The Valley Catholic January 16, 2018 - Page 3

IN THE DIOCESE | January 16, 2018 3 Diocese Gears Up for ADA 2018 with Enhanced Look By Liz Sullivan The Diocese of San Jose is preparing to kick off the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) 2018 the weekend of January 20- 21 with the release of a new video and a brochure, which highlight this year’s theme “Sharing the Joy of the Gospel, Together in Christ.” For the faithful in the Diocese, these items will have a slightly diff er- ent appearance as the Department for Stewardship and Development takes on a new look with the appointment of Joe Naylor as Chief Development Offi cer (replacing long-time director Bill Matthews) and the promotion of Sue Pershon to ADA Manager. That team reported that all parishes within the Diocese have exceeded their goal for ADA 2017. “Our recent Fundraising Boot Camp helped provide parishes with the tools for identifying their needs and ADA is the perfect way to raise the fi nancial resources to fund these needs,” said Naylor. Last year the Diocese was able to rebate more than $2.5 million to par- ishes for their own needs. Once a parish meets its established goal it gets to keep any funds raised above that. In the past, these rebates have enabled parishes to hire liturgical directors and or remodel areas of some of the parish churches in order to foster more prayerful liturgical celebrations. “Your support also allows us to continue our many ministries and pro- grams,” said Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, “including those of Faith Formation and Restorative Justice; our offi ces for Youth and Young Adults and Vocations en- able young men and women to deepen their relationship with the Lord and the Church, even inspiring some to the joyful service that is the mark of discipleship.” ada This year’s goal is $6.2 million, with a projected 2018 parish rebate of $2.7 million. According to the Office of Stewardship and Development, only 24 percent of parishioners participate in the ADA. Naylor, Pershon and their team are hoping the video, which fea- tures fi rst-time access to the Santa Clara County Jail and the work of the Restor- ative Justice Ministry, along with video of the seminarians in their new home at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, and scenes of the Bishop meeting with students and the work of youth ministry, will inspire more people to contribute. “I am really excited about this year’s ADA video – we have gone out into the community to highlight how the ADA dollars truly do support not only the parishes but also the community at large as well,” said Pershon. “And to be able to share how we bring the Joy of the Gospel into the jails through the Restorative Justice Ministry – WOW!” As a means to enhance the reach of the ADA, Stewardship and Develop- ment will work with the Offi ce of Com- munications to promote “Sharing the Joy of the Gospel, Together in Christ” through social media (Facebook and Instagram) and articles in The Valley Catholic. “I am looking forward to working with the Parish Teams to earn even larger rebates so they can better minis- ter to their communities and its needs,” said Pershon. Lea r n more about ADA 2018, and check out the video, by visiting Saint Leo the Great Parish Welcomes New Pastor The winner of Bishop McGrath’s annual Christmas card contest is Giselle Maldonado. At the time of the contest she was a sixth grader at Saint Elizabeth Seton School in Palo Alto. Bishop McGrath presented her with a framed copy of the Christmas card she created, which is sent out to more than 1,300 people. On October 29, after just over a de- cade of being served by the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), Saint Leo the Great Parish welcomed a diocesan prie st as its new pastor. Bishop Mc- Grath installed Father Enzie Lagattuta as the parish’s 16 th Pastor. The parish is 102 years old, with a great legacy in the Saint Leo Neighbor- hood in San Jose. After the Installation Mass, Bishop McGrath kindly blessed the new Saint Leo the Great mosaic. The mosaic is made of tiles that were hand-placed by a local artist. Sponsors donated to the mosaic, which now sits as an icon between the entrance of the parish and school. Father Enzie knew how hard his predecessor, the parish, Father Enzie addresses the congregation after taking his pledge as Pastor. and school worked to raise enough funds for the mosaic that Father Enzie wanted his special day to be paralleled with a special day for the community as a whole. SAN DAMIANO RETREAT “ That I Was Blessed & Could Bless” New Year Retreat with Fr. Rusty Shaughnessy OFM & Br. Sam Nasada OFM 12/30/17-1/1/18 Franciscan Spirituality Retreat with Fr. Larry Gosselin OFM 1/26-1/28 Healing & Wholeness Retreat with Tom Gorham, CADC II 1/26-1/28 “Brother Sun and Sister Moon: Celtic & Franciscan Wisdom” with Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell 2/16-2/18 More information or register 710 Highland Dr., Danville 925 837 9141 Visit us at & on Facebook Invites Everyone To Hear Stephen O'Brien, J.D. 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