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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Laying the Groundwork for a Stronger Community

This past week, Fr. Lawrence Cobel announced that his parishioners at St. Aloysius in Springville had exceeded their campaign goal by $57,505.  This incredible success is indicative of the parishioners’ dedication to improving facilities at St. Aloysius, thus bettering their parish community. 
With the funds raised from Upon This Rock, St. Aloysius will address a number of capital projects, including roof repairs on all of their buildings, painting the rectory, and repairing the now sinking floor in their Parish Hall.  The repair of the Parish Hall is particularly significant, as it serves as a centerpiece for St. Aloysius - where church groups, school students, and various ministries gather for countless events and activities, growing together as a faith community. Numerous parishioners have already expressed their anticipation for these new changes to come to fruition!
Fr. Cobel can't stress enough his appreciation to all of the parishioners who supported Upon This Rock in any way throughout their parish campaign. St. Aloysius’s Commitment Weekend on September 10 and 11 raised over $70,000 from 31 families.  The parish had its second Commitment Weekend this past Saturday and Sunday.  Read next week’s newsletter to find out their results.
Many congratulations again to Fr. Cobel and everyone at St. Aloysius Parish in Springville!

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
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St. James | Jamestown
With six gifts totaling $48,100, St. James Parish had an incredible week that brought the parish family a little more than $100,000 away from the goal of $555,000. Fr. Darrell Duffy and Dcn. Michael Lennon are looking forward to the last two weeks before the first in-pew appeal on October 1 and 2.

St. Stephen | Grand Island
St. Stephen hosted a successful reception on September 14 and brought in over $55,000 towards its Upon This Rock goal!

Our Lady of Mercy | Leroy
Fr. Michael Donovan and his volunteer team have been working diligently since the beginning of their campaign to extend an invitation to learn about Upon This Rock to as many parishioners as possible. This past weekend, the parish had its first Recruitment Weekend, which will allow volunteers to continue to spread the good news of Upon This Rock across the entire Our Lady of Mercy community. 

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Immaculate Conception | Eden
Fr. Walter Grabowski hosted a reception for Upon This Rock this past Wednesday. Fr. Walter and his Ambassadors explained how important this project is and that the feeling you get when you give is amazing!

St. Brendan on the Lake | Newfane
Fr. Jozef Dudzik has been hard at work throughout the duration of the campaign and visiting with more families this week. Parishioners have also accepted the role of Ambassadors, to spread the message of Upon This Rock to the St. Brendan’s community.

St. Margaret | Buffalo
Fr. Joseph Wolf met with 11 families last week. Everyone was interested to learn more about how this will benefit WNY. Many families believe in this project and many are considering becoming Ambassadors!

St. John Gualbert | Buffalo
Fr. Michael Burzynski is excited to have Upon This Rock at St. John Gualbert. He is looking forward to meeting all his parishioners and enjoying the opportunity to sit down with them to have an educational conversation about the initiative.

St. Andrew | Cheektowaga
Although St. Andrew’s has just begun its Upon This Rock journey, Dcn. Dave Clabeaux has had a positive response from his parish community! His parishioners come prepared with questions, which he is happy to answer. Dcn. Dave is most excited about how each case element can benefit St. Andrew’s in some way.
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