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Upon This Rock Parishes Reach Major Campaign Milestones

Following the Bishop's public announcement of the Upon This Rock initiative, both Pilot Phase parishes and the campaign as a whole reported major achievements as they reach significant new milestones.  

Fr. Art Mattulke is excited to report that his parish SS. Peter and Paul in Hamburg has reached 100% of its goal.  SS. Peter and Paul had the highest goal of the Pilot parishes. To date, the parish has raised $2,131,664 from nearly 600 gifts.  This achievement means that all of the Pilot parishes have surpassed their target - the eight parishes report a combined total of $7,961,122 from 1,974 gifts - boasting 120% of their overall goal.  

The achievements in the Pilot parishes is not the only good news out of Upon This Rock this week, as overall campaign totals (including Pilot and Block 1 parishes, Combined Campaigns, and Leadership Gifts) surpassed $30,000,000!  To date, the campaign has received over 3,000 gifts from families throughout the Diocese of Buffalo.  We look forward to sharing more positive results as Block 1 parishes continue to find success each week. 

Read more 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. Joseph Cathedral | Buffalo
As the Upon This Rock initiative comes to a close at St. Joseph Cathedral, Fr. Peter Drilling will lead the parish’s second Commitment Weekend.  This weekend along, St. Joseph Cathedral raised $742,668 or 13% of its goal.

St. Louis | Buffalo
To date, parishioners at St. Louis have raised over $600,000 from 35 gifts.  Msgr. Salvatore Manganello reports that his parish stands at 63% of its overall goal.

St. Amelia | Tonawanda
Msgr. Thomas Maloney says his parish is quickly approaching $1 million raised.  St. Amelia has raised 39% of its goal from 62 gifts.

St. Michael | Warsaw
Fr. James Hartwell met with 8 families this week about Upon This Rock.  The parish now stands at 36% of its goal, from 16 gifts.

St. Leo the Great | Amherst
Msgr. Robert Zapfel says his parish has achieved 25% of its goal from 23 gifts.

Holy Name of Mary | Ellicotville
Fr. Ronald Mierzwa says that his parish surpassed $100,000 from 13 gifts and is now at 28% of its overall goal.

St. Gregory the Great | Williamsville
The Campaign Executive Committee at St. Greg’s had a very successful initial meeting this week, as nine members lead the campaign at the parish, filled with prayerful enthusiasm. 

St. Josaphat | Cheektowaga
St. Josaphat raised $25,000 this past week.  Fr. Richard Poblocki reports these gifts bring the parish to over $41,000, which is 9% of the parish goal.

Blessed Sacrament | Andover
Fr. Sean DiMaria kicked off the Upon This Rock initiative at Blessed Sacrament this week.  From its first gift, the parish has raised 4% of its goal.
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