The Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) funds the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace (LJP), which under the direction of Marcus Cabrera, (has launched the following Diocesan social ministries:)
Stewards of Our Common Home
Actions – City Hall meeting with Aaron Kinney and Linden Skjeie to learn about San José environmental initiatives. These include:
- Climate Smart San José – our city climate action plan
- Recycle Right, our initiative to inform the community about how to recycle properly and reduce landfill waste/recycling contamination
- Junk Pickup, the City’s free service to remove large unwanted items
- Meds in the Bin, a pollution prevention initiative to educate folks about properly disposing of unused/expired medicines
Stewards also represented the Diocese of San José at the Los Gatos Climate Fair on September 22.
Stewards is committed to finding environmental initiatives across the diocese on behalf of the interests of our parishes and schools.
Mental Health Initiatives
Actions – Veterans Day mental health 101 class held by the Santa Clara Behavioral Health Department at Saint Simon parish from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on November 11. Special thanks to Rose and the parish staff for opening their doors and to Mego Linh from the County for providing the training. The class is open to all who wish to learn about Mental Health care and illnesses, especially our veterans!
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training: 5+ of our youth ministers have attended Suicide First Aid trainings at the Santa Clara Department of Education. Some of our early adopters have been Saint Nicholas & Saint William, Saint Elizabeth, & Sacred Heart (Saratoga).
Mental Health 101 Luncheon – The Chancery hosted a luncheon with representatives from NAMI for our pastors, religious, parish ministers, and administrators. We are on the threshold of rolling out more mental health initiatives across the diocese.
Actions – The Vigil for Migrants at Our Lady of Guadalupe, attended by 550+ people, provided prayer and community support from local organizations. We look forward to beginning a concerted effort to provide resources for vulnerable communities.
Actions – Vigil for Victims of Violence – in collaboration with the Restorative Justice department of LJP, Bishop Cantú will preside over a vigil for those affected by violence on November 21 Our LJP board will be gathering to help create a wide-reaching and impactful presence at the Vigil.
Continued efforts for outreach on behalf of Inside/Out are given to provide a space for others to share their testimony, offer support, and provide solidarity for how violence and addiction have impacted their lives.
Actions – The LJP Commission will be looking closely for ways to support 40 Days for Life and how all life issues can be supported. The LJP Commission has grown to include human trafficking and the ending of the death penalty.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Money for CRS Rice Bowl is collected every Lent. What many people are unaware of is that 25% of this money returns to the diocese for parish and school initiatives related to housing, hunger, and poverty. The committee approved over 20 grants this year across our diocese!
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
There are many additional CCHD members, but these are those members who have taken special attention to visit organizations which request local grants from our diocese. The annual CCHD collection is taken November 11. The Diocese has funded in the past LUNA, SIREN, Mountain View Day Worker, and the Learning and Loving Center. It is a privilege to support these local organizations which make an impact in housing, immigration, and dignified labor.
For more information regarding ADA please visit, www.dsj.org/ada.