By Liz Sullivan
As the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world prepares for Holy Week, and our celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, Catholics in the Diocese of San Jose have been, “Sharing the Joy of the Gospel, Together in Christ” through its Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA).
And oh how the faithful have been sharing (and giving).
Through March 12, 34 parishes were at or above their goal. In addition, several other parishes are close behind and will achieve their goals before Easter.
This year’s goal is $6,277,976. So far, $7,350,692 has been pledged by 14,319 donors with an average pledge of $513, with a potential forecast of $1.1 million in rebates back to parishes. Once a parish meets its established goal, it gets to keep any funds raised above that.
According to the Office for Stewardship and Development, this year’s ADA campaign could rebate $2.7 million back to the parishes.
The success of the ADA in any given year is due in large part to scores and scores of volunteers at all 54 parishes throughout the Diocese.
“It’s especially satisfying that our pastor (Father Tito Cartagenas) is so committed to the campaign and makes the ADA a top parish priority,” said Dick Pfaff, ADA Chair, Church of the Transfiguration Parish. “I’m happy to be part of the parish team and to have the diocesan ADA Office, not only as a major player, but as a most valuable resource when needed. And, of course, there is the deep joy in knowing that we are helping the Bishop and serving the people of God.”
The office of Stewardship and Development continue to work with the Office of Communications to promote “Sharing the Joy, Together in Christ,” through the 2018 video shown at parishes across the Diocese, social media (Facebook and Instagram) and articles in The Valley Catholic. Also in this issue is enclosed an envelope for you to use.
Learn more about ADA 2018, and watch the video, by visiting