By Liz Sullivan
Before a crowd of close to 80 parishioners from across the Diocese of San Jose, the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) held its annual awards luncheon on June 10, at Saint Justin Parish.
Following the theme of “Proclaiming God’s Love, Together in Christ,” four awards were presented to successful parishes by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.
Those award-winning parishes were:
Saint Lucy Parish – Stewardship Award, which is presented to the parish that has gone above and beyond to ensure timely and accurate batching and pledge-record keeping.
Saint Elizabeth Parish – Director’s Award, which goes to the parish having the highest percentage of revenue paid, by the end of the active phase, in relationship to their goal.
Saint John the Baptist – Capital Award, which goes to the parish that received the greatest percentage of goal pledged.
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Bishop’s Award, which is given to the parish that has the greatest increase in participation from the previous year, and has reached their parish goal by the end of the active phase of the campaign.
“Your works are a major source of fundraising for the Diocese of San Jose,” said the Bishop. “Thank you for all of your efforts. I realize it is time consuming, but it is greatly appreciated.”
According to the Diocese’s Office for Stewardship and Development, the goal of this year’s ADA campaign was a little more than $6 million. So far, 19,999 pledges have been received and pledging $8.258 million, with $5.960 million already collected. That is an average pledge of $412.93 and more than $2.3 million going back to the parishes.
“The support and generosity we have received has been unbelievable,” said Bill Matthews, Director of Stewardship and Development. “The people have been so giving of their time. The stewardship has been amazing.”