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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About Catholic Charities Bundling

As regular readers know, Upon This Rock is a capital and endowment campaign initiated by The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, designed to enhance the funding of key ministries and programs of the Catholic Church of WNY. 

This year only, some parishes’ fundraising for the campaign will overlap with the Catholic Charities’s Appeal. Therefore, these drives will be combined − helping Catholic Charities reach its goal without running two concurrent campaigns.  We wanted to take this opportunity to better explain this process with you...

What Are We Raising Funds For?

Catholic Charities provides a wide array of services, including job training, counseling and mental health services for all ages.  The appeal addresses day-to-day needs and operational costs.

Upon This Rock will create endowments for Catholic Charities and other vital Catholic ministries, ensuring their financial security in perpetuity.

Where Will My Donation Go?

Please know that you will continue to receive regular mailings from Catholic Charities − such as event invitations, tax statements, and information pieces.  If you are in a bundled parish, the only thing that will not be mailed to you is an Appeal envelope.

Frequently Asked Questions of Parishioners in Bundled Parishes


Will there be a Catholic Charity Appeal in the future?
Yes, this is only a one-time change during Upon This Rock.  In 2018, the Catholic Charities Appeal will return to its normal operations.

What if I want to only give to one of these campaigns?
That’s fine − any contribution is appreciated and may be designated.  All gifts made will count toward your parish’s combined goal. 

Will I still receive a Catholic Charities Appeal envelope?
No, Catholic Charities envelopes will not be sent out during your parish’s Upon This Rock campaign. If you would like an envelope, please contact Catholic Charities at 716.856.4494.

If You Have More Questions...

We encourage you to direct any general questions you may have about gift contributions to your parish's rectory - that's always the best place to start!

For questions specific to Catholic Charities, never hesitate to reach out to its main office directly by phone at 716.856.4494.

If your inquiry pertains directly to Upon This Rock, please reach us through our 'Contact Us' form HERE or call our office at 716.847.8740

Read below for our weekly 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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Nativity of Our Lord | Orchard Park
Fr. Bernard Nowak reports that his parish raised over $298,000 during its first Commitment Weekend on February 18 and 19. This put Nativity of Our Lord at 31% of its $2,666,500 goal when moving into its second Commitment Weekend on February 25 and 26; results from those events will be reported in next Monday’s newsletter on March 6.

Block 4

SS. Joachim & Anne | Attica
Fr. George Devanapalle hosted a reception on Tuesday, raising $18,900.  This brought the campaign at SS. Joachim & Anne to 75% of its goal as the parish heads into its public announcement next weekend.

All Saints | Lockport
After the parish’s first reception, All Saints reached 64% of its goal! Through the help of the Ambassadors, the parish staff, and Fr. Walter Szczesny, this community is quickly moving forward – getting closer to goal every week.  Keep up that great pace!

St. Mary of the Angels | Olean
Thanks to Fr. Greg Dobson's terrific efforts on personal visits, St. Mary of the Angels has raised over $100,000 in the past week!

St. George | West Falls
Sr. Lori High is looking forward to beginning personal visits at St. George this week!  
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