March 8, 2019

Lenten Season: A Time for Sacrifice

The holy season of Lent is a 40-day journey leading up to the Sacred Triduum. The traditional disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are opportunities for us to deepen our relationship with the Lord. Prayer involves giving time to God through praise, petition, and thanksgiving. Fasting helps us focus on God and not the things around us. Almsgiving allows us to share our resources and lighten the burden of others. 
The extraordinary generosity and support of parishioners to Called to Renew demonstrates their commitment to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and their willingness to follow Christ's mission to lead people to the faith and to teach and help those in need. The campaign case for support reflects that mission in each of the case components. 

Volunteers in Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga start outreach to fellow parishioners!

On Monday evening, Fr. Rolly Astudillo helped train his parish’s Ambassadors on how to visit with fellow parishioners. Ambassadors created more than 100 packets and distributed them. With volunteers making visits alongside Fr. Rolly, the parish is guaranteed to see an increase in participation in the coming weeks. Congratulations to the parish! 

St. Maria Goretti exceeds 50% of their campaign goal!

Congratulations to Fr. John Schiavone and to the Campaign Executive Committee at St. Maria Goretti for reaching 54% of their campaign goal this week! St. Maria Goretti has raised $254,100 to date from just 24 gifts. Parishioners have responded generously, with an average gift of $10,588. We are looking forward to helping the committee keep their success going in the coming weeks!

Santa Isabel in Los Angeles raises $30,000 this week!

Congratulations to Fr. Jesus Herrera for the recent success at Santa Isabel! The parish has now raised $98,100 or 44% of the goal from 12 gifts. Father is enthusiastic about the response he has received and is taking this opportunity to meet and get to know to his parishioners. Santa Isabel will be announcing their campaign next weekend, March 16th and 17th. The committee is looking forward to starting visits to help Fr. Jesus and Santa Isabel reach the goal.   

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oxnard is off to a great start!

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oxnard has raised $107,900 from 10 gifts, which is 12% of their goal! Congratulations to Fr. Manuel Rosiles and the parish staff. With funds raised from this campaign, the parish will add signage around its campus, create an addition to the parish office, and add a kitchen to the parish hall. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula has great attendance at the Ambassador Orientation!

Our Lady of Guadalupe hosted its Campaign Executive Committee Orientation on February 27. More than 50 families attended the meeting to learn how they can help Fr. Thomas Dome share more information with the parish family. Since the meeting, Fr. Thomas Dome and Elvia Hernandez have raised $88,800 from 14 gifts, which is 19% of the campaign target! Congratulations and job well done! 

Holy Family in Artesia raises $96,000 this week!

Fr. John Cordero, the pastor at Holy Family in Artesia, collected $96,000 in pledges from nine gifts. Six of these gifts came from families who have volunteered as Ambassadors and Campaign Executive Committee members. Holy Family is eager to get started on its parking lot expansion. Parking at this very large parish has been a challenge for years. Fr. John is eager to get started with the recent city approval to expand the lot into a nearby field!
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 8. 

To date, the overall campaign has raised $244,171,009Listed below is the progress of our Pilot and Wave 1 Parish campaigns. 

Making phone calls and scheduling visits can be challenging with busy schedules. The Campaign Office suggests setting aside time each week that you can dedicate to this activity. Previous volunteers shared that reserving two or three hours a week to be at the parish office saves you time in travel. Ask your pastor if there is space at the parish to host your campaign visits. 

One volunteer shared their Tuesday night schedule: 
5:15p - Set up at the parish
5:30p - Make 30 minutes of phone calls to schedule visits for the following week
6:00p - Host an initial visit with the Smith* family
6:45p - Conduct a follow-up visit with the Doe* Family, whom I met last Tuesday
7:00p - Host an initial visit with the McKenna* family 
7:45p - Conduct a follow-up visit the Green* family 
8:00p - Pack up to go home

*Names are not real. 
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