Why the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) Is Important For Holy Spirit Parish
The ADA provides financial support for the Diocese of San Jose’s services to the parishes of Santa Clara County. These services insure the vitality and growth of our Church. The ADA funds the infrastructure that supports Holy Spirit and all other parishes, which includes such diocesan offices as: Pastoral Ministry, Vocations, Missions, the Valley Catholic, Detention Ministry, the Institute for Leadership in Ministry, seminarians, funding for the care of Clergy, Religious and Lay personnel and Catholic education in our Diocese – including some tuition assistance at our Diocesan schools.
The ADA provides more than 50% of all diocesan revenues. Essentially, there would be no Diocese without the ADA.
Why should you care about the ADA? One reason is that our donations support the Vocations office, headed by Fr. Joe Kim. This office supports, trains and educates religious men and women so our Diocese can be blessed with faithful brothers and sisters who dedicate their lives to serving the Church—priests like very own Fr. Brendan and Fr. Angelo.
Another reason to care about the ADA is that it funds the Institute for Leadership in Ministry (ILM), a three year program that delves deep into Catholic teachings and doctrines to prepare Lay leaders to support our parish. At Holy Spirit we have had nine graduates so far who have all stepped up to share their faith in some way since graduating from the ILM.
Additionally, any donations received over our goal stays with our parish. This year’s ADA goal of $345K will once again be a reachable goal with the support of all.
Supporting the ADA campaign is a very personal matter and each family should give prayerful consideration to the part they will play. As our goal has increased, we hope that each families pledge will increase, but more importantly, we hope the number of families pledging will increase.
If you cannot join with a financial pledge this year, please give spiritually with a prayer pledge. The power of prayer is tremendous, and your prayer may lead those who are able to give more. Either way, please fill out the pledge card and return it as soon as possible with your financial or prayer pledge. We count every pledge and are once again shooting for 100% participation.