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December 10, 2021
Reflections on Generosity


We learn in Proverbs 11:25 that God calls us to be generous people. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” There are many ways in which a person can be generous. This has been evident throughout the Called to Renew Campaign and the ways in which parishioners offer their time, talent, and treasure. Whether it is a donor making a pledge to the Campaign, a Volunteer helping reach out to other parishioners, or a pastor meeting with individuals to spread the good news, the Campaign has been blessed in many ways by the generosity of Catholics all across the Archdiocese. We are confident that with this continued support, Called to Renew will bring forth the much needed renewal in our community for which Archbishop Gomez has called.

As we reflect this holiday season on what generosity means to each of us, we also want to look back on ways in which we have received generosity from others. Take a few moments this week to consider the ways that others have blessed you in the past year. This practice can help all of us become more appreciative of those who love and care for us. The Called to Renew team is extremely grateful to all of those who have been involved in the success of the Campaign thus far. Your help has been absolutely essential and will continue to be the driving force behind the Campaign moving forward.


 
Our Mother of Good Counsel surpasses Campaign Goal.
In less than two months since the Campaign launch, Our Mother of Good Counsel in Los Angeles has already raised $606,975, which is 106% of their goal. Fr. Alvin Paligutan and the Campaign Ambassadors are not stopping there! With the ongoing preparation for Reception next week and Commitment Weekends in January, they anticipate ample momentum from parishioners and continuing success to exceed well above the Campaign goal. 


American Martyrs in Manhattan Beach launches Commitment Weekend.
With just a few weeks of campaigning remaining, American Martyrs launches its Commitment Weekend. Campaign Volunteers have spent countless hours alongside Fr. John F. Barry, reaching out to parishioners to ensure all are aware of Called to Renew. In fact, several Volunteers will be speaking at Mass to share what American Martyrs means to them. Business Manager, Bob Hodges, has been at the helm, planning for an incredibly successful Commitment Weekend.

St. Odilia in Los Angeles surpasses Campaign Goal ahead of schedule.
The parish community of St. Odilia has shown up for their parish in strong form. This week St. Odilia received seven gifts. With $188,800 pledged, the parish is now 102% to goal thanks to the generosity of 58 families. With over a month left in their campaigning schedule, St. Odilia now has the benefit of having every additional dollar donated go directly to the parish. Fr. Juan Silva is very grateful to the families that participated and is excited to share the great news with the parish community this weekend. He acknowledges that getting to this point has not been easy, but it has been worthwhile. He is hopeful about the improvements that can be made with the additional funds. The sacrifice that the participating families have made, some even sacrificing their vacation funds to help, illustrates the love parishioners have for their spiritual home. With Fr. Juan spreading the good news and Socorro Gonzalez, the office manager, continuing to schedule visits, St. Odilia will continue to succeed.
 
Pilot 2.0
Campaign Progress Updates 

The Called to Renew Campaign is experiencing great success! These numbers are updated as of 10:00 a.m. on December 10, 2021.

To date, the Campaign has raised $376,573,767 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

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart.” 

– Elizabeth Andrew
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Archdiocese of Los Angles - 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Campaign Office - Los Angeles, CA 90010

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