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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Always Moving Forward

The Upon This Rock campaign saw an exciting week, as two parishes – St. Peter in Lewiston and Good Shepherd in Pendleton – surpassed their goals! Pastors Msgr. David LiPuma and Fr. Daniel Young are both eager to marshal in new eras at their churches, marked by the projects that are now financially possible thanks to overwhelming parishioner support.
“Now our work can really begin,” exclaimed Msgr. LiPuma when we spoke with him on Friday. With its parish share, St. Peter in Lewiston will be making significant improvements and renovations to its parish hall, school, and church that will upgrade the handicap accessibility of the facilities. The parish was the Diocese’s first to participate in a Combined Campaign, raising capital funds in conjunction with Upon This Rock to address extraordinary local fund-raising needs. Msgr. LiPuma reports that contractors will break ground at the end of June. Work is scheduled for completion shortly before the Christmas season. 
In Pendleton, Fr. Young was equally enthusiastic about his parish’s progress with Upon This Rock, citing his parishioners’ generosity of “time, talent, and treasure” as the real asset to the campaign.  Last week alone, one family at Good Shepherd gave a $100,000 gift to the initiative.  Fr. Young said of this sacrificial giving, “They realize that as they give of their resources that Our Lord will bless them a hundred fold! I see the fruit of their generosity every day I minister at Good Shepherd.” The parish is now at 109% of goal from 137 gifts totaling $562,729; Fr. Young plans to create a fund that will underwrite future capital projects.  Moving forward, a second Commitment Weekend will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday.
Congratulations to Msgr. LiPuma, Fr. Young, and everyone involved with Upon This Rock at these parishes!

Read below for even more 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

St. Michael | Warsaw
Fr. James Hartwell received overwhelming support during his first Commitment Weekend, even surpassing his parish's challenge goal! Since St. Michael’s is already over goal, 55% of every new pledge goes directly back to the parish. As of Friday, the parish was at 115% of goal from 55 gifts totaling $302,275; reports from weekend activity will be posted in next week’s newsletter.

St. Amelia | Tonawanda
Msgr. Thomas Maloney was thrilled as more than 120 families attended receptions over the past two weeks. Additionally, Msgr. Tom publicly announced the campaign at all Masses this past weekend; he is happy to report that St. Amelia parishioners have raised over $1.5 million, which is 65% of goal.

Our Lady of Hope | Buffalo
Fr. Quinlin Bouzi met with a parishioner who, after hearing about all of the programs that will benefit from Upon This Rock, immediately wanted to give to the initiative. This parishioner added, “it’s about time we did something like this!” To date, Our Lady of Hope has raised 28% of goal from 13 gifts, totaling $62,100.

St. Gregory the Great | Amherst
Fr. Leon Biernat reports that more than $141,000 was raised this week at his parish, noting that two gifts totaling $15,000 came in from a single volunteer.   Additionally, there will be an Ambassador meeting next Wednesday, May 25, specifically focused on increasing the size of St. Greg’s Campaign Executive Committee. 
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