By Sue Pershon
The Diocese of San Jose is preparing to kick off the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) 2019 the weekend of February 9 – 10 with the release of a new video and a brochure, which highlight this year’s theme “Hand in Hand in Ministry.”
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath and Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú write that, “When we come together – Hand in Hand in Ministry – we realize that we have been blessed with many gifts, and we find strength and beauty in our diversity.”
This year’s goal is $6.5 million, with a projected parish rebate of $3 million. For the first time in the history of our ADA, Elementary School Tuition Assistance has been added to the list of ministries supported by the ADA. Other ministries include the Hispanic Apostolate, Office for Youth & Young Adults, Social Justice, Faith Formation and Catechist Development, Seminarian Education and the Institute for Leadership in Ministry.
Once a parish meets its established goal all additional funds are rebated back to the parish. Last year the Diocese was able to rebate more than $3 million to parishes for their unique needs. Here are some examples of how the 2018 Rebates assisted parishes: funded Parish Mission trips, church air conditioning installations and repairs, worship space renovations, stained glass repairs, youth ministry programs, faith formation programs, establishing a building fund for future needs, hall kitchen remodels, youth retreats, restroom remodels, adult faith formation, facilities upgrades, parking lot maintenance, landscaping upgrades, roof repairs and replacement and parish debt reduction. In addition to the type of projects listed for 2018, ADA 2019 rebates hope to be used for funding the Village House Homeless Shelter, school building maintenance, parish youth scholarships for the Confirmation Retreat and Diocesan Youth Retreat, surveillance security systems, new parish hospitality facilities and staffing for parish ministries.
Our ADA video introduces our Coadjutor Bishop, Oscar Cantú, to our parishioners. In the video Bishop Cantú talks about this time of transition “not only for me, but also for the Diocese; also for Bishop McGrath, who has been the Bishop for some 19 years. So I am excited to be here. I think week-by-week, it has felt more like home. I will continue to preach and to try to live the Gospel to the best of my ability and to continue to serve the people of this Diocese. We will do it Hand in Hand.”
Joe Naylor, Chief Development Officer for the Diocese of San Jose, shared that the Stewardship & Development team looks forward to working with the Parish Teams to share the message of the ADA with their parishioners.
To learn more about Hand In Hand In Ministry, ADA 2019, and to check out the video, please visit: www.dsj.org/ada.