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.
On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Bishop Richard J. Malone addressed the press at Cardinal O'Hara High School to publicly announce the Upon This Rock initiative. In attendance at this event were pilot parish pastors, campaign Ambassadors and Volunteers, and representatives from various segments of the campaign.
Bishop remarked, "As I've met with pastors and parishioners to discuss this effort, many have said 'my parish needs me.' I agree, your parish does need you. We also need each other. This campaign jointly addresses our individual parish needs and establishes long term sustainable funding for our ministries."
The event gathered some wonderful coverage from local news agencies. These pieces will continue to be gathered on the Upon This Rock website.