September 13, 2019

Why did you get involved in Called to Renew?

"Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey is 110 years old and is really starting to show its age. With our own houses we realize things need to be repaired and upgraded to meet our satisfaction and the modernization of time.

The church has thousands of people in it every week. Imagine if you had that much traffic going through your house how much you would have to spend to keep it in proper working condition and in presentable condition.

Last year, we had the pews in the church refurbished. The pews came out beautifully and really changed the presentation inside the church. Again, we were able to refurbish the pews from the outstanding generosity of financial sacrifices of our parishioners.

I think one thing we all need to remember is that Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and School is ours: the parishioners and the community. We have seen many pastors, priests, and teachers come and go. With God’s help, we, the parishioners, have been the one constant variable keeping this parish what it has been, what it is today, and what it will be in the future.

As we look to the future of this parish, we need to invest our financial sacrifices, hard work, prayers, and dedication to our Catholic faith to ensure Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will be properly maintained and renewed for the generations to follow.

As an individual person, we have many limits to our ability to make change. However, as a “Team,” there are no limits. 

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” - Andrew Carnegie

I pray that you will consider helping in this worthwhile Campaign with your sacrificial financial support and the willingness to look ahead to the future generations of parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

Thank you for your time, support, and dedication to our Parish."

Thank you to Jeff Jablonsky, a Campaign Executive Committee member at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey, for sharing this testimonial with parishioners at the Ambassador Orientation on Monday night.

We are grateful for your moving words and call to action!

St. Clare parish in Santa Clarita hosts a successful Ambassador Orientation
St. Clare saw an attendance of over 45 parishioners at their Ambassador Orientation. Parishioners were curious and excited about the Campaign and the projects that would be funded through it. Many signed up on the spot for a visitation with one of the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) members and others expressed interest in being part of the committee. Fr. Olin Mayfield and the CEC are going full steam ahead as they prepare for the Parish Announcement next week. 

Holy Cross in Los Angeles reaches 127% of goal! 
Congratulations to Fr. Jose Alberto Pimentel at Holy Cross in Los Angeles for his continued fundraising success. To date, Fr. Alberto has raised $455,500 of his $360,000 Campaign goal, which amounts to 127% of goal! Fr. Alberto has been hosting meetings with the various ministry groups at the parish, and his community continues to show their generosity and enthusiasm to join the “call to renew.” Campaign funds at Holy Cross will be used for renovating the church interior, which include replacing the windows and repainting the church, repairing the parking lot, and renovating the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Alberto and the entire community at Holy Cross, for your continued efforts and generosity!

San Francisco in East Los Angeles surpasses Campaign goal! 
Congratulations to Fr. Mario Arellano from San Francisco in East Los Angeles for surpassing his Campaign goal! To date, Fr. Mario has raised $237,200 of his $235,000 goal from 27 gifts with gifts averaging $8,785. The community at San Francisco has shown enormous generosity and support to their parish and the projects that will come about from Called to Renew. Campaign funds will be used to renovate the parish kitchen and dining hall as well as replace the parish roofing and upgrade classrooms frequently used for ministry meetings and faith formation classes. Thank you to Fr. Mario and his team for their success in extending an invitation to their community to participate in Called to Renew

St. Christopher hosts nearly 60 people at their Ambassador Orientation!
Thank you to the incredible Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) at St. Christopher in West Covina. Earlier this week, the CEC organized a phone-a-thon to remind people about the Ambassador Orientation and drive attendance to the event. On Wednesday night, the faithful at St. Christopher responded! Fr. Joseph Dass hosted 57 parishioners for dinner at Bramble Hall to share Called to Renew and invite their support and participation--see picture below. We are very excited to grow our Campaign team at St. Christopher and spread the message of Called to Renew in West Covina!
Campaign Funds at work!
St. Thomas More in Alhambra, has three main entrances for the church, but only one ramp that is wheelchair accessible. Thanks to his success with Called to Renew, Fr. Thai Le has worked with architects to place new ramps at every entrance and reconfigure the main entrance to create a welcoming worship space for all parishioners.
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13.

To date, the Campaign has raised $284,618,550 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot, Wave 1, and Wave 2 Parish campaigns. 
Participation in the Campaign Starts with YOU

Making a contribution to the Campaign is a commitment that takes thought and prayer. Determining your gift is an important step to take before asking fellow parishioners to consider making their pledge to the Campaign. Your credibility as an advocate is best demonstrated through your commitment and allows you to speak thoughtfully and honestly about your involvement in the Campaign.

Making your own decision about your participation will open up a conversation about your dedication to your parish and will allow you to better relate to your fellow parishioners. We ask that each person make their own gift to the Called to Renew Campaign before moving out into the community - remember, giving is contagious! 

Our mailing address is:
Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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