Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church

2018 Pastoral Services Appeal

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Every Prayer has a face . . .Every face has a Dream.  

 

Like the glittering pixels of dust stirred by the Canyon breezes, the prayers of our community are whispered aloud before the Crucifix, wept within our Blessed Sacrament Chapel, inscribed in our Book of Petitions and exhaled among friends as tearful stories, words of gratitude and comforting embraces are exchanged. Carved amid the hillside overlooking the Santa Ana Canyon, these 6+ acres on which Santa Clara de Asis is being built are home to many manifestations of parish life but none as vital as being a sacred repository for the prayers of our parish community.
 
Within our walls, along the Memorial Garden pathways and scattered amid the perimeter fencing, our family members, young and old, open their hearts to God in trust and hope. Some prayers spoken aloud with great confidence, some whispered in desperation, some silently shared with smiles or tears, our prayers and utterances imbue our spaces with a patina of grace.
 

Our prayers, supplications, pleadings and expressions of gratitude have been born within the hopeful hearts of all those who, for years or perhaps just a few minutes, call Santa Clara de Asis home. The prayers are entrusted to Father, Son and Holy Spirit in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean and countless other tongues. Some prayers are the pleadings of a child drawn in crayon; some are silently uttered beneath bowed heads and some come through a gentle touch of fingers upon the feet of Our Lady of Guadalupe. These prayers are holy encounters, our community in conversation with God. In whatever way our divine conversations occur, each comes from within a unique individual; every prayer has a face and behind every face is a beating heart filled with dreams.

 

 

 

Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) Questions and Answers

The PSA provides funding for the annual budgets of vital ministries and services that serve all 62 parishes and centers as well as thousands in the local community. These funds are used on an annual basis to cover annual operating and program expenses of our ministries (see the PSA brochure for a description of all ministries funded through the PSA or go to
www.oc-foundation.org/PSAFundedMinistries

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I thought Catholic education was included in the PSA campaign goals; why does PSA also support Catholic education?

The PSA supports annual tuition assistance grants to Catholic elementary schools in our diocese. For example, the funds raised for the 2013 PSA were granted to schools for the 2013-2014 school year. The funds raised through the capital campaign are invested in an endowment which is a permanent fund that will provide annual income to the schools to supplement the PSA funding and other resources.

 

Will I receive separate reminders for the capital campaign and the PSA?

Yes, the capital campaign reminders will be sent in an envelope with the For Christ Forever capital campaign logo on the communication at the beginning of every month for the requested payment schedule through 2017 or until the gift is fully paid. The PSA reminders will be sent in an envelope with the Proud to be Catholic – Sent to Serve PSA logo on the communication in the middle of every month for the payment schedule you request.

 

When will I receive a tax acknowledgement for my gift to the capital campaign and the PSA?

You will receive a separate tax acknowledgement letter for the capital campaign each year in January following that year of payments. The PSA tax acknowledgement letters will be sent in January following that year’s PSA campaign.

How much should I give to the PSA?

You are asked to prayerfully discern the amount of your PSA gift. We understand this will require an extra sacrifice this year with the capital campaign being introduced in 2013. Your sacrificial gift in any amount will be acknowledged as your commitment to our faith and your response to God’s many blessings.

 

Who do I call if I have questions regarding my capital campaign or PSA pledge?
Call the Orange Catholic Foundation at (714) 282-3048 or aorozco@oc-foundation.org

www.oc-foundation.org