A Note from Fr. Ritche Bueza:
Towards a Deeper Mission
Dear Holy Spirit,
Every year, the diocese embarks on a Diocesan Appeal wherein each parish is asked to participate. This is the one time each year, we as Catholic faithful of San Jose, come together to help our Church in its ministries and projects.
For the past several months, our bishop has been listening to the faithful share their hopes, dreams, and visions for our diocese. Those listening sessions will conclude with the Diocesan Synod, January 27-29, 2023. As we gathered to listen, it was very clear that the faithful are longing to have a more vibrant and spirit-filled Church – with emphasis on beautiful liturgies, outreach to those in need, formation of priests and lay ministers, ministry to the youth and young adults, and timely responses to other unexpected needs and challenges that come to us today.
ADA 2023 focuses on “Supporting Our Mission Together.” Funds raised through the ADA are critical supplements to the ministries of the diocese. The ministries I mentioned earlier are greater than what one individual parish could support and maintain. Together we can fund ministries that serve the greater church.
As a family in one faith, I ask you to prayerfully consider your participation in the 2023 Annual Diocesan Appeal. Our goal will be $300,000, which is the same as last year’s. Keep in mind that every dollar raised over our goal is rebated back 100% to the parish. I believe we can easily reach and even surpass our goal if we all participate with a pledge of $350 or more per parish household. In the past we have received rebates from the ADA which greatly benefited the parish. The monies were used to help in the operations, projects, programs, and ministries of our parish. We hope to replace our 15-year-old sound system soon and the cost will be $15,000-$20,000. I hope you can help us fund this need.
“Supporting Our Mission Together” is God’s call to each and every one of us. I pray that the Holy Spirit moves us to open our hearts to this invitation with a prayerful response and much generosity in kind.