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October 11, 2019


Feast day of St. John XXIII:
Reflection on our Unfulfilled Potential and
Our Limitless Possibilities


As members of the Church and laborers in this call to renew, we experience a call to be Church to one another. Our personal approach in Called to Renew is a meaningful aspect in this regard, as we are granted the opportunity to encounter others through the journey of our Campaign. From parish volunteer visits to Archdiocesan ministry efforts, Called to Renew strives to do the work of the Lord in binding His Church together.

Today, we honor the words of St. John XXIII: “Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

As we discern over the “call to renew” ourselves, we pray that we may also extend this prayer to our families, our parish, and our communities. Let us look to the Gospel to guide our hopes and dreams, our unfulfilled potential, and our limitless possibilities. Let us call on one another to experience this renewal, so as to conform ourselves to the Heart that loves with greater depth each day.

Holy Cross in Los Angeles surpasses 208% of goal! 
Congratulations to Fr. Jose Alberto Pimentel from Holy Cross in South Central Los Angeles for a very successful first Commitment Weekend! Fr. Alberto, along with his parish community, raised $183,500 this past Sunday. To date, he has raised $750,000 of his $360,000 Campaign goal, which is 208% of goal! We congratulate Fr. Alberto and his community for going above and beyond. This upcoming weekend, Fr. Alberto will host his second Commitment Weekend during the parish’s annual Fiesta. Thank you Fr. Alberto for all your work on Called to Renew, your parish will benefit greatly from your efforts. 

Padre Serra in Camarillo surpasses goal!
Congratulations to Fr. Patrick Mullen and the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) at Padre Serra for a successful week in raising over $230,000. So far, they have collected a total of $1,828,200, which is 108% of their $1,700,00 goal. The CEC is excited to continue making visits and invite their fellow parishioners to join them in reaching for their enhanced goal of $2.6 million. Great work!

Sacred Heart Los Angeles reaches 103% of goal!
Congratulations to Sacred Heart in Los Angeles for going over their $345,000 Campaign goal! Fr. Tesfaldet Asghedom and the Campaign Executive Committee placed great focus on scheduling visits with parishioners. In September the team reached 30% of goal, propelling their success early on. Following their initial achievement, the team at Sacred Heart continued to work hard to bring their goal to 80%, just in time for Commitment Weekend. Sacred Heart is now at 103% of the goal, bringing their amount raised to $335,280.The team believes that the Campaign for Sacred Heart goes beyond the dollar amount or reaching the goal. The greater goal is to bring the parish community together for a great cause. Great job, team! 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey breaks $1 Million!
Congratulations to Msgr. Lorenzo Miranda and the entire Campaign team at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey! Through the combined efforts of the pastor and volunteers, the parish has raised $1,021,600 or 84% towards their Called to Renew Campaign. The entire Campaign team has been eager to spread the news of Called to Renew to the community in Downey. They are especially excited to be hosting an informational booth this weekend during their school’s annual carnival. Good luck this weekend! 

St. Clare in Santa Clarita reaches 83% as they gear up for Commitment Weekend
Congratulations to Fr. Olin Mayfield and the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) at St. Clare in Santa Clarita. This week St. Clare raised $76,700 from 11 pledges, bringing them to 83% of the goal. So far, they have raised $805,420 and are getting ready to start their Commitment Weekend. The dedication that Fr. Olin and the CEC have put into making the Campaign a success is evident--over the last six weeks St. Clare has averaged over $110,000 with 12 pledges a week. With their hard work and commitment, St. Clare has been part of the top parishes of Wave 2. Continue to keep up the hard work!

Our Lady of Loretto, Los Angeles reaches 74% of their enhanced goal! 
Thank you to Our Lady of Loretto’s Pastor, Fr. Anh-Tuan and Office Manager, Cluadia Morales for their amazing job with the Campaign! To date, they have reached 74% of their enhanced goal and just recently announced the start of the Campaign at the masses. Congratulations on making big strides!

St. Eugene Los Angeles surpasses halfway mark!
St. Eugene’s Pastor, Fr. Jude Umeobi, and his Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) are making great progress in the Campaign, reaching 58% of their goal. Congratulations are in order for  Fr. Jude and his dedicated CEC, which include Dr. Paul Amuchie and Anthony Ikebudu, who have been putting in the extra effort and going above and beyond. We are excited to witness your success!

St. Maximilian Kolbe reaches another milestone!
St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Westlake Village has now raised over $500,000 for their Campaign! To date, the parish has received $501,450, reaching 42% of its assigned Campaign goal. Msgr. Paul Albee and his team of Ambassadors are hard at work calling out to families to invite them to be part of this historic parish effort. The funds for St. Maximilan Kolbe will be used to enhance the parish worship experience by making improvements to the church interior, in addition to maintaining the church campus at St. Maximilian Kolbe. Great job!

St. Jude the Apostle raises $140,000 in one week!
Congratulations to Fr. Jim Stehly and the St. Jude the Apostle’s Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) for their persistence and continued success. St. Jude the Apostle has now raised a total of $640,100, reaching 44% of their goal. St. Jude’s dedicated families, including the Weisbeckers, Lannonones, and Treutings have shown tremendous heart and commitment to their parish. You make St. Jude the vibrant home that it is, keep up the great work!

St. Kateri Tekakwitha gains momentum!
St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Santa Clarita has received $139,000 in new pledges this week! To date, the parish has raised $820,200, or 33% of its target goal. Over the past three weeks, the parish has collected $370,000 for Called to Renew. Father Albert Avenido and his team of Ambassadors have been busy calling families to invite them to be part of this historic parish effort. Keep up the great work!
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11.

To date, the Campaign has raised $294,762,446 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot, Wave 1, and Wave 2 Parish campaigns. 
 
Prayer for Strength
 
Today we celebrate the feast of Pope John XXIII. Let us reflect on his prayer of strength as we surpass the halfway point of Wave 2:

Every day I need you, Lord, but today especially,
I need some extra strength to face whatever is to come.

This day, more than any other day, I need to feel you near me to
strengthen my Courage and to overcome any fear.

By myself I cannot meet the challenge of the hour.

We are frail human creatures and we need a
Higher Power to sustain us in all that life may bring.

And so, dear Lord, hold my trembling hand.
Be with me, Lord, this day and stretch out your powerful arm to help me.

May your love be upon me as I place all my hope in you. 

Amen.

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