Dear Parish Family:

The profound desire to have a place to worship together, a permanent physical church that accommodates our growth, is our humble longing of faith! Those who have been here since the beginning of our journey as a parish, and those who are coming in, all share and express this desire.

I do believe it is now fitting to say – “Now Is The Time To Build Our Permanent Church.”  Indeed, it is! And how can we do it?

Looking back, with God’s generosity and the motherly care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mater Dei, we, as a parish, were able to establish our life and ministry. Through our faith and stewardship, we managed to do the important things to sustain what we have achieved, and square our financial responsibility. Through all of these, we experience the joy of being blessed, are given the opportunity to serve, and above all, to gather as a parish family and worship.

This reality is what inspires us to build a beautiful church with an 18,870 square footage and a seating capacity of one thousand (1,000) or more. When all is done, we can celebrate the Eucharist and all sacraments in one place, under one roof, with the loving motherly embrace of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Mater Dei.

I invite you, then, to prayerfully and sacrificially consider supporting this campaign. May this brochure allow you to see our journey together and appreciate what we have brought through faith, ministry and stewardship, for which I am so grateful.

With great courage and joy, let us together build our permanent church for Now Is The Time!

Sincerely in the Lord,

Rev. Jovencio D. Ricafort

Our Humble Beginnings ...

On December 9, 2003, the Most Reverend Robert H. Brom, Bishop of San Diego, issued and signed a Decree for the establishment of a new parish in response to the growing faithful communities in East Chula Vista, California.

On January 1, 2004, New Year’s Day and the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (Mater Dei), Bishop Robert H. Brom, with Reverend Jovencio D. Ricafort, the founding pastor, other priests from the Diocese, and more than 150 lay people, gathered at the site of our parish for the dedication of the grounds and the blessing of our first cross (now mounted on the wall inside the Pastoral Center). For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Diocese of San Diego formed a new Parish, Mater Dei.

Our first Masses were held in private homes and then moved to the Eastlake High School Cafeteria. As our Parish growth continued, in May 2004, we moved our Sunday Masses to the Otay Ranch High School Gymnasium. In April of 2004, the Parish acquired its first building, the Parish House, which served as a rectory, a place for daily Masses and the parish office.

On January 1, 2006, Bishop Brom again presided over the celebration for the groundbreaking of construction for two of our Church buildings, the Parish Office and Pastoral Center. In 2007, the two church buildings were completed which gave us adequate office space and Religious Education facilities, and a space for Masses. In May 2013, to accommodate our increasing growth, a new canopy was built; and months later, a Sunday 5:00pm Mass was added.


The Church does not start with buildings, but with people – the faith community. Inspired by Mary’s Song (Magnificat), to be Mary’s hands on earth, Fr. Ven and a handful of founding parishioners began forming our parish ministries, beginning with the Hands of Mater Dei (Parish Council of Ministries) comprised of parishioners who give of their time, talents, and treasure, which ultimately is the heartbeat of the parish. Our mission was then defined. That is, to grow in faith, hope, love and service that we may build a welcoming, friendly faith community, witnessing the life and mission of Christ after the life example of Mary, the Mother of God, Mater Dei, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Soon after, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Ministry of Readers, the Service Ministry, the Altar Servers Ministry, and the Voices of Mater Dei (the “Music Ministry”) were added. And more ministries followed, such as the Catechetical Ministry (REP Program), Parish Staff and Support, the Capital Campaign Ministry (which acts as the Parish Finance Council), the Youth Ministry, the Faith and Culture Ministry, the Ministries of Healing and Comfort, Health Resources, Young Adults, Information Technology (IT), and the Detention Ministry. Besides our parish ministries, a network of Rosary Clusters were established in the different neighborhoods of our parish for grassroots devotion and faith formation.


As our parish continued to grow, so also did our needs – a parish office for our administrative functions, and a pastoral center for our faith formation and parish liturgical services. Given a 3-acre piece of land and granted a loan of $5.3 Million by the Bishop, our parish was able to have the two buildings built, blessed and dedicated in September, 2007. On December 6, 2007, a beautiful image of Mater Dei, over six feet tall, came to our Pastoral Center, and then on December 30, 2011, a brilliant bronze image of Mater Dei, cast in the likeness of the Pastoral Center image, arrived to grace the courtyard of the parish.
To pay off our debt on the two buildings, our parish family showed its willingness and profound interest by making a commitment through stewardship with the hope that a permanent church will be built! The Lend-A-Hand Campaign and the Annual Pledge of Support (APS) began in 2005 and continued through 2015 as the “Church Building Fund Campaign.” To supplement this campaign, fundraising events were also organized to help fulfill our mission. In 2010, our parish established the Garden of Gratitude with a large Jerusalem Cross to honor the sacrifices and contributions of the parishioners and friends to the Church Building Fund. Their names are engraved on the bricks surrounding the cross. Finally, on October 26, 2016, our parish paid off the debt in full for the two church buildings, the Parish Office and the Parish Pastoral Center.


