By Liz Sullivan
Mother Teresa once said “love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” That quote could also be a way of interpreting this year’s theme for the Diocese of San Jose’s Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) – “Proclaiming God’s Love, Together in Christ.”
“In our actions we proclaim God’s love,” said Bill Matthews, Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese, and whose department is responsible for running the campaign. “We are the stewards of God’s work.”
The ADA campaign kicks off the weekend of February 10-11 and runs through April 9, the weekend before Easter. This year’s goal for the 54 parishes in the Diocese is $6,066,745. The incentive for parishes is that every dollar they raise above their individual goal they get to keep. In 2016, the ADA appeal collected more than $8.2 million, with more than $2 million returned to the parishes.
“That is more than $2 million that we have put back into the local community,” said Matthews. “It is something we should be very proud of.”
In conjunction with the Department of Communications, the Department of Stewardship and Development produced a 5-minute video for parishes to play at Mass, along with other promotional materials such as a brochure. The brochure includes a letter from Bishop Patrick J. McGrath and highlights the way ADA has impacted the Diocese. This year’s topics are: Catechetical Ministry, Stewardship Ministry and Seminarians. It is written in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
“In the video you will see how we return God’s love for us by doing positive things for others,” said Matthews. “It is the simple things; sometimes the things we take for granted.”
Learn more about Annual Diocesan Appeal at www.DSJ.org/ada.