is this year’s Annual Diocesan Appeal theme for the Diocese of San Jose. Every year, faithful Catholics from 54 parishes and missions within Santa Clara County, contribute generously to support common services and programs in the Diocese.
As we prepare to raise funds for the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA), I am very pleased to write this letter to you on behalf of Bishop McGrath. Each year we conduct a ten-week campaign to assist the Bishop in his mission and ministry. This year’s ADA will begin on the weekend of January 14 & 15, 2017. We anticipate a successful completion of our goal in pledges and donations by April 16, Easter Sunday. As a result of those that contributed to the ADA last year, we surpassed our goal of $220,024.00 and realized a rebate of approximately $40,000 to our parish.
Accordingly, making your pledge to the ADA before Easter will allow us to achieve our parish goal. The theme for 2017 is “Proclaiming God’s Love—Together in Christ.” Your donation supports Diocesan programs that serve all 54 parishes and missions in the Diocese of San Jose and funds Diocesan Offices of Liturgy, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, the Institute for Leadership in Ministry, Vocations, Social Ministries, and Stewardship and Development.
Our parish goal for 2017 is $219,404.00. Meeting this goal requires your dedication and generosity. Your participation is crucial, and every donation counts. Our success depends upon the contribution of every parishioner. We would like to increase participation among the members of St. Mary’s Parish as a sign of solidarity with the Bishop, Pastors, and parishioners throughout Santa Clara County. More than 400 households made a pledge to the ADA last year—that represents 19% of registered families in our parish. Every family’s participation in this year’s campaign will allow us to share in the proclamation of God’s love by our support of Bishop McGrath’s ministry.
Please pledge your support today, even if you plan to fulfill your pledge by the year’s end. Enclosed in this mailing is an ADA Pledge Card. Please complete your card, bring it with you the next time you attend Mass, and place it in the regular collections beginning January 15 or any time after you receive this letter. You may also deliver your pledge card by mail or in person at the parish office during normal business hours. Better still; make your pledge through
online giving through the diocese
. You can find details for how to make your pledge at our website stmarylg.org. Most important, please participate and become part of the many generous Catholics in the San Jose Diocese who support the work of our Bishop and his office.
Thank you very much indeed for your past generosity and for your prayerful consideration in this year’s campaign. Please join us by pledging to the ADA 2017—“Proclaiming God’s Love—Together in Christ.”
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Rick Rodoni