May 10, 2019

Going Above and Beyond!

Congratulations to the 16 parishes that have achieved their Campaign goal! We are so excited to celebrate your success to date as you push forth with your fundraising efforts. Hosting personal visits, receptions, and Commitment Weekends are key to maintaining momentum.
Collecting beyond 100% of goal will allow you to transform your parish!
We are inspired by the parishes that have enthusiastically accepted the challenge of going above and beyond goal! Thank you to Fr. Percy Juan Bacani for pursuing personal visits even at more than 200% of goal at both of his parishes. Thank you to the volunteers at Santa Isabel for raising 213% of goal and continuing to table outside of Mass. Thank you to the team at Dolores Mission for eagerly following up with “Praying” families to collect as much as possible for your parish. These efforts go the extra mile to give back to the community that is committing to you!

Holy Family raises the most of any parish in Wave 1!

Congratulations to Holy Family in Artesia for raising $1,226,285 - the most of any parish in Wave 1! In just the past two weeks, Holy Family brought in $360,000. Fr. John Cordero and the Campaign Executive Committee are still conducting personal visits and are excited about what the future holds. Fr. John is set on overachieving his goal and is sticking closely to the Campaign plan. The sky is the limit at this parish!

Dolores Mission achieves new levels!

Congratulations to Fr. Theodore Gabrielli and their team at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles for raising $111,185 from 93 gifts during Commitment Weekend! Fr. Ted emphasized participation by as many people as possible - every pledge counts! The parish went into Commitment Weekend at 80% of goal, and they are now at $251,585 or 144% of goal. The Campaign team at Dolores Mission is focused on following up with families who are praying about their participation. Thank you for all your hard work! 

St. Bernadette surpasses $1 million!

Dcn. Jim Carper at St. Bernadette in Los Angeles is delighted to announce that the parish has raised $1,027,639 after their second Commitment Weekend. The Campaign Executive Committee has worked very hard to raise money to update and renovate their parish parking lot, convent, pews and kneelers, and HVAC system. This is a moving achievement for their small, but very tight-knit community!

Mary Star of the Sea goes over goal!

Congratulations to Mary Star of the Sea in Oxnard for raising $146,000 this week, bringing them to a total of $613,725 from 132 gifts. This put the parish at 101% of their $610,000 goal. Fr. Felix Daganta is especially thankful for his Campaign Executive Committee and their Office Manager, Rosa Mendoza for their tireless efforts and enthusiasm for the Campaign. Fr. Felix is looking forward to Mary Star of the Sea’s upcoming Commitment Weekends, and he is excited to begin projects with the Campaign funds, specifically installing new lighting in the parish parish lot. Congratulations again on the success!

Our Lady Queen of Angels (La Placita) raises over $300,000!

Fr. Arturo Corral at Our Lady Queen of Angels (La Placita) is ecstatic to announce that they raised $328,000 this past Commitment Weekend! This puts them at 178% of their goal of $435,000. This historic parish is located in the heart of Los Angeles and is raising money to repair their roofs and ceilings, as well as put air conditioning in the offices and classrooms. In these rooms they host citizenship classes, catechism classes, and other ministry groups. Fr. Arturo is excited to provide a more comfortable environment for visitors and parishioners alike.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oxnard reaches new milestone!

Congratulations to Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Oxnard for bringing in $125, 580 this week! Fr. Manuel Rosiles presented the parish case for support at two ministry meetings, and parishioners responded with much excitement and generosity. A special thank you to Margarito and Julia Estrella and Lucio Luna for giving beautiful and inspiring testimonies at the meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. We are so grateful for the entire Campaign team at Our Lady of Guadalupe and their dedication. Great job this week!

St. Stephen Martyr hosts their first Commitment Weekend!

Fr. Joseph Magdaong at St. Stephen Martyr in Monterey Park kicked off the first of three Commitment Weekend celebrations this past weekend. In just three of five Masses, St. Stephen Martyr raised $84,915 to reach 91% – amazing! St. Stephen Martyr will host Commitment Weekend during all Masses this weekend with help from Fr. Ali “Kanis” Kanissius and Fr. Rajan Sengol. St. Stephen Martyr is blessed to celebrate the only Indonesian Mass in the Archdiocese, and Fr. Kanis is excited to share Called to Renew with the Indonesian community through a special Commitment Weekend presentation. Thank you for all your hard work to spread Called to Renew with the faithful parishioners of St. Stephen Martyr! See image below!
Fr. Joseph Magdaong gathered volunteers at St. Stephen Martyr on Thursday night. Father believes "prayers are powerful, especially in numbers," and he is appreciative of all the hard work his volunteers have put forth throughout the Campaign! 
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 11. 

To date, the Campaign has raised $259,234,833 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot and Wave 1 Parish campaigns. 
A Prayer of Gratitude

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 

 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We kindly ask that you keep Fr. Joseph Magdaong, pastor at St. Stephen Martyr in Monterey Park, in your prayers. It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the death of his father, Mr. Silvestre Magdaong. We are with you in this time of grief. 
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