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St. Michael Parish, Warsaw Thrives as Parishioners Support the Upon This Rock Initiative

Following Holy Week, Fr. James Hartwell saw a swell of parishioner support for Upon This Rock.  In one week’s time, St. Michael Parish in Warsaw collected 9 gifts, bringing in nearly 20% of its goal.  Overall, Fr. Jim has received 83% of the parish's goal from 34 gifts, totaling $219,925.  “This goal is actually achievable,” Fr. Jim shared, “Parishioners are pleasantly surprised and encouraged to continue supporting the campaign”
 
With the parish’s 35% share of gifts raised, St. Michael Parish plans to make necessary renovations and relocate offices to the Parish Hall.  Additionally, the parish will upgrade its heating system so it’s more efficient and cost-effective. 
 
As St. Michael is still in the early stages of Upon This Rock, Fr. Jim only has received gifts through personal visits but is excited to publicly announce the campaign and its broader mission to his congregation.  “This has been interesting for a lot of people,” he said, “in many cases they didn't know just how far-reaching the ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo could extend.”  The parish will hold its first reception next Monday, April 11.
 
Congratulations to Fr. Jim and everyone at St. Michael Parish who have contributed to the campaign thus far!


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

Blessed Sacrament | Andover
Fr. Sean DiMaria continues to see incredible success at Blessed Sacrament.  The parish has raised over 180% of their original goal, with new gifts still coming in from parishioners.  Their first Commitment Weekend is scheduled for April 9th and 10th.  


St. Louis | Buffalo
Four new Ambassadors have joined the campaign.  With 50 gifts, St. Louis has raised $759,860, which is 80% of their goal.

Queen of Heaven | West Seneca
In the last two days, Queen of Heaven entered its first of two Commitment Weekends at nearly 70% of goal.  Both Fr. Gregory Faulhaber and Fr. Dave Richards were very excited to speak to parishioners at Mass about the parish’s progress.  The results of the past weekend will be published in next Monday’s newsletter.

Holy Name of Mary | Ellicottville
Fr. Ronald Mierzwa reported a significant gift of $52,000.  Holy Name of Mary is now at 63% of goal, from 22 gifts totaling $279,500.

Queen of Martyrs | Cheektowaga
Fr. Louis Klein surpassed his 50% benchmark and is moving quickly into the next phase of his campaign!

St. Amelia | Tonawanda
Msgr. Thomas Maloney had a strong week following Easter, as St. Amelia reached 50% of their goal.  From 110 gifts, parishioners have raised $1,157,530.

St. John Paul II | Lake View
Recruitment efforts on the part of Fr. Peter Karalus and his Campaign Executive Committee in the past two weeks have been fruitful, and six more Ambassadors have joined the team.  

St. Leo | Amherst
Throughout Holy Week, Msgr. Robert Zapfel continued to meet with families, bringing in gifts totaling $78,500.  Subsequently, parish volunteers have welcomed three new Ambassadors to the volunteer team.

St. Gregory the Great | Amherst
Fr. Leon Biernat reports that his parish has raised $72,000 in the past week, bringing St. Greg’s total to 19% of goal.  Additionally, Fr. Sibby is healthily back up after knee surgery and will be resuming visits with families next week.
 
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