The full payment of the parish debt motivated our Parish Family to a determined and profound desire to build a permanent church! In November of 2015, our founding pastor, Fr. Ven, established a Parish Building Ministry (Dan Archer, Angela Brosz, Mark Caro, Marc Greer, John Korey, Rodel Leyba, Vilma Sevilla and Norma Spaulding) to envision a conceptual design of a permanent church. With the collaborative effort of Fr. Ven, David Pfeifer (Parish Architect) and members of the parish building ministry, a conceptual design was drawn, and then presented to Bishop Robert McElroy, current Bishop of San Diego. On Sunday, September 25, 2016, Fr. Ven presented the Permanent Church Conceptual Design to the parish family at all Masses. Then, a parish planning study was conducted and the results were very affirming! Ninety-four percent (94%) of the parish families responding supported the plan and have indicated willingness to help and support the new Capital Campaign efforts. On January 19, 2017, the Office of the Bishop granted the Concept Approval and has also approved that the Diocese CAPS Trust will advance the parish up to $1.0 Million in pre-construction costs and fees, until such time as the Capital Campaign can offset the advance.
With this in mind, sustained by God’s generosity and the motherly care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mater Dei, we move forward to build our permanent church with the intent to raise the necessary funds to realize it!



A beautiful place for us to worship and praise God and be in His presence, celebrating the Sacraments of Christ’s Divine Love, with the loving motherly embrace of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mater Dei. The Word became flesh in the womb of Mary and dwelt among us!


Our Campaign and Builder’s Prayer
Lord Jesus, through the Sacrament of Baptism, you give us new life and make us members of your living body, the Church. Grant, we pray, that, as stewards of your gifts and blessings, we may build our permanent church with great faith, courage and joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Mater Dei, pray for us! Mater Dei, Pray for us!.
Our Response As Stewards of God’s Blessings
Your generous stewardship can make a difference! As a parish, our goal in this campaign is to raise as much as possible towards the estimated project cost of our permanent church, which is $8.7 Million. Every family is an integral part of this undertaking, and each household is asked to consider pledging to the campaign to the best of its ability. Please consider a pledge of $4,000 or more, payable over three years. After a 10% down payment of $400, this pledge of $4,000 is $100 per month for 36 months, or $3.29 per day over that same time period. A fruitful outcome of this campaign depends on our ability to participate, give, and sacrifice reflecting the goodness of God and appreciating His blessings, making ourselves the channels of His grace to build our permanent Church.
Invitation to Campaign Receptions
To engage our parish family in the campaign, the parish will host several Campaign Receptions to which every family in our parish is invited. These receptions enable all of us to share and know more about the building of our permanent Church.
Suggested Gift Plans

The Gift plans in this brochure are provided as a suggested guideline when considering your pledge. Please review the gift plans carefully and select one that fits your household’s financial ability.
In Making a Pledge
As you make your pledge, all donations made to this campaign will go to the Church Building Fund and be used exclusively for the purpose of the campaign in this brochure. Payments can be made over a period of three years or longer, if necessary. All contributions to the campaign are fully tax deductible for those who itemize their taxes. Pledge payments are in addition to your regular Sunday offertory. The Sunday offertory collection pays for the day-to-day operations of the parish, while your pledge in this campaign will be used specifically for the building of the permanent church. Pledges are not legally binding, but rather are an indication of your intention to donate. You may return the pledge card in the weekly collection, bring it by the parish office or return it in the mail with a stamp. If you have any questions about the campaign or making your pledge, please contact the Parish Campaign Office at (619) 656-3735, Ext. 110.


Cash or Check
Simply complete your pledge card by selecting the amount of your pledge and make a down payment (10% of the pledged amount) or pay it in full. Make sure to select the timeframe of your payments. Please make a check payable to Mater Dei Catholic Parish, with a memo: Church Building Fund. Once completed, return your pledge card in the weekly collection, bring it to the parish office or mail to the parish. You will be sent payment reminder statements and a special payment envelope in accordance with the payment plan you have chosen.
Credit Card or Electronic Fund Transfers
The parish accepts this option to respond to the campaign. To use it, please visit our parish website, and click on “Giving,” and follow the detailed instructions.
Online Giving
You may also support this campaign through online giving. We ask that you please return your completed pledge card to the parish office notifying us that an online donation has been made. You can do it by visiting our parish website, and click on “Giving.”
Gifts of Stock
Stock donation is also accepted by the parish as an option to respond to the campaign. Please review detailed instructions at, and select “Giving” and then select “Stock Donations.”
IRA Contributions
An IRA owner, age 70 ½ or over, can directly transfer tax-free up to $100,000 per year to an eligible charity. This option can be used for distribution from IRAs, regardless of whether the IRA owners itemize their deductions. Distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans, including SIMPLE IRAs and simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, are not eligible. To qualify, the funds must be transferred directly by the IRA trustee to the eligible charity. Distributed amounts may be excluded from the IRA owner’s income resulting in lower taxable income for the IRA owner.
Gifts of Property, Life Insurance, Annuities, Wills or Bequests
Families or individuals can make gifts of real estate, personal property, automobiles, life insurance, estate bequests, annuities or charitable remainder trusts. For substantial gifts of property, other than marketable securities, the IRS requires an appraisal. Please contact the parish office for more information.
Matching Gifts
A matching gift program may allow a donor to double the size of the pledge through employer contributions. Simply contact the personnel office at your company for the appropriate form, complete the donor portion and then forward the form with your pledge card to the parish office. We will then help you complete the form.


The Parish appreciates your generosity and support to the campaign! To express this profound appreciation of all gifts of $4,000 and above, a brick with your name/s engraved will be offered to you by the parish and be mounted in the Parish Garden of Gratitude or your name will be engraved on a stone to be mounted on the narthex wall of the permanent church. This marks the actions of faith and stewardship that you manifest to help build our permanent church. The brick can also be a memorial or a marker for someone you love and value.