December 13, 2019

Maintaining Enthusiasm

Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.
- Isaiah 35: 1-6

Advent is a season of waiting; an intentional slowing down of life in preparation for the greatest gift to ever come – Jesus Himself. We are not accustomed to slowing down; in fact, we are used to having almost every hour of every day packed with activity. We are used to getting everything we need and want in rapid time. Everything around us praises and encourages such a life of busy-ness. Yet, as the scripture passage above tells us, God calls us to intentionally slow down and to take advantage of this time of waiting to re-learn to be faithful and diligent in the small tasks of life:

- In prayer
- In giving
- In the ordinary, seemingly unimportant tasks of daily life

Being faithful in these small matters helps us to develop the character and to grow the heart that we need to be able to receive God Himself, who comes in those quiet, still, ordinary moments of our lives.

The Campaign has been filled with tons of activity in the past five months, with hundreds of personal visits, receptions, tabling outside of Sunday Masses, or phone-a-thons. Like our lives, it has been a whirlwind of busy-ness. Now that we are winding down to the last round of Commitment Weekends, it can be easy to want to want to jump to the next big thing at our parish without slowing down and remaining faithful to the small, seemingly unimportant Campaign tasks that remain ahead of us.

Learning from our readings this weekend, as we slowdown in Campaign activity and many of us head into our last Commitment Weekend, let us remain steadfast in our effort to bring Campaign enthusiasm to our fellow parishioners. Let us remain steadfast in following best practices for a successful, last Commitment Weekend. Let us step up and help our pastors, business managers, or campaign directors count and process pledge cards if they need help. And finally, let us rejoice and give thanks for the wonderful gift that Called to Renew has been and will be for our parish community in the coming years. 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey raises more than half a million during first Commitment Weekend!
Congratulations to Msgr. Lorenzo Miranda, the entire Campaign team, and the generous community at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey for an incredibly successful weekend! During all Masses, Msgr. Lorenzo shared his enthusiasm for Called to Renew and invited parishioners to join him in making their own pledge to the Campaign. The faithful in Downey responded with a resounding “yes” and made commitments totaling $543,977! As a result, Our Lady of Perpetual Help surpassed its $1,860,000 enhanced goal for the Campaign and exceeded the $2 million mark - amazing! To date, the parish has raised $2,163,272 from 481 families. Congratulations on your successes, and good luck during round two this weekend!

All Souls in Alhambra raises over $150,000 during their first Commitment Weekend!
Congratulations to Fr. Patrick and his committee at All Souls in Alhambra on a successful first Commitment Weekend. The committee members were all present during a busy and productive Mass where they were able to reach 143% of their $415,000 goal. Fr. Patrick is appreciative of the generosity of his parishioners and is looking forward to a successful second Commitment Weekend. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles surpasses Campaign goal!
Congratulations to Fr. Rolando Clarin and Fr. Florentino Victorino at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles for exceeding their goal! As a result of a successful Commitment Weekend, the parish raised $177,130, or 37% of their goal. They wrapped up their Campaign at 127% of goal. Fr. Rolando would like to thank the Campaign Executive Committee members for their unwavering dedication and hard work, as well as his parishioners for their generosity and support. We are celebrating your success with you!

San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel hosts successful first Commitment Weekend!
Congratulations to Fr. John Molyneux and his Campaign Executive Committee at the San Gabriel Mission on surpassing their goal during their first Commitment Weekend. Special thanks to Terri Huerta who was present at every Mass and has been a huge influence on the success of the Campaign at the San Gabriel Mission. San Gabriel has raised $300,000 in gifts, putting them at a total of $1,025,585 or 120% of their goal. Congratulations on exceeding your goal!

St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village surpasses 104% of goal!
This past Saturday and Sunday was not the sunniest of weekends in Southern California, but Msgr. Paul Albee at St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village felt the warmth of generosity as he raised close to $200,000 from his parish’s Commitment Weekend. St. Maximillian Kolbe has now raised $1,230,970 or 104% of its assigned goal. Congratulations to Msgr. Albee and his parish community at St. Maximillian Kolbe! 

Holy Cross in Moorpark Surpasses Goal!
Congratulations to Msgr. Joseph Hernandez, the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC), and the community at Holy Cross in Moorpark for a successful first Commitment Weekend! Parishioners made commitments totaling $181,367, which is 19% of their $915,000 goal! This brings their total raised to $1,003,072, surpassing their enhanced goal of $1,000,000. Msgr. Joseph Hernandez and the CEC are both thrilled and humbled by the enthusiastic generosity of their parish and look forward to closing the Campaign with another successful commitment weekend. Keep up the great work!

St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks raises over $400,000 during Commitment Weekend!
Congratulations to Fr. Michael Rocha at St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks for a successful first Commitment Weekend. Fr. Michael boldly challenged everyone in the community to consider what they could do for the parish that is their spiritual home. He called parishioners to action by inviting all families that had yet to pledge to consider matching his own $5,000 gift to the Campaign. The community responded with incredible generosity--making commitments totaling $425,461 from 177 gifts! From a total of 293 gifts, they have raised $1,285,863, which is 90% of their $1,425,000 goal. Good luck with your second commitment weekend!

Our Lady of the Rosary in Paramount achieves goal!
Congratulations to Fr. Julio Gonzalez at Our Lady of the Rosary in Paramount for reaching goal! Fr. Julio plans to use funds from Called to Renew to continue the renovation of his parish. First and foremost, Fr. Julio is excited about remodeling the convent to provide more comfortable living for the nuns that reside at the parish, as well as expanding the church offices. We look forward to seeing the transformation at your parish! 

Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on December 13, 2019.

To date, the Campaign has raised $330,107,522 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
Maintaining Momentum

If you have pending gift requests, consider helping prospective donors reach their decisions. Check in to see if they have any questions and what it may take to receive their decision. Sometimes a simple follow up can make the difference. 

Charitable contributions are deductible in the year they are made, so you can also suggest initial payments at the time these gifts are made. That means credit card charges made before the end of the year are deductible even if the bill is not paid until January. The same applies for checks written and mailed by December 31; it does not matter if they are not cashed until 2020. 

Even if you are only able to devote a few hours a week to the campaign during Advent, your parish — and fellow parishioners — will enjoy many happy returns. 
Our mailing address is:
Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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