By Liz Sullivan
Throughout the Diocese of San Jose, parishioners have responded to the call of “Sharing the Joy of the Gospel; Together in Christ” as the Diocese is in the midst of the 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA).
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the parishioners towards the ADA and the needs of their parishes,” said Joe Naylor, Chief Development Officer for the Diocese of San Jose, and also in charge of the department overseeing ADA.
All funds collected over a parish’s goal are rebated back to the parish. Last year, the Diocese was able to rebate more than $2.4 million to the 54 parishes for their own needs. In the past, these rebates have enabled parishes to hire liturgical directors and remodel areas of their churches in order to foster more prayerful liturgical celebrations.
This year’s goal is $6.2 million, with a projected 2018 parish rebate of $2.7 million. According to the Office of Stewardship and Development, only 24 percent of parishioners participate in the ADA. Naylor, ADA Manager, Sue Pershon, and their team are hoping the video, which features first-time access to the Santa Clara County Jail and the work of the Restorative Justice Ministry, along with video of the seminarians in their new home at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, and scenes of the Bishop meeting with students and the work of youth ministry, will inspire more people to contribute.
According to the Office of Stewardship and Development, the parishes successfully promoting the ADA are doing it through:
- Well-thought out talks from Pastors, ADA Chairpersons and Parochial Vicars.
- Testimonials from key parish volunteers – especially Permanent Deacons and Institute of Leadership in Ministry graduates.
- Showing the ADA video during Mass.
- Promoting the ADA on the parish website and Facebook pages, with links to the video and Donate Now Page.
- Email blasts from the Pastor.
In addition, 80 percent of the parishes have added to their goals for special projects. These projects include: Audio/Visual installation/improvements in the worship space; hosting a homeless women’s rotating shelter; expanding youth ministry programs; parish mission trips; debt reduction; acquire adjacent land for future expansion; parking lot repair & maintenance; roof repair & maintenance; worship environment renovations; grow parish ministries; replace church window coverings; stained glass repair/maintenance; parish hall maintenance; parish budget shortfalls; restroom remodels – parish halls and churches; establish building fund for future repairs; expand catechetic/religious education programs; plumbing improvements and new tables for parish hall.
One of those parishes which have added to their goals is Holy Family Parish, led by Pastor Father Andrew V. Nguyen.
In his fourth year as Pastor, Nguyen decided to combine the ADA campaign with a needed project campaign at Holy Family. This year’s ADA goal is $188,692 and the Project Campaign is $500,000. Right now the parish has pledged about $414,733 or 220 percent of their goal.
Realizing that there was only so much he could ask of his parishioners, Nguyen met with his Church Renovation Committee and decided to begin fundraising before the official ADA Kick Off which was in mid-January. This resulted in Holy Family securing $275,000 in early donations.
“I called this the silent phase of the campaign,” said Nguyen. “I was out every day meeting with parishioners; whatever time was convenient for them. I am very pleased and grateful to God and my parishioners for their generosity.”
In his first three years, Nguyen said, the focus of ADA was small projects outside the church. This year, and next year, the focus is inside the church including: pews, AC units and carpet.
“We decided if not now, when,” said Nguyen in combining the ADA and the Project Campaign. “People can see we are meeting their needs, whether it be physical or spiritual. We are all here to serve God.”
To learn more about the 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA), and to see the video, visit www.dsj.org/ADA.