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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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New Year, New Goals!

As we garner in a new year, we also welcome the Block 4 parishes to Upon This Rock’s Weekly Newsletter.

As our regular readers know, we divide the parishes into blocks to allow our staff to provide appropriate attention to each community and while effectively maximize campaign resources.  Two of our Block 4 parishes, St. Katherine Drexel in Buffalo and Our Lady of Bistrica in Lackawanna, have already surpassed their goals – with over 50 parishes in this block overall, we look forward to reporting on similar successes on a regular basis!  Over the next few months, the progress made at these parishes will allow us to reach our $100 million goal.  
 
In a recent interview with the campaign’s podcast, Bishop Malone spoke of the optimism that he takes with him as we move into this final phase of Upon This Rock.  He said, “There is light at the end of the tunnel […] [Parishioners] are making a faith investment with [their] pledge or your gift that will help to ensure […] that we can do the work of Christ effectively and not always worry ‘where am I going to get the dollars to pay for this?’”
 
We can’t wait to share more news as we enter the final stretch of this campaign.  As always, we thank you for following this advancement with us, as well as for the many ways you support Upon This Rock.  


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
 
Block 4

St. Katharine Drexel | Buffalo
As the year kicks off, St. Katharine Drexel is wrapping up its campaign. The parish did an amazing job in surpassing its goal and can boast one of the campaign’s highest participation rates yet – over one third of the parish participated in this effort!  Many families saw how valuable the campaign is for their parish.  With its parish share, St. Katharine Drexel will be able to replace its parish roof and make its facilities even more handicap accessible.


Holy Trinity | Dunkirk
Fr. Daniel Walsh received his first gifts this week and is overwhelmed by the generosity of the parishioners at Holy Trinity!  They have already brought in 10% of the parish’s $394,000 goal!  


Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta | Depew
Fr. Lawrence Damian began visits this week. He is excited to start off the year by spending time getting to better know his parishioners!
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