March 22, 2019

Prayer for Generosity!

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous; 
teach me to serve you as you deserve, 
to give and not to count the cost, 
to fight and not to heed the wounds, 
to toil and not to seek for rest, 
to labor and not to seek reward, 
except that of knowing that I do your will.


St. Ignatius of Loyola

Thank you to our generous and hard-working clergy and volunteers! 

Holy Family in Artesia announced the campaign at Masses last weekend!

Holy Family Church in Artesia is a diverse parish, offering Mass in five different languages each week: English, Spanish, Filipino, Portuguese and Mandarin-Chinese. On Sunday, Maria Tu, a member of the Holy Family Pastoral Council for the Chinese Community (pictured below) translated campaign materials and presented it to the Mandarin Chinese Mass. Fr. John Cordero understands how critical it is that a parish be inclusive and communicate to every parishioner the importance of Called to Renew, not just for their parish but across the entire Archdiocese. Congratulations to Fr. John and the Ambassadors at Holy Family for collecting more than $100,000 from 12 gifts this week!

Congratulations to Fr. Arturo Velasco at Our Lady of the Valley for achieving 50 percent of goal this week! 

Congratulations to Fr. Arturo at Our Lady of the Valley in Canoga Park for surpassing 50 percent of their campaign goal! To date, the parish has raised $372,850 from 39 gifts. Committee members are hard at work contacting fellow parishioners and are eager to begin church renovations as soon as possible. Keep up the great work!

Santa Isabel raises 27% of the campaign target this week! 

Congratulations to Fr. Jesus Herrera and the volunteers at Santa Isabel in Los Angeles who raised $59,400 of the campaign target from 11 pledges! Fr. Jesus is pleased, grateful, and not at all surprised by the generosity and leadership of Santa Isabel parishioners. Father reports that parishioners understand the importance of the campaign and are excited to continue spreading the message of Called to Renew. With receptions starting soon, Fr. Jesus has no doubt that the parish will surpass the Campaign target. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in El Monte sees an increase in campaign momentum! 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in El Monte received $58,200 from 13 pledged commitments this week. Fr. Jesus Herrera and the campaign committee look forward to launching the Campaign next week, which will provide everyone the opportunity to learn more about Called to Renew and how this effort will allow the parish to purchase property for the building of a mini-coliseum. The mini-coliseum will provide kids a safe place to play and find the word of God. 

St. Stephen Martyr in Monterey Park reaches 50% of goal! 

Congratulations to Fr. Joseph Magdaong and the Campaign Ambassadors for raising 50% of goal! We are so excited about the momentum building at St. Stephen Martyr. In the coming week, Fr. Joseph and his volunteers have over 13 visits scheduled! Personal meetings are the best way to share the Campaign and a great way to learn about everyone’s experiences at the parish. St. Stephen Martyr was founded nearly 100 years ago! We are excited for Called to Renew to be a part of the legacy at St. Stephen Martyr!

St. Vincent de Paul Parish increases participation from parishioners attending Catechism classes! 

This week, Fr. David Nations announced the Called to Renew campaign at a Catechism class held on Wednesday evening at St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles. Families who attend the class are preparing for their First Communion or Confirmation at this historic parish. Attendees were very receptive to Father’s presentation and the overall Campaign case for support. By the end of the presentation, Fr. David received six gifts. Congratulations to St. Vincent de Paul for a strong fundraising week!

St. Cecilia kicks off the campaign this weekend! 

This upcoming weekend, Fr. Roman Arzate will be announcing the Called to Renew campaign during mass at St. Cecilia in Los Angeles. Members from the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) have volunteered to give testimonials at mass and answer any questions fellow parishioners may have on their way out. Parishioners at the six Sunday masses will have the opportunity to chat with Campaign Ambassadors and sign-up to schedule a meeting to further discuss how they can contribute. Congratulations to St. Cecilia for having a fantastic CEC!

San Antonio de Padua commences construction!  

San Antonio de Padua in Boyle Heights has had the enormous blessing to commence the renovation of the school building that houses the parish. The new façade of the parish has been installed and every week the construction team makes visible advancements. This project is tied to the parish’s local case for support, which is to build a church tower and repaint the outside of the parish. The community at San Antonio de Padua is thrilled about the beautiful renovations that are taking place at the parish. 
On Sunday, Maria Tu, a member of the Holy Family Pastoral Council for the Chinese Community translated campaign materials and presented it to the Mandarin Chinese community at Mass.
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 22. 

To date, the overall campaign has raised $248,066,729Listed below is the progress of our Pilot and Wave 1 Parish campaigns. 
Together in Mission vs. Called to Renew

The simplest way to think about this is to define the church as a home. Together in Mission and the weekly parish offertory are used to pay ongoing critical operating expenses such as salaries, insurance, utilities, etc., while campaign funds go towards larger periodic or one-time needs such as putting a new roof on the church, repaving the parking lot, or painting the exterior of the rectory. A recent facilities study confirmed that Archdiocesan parishes and schools require nearly $350 million in deferred maintenance needs, one of the main reasons our Archdiocese has embarked on this extraordinary fundraising campaign.

Thank you to our Catholic community for their generous support of so many Catholic causes.   
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