamin, his Ambassadors, volunteers, and everyone at St. Joseph for your tireless efforts.  We thank you for always standing together in faith. 

Read 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
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All Saints | Lockport
All Saints in Lockport hosted its second Commitment Weekend on April 1 and 2, which brought in an additional 10% of the parish’s goal.  As a result of this second weekend, Fr. Walter Szczesny reports that the church is now at 118% of its $641,000 goal!

St. Mary of the Angels | Olean
After another successful Commitment Weekend, Fr. Gregory Dobson reports that his parish is now at 112% of its $836,000 goal!

Our Lady of the Lake | Barker
After its second Commitment Weekend, the parish now stands at 85% of goal. Fr. Jim Hassett attributes the successes during these two weekends to the overwhelming amount of generosity from his parishioners.
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