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'Keeping it 100' in Lackawanna

Since our return from the holiday recess, many individuals, including priests, Ambassadors, volunteers, and our own Upon This Rock staff have been working hard in Block 4 parishes in order to reach the campaign’s goal.  Their tireless efforts take many shapes – whether participating in a Commitment Weekend, making calls during a Phone-A-Thon, or simply taking the time to meet with a pastor about this initiative.  This week those labors paid off in a special way at St. Anthony in Lackawanna, as the parish surpassed goal ahead of its 100th anniversary. 
We spoke with Dcn. David Velasquez, Administrator at St. Anthony, who attributes all of his community’s success to the commitment of the parishioners.  Dcn. Dave explained, “certainly it is a love decision from those who participated […] it's a proud yet humble feeling – reaching our goal and exceeding it.” St. Anthony will be using its parish share to establish a deferred maintenance fund for future renovations and upgrades to the campus.  While there is not a definite plan in place for how these funds will be used, Dcn. Dave was heartened to hear his parishioners’ many suggestions during their one-on-one meetings.  “I certainly realized,” he said, “how much our folks love their church and are supportive of the Diocese of Buffalo.” 
Since St. Anthony has surpassed its campaign goal, 55% of any additional funds will go directly to the parish community.  Dcn. Dave is especially excited as this will allow the parish to properly commemorate its 100th anniversary later this year.  “As we prepare for our centennial celebration in May,” he added, “these funds can also help us make some needed upgrades.”  With all of this recent success, the parish certainly has plenty to celebrate and be thankful for!
Congratulations to Dcn. Dave, the campaign volunteers, and all of the parishioners at St. Anthony – thank you for your tireless dedication to your community!

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
Block 4

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta | Depew
After four weeks of diligent campaign activity Fr. Damian has raised $183,880 – over 35% of his parish’s $500,000 goal!

SS. Columba-Brigid | Buffalo
Fr. Roy Herberger hosted his parish’s Public Announcement during the weekend of January 28/29 and received a very positive response.   After each Mass, Fr. Roy had many families approach him to indicate that they wish to pledge; he looks forward to meeting with everyone to talk more about the initiative.

St. Thomas Aquinas | Buffalo
Fr. William Quinlivan has officially started his first visits for Upon This Rock and is excited to use this opportunity to better get to know his parishioners. St. Thomas Aquinas will be using its returning 35% to fund capital improvements such as air conditioning for the church as well as a new boiler.
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