November 8, 2019

*Corrected newsletter with updated parish success images

Engaging Ministry Groups

One of the missions of Called to Renew is to reach out to every parish family to invite their participation in the Campaign. A great way to involve active families is to engage parish ministry groups. 

For members of ministry groups, the parish is very important well beyond Sunday Mass - it is a home to gather, pray, and share their lives with others. Ministry groups bring parishioners together to unite in their faith and love of their parish. Parishioners in these groups experience the parish as a place that provides; therefore, they can best understand its needs.  

We encourage hosting Called to Renew presentations at ministry groups meetings to share the vision of the Campaign and ask for members’ individual support. 

Resurrection in Boyle Heights reaches 176% of Campaign goal! 
Congratulations to Msgr. John Moretta for reaching 176% of his Campaign goal during his first Commitment Weekend last weekend! Msgr. John along with his Campaign Executive Committee raised $307,619 from 185 total new gifts. During every Mass, the dedicated and supportive committee did their part by helping fellow parishioners fill out their pledge cards. Because they are over goal, more than $300,000 will remain 100% at the parish to address additional projects and deferred maintenance needs! We look forward to another successful Commitment Weekend at Resurrection!  

Sacred Heart in Altadena for raises $100,000 after hosting first Commitment Weekend
Congratulations to Fr. Jose Vaughn Banal from Sacred Heart in Altadena and his community for raising $100,000 during their first Commitment Weekend. To date, Fr. Jose has raised more than 150% of his parish goal. The community at Sacred Heart is excited to start the renovations in the ministry building by installing air conditioning, replacing the windows, and renovating the bathrooms. Sacred Heart-Altadena is looking forward to another successful commitment weekend.

Sacred Heart in Los Angeles reaches 143% with reception!
Sacred Heart in Los Angeles hosted a successful Called to Renew this past Monday where over 60 people attended. Parishioners rallied to pledge a total of$31,500. With 104 pledges counted, this brings Sacred Heart to a total of $461,340, which is 142% of the goal. Now that Sacred Heart has gone over goal, they will have an additional $136,340 to invest in further projects. Congratulations! 

St. Alphonsus reaches their enhanced goal of $500,000!
Congratulations to Fr. Rodolfo Prado and his committed Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) at St. Alphonsus in Los Angeles for going over their enhanced goal! A special thanks for the hard work and commitment of the Angelica Reza- Zamora, Martin Bentacourt, Mari Nelson, Rosie Nuanes, and the CEC. We thank you for dedication in making the campaign a success at St. Alphonsus!

Corpus Christi in Pacific Palisades exceeds $1.7M!
Congratulations are in order for Msgr. Liam Kidney and the community at Corpus Christi in Pacific Palisades for raising $816,000 in just one week! This brings their total raised to date to $1,783,240 from a total of 41 gifts. After such a tremendous week, the Corpus Christi community is re-energized in their campaigning efforts, and is looking forward to reaching their $2,400,000 enhanced goal in the coming weeks. We wish you continued success!

St. Eugene in Los Angeles reaches 104% of goal!
Congratulations to Fr. Jude Umeobi and the rest of the St. Eugene community for surpassing their campaign goal! To date, they have raised $318,600, which puts them at 104% of their goal. Fr. Jude is planning on using the Campaign funds to paint the church, giving it a fresh new look. Congratulations on your success and keep up the great work!  

St. Clare in Santa Clarita goes over goal!
This week, St. Clare in Santa Clarita surpassed its goal after hosting a successful Campaign reception!  Everyone was in high spirits as they listened intently to Fr. Olin Mayfield explain the benefits that the Campaign will bring not only to St. Clare, but to the entire Catholic community in the Archdiocese. Parishioners heard the call and pledged a total of $35,300, propelling St. Clare over their $975,000 goal! St. Clare has now raised $998,520 or 102% of goal from 112 pledges. Fr. Olin is inspired by the support of his community and is excited to finish the Campaign strong in the coming weeks!  

Holy Innocents in Long Beach raises $34,980 in a single night!
Congratulations to Fr. G. Peter Irving and the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) at Holy Innocents parish in Long Beach for raising $34,980 from 15 gifts. On Saturday night, the CEC hosted a Called to Renew Taquiza - a reception with tacos! Every family that attended the event pledged. Holy Innocents is now at $298,245 or 72% of their $415,000 goal. They are looking forward to a successful Commitment Weekend next week to push them goal! 

St. Jude the Apostle in Westlake Village raises over $151,000!
Congratulations to Fr. Jim Stehly and the dedicated and lively Campaign Executive Committee at St. Jude the Apostle for raising over $151,000 this week! With fires in the surrounding area, the faith and commitment in this community exemplifies how we unite in support of each other as one Church in trying times. St. Jude has now reached 67% of their $1,450,000 goal and looks forward to celebrating continued success in the near future!
Fr. Tes at Sacred Heart in Los Angeles inspires his parish community at the reception hosted this past Monday night. 
The Campaign Executive Committee from Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights celebrated their successful first Commitment Weekend with Msgr. John Moretta and Fr. Gustavo Mejia.
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 8.

To date, the Campaign has raised $308,603,358 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot, Wave 1, and Wave 2 Parish campaigns. 
Prayer for Generosity - St. Ignatius of Loyola

As more parishes embark on Commitment Weekend,
let us say a prayer for generosity:

Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will.
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Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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