ADA 2023


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your faithful commitment to our diocese and the Church’s mission. Over the past year, my hope is that you have been united in prayer and have had the opportunity to participate in our Diocesan Synod in preparation for our diocese’s 50th Jubilee. The Synod is an opportunity for us to encounter, listen, and discern our future together.

Our mission as a diocese is to proclaim the truth of the Gospel in the Santa Clara Valley with tenderness, beauty, and love, so that people’s lives may be transformed as they come to know and love the One True God and his Son, Jesus Christ. “Supporting Our Mission Together” by giving to the Annual Diocesan Appeal allows us to serve the people in our diocese by contributing essential support for our parishes, providing hope and healing for those in need, and strengthening families, faith, religious vocations, and formation for future generations.

I invite you to prayerfully reflect on the many blessings the Lord has bestowed on you through his Church. Ask yourself, “How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me?” (Psalm 116:12) and prayerfully consider how you may be able to support the Church’s mission through a gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.

As we continue our journey “Supporting our Mission Together,” I would also like to invite you to join me in prayer by praying the Rosary as a family for the fruits of our Diocesan Synod and Annual Diocesan Appeal.

Thank you for your generosity and support which allow us to share the message of the transforming love of Jesus Christ throughout Santa Clara Valley.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Oscar Cantu Signature
Oscar Cantú
Bishop of San José

Where Your ADA Money Goes








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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the Annual Diocesan Appeal?
    • The Annual Diocesan Appeal is an annual campaign of the Diocese of San Jose that supports ministries and services that serve all parishes and the local community in Santa Clara County. It also gives parishes the opportunity to raise significant funds by earning rebates over their own individual parish goal.

The ADA is an opportunity for our community of faith ignited by the Holy Spirit to witness Christ’s love.  Our mission is to share His love with all Catholics with one another in Santa Clara Valley.

  • What does the ADA Fund?
    • The Annual Diocesan Appeal benefits parishes and their communities by funding ministries, programs and services, including: Clergy Formation and Support, Parish Leadership Training, Teaching the Faith, Ministry Outreach, and Operational Support. Essentially, ADA dollars help fund the spiritual works of mercy in Santa Clara County.
  • How can I give to the ADA?
    • Gifts to the ADA can be a onetime gift, pledged over 10 months or by becoming a Sustaining Donor with monthly payments that renew automatically from year to year.
    • Made online using your credit card or bank transfer.
    • Paid monthly or as a one-time gift by check.
    • Gifts of stocks or securities are welcomed. Visit https://www.dsj.org/ways-to-give/stock-transfers/for more information.
    • Distributions from your Donor Advised Fund or Mandatory IRA Distributions.
  • How much money is raised and where does this money go?
    • Out of consideration for the circumstances and challenges this year, Diocesan Leadership committed to reduce the ADA goal by 15%. The goal for 2021 $5,894,755 and will fund the Diocesan Offices that provide programs and support of our parishes.
  • What happens when the goal is exceeded – where does that money go?
    • Once a parish reaches its individual annual goal, 100 percent of the overage is returned to the parish for its own needs.
  • Have ADA funds ever been used to settle judgements against the Diocese?
    • No ADA dollars have ever been – or ever will be – used to settle claims of any nature against the Diocese.


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