November 22, 2019

Called to Renew continues weekly millions!

We are pleased to announce that the Called to Renew Campaign has had nine consecutive weeks of raising more than $2 million! Additionally, last week was our first time raising more than $3 million through parish efforts, and this was our first time raising more than $4 million! We are excited by the $1 million growth we have seen each week. This remarkable achievement demonstrates the faith and commitment of pastors and parishioners across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. With this success in mind, let us reflect on Campaign best practices: 

  • Show your enthusiasm - it is contagious and strengthens overall morale! 
  • Recite the Campaign prayer as often as possible - practice makes perfect! 
  • Implement recommendations from your Campaign Director - they are there to help! 
  • Celebrate success and milestones - showcase your achievements! 

With many parishes still working on their Called to Renew Campaign, and even more so awaiting their chance to participate, we look forward to building on this latest success.

Twin parishes, St. Columbkille and Nativity, both go above and beyond!
Congratulations to St. Columbkille and Nativity in Los Angeles for their remarkable success with Called to Renew! Both parishes raised more than 320% of their respective goals, with St. Columbkille achieving 324% and Nativity reaching 321% - amazing! Fr. Ever M. Quintero would like to thank his Campaign team, Juan Alvarado and Briana Arriola, for all of their hard work and support, as well as the parishioners at both parishes. Through their generosity, St. Columbkille and Nativity will continue to serve their communities for years to come. Congratulations on your success!

Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights has reached 192% of their goal! 
Congratulations to Msgr. John Moretta from Resurrection in Boyle Heights for his ongoing success with Called to Renew. Fellow parishioners continue to show their generosity weeks after Commitment Weekend, and the parish is 8% away from doubling their campaign goal! To date, Msgr. John has raised $759,536 from 322 gifts, which is 192% of his $395,000 goal. Thank you to the Resurrection community for supporting Called to Renew and their parish. We look forward to getting updates on their Campaign projects, which include installing air conditioning and renovating the parish hall. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe-Hammel St. successfully concludes its Campaign!
Our Lady of Guadalupe-Hammel St. in Los Angeles finished its Campaign this week with a grand total of $427,640 from 179 pledges, which is 174% of the goal. Fr. Marco Solis was initially nervous to begin the Campaign; however once he decided to fully commit to the historic effort, he discovered the incredible opportunity Called to Renew brought to his parish - a way to connect more deeply with his community. Fr. Marco is humbled by the pride in his parish and is beyond grateful for the support of the faithful and their dedication to enhancing the entire Catholic community in Los Angeles. 

Our Lady of Lourdes in East LA breaks half a million!
Congratulations to Fr. Jesus Zamarripa at Our Lady of Lourdes in East LA for an incredibly successful second Commitment Weekend! During his final Campaign presentation, Fr. Jesus was intentional in making sure every parishioner had a pledge card before reciting the Campaign prayer as a community. His dedication to the plan amounted to more than $200,000 in pledges this week! To date, Our Lady of Lourdes has raised $526,991 or 165% of its $320,000 goal from 177 families. The Campaign Office commends the effort of this parish community and is grateful to work with such inspiring partners, like Fr. Jesus, through Called to Renew

St. Ambrose in West Hollywood has reached 150% of their goal! 
Congratulations to Fr. Dennis Marrell from St. Ambrose in West Hollywood for a successful Commitment Weekend. To date, Fr. Dennis has raised $262,600 from 39 gifts, which is 150% of his goal. Thank you to the West Hollywood community for supporting Called to Renew and this parish. Fr. Dennis is excited to get started on their main Campaign project - remodeling the church bathrooms. We look forward to seeing the transformation!

Sacred Heart in Ventura reaches new milestone!
Congratulations to Fr. Aloysius Ezeonyeka and the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) at Sacred Heart in Ventura for raising $66,070 from 128 parishes, bringing their total to $1,403,280. To date, they’ve raised 148% of their $950,000 goal, and surpassed their enhanced $1,400,000 goal! Fr. Al and the CEC are grateful for the generous participation and sacrificial giving. They look forward to continuing to invite families to participate during their upcoming Commitment Weekends. Keep up the great work!

St. John of God in Norwalk reaches 131% of goal!
Congratulations to Fr. Raymond Decipeda and Fr. Pius Noel Ma. Pareja at St. John of God in Norwalk for raising $570,490 during their first Commitment Weekend. To date, the parish has raised $1,428,600, which is 131% of their $1,090,000 campaign goal. The Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) did a wonderful job giving testimonials at each Mass to encourage their fellow parishioners to unite and join the call to renew. Thank you to Fr. Raymond and Fr. Pius for their leadership and good faith effort throughout the Campaign. We look forward to witnessing their success in their last Commitment Weekend! 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton reaches their Campaign Goal on Commitment Weekend 
Congratulations to Fr. John Keese from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Rowland Heights for raising $568,910 during his first Commitment Weekend. To date, Fr. John has raised $1,466,735 which is 113% of his $1.3 million goal. Campaign funds will be used for a diverse range of projects at the parish, such as setting up a scholarship fund for the religious education students and renovating the parish hall partitions and floors. We are very grateful for the tremendous generosity the St. Elizabeth Ann community showed this past weekend, and we look forward to a successful second Commitment Weekend!

Holy Innocents in Long Beach reaches its goal on Commitment Weekend!
Congratulations to Fr. G. Peter Irving and the community at Holy Innocents in Long Beach for reaching their $415,000 goal this past weekend! The parish raised $114,335 from 71 gifts. The community is elated to have reached their goal and is looking forward to going above and beyond with their second Commitment Weekend. All funds raised over goal remain 100% at the parish. Holy Innocents plans to use money to make much needed facility improvements at its bustling parish school. We look forward to further success this coming week!

St. John the Evangelist in Los Angeles achieves goal!
Congratulations to Fr. Alan Jenkins and the community of St. John the Evangelist for reaching their Campaign goal! Over the last few months, Fr. Alan and his dedicated Campaign Executive Committee have worked to engage parishioners in the mission of Called to Renew. Last weekend, St. John the Evangelist hosted its first Commitment Weekend, collecting over $45,000 toward their goal of $270,000. Thank you to Fr. Alan and the team at St. John the Evangelist for their continued enthusiasm and support!

St. Stephen of Hungary in Los Angeles raises $50,000 and exceeds goal! 
Congratulations to Msgr. Tim Dyer at St. Stephen of Hungary in Los Angeles for hosting a successful reception that led to the parish exceeding their Campaign goal! On November 17, parishioners gathered to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the passing of Fr. Lani as well as honor the feast of St. Elizabeth. Following mass, parishioners learned about the Called to Renew campaign and how it could benefit the parish. At the close of the reception, 11 parishioners made pledges totaling $50,000, bringing the total pledged-to-date to $82,500 which is 110% of their goal! Over the next several weeks, both Msgr. Tim and the Campaign Executive Committee will continue to invite parishioners to participate in the Campaign. We look forward to St. Stephen’s continued success!
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 22.

To date, the Campaign has raised $318,638,786 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot, Wave 1, and Wave 2 Parish campaigns. 
Pilot Phase
Wave 1
Wave 2
Giving is contagious! 

In 2018, charitable giving surpassed $427 billion for the first time ever! Giving continues to increase steadily, and religious organizations are blessed to receive the most amount of any sector. Thank you to all who support these incredibly worthy causes.

As we witness and celebrate the success of Called to Renew, we look forward to inspiring more people to join our historic Campaign! 

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Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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