Our Lady of Refuge Appeal

Can you imagine a neighborhood without a local Catholic Church, where the nearest Masses are so full that you cannot even get into the church building, and you have nowhere else to go to a Catholic Mass?  Are you thinking this is some far away place likeAfrica or China? This situation exists, right here in Santa Clara County – in our Diocese – in the Santee area on the eastside of San Jose.

We need your help to open a new parish in this area of San Jose, in one of the most economically challengedneighborhoods in the county. Our future parishioners cannot build this church alone and they need our help now.?Click on the video (English/Spanish/Vietnamese version) to learn more about Our Lady of Refuge.

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Providence has made it possible for us to purchase land with a church building and to establish a new parish as early as January 2012.  We still need to raise $6M to open the doors of this new Catholic Parish dedicated to Our Lady of Refuge.  Every registered diocesan family is asked to participate in this one-time appeal on behalf of the people of Our Lady of Refuge Parish.

Your gift will truly make a difference. It will allow us to meet the needs of this Catholic community and provide the support it needs to flourish as our newest parish. All of the money raised in this appeal will go directly to establishing and operating this new parish.

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This is truly a unique opportunity for all Catholics throughout the Diocese of San Jose to come together in one great effort to make this dream come true. With your help we open the doors of Our Lady of Refuge Parish. Let us be a Diocese unafraid to dream. With your help, we can build our new parish, together in Christ.

Click here for Our Lady of Refuge parish website page.