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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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Talking Dedication and Disbursements with Msgr. Sal...

Today, we are happy to share another episode of Together In Faith, the Upon This Rock podcast.  In this episode, our Communications Coordinator, Cameron Garrity, interviews Msgr. Salvatore Manganello, pastor of St. Louis Parish in downtown Buffalo.  The two discuss what it was like for Msgr. Sal to conduct one of the most successful parish campaigns of Block 1 and what that success means for the future of his parish, as it received its first disbursement check in January.  Listen to the interview by clicking the image below:

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of Together In Faith – make sure to listen to all of our past episodes at SoundCloud.com/UponThisRockWNY!  Thank you again to Msgr. Sal for taking the time to share your story with us!


Read below for 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 3

Church of the Annunciation | Elma
Church of the Annunciation went into its second Commitment Weekend on March 11 and 12 at 66% of goal.  Fr. Eugene Ulrich is looking forward to using the returning funds to help with his parish’s ‘Master Plan’ of capital improvements across the campus, including a new prayer garden and columbarium for the cemetery.  Results from this weekend will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, March 20, 2017.  Fr. Gene would like to thank all those who have already participated in any way with this campaign. 

 
Block 4

Ascension | Batavia
Msgr. David Glassmire reports that his parish continues to see steady progress as it works toward goal.  Ascension entered its first Commitment Weekend on March 11 and 12 at 85% of goal – campaign Ambassadors are optimistic that the parish will soon reach 100%!  Results from this weekend will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, March 20, 2017.

St. Mary/St. Mark | Holley/Kendall
The combined efforts of Fr. Mark Noonan’s two parishes have been inspiring to behold.  This joint campaign has reached 77% of the combined goal of $344,500 in time for its first Commitment Weekend.   Results from this weekend will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, March 20, 2017. 

Our Lady of Charity | Buffalo
We received a message from Fr. Bryan Zielenieski whose parish recently hosted its second Commitment Weekend.  He said: “I’m extremely excited to say that, when it came to supporting the future of our church, my parish ‘ROCKED’!  The generosity of the parishioners speaks to the vitality and vibrancy of Our Lady of Charity.”

St. Mary of the Lake | Hamburg
During its first week of Commitment Weekend on March 4 and 5, St. Mary of the Lake received an overwhelming response from its parishioners, who brought their church to 61% of goal. Fr. Edward Jost is excited and thankful to have such a generous parish that is willing to answer the call and support this initiative. Results from St. Mary of the Lake’s second Commitment Weekend will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, March 20, 2017.

St. Mary of the Angels | Olean
After early Upon This Rock success, St. Mary of the Angels hosted its first Commitment Weekend on March 11 and 12. Thanks to Fr. Gregory Dobson’s diligent campaign efforts, the parish entered the weekend at 69% of goal!  Results from this weekend will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Blessed Sacrament | Tonawanda
Blessed Sacrament has started its campaign off strong, with Fr. Matt Nycz dedicating much of his schedule to meeting with families about Upon This Rock and how it will shape the future of our diocese. After two weeks of work, the parish is already at 21% of goal!

St. George | West Falls
Sr. Lori High has officially begun personal visits at St. George! In just one week, she has met with 16 families.  She says the campaign is off to a great start and looks forward to meeting with more parishioners to talk about how they can participate in Upon This Rock.
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