Several weeks ago we announced the beginning of a new initiative in the Diocese of Buffalo called Upon This Rock. Several parishioners have already been invited to participate in this endeavor to help raise $100 million over the next five years to support the ongoing ministries of the Diocese as well as our parish.
It was reported on April 11th that the Upon This Rock program has raised $33,824,256 or 33.8% of the goal. Our parish is proud to be a part of this effort and has received overwhelming support from our parishioners who have been contacted to assist in this campaign.
Our parish goal is $959,000 which also includes our Catholic Charities donation this year. As of this writing, St. Louis has raised over $800,000 toward this effort. The benefits are many. Not only are we supporting the continued mission of the Diocese, we are also supporting our own mission at St. Louis Church and the mission of Catholic Charities. From our $959,000 goal, Catholic Charities will receive $129,000. From every dollar we raise toward this parish goal, the parish will receive 35% of the goal. Once we go over the goal, for every dollar collected St. Louis will receive 55%.
Invitations are being sent out to our parishioners inviting them to a reception at St. Louis Church on either April 26th or 27th to learn more about this initiative and to make a commitment to support the Mission of St. Louis Church, Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Buffalo. On the weekends of May 14th—15th and May 21st—22nd we will invite everyone in church to be a part of providing for the future of the Church here and throughout Western New York.
If you have any questions, I or one of the team members will be happy to assist you. The success of Upon This Rock depends on all of us working together to do what we can to provide for the future of the Church.