By Sue Pershon,
Office of Stewardship and Development
This year’s Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) goal is $6.3 million. So far, 19,982 pledges have been received, totaling a record breaking $9.4 million. That is an average pledge of $472.60 with $3.1 million slated to go directly back to the parishes in the form of rebates. These rebates will be used in the parishes for a variety of special projects and building Parish Ministry programs.
Each year in May, Bishop McGrath hosts receptions at his home to thank those who contributed $1,500 or more to the Annual Diocesan Appeal to recognize their wonderful support of the many ministries of the Diocese. This year more than 1,000 invitations were mailed. Those in attendance enjoyed a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres while visiting with friends. Bishop McGrath also gave an update on what is going on in the Diocese in his annual ‘State of the Diocese’ talk.
The Department of Stewardship and Development hosted the Annual ADA Volunteer Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at Saint Christopher Parish on June 16. Bishop McGrath took this opportunity to thank all of those who worked hard to make the ADA a huge success for the Diocese and their parishes. Bishop McGrath also gave out awards to those parishes who demonstrated exceptional leadership during the appeal. Congratulations to the following award winners:
- Achievement Award – Saint Joseph of Cupertino
- Capital Award – Holy Family
- Stewardship Award – Saint Victor
- Director’s Award – Holy Family
- Bishop’s Award – Saint Mary, Los Gatos
- Participation Award – Saint Anthony
There is still time to support this year’s ADA. Visit www.DSJ.org/ADA for more information.