August 30, 2019

Ambassador Orientation

In the coming weeks, parishes will host an Ambassador Orientation. This special meeting will introduce even more people to the Called to Renew Campaign. Pastors will discuss the case for support at the Archdiocese, as well as the unique projects at your local parish. Your Parish Campaign Director will explain the roles and responsibilities of a Campaign volunteer and the five principles of a successful fundraising effort. A Campaign Executive Committee member will also be asked to give a testimony for why they chose to participate in Called to Renew

It is critical to drive attendance to the Ambassador Orientation so parishioners can learn more about the Campaign and have the opportunity to get involved. Having accurate information about Called to Renew and a positive attitude towards the Campaign is the best way to invite the participation of your fellow parishioners. Through the Ambassador Orientation, we seek to expand our Campaign team in order to better serve our communities when Called to Renew is announced to the entire parish.

Many hands make light work.

Fr. Jose Alberto Pimentel kicks off Called to Renew at Holy Cross in Los Angeles! 
Fr. Jose Alberto Pimentel at Holy Cross in Los Angeles officially launched the Called to Renew Campaign at his South LA parish! To date, Fr. Alberto has raised $405,500 from 55 gifts for 113% of goal - amazing! Any pledges raised over goal will remain 100% at the parish to help fund additional maintenance needs apart from the Campaign projects. We are extremely excited to continue to share the message of Called to Renew with the parishioners at Holy Cross!

The community at St. Martha in Valinda welcomes their new pastor!
Congratulations to Fr. Thomas Asia, who raised $82,500 from seven gifts within the last week. Fr. Thomas, who had previously been the parish administrator at St. Martha, recently celebrated his installation Mass as pastor on August 4. The parish community has responded generously to  Campaign invitations and is excited to construct a vestibule for the church, renovate the pews and kneelers, paint the exterior of the church, and seed funding for a new parish hall and offices through this effort. Welcome Fr. Thomas, and congratulations on the early success!  

Fr. Raymond Decipeda visits more than 50 families in just one month! 
We are thrilled to report that Fr. Raymond Decipeda from St. John of God in Norwalk has met with more than fifty families this August! Personal visits are the best way to explain the Campaign and invite a parishioner's support. From his personal visits, Fr. Raymond has raised $428,340 from 42 gifts, or 39% of his Campaign goal! We are grateful for Fr. Raymond’s enthusiasm and dedication to the plan. Keep up the great work!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Rowland Heights grows its Campaign Executive Committee! 
Congratulations to Fr. John Keese from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Rowland Heights for a great turn out at his Campaign Executive Committee Orientation! Fifty-six members of the community were present to learn how Called to Renew will positively impact their parish. In addition to addressing their structural needs, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will allocate Campaign funds to support their ongoing ministries to the poor, an endowment for adult continuing formation, and a scholarship fund for religious education and youth ministry. With the help of his new CEC, Fr. John will transform the ministry programs at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton through Called to Renew

St. Clare in Santa Clarita builds on Campaign momentum! 
Congratulations to Fr. Olin Mayfield from St. Clare in Santa Clarita for having another incredible week of fundraising! Fr. Olin received $137,200 from just seven gifts, bringing the total raised to $260,200 or 27% of the parish target. Garnering early support for Called to Renew creates a positive environment in which the Campaign can thrive. It is important to celebrate success and build on momentum because giving is contagious! We look forward to celebrating continued success at St. Clare with Fr. Olin leading the way!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey receives more than $200,000 this week!
Before taking off for Convocation, Msgr. Lorenzo Miranda at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey spent time visiting the families of his Campaign Executive Committee. Through his efforts, Msgr. Lorenzo raised $227,500 from 13 gifts! Our Lady of Perpetual Help is now at 30% of their $1,860,000 enhanced goal. The CEC is eager to expand the Campaign team in the coming weeks to help spread Msgr. Lorenzo’s vision for the future of their parish and school to the parishioners in Downey!
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30. 

To date, the Campaign has raised $281,692,463 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Wave 1 and Wave 2 Parish campaigns. 
Ambassador Recruitment Tips

This week, your Parish Campaign Director met with the Campaign Executive Committee to begin inviting fellow parishioners to the Ambassador Orientation.  When making calls, be sure to have your invite script at hand and the name of the person you are calling. It helps to develop a positive attitude before dialing - people can hear a smile through the phone. In your first moments on the phone, identify yourself in relation to the parish. People will feel more comfortable speaking to someone they see at Mass. Also remember that these people received a letter saying they would be contacted with further information about the Ambassador Orientation, so they are awaiting your call. Good luck!
Our mailing address is:
Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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