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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Noteworthy Gifts

In scripture, we are reminded of how Jesus praised a widow for her humble offertory of two copper coins to the temple treasury; in a similar way, Upon This Rock requires commitments from a diverse range of community members.  Throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, parishioners from all walks of life are participating in the best way they can to strengthen the Church in Western New York.
At St. Louis in Buffalo, Msgr. Salvatore Manganello raised 41% of his parish’s goal.  These significant contributions brought the parish to 123% of goal, totaling $1,179,255 overall.  With its parish share, St. Louis will install a lift to go down to the parish hall as well as to enclose the side ramp of the church.  Though the parish has not gone public with Upon This Rock, it will be setting a challenge goal to motivate congregants to participate in this endeavor. 
Elsewhere in the Diocese, even more parishioners are getting involved with the campaign.  In Alden last week, the Confirmation candidates at St. John the Baptist presented Bishop Malone with a check for $50.00 as a directed gift for Upon This Rock, specifically for the Mother Teresa Home.  One student also pledged an additional gift of $10 a month through the end of this campaign (the proverbial “two copper coins,” if you will), in recognition of her making the Sacrament of Initiation. 

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

Queen of Heaven | West Seneca
Fr. Gregory Faulhaber and Fr. David Richards are very thankful for the outpouring of support from their parish community during both Commitment Weekends at Queen of Heaven.  Parishioners gave 150 new gifts, raising $310,309 - 19% of the parish goal.  The average gift over the course of the two weekends was $2,068.

Good Shepherd | Pendleton
Fr. Daniel Young made Good Shepherd’s public announcement after a successful kickoff event that raised 14% of the parish’s goal.  From 89 gifts, Good Shepherd had raised a total of $392,708 and is at 76% of goal.

Blessed Sacrament | Andover
Fr. Sean DiMaria continues to be amazed by the parishioner support at Blessed Sacrament.  During the first Commitment Weekend, 10 parishioners pledged an additional $38,000.

Holy Name of Mary | Ellicottville
Fr. Ronald Mierzwa raised $29,500 this week, which put Holy Name of Mary’s current total over $300,000.  The parish stands at 72% from 29 gifts and will be announcing Upon This Rock to its entire parish community in the coming weeks.

St. Leo | Amherst
Msgr. Robert Zapfel reported another record week for his parish, raising $99,941, including their Catholic Charities donations.  St. Leo is now at 48% of goal from 64 gifts.
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