April 12, 2019

Heartwarming Stories from our Volunteers


This week, several ambassadors shared beautiful stories of love for and generosity to their parishes. Thank you for sharing these experiences with the Campaign Office! 

At St. Cecilia in Los Angeles, a Campaign Executive Committee member shared a moving experience she had during one of her visitations at a fellow-parishioner’s home. The 14-year-old daughter of the family being visited requested to make her own personal pledge toward the Campaign. She felt very inspired that the Campaign aims to improve her future as a practicing Catholic and she was eager to participate. Thank you to St. Cecilia for enthusiastically embodying the mission of this Campaign! 

Not far down the road, Santa Isabel in Los Angeles shared another touching story. At Santa Isabel, an 87 year-old parishioner met with Fr. Jesus Herrera. She shared that she loves her Church and wanted to do something big for the parish. She prayed and felt the Campaign was the right moment to do it. When she handed Father the gift, he expressed gratitude and also asked how much was there. The woman shared that she would like to give $14,000 to the parish, which she had been saving for some time. Father was humbled and grateful for this woman's spirit of generosity. As a real champion of Called to Renew, Fr. Jesus has shared that he sees the Campaign bringing his community together in ways they have not done before. 

At St. Stephen Martyr, Campaign Executive Committee member Terri Tarin spoke at Thursday night’s reception. As a life-long member of the parish, Terri shared her memories of First Communions, Confirmations, and wedding anniversaries at St. Stephen Martyr. She expressed her excitement to get involved with Called to Renew as a way to pass on the Church to future generations of Catholics. We are inspired by Terri’s testimony and pray for continued success at St. Stephen Martyr!

This week, the Campaign celebrates several more parishes going over goal and reaching the 70 percent benchmark of Wave 1. Please continue reading the stories below to share in the success of the parishes! 
St. Joseph in Los Angeles surpasses it campaign target! 
Congratulations to Fr. Rafael Casillas on a successful Dia de Promesas this past Sunday! With the help of the ushers and Eucharistic ministers, St. Joseph raised $133,870 from 116 families. St. Joseph has raised a total of $242,470 or 124% of goal. We are grateful for the support of the parish and the enthusiasm of the community. Thank you to all who committed! 
San Antonio de Padua surpasses its Campaign goal!  
Congratulations to Fr. Gustavo Joaquin Ramon at San Antonio de Padua in Boyle Heights for surpassing his parish goal! The parish has now raised $95,100 from 48 gifts, which is 106% of their goal of $90,000. Fr. Gustavo and his Campaign Executive Committee are energized and ready to continue promoting the Campaign as Commitment Weekend approaches. The community is responding extremely well as renovations of the Church building have already begun. They are looking forward to seeing the newly painted Church and a new parking lot that will come from the Campaign funds. Congratulations to Fr. Gustavo and his team! 

St. Maria Goretti in Long Beach exceeds their campaign goal!

Congratulations to Fr. John Schiavone and the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) at St. Maria Goretti for exceeding their campaign goal this week! St. Maria Goretti has raised $492,700 to date, which is 105% of their $470,000 goal. The parish has responded generously, having received gifts from 62 families, with an average gift of $7,947. The CEC is motivated to reach every family in the parish. We are looking forward to helping the committee keep their success going in the coming weeks!

St. Francis Xavier Chapel in Los Angeles reaches 108% of goal!

Congratulations to Fr. Doan Tien Hoang and to the leadership at St. Francis Xavier for exceeding their parish goal this week! St. Francis Xavier has raised $172, 650 of their $160,000 goal. With these funds, the parish is securing a bright future for the only Japanese Catholic center in the United States.

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Santa Paula) raises $100,000!
Fr. Thomas Dome is especially grateful for his Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) and Elvia Hernandez at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula. Despite initial challenges with phone calls and a smaller parish database, Elvia and the CEC diligently and enthusiastically took on the task of visiting as many families as they could over the last week. Their efforts and prayers really showed, having raised $110,368 in the last week, bringing their total to $244,668 from 42 gifts. The parishioners are excited to be able to make a great impact on their parish for generations to come. The Campaign funds will be used to replace the roof of the school and parish hall, install more secure windows at the school to provide better safety and insulation, and renovate the convent of the Dominican sisters who serve their parish community. 

Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church reaches 60% of goal! 

Congratulations to Mary Star of the Sea in Oxnard for raising $40,000 this week, bringing them to a total of $365,625 from 57 gifts. As the parish prepares for a Campaign Reception on May 2nd, Fr. Felix Daganta and his Campaign Executive Committee are excited to continue to visit families and invite their participation. The Campaign funds will be used to renovate the church, school and parish hall restrooms, install a new HVAC system in the church to help moderate the temperature, and install a new electrical panel in the parish hall to better handle technical systems.

Santa Isabel in Los Angeles gains momentum!

After raising an impressive 19% of goal  last week, Santa Isabel in Los Angeles, has done it again! This week Santa Isabel raised another $41,400 from 14 pledges bringing the total raised to $287,100. The parish has now raised 130% of its Campaign target. The success this week was only possible thanks to parishioners who took time out of their busy weekend to attended a reception held on Sunday afternoon. Fr. Jesus Herrera is grateful for the support and encourages everyone to participate, making announcements at every Mass. The Campaign Executive Committee members will continue to publicize the Campaign after Easter by tabling outside after mass and distributing informational pamphlets. Congratulations to Santa Isabel on their hard work!

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Rose Hill) Surpasses 70 percent!

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Rose Hill) moves closer to their target this week by reaching 72% of goal with 38 pledges. Fr. Nelson Trinidad and the Campaign Executive Committee are hard at work following-up with parishioners. They are also planning an all-parish reception on April 27th and 28th where the faith community will have an opportunity to hear more information about the Campaign and make their own gift. Fr. Nelson is confident that Our Lady of Guadalupe will exceed their goal thanks to its generous parishioners. 
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12. 

To date, the Campaign has raised $253,859,971 of the Campaign goal. Listed below is the progress of our Pilot and Wave 1 Parish campaigns. 
Publicity at Mass

The goal of Commitment Weekends is to allow every family to make a decision about their participation at Mass. In order to do so, it is our responsibility to provide as much information as possible. Mailing literature is just one piece of this education. The pastor and volunteers can be incredibly helpful to this effort by making announcements and providing lay testimonials at Mass. Additionally, use bulletin inserts and the Campaign thermometer to generate additional buzz about the Campaign around your parish's campus. 

As always, if you have questions, please reach out to the
Campaign Office at 213-637-7555. 
Our mailing address is:
Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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