Our community is excited to participate alongside all parishes, missions and Catholic centers in the Archdiocese to strengthen and renew our Church for the future. Please continue reading to learn how this campaign will benefit us.
Archbishop Gomez has called us all to a period of renewal — a renewal of not only our resources, but a spiritual renewal as well. I am pleased to announce the launch of our parish’s Called to Renew campaign. This historic effort will provide much-needed funding for parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, including ours, as well as strengthen important ministries and programs that affect us all.
Each parish has been given a goal for the campaign. Our goal is $320,000, of which 50 percent will remain at our parish. We will also retain 100 percent of the funds we collect over our goal. In other words, if our campaign is successful, we will receive a minimum of $160,000 to address our own needs.
Our Lady of Guadalupe has a rich history in Santa Barbara. Called to Renew will allow us to continue to be a vital presence in our community. Details about how we plan to use our share of campaign funds are on the following page.
Please take a moment to prayerfully discern how you can most generously support this campaign. I also encourage you to consider making a five-year pledge, which will allow us the best opportunity to reach our goal. This is a wonderful parish, and I am amazed at how our community always works together to meet needs that arise. I know you will do whatever you can to make this campaign a success.
We entrust this campaign to the intercession of our Blessed Mother.
Pledged over 5 years for the Called to Renew Campaign.
Our Parish Receives
To renew our parish and strengthen ministries.
The parish hall is an important gathering space for parishioners and ministries as well as community events. Improving the windows, upgrading the ventilation system, repainting the interior walls, and updating its capacities for multimedia equipment and hardware will ensure the parish hall can serve future generations of parishioners.
Audiovisual Upgrades for Classrooms
The classrooms are essential for all groups involved in our parish community. Upgrading our audiovisual capabilities will provide an even greater space to learn and collaborate.
Removal of lead paint from the rectory exterior is well overdue. Repainting will allow us to make necessary repairs and protect the exterior from the elements. We also plan to redo the electrical wiring which is outdated and inefficient.
The school and parish restrooms have not been remodeled since 1994. They are both well overdue for renovation. Remodeling these restrooms will also make them more accessible for all parishioners.
Refinishing Exterior Doors
The large wooden doors which serve as our main point of entry to the Church need refurbishment. Damage from years of regular wear and tear and effects from humidity have left the doors stripped and worn. We will use our Campaign funds to leave the doors looking like new to welcome future generations to our community.