January 17, 2020

Our Five Loaves and Two Fish

“[Jesus] asked them, ‘How many loaves do you have? Go and see.’ And when they had found out they said, ‘five loaves and two fish'... Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.” - Mark 6: 38-44

Moments before the miracle of feeding five thousand men, the disciples had brought to Jesus’s attention that it was getting dark, and the people were hungry, to which the Lord’s response was “Give them some food yourselves.” Imagine the bewilderment, and confusion on their faces as they contemplated how they could possibly feed that many people. They offered what little they had, five loaves and two fish, and with that Jesus performed one of the most well-known miracles of our faith.

We are called to do the same: to look around us, to see the needs of the multitudes, and to give ourselves. As we embark on Wave 3 of Called to Renew, we remember to offer Jesus what little we have, our five loaves and two fish, and trust that with that he will nourish and renew our parishes, communities, and families.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha hosts a successful Commitment Weekend
Congratulations to St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Santa Clarita on their successful Commitment Weekend. The parish raised $739,144, or 29% of their goal from 294 pledges. This brings them to a grand total of $2,464,555 of their $2,475,000 goal. Fr. Albert H. Avenido had faith that his parishioners would respond to the call to help, not only their parish, but also the greater Catholic community. He states that he is blessed and feels humbled by the generosity of his parishioners at St. Kateri. Fr. Albert is also very grateful for the hard work and dedication of the Campaign Executive Committee, who tabled, gave testimonials, and inspired others by being the first to make their pledges.There is no doubt that St. Kateri will exceed their goal with help from their generous parishioners in their second Commitment Weekend. Keep up the great work!

St. John Baptist De La Salle surpasses Campaign Goal
Congratulations to Fr. Ramon Valera at St. John Baptist De La Salle in Granada Hills for a successful commitment weekend. With the help of Campaign Ambassadors and ushers, St. John Baptist De La Salle raised over half a million dollars in pledged support from their Commitment Weekend, bringing the parish up to $1,286,723, or 108% of their Campaign goal. Fr. Ramon is grateful for the generosity of his parishioners and is excited to allocate campaign funds from Called to Renew toward building a junior high and after school care building. Great job!
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on January 17, 2020.

To date, the Campaign has raised $340,808,159 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
Upcoming Campaign Events

Wave 3 Kick Off - Bilingual 
Wednesday, Jan 22 6:00-8:00pm

Wave 4 Orientation 
Wednesday, Jan 29 1:00-2:30pm

Wave 2 Pastor Reflection Luncheon 
Friday, Jan 31 12:00-1:30pm

Wave 3 Kick Off - Spanish 
Monday, Feb 3  6:00-8:00pm

Wave 3 Kick Off - Bilingual 
Tuesday, Feb 11 6:00-8:00pm

Wave 3 Kick Off - Bilingual 
Wednesday, Feb 12 6:00-8:00pm

 If you have not yet RSVP'd your attendance, please do so to
Jonathan Ramos Lopez at or 213-637-7432 . 
Our mailing address is:
Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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