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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Let's Get Ready for #UTRHalloween2016!

With Halloween just a week away, children across the country will be dressing up as characters they admire from their favorite storybooks, movies, and television shows.  Every year, though, we love to see when kids decide to dress up as their favorite faith figure – individuals from the Bible or Church history who they try to emulate in their day-to-day lives. 
Last year we had a number of enthusiastic members throughout the diocese who sent pictures of their Catholic-themed Halloween costumes – we want to see them again next week!  If you or someone you know is dressing up to celebrate their faith, send us a picture using the hashtag #UTRHalloween2016.  We can’t wait to see the creative attire you come up with and we’ll be sure to share all of the photos we receive with our entire Upon This Rock community. 

Read below for this week's 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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St. Raphael | Niagara Falls
St. Raphael has raised 85% of its goal through in-person visits and a campaign reception.  Fr. Ivan Skenderovic shared, “this is a great tribute to all my parishioners who are so faithful and generous to the parish at St. Raphael!”  Fr. Ivan also reported that his parish will be going public with Upon This Rock later this week. 

St. John Neumann | Strykersville
Ambassadors at St. John Neumann have officially begun meeting with parishioners to discuss Upon This Rock. Msgr. Johnson Machado is excited to inform his parishioners about what the Diocese of Buffalo is doing to better prepare for the future. St. John Neumann will be using its returning 35% to create a Deferred Maintenance Fund for the various maintenance needs of the buildings on its campus. 

St. Bonaventure | Allegany
Fr. James Vacco and Ambassadors from St. Bonaventure conducted their first week of visits.  Everyone on the campaign team will be encouraging parishioners at St. Bonaventure to come with an open mind, in order to learn more about Upon This Rock.
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