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November 1, 2019

Importance of Stewardship


Called to Renew is inspired by the principle of stewardship. With gratitude for those who built and maintained the churches in our Archdiocese in previous decades, we once again enhance our structures and ministries for those who will pray and enrich themselves in these sacred spaces in the future. We have the responsibility to pass on what was given to us.

Sharing our talents and our treasures are an integral part of fulling embracing what it means to be Catholic. It is our charge to be gracious for the sacrifice of others through practicing good stewardship. There are many ways to show our love and appreciation, and this call to renew will be a lasting profession of our Catholic stewardship. Now, it is our turn to be good stewards for future generations.

San Francisco reaches 187% of goal after hosting its first Commitment Weekend! 
Congratulations to Fr. Mario Arellano from San Francisco in East Los Angeles and his parish community for raising $115,900 during their first Commitment Weekend. To date, Fr. Mario has raised $439,250 out of his $235,000 goal, which is 187%! The community at San Francisco is looking forward to the renewal of their parish, including renovating their kitchen, classrooms, and the church roof. With the support of their community they aspire to have another successful Commitment Weekend this weekend!

St. Ambrose in West Hollywood exceeds their Campaign goal! 
Congratulations to Fr. Dennis Marrell and the community at St. Ambrose for surpassing their Campaign goal! Fr. Dennis and the Ambassadors raised $176,000 from 24 gifts, reaching 101% of their goal. With Campaign funds, the parish plans to make their grounds more accessible to all worshipers and expand the restrooms of the church. Fr. Dennis has been successful in his countless personal visits, allowing him to further connect with his close-knit parish community. We wish all the best for Fr. Dennis and St. Ambrose, as they are looking forward to their commitment weekends in November!

St. Peter Claver in Simi Valley raises more than $95,000!
Congratulations to St. Peter Claver for raising over $95,000 this week! This has been St. Peter Claver’s most successful week to date. Fr. Riz Carranza’s efforts and leadership are apparent in every meeting he hosts with his devout Campaign team. Thank you to both the office staff and the Campaign Executive Committee for your dedication and enthusiasm in inviting families into this initiative – your faithfulness has made you fruitful!

St. John of God raises $37,000 at their parish reception! 
Congratulations to Fr. Raymond Decipeda and Fr. Pius Noel Ma. Pareja at St. John of God in Norwalk for hosting a successful reception (see photos below)! The reception highlighted a wonderful testimonial from Irene Martinez, who has been a member of the St. John of God community for over 40 years. In her testimonial, she shared how she  strongly believes in the importance of renewing and improving her parish for generations to come. At the close of the reception, 17 parishioners made pledges totalling $37,720. Fr. Raymond and Fr. Pius have raised $725,060 to date, bringing them to 67% of their goal! Thank you for hosting a fun and motivating reception, we look forward to your continued success!

St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village prepares for an upcoming reception
The Campaign Executive Committee at St. Maximilian Kolbe celebrated their Campaign success this past week by conducting a “mail-a-thon.” They folded letters, stuffed envelopes, and mailed out invitations to St. Maximilian’s upcoming Campaign reception, which will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at the parish hall. See their photos below. Msgr. Paul Albee is grateful for the dedicated team has put into the Campaign thus far. Thank you for all your hard work and we wish you a successful reception! 
Fr. Raymond invited his parishioners at St. John of God in Norwalk to sing along to songs related to the renewal of their parish community through Called to Renew.
St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village gather to host a successful “mail-a-thon” to stuff letters for their parish reception. 
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 1.

To date, the Campaign has raised $305,699,419 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot, Wave 1, and Wave 2 Parish campaigns. 
 
Prayer to Seek the Lord
 
November 1st is All Saints Day and this solemnity is a day that we honor all the saints. Let's take a moment to reflect on a prayer by St. Anselm, who calls on us to seek the Lord.
 
O Lord my God,
Teach my heart this day where and how to see you,
Where and how to find you.
You have made me and remade me,
And you have bestowed on me
All the good things I possess,
And still I do not know you.
I have not yet done that
For which I was made.
Teach me to seek you,
For I cannot seek you
Unless you teach me,
Or find you
Unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire,
Let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
Let me love you when I find you.

St. Anselm
Our mailing address is:
Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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