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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Astonishing First Commitment Weekends for St. John the Baptist Parishes in Alden and Lockport!

Upon This Rock continues to see tremendous displays of charity throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, with parishioners rallying together to yield success. This past week was no exception as two parishes exceeded their goals at their first Commitment Weekend!
In Lockport, Saint John the Baptist has surpassed their goal of $1,280,500! This was thanks to the support of the parishioners where an astonishing $320,000 was raised from 155 gifts. Fr. Waite is overwhelmed by the support his parish has given, stating that this campaign will help move the parish into a very bright future. He gives credit to all the enthusiastic Ambassadors and parishioners who contributed. With the funds raised, the parish plans to create maintenance fund to make the necessary upgrades to the buildings and properties of St. John the Baptist, including urgent repairs to the rectory front steps. This past weekend, they held their second Commitment Weekend, and now that they are over goal, 55% of any additional funds will go directly to the parish.  
With the support of the parishioners at St. John the Baptist in Alden, Fr. Ciupek is happy to report that they are at 106% of their goal following the first Commitment Weekend last week, raising more than $152,000 from 81 gifts. This brings their total to $856,390 from 214 gifts, which is $50,890 over goal. Just like Lockport, they recently conducted their second Commitment Weekend. The additional funds will help with the continued church roof repairs, repointing the brick on the steeple, and upgrading the church bathrooms. 
Congratulations to Fr. Waite in Lockport and Fr. Ciupek in Alden and the Ambassadors at these two parishes!



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
Block 1
St. Mary of the Assumption | Lancaster
Fr. Steller is happy to report that his parish raised $180,000 from the first Commitment Weekend and has reached 93% of its goal.  St. Mary of the Assumption held its second Commitment Weekend this past Saturday and Sunday, which will be reported on in next week’s newsletter.

St. Martin of Tours | Buffalo
After the first week of receiving decisions, St. Martin of Tours raised 15% of its goal. Congratulations on a strong start.
Block 2

All Saints | Buffalo
Fr. Chimera is excited to report that All Saints has completed their campaign in just over a month! The parish is 26% over goal; they have raised $358,140 from 64 gifts.

Infant of Prague | Cheektowaga
Campaign Ambassadors continue to work alongside Fr. Corbin as they meet with new families each week to discuss Upon This Rock. In one week, they raised $78,000 which is nearly 10% of their goal! This effort was aided by his Ambassadors who brought in $12,000 of the money pledged. Currently, the parish is at 22% of their goal, with $177,000 raised.  

Our Lady of Loreto | Falconer
$35,000 was raised last week, bringing the total raised to $76,800. The parish is quickly approaching the 40% benchmark of their $200,000 goal. Fr. Janaczek is thrilled with the interest his parishioners are expressing to become Ambassadors.

St. Joseph University | Buffalo
Fr. Ledwon reports that the parish raised more than $130,000 from 3 gifts last week, making it their second six-figure fundraising week in a row! This brings their total to $378,250 from 15 gifts.
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