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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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As Campaign Heats Up, One Parish Cools Off!

November is a time for preparation and reflection: Autumn leaves fall and we know that winter weather is around the corner.  Down jackets and comforters are pulled from storage to protect us from the forthcoming deep-freeze.  And with Thanksgiving drawing closer, we consider that for which we are most grateful.  This week at St. John Gualbert in Buffalo, however, Upon This Rock has parishioners thankful for air conditioning.
 
Coming out of its first Commitment Weekend on November 5 and 6, St. John Gualbert reached 103% of goal, having officially surpassed its $270,000 target.  Our staff spoke with Fr. Michael Burzynski who was excited to see how much his parishioners were able to achieve throughout the campaign.  “It was a surprise,” Fr. Mike shared, “It looked like an awesome task – we’re not a wealthy parish by any means – but our people were very generous.” 
 
With the 35% of funds going back to the parish, Fr. Mike told us that he and his Ambassadors plan to install air-conditioning in the church, which will prove to be a much-welcomed addition come.  “Over the last summer, it was particularly hot,” he said, “we want to make sure parishioners are comfortable when they come to Mass – so they can actually enjoy the liturgy!”  These improvements will certainly be appreciated in due time, making a much more pleasant church-going experience at St. John Gualbert, especially in the hottest summer months!
 
Fr. Mike remains extremely grateful for his parishioners’ on-going support – stressing how much he has enjoyed getting the opportunity to connect with his community through Upon This Rock.  He conducted his parish’s second Commitment Weekend on November 12 and 13; numbers from this event will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 21. 
 
Congratulations to Fr. Burzynski, his team of volunteers, and everyone at St. John Gualbert for your continued campaign successes! 


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
 
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St. Gregory the Great | Williamsville
St. Gregory the Great raised over $550,000 during its first Commitment Weekend on November 5 and 6.  This activity allowed the parish to raise more than $4,000,000 overall!  Results from St. Greg’s second Commitment Weekend, which was held on November 12 and 13, will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 21.


 
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St. Joseph University | Buffalo
Following the parish’s first Commitment Weekend on November 5 and 6, St. Joseph University has shattered its goal with $2,111,147 – 116% of its $1,825,000 target.  Results from St. Joseph University’s second Commitment Weekend, which was held on November 12 and 13, will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 21.


 
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St. Raphael | Niagara Falls
St. Raphael had its first Commitment Weekend on November 12 and 13. Going into the weekend, the parish had already raised $321,400 from 73 gifts – that’s 91% of goal.  Results from this event will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 21. 

St. Brendan on the Lake | Newfane
St. Brendan on the Lake was at 71% of goal moving into its first Commitment Weekend on November 12 and 13. Results from this event will be reported in next week’s newsletter on Monday, November 21.

St. Bernard | Buffalo
Fr. Krzysztof Frost reports that St. Bernard parish has raised 43% of its goal; he is grateful for the generosity of all of his parishioners and was excited to announce the campaign at Masses this past weekend. 
 
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St. Katharine Drexel | Buffalo
Although Fr. James Monaco has only been working on Upon This Rock for three weeks, he has already dedicated a tremendous amount of time to this effort – and to great effect!  Fr. Monaco met with many families to formalize their pledges; collectively, 49 families have pledged 74% of their parish’s goal.  During Masses on November 12 and 13, he shared the news of this success with his parish family.  Fr. Jim is very proud of what his Lovejoy community has accomplished and knows there is more in store for the coming weeks.


St. Martin de Porres | Buffalo
Fr. Ronald Sajdak continues his hard work at St. Martin de Porres. The parish has raised $54,000 of its $156,750 goal – that’s 34% of goal!  Many parishioners have expressed their anticipation for the new parish hall they are hoping to build, in part, with their returning funds from Upon This Rock.


St. Mary of the Lake | Hamburg
Fr. Edward Jost is delighted to have his parishioners’ early support for Upon This Rock. After two weeks of visitation with families, Fr. Jost has already raised $130,350 from 6 gifts – bringing the parish to 14% of goal!


All Saints | Lockport
Fr. Walter Szczesny continues his first round of visits with parishioners to discuss Upon This Rock.  Fr. Walter, who has been the pastor at All Saints for less than two years, is excited to use this opportunity to better get to know the members of his parish community.

 
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