October begins our Stewardship Renewal, and this year’s theme is Live & Give IN GRATITUDE. Recently you've heard from grateful parishioners just like yourself, and we've prepared a video illustrating the direct impact of your gifts of time, talent and treasure on the lives throughout our community and around the world. We are grateful for your support! In return, we ask that you spend some time reflecting on your own gifts and blessings, and what you will gave back IN GRATITUDE to God.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Each year in October we ask you to reflect on the blessings you have received and give thanks and praise to God for the gifts He has given. The theme of this year’s Stewardship Renewal is Live & Give IN GRATITUDE.
Over the coming weeks, you will learn how your gifts IMPACT our community; you will hear from people whose LIVES have been changed by your generosity; and you will be asked to look into your heart and GIVE so that others may receive. Your gifts truly make a difference in the lives of others—THANK YOU!
This month, we encourage every household to renew their financial commitment to St. Monica. Take a moment to reflect on your personal commitment for giving back in gratitude for the many blessings you have received. Complete the form above and click 'submit' to make your pledge today.
Love and generosity start here at home, and it is your faithful stewardship that sustains the life of the parish, our outreach and ministries, as well as the level of staffing needed to put our mission into action: “To form loving disciples who will transform the world.”
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your generosity as we grow in faith and build the body of Christ together, in our community, and around the world.
Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson
The impact of your gifts is transformative! Here are a few personal stories from parishioners whose lives have been changed by the programs and ministries we have at St. Monica. Their stories of gratitude are a testament to the power of generosity.
“Twenty-two years ago, my wife died suddenly and I was devastated. I found the Bereavement Group at St. Monica where I joined with people who were suffering as I was. We started along the path of recovery from our grief, and many group members are still in my life today. Since then, I have become a Bereavement Group facilitator to give back the love and support I found when I first came. I am re-married now and am part of the St. Monica community in other ways, and each act of service has helped me feel part of the St. Monica family.”
“I told God I belonged to Him and to place me where He wanted me to be. I was offered a job at Holy Grounds Café. What a clever way for God to bring me close to Him. I enrolled in RCIA and learned to make Lattes with Love. The St. Monica community opened their arms to me and received me as I was. Msgr. Torgerson said “I am you, and you are me”—and that sealed the deal for me. St. Monica has given me a new heart that God gifted me. I am grateful to be a part of this amazing, loving and supportive family and community of St. Monica!”
“Lorenzo and I met at St. Monica at a YMA Halloween Dance and got engaged on the altar at the end of a 5:30pm Sunday Mass. Young Ministering Adults was our gateway to this community. Having the opportunity to work with other young adults that shared our same values and dreams helped shape us into the people we are today. After the ’94 earthquake, Msgr. Torgerson told us the most important moments of our lives will happen at this church, and they have. We were married here, our son was baptized and confirmed here, and now attends St. Monica Catholic High School. Our dearest friends are those we met doing service for the church as YMA-ers, Eucharistic Ministers, Religious Ed Teachers, Octoberfair planners, and countless other opportunities over the years. In gratitude, we share our gifts of time, talent and treasure with this community, because this is our home and the people here are family.”
This video shows how your generosity changes lives! By being generous in our financial giving, we show our gratitude for what God is doing in our own lives and in the world. This month, we encourage you to reflect on your own gifts and blessings, and in return, give back IN GRATITUDE with a pledge to give regularly to St. Monica. Make your pledge today by completing the form above. Thank you!
“Everything we gain comes from what we give.” -St. Teresa of Avila
Each year we prepare this report to summarize how we have been utilizing your contributions toward our mission “to form loving disciples who will transform the world.” The parish finance council comprised of parishioners, reviews our finances on a quarterly basis and recommends an approved budget.
This past year, our stewardship pledge appeal projected a 10% increase in offertory revenue. In fact, only a 3% increase was realized. Donations at Christmas and Easter exceeded our budgeted projections by $100,000.
Sacrament revenue was $74,000 less than budgeted due to fewer than expected baptisms, funerals, and marriages. Facility rentals and Holy Grounds netted over $100,000 in revenue for the parish as budgeted (including salaries). This was an increase of 400% from the previous year, and we expect it to be an important source of revenue for the parish in the coming years.
We had unexpected increases in costs for security, technology, insurance, and parking. Audiovisual costs were transferred to the salary category for the full year. Collectively, our ministries were $40,000 over budget.
We continue to work on managing our expenses while looking for ways to increase revenue, especially in our stewardship initiatives. We are grateful for your generous financial support in faithful stewardship of our parish. If you have any questions, contact Mike Mottola at or (310) 566-1502.
Use this form to authorize your credit card and establish a new recurring gift amount OR make changes to your current recurring gift. This form is NOT for one-time gifts or campaign donations.