May 24, 2019

Many Hands Make Light Work

Thank you so much to the helpful hands of Called to Renew!
We appreciate for all of those who have assisted with the Campaign -- pastors, priests, business managers, ambassadors, secretaries, ushers, and more -- your work does not go unnoticed!

We want to take this time to acknowledge some of our very own superstars: 

Elvia Hernandez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Santa Paula: At the start of the Campaign, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula saw recruiting a Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) as a challenge because they have few registered parishioners. Elvia was instrumental in choosing dedicated, motivated, and reliable CEC members. Elvia trained CEC members that were unable to attend meetings and encouraged the CEC to embrace this opportunity to build community and contribute to their parish. 

Rosa Mendoza of Mary Star of the Sea: Rosa is the Parish Office Manager, and her organizational skills have been instrumental to the success of Called to Renew at Mary Star of the Sea. Rosa has made herself readily available to the needs of the Campaign, staying well after the office’s closing time to record pledges, plan receptions, and make phone calls. Her knowledge of the parish and its various ministry groups, events, and families was invaluable to the Campaign. 

Sonia Alvarenga of San Antonio de Padua: Sonia raised $31,200, 35% of the $90,000 goal, on her own! In addition to fundraising, she also was present at every single Campaign Executive Committee meeting and set up tables, prepared coffee, and provided pan dulce. She has also done a wonderful job making announcements at Mass and speaking with catechist parents about the Campaign.

DaleAnn Torbey of St. Stephen Martyr: Everyone at St. Stephen Martyr is grateful for the tireless efforts of DaleAnn Torbey. DaleAnn is not only known as the parish Business Manager, but she also serves as the Campaign Secretary and a Campaign Executive Committee member. Her dedication to the parish and the Campaign is unmatched - we cannot thank you enough for your commitment! 

Mary Dausner of Our Lady of Lourdes, Tujunga: When Fr. Rolly Astudillo began forming his parish’s Campaign Executive Committee at our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga, Mary Dausner was the first person he wanted to invite. Mary volunteers at the parish in the counting room on Monday mornings and has been an active parishioner for years. She served as campaign co-chair and did more personal visits with parishioners than any other Ambassador, bringing in $121,000 on her own!

Thank you to all of those that have contributed their time to the Campaign!

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rose Hill closes their Campaign at 110% of goal!
Congratulations for Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rose Hill for raising a total of $290,140 or 110% of their goal! Fr. Nelson Trinidad is thankful to everyone who participated in the campaign and helped Our Lady of Guadalupe reach its goal. The Campaign Executive Committee’s (CEC) dedication was integral to the Campaign’s success. The CEC visited parishioners in their homes to spread the message of Called to Renew, even traveling as far as three cities away. Dcn. Tom Brandlin, a member of the CEC, shared the Campaign to every parishioner he encountered - even securing commitments from people roaming the hallways of the parish! We are so grateful for this team effort and are eager to celebrate this great accomplishment at Our Lady of Guadalupe!

St. Vincent de Paul reaches 99% of goal!   
Congratulations to Fr. David Nations and Fr. Derek Swanson at St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles for raising $224,760 from 129 pledges during their first Commitment Weekend! St. Vincent de Paul has now raised $524,815 from 238 gifts, which is 99% of their goal. Installing a new sound system and air conditioning unit are among the transformational renovations that will be realized through the Called to Renew campaign funds. We look forward to their ongoing success as their second Commitment Weekend approaches! 

St. Cecilia raises $291,455 at their first Commitment Weekend! 
Congratulations to Fr. Roman Arzate from St. Cecilia in Los Angeles for raising $291,455 from 223 pledges after his first Commitment Weekend! The parish has now raised $524,540 from 387 gifts, which is 95% of their campaign goal. Fr. Roman and his Campaign Executive Committee are very grateful for the exceptional generosity and participation of the parish, and they are working towards continuing to drive the campaign forward. Fr. Roman will be going into his second Commitment Weekend with the help of his Campaign Executive Committee on June 2nd. We are looking forward to their continued success!  

Holy Family hosts successful reception!
Fr. John Cordero at Holy Family in Artesia hosted a Campaign reception Tuesday night to share Called to Renew with his larger parish community. More than 40 parishioners attended to learn about not only the Campaign goals of the Archdiocese, but also the parish’s goals to expand its parking lot, add new air conditioning units to the school, and improve the church interior. Fr. John was excited about the opportunity to share these plans with his parishioners and collected $33,000 in new pledges that night! Holy Family has now raised $1,357,735 in pledged gifts, or 90% of its enhanced goal - amazing! 

St. Mary raises over $85,000 from Our Lady of the Desert Mission!
Fr. Vaughn Winters at St. Mary in Palmdale made an appeal this past weekend to his parishioners at Our Lady of the Desert Mission in Littlerock (10 miles south of Palmdale). St. Mary’s parish oversees three missions, including Our Lady of the Desert. As a part of its case for support, St. Mary plans to provide each mission with $100,000 if they achieve their campaign goal. Parishioners were eager to help out their community and responded by pledging $85,000 this weekend, bringing St. Mary to 62% of goal. Congratulations to Fr. Vaughn! 

Mary Star of the Sea reaches 200% of their goal!
Congratulations to Fr. Felix Daganta at Mary Star of the Sea in Oxnard for another successful Commitment Weekend! Mary Star of the Sea raised a total of $1,220,891 from 612 families which is 200% of their $610,000 goal! Fr. Felix and the Campaign Executive Committee are grateful for the overwhelming generosity of the parishioners and are excited to use the funds to revitalize their parish community. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula raises over $200,000 over Commitment Weekend!
Congratulations to Fr. Thomas Dome for a successful first Commitment Weekend at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula, raising $201,695 this weekend which is 43% of their campaign goal! To date, Our Lady of Guadalupe has raised a total of $955,563 from 181 families, which is 205% of their $465,000 goal! The Campaign Executive Committee and parishioners are especially excited to begin the much needed renovations of their parish hall. Fr. Thomas is looking forward to another successful Commitment Weekend. We know you’ll do great! 

Our Lady of the Valley in Canoga Park doubles participation!
Congratulations to Fr. Arturo (Art) Velasco at Our Lady of the Valley for a successful Commitment Weekend! The parish raised over $380,000 from 228 gifts, doubling the amount of gifts already pledged in just one weekend. The Campaign Ambassadors were hard at work during each Mass, passing out pledge cards, helping their fellow parishioners fill out their information, and showing their support for Called to Renew. Fr. Art and the Campaign team are excited to close the fundraising chapter of the Campaign and begin working on their parish projects! 
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24. 

To date, the Campaign has raised $263,570,259 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot and Wave 1 Parish campaigns. 
A Thankful Reflection

“God has two dwellings; one in heaven,
and the other in a meek and thankful heart.”

 Izaak Walton
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