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Together In Action Means Giving Good GIfts

As part of our Diocesan mission and obedience to the words of our Lord to “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep,” Together in Action granted “good gifts” of funding to many amazing organizations across southern Alberta in 2016. In Lethbridge, we granted to the Interfaith Food Bank Society, run almost entirely by volunteers. Each year, more than 100 volunteers come through their door to give “good gifts” of time to the lives of the food bank’s clients. Many of them are passionately committed, serving regularly, often several times a month. Staff are committed to giving their volunteers a positive experience. Funds from Together in Action ensure they have a quality volunteer program. This commitment promotes long term volunteer retention and helps manage organizational costs effectively.

A bit farther north, in Airdrie, Deacon Gary Haney works with St. Dismas Prison Ministries. This organization works with an extremely marginalized population – recently released inmates. Together in Action funds the organization’s Let’s Journey Together Program. Volunteers with this organization give “good gifts” of circles of support around released inmates, helping them transition back into the community. The connections built within these circles anchor these vulnerable individuals to stability, acceptance and often, housing and employment. Deacon Gary Haney loves to tell the story of this organization and passionately believes in the work.

Do you or your parish support a charity that you are passionate about? Do you have an organization that you love and give the “good gifts” of your time or money to? We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us to tell us about it! If we feel it’s a good fit for the Together in Action Granting Program, we will solicit an application from the charity. After that, it will be up to the committee and the Bishop. As the donors who make Together in Action possible, we believe you have a voice in suggesting the spread of “good gifts.” Contact the Charities & Development Office at (403) 218-5534 for more information or to get the nomination form.

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Coldest Night of the Year

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary is honoured to partner with Blue Sea Philanthropy, KAIROS Calgary and the Mustard Seed to host Coldest Night of the Year.

The Coldest Night of the Year is a non-competitive 2, 5, and 10km winter-walk happening in more than 90 communities across Canada. Charities in each community raise funds and awareness in support of individuals experiencing hunger, homelessness and hurt.

For more information or to join us as a walker or volunteer, visit the Walk website or contact Samantha Jones at 403-218-5531 or samantha.jones@calgarydiocese.ca.

Related Offices Charities & Development Related Programs Feed the Hungry
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Year End Giving


2016 Giving Deadlines


Thank you for thinking of us this holiday season.
We are truly grateful for your support!

The Catholic Pastoral Centre will be closed from 4:30 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016 
until 8:30 am on Tuesday, January 3, 2016 in observance of the Christmas Season.

Please note: the following information applies to all programs of the Diocese.

If you would like to donate online, please use the “Donate Now” button at the top of this page. These gifts must be date stamped December 31, 2016.

If you would like to make a gift of Securities, this Authorization to Broker Form must be RECEIVED by OUR broker by December 30, 2016.

If you would like mail a donation, please ensure it is postmarked by December 31, 2016 to be eligible for a 2016 tax receipt. (Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 17 Ave SW, Calgary AB T2S 2T2).

If you would like to drop off a donation, the Catholic Pastoral Centre is open until 4:30 pm on December 22, 2016. (Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 17 Ave SW, Calgary AB T2S 2T2).

If you have any questions about these deadlines, please contact samantha.jones@calgarydiocese.ca. (please note this email will only be checked intermittently between December 22 and 31, 2016)

Thank you again for your generosity.
Merry Christmas from The Catholic Pastoral Centre.

Related Offices Charities & Development
Related Themes Charities Giving Donation End of the Year

Consider the Lilies of the Golf Course

In this current economic climate, trying to raise funds through events has become a worrisome endeavour. Everyone’s dollars, both personal and corporate, are being stretched a little farther. As part of my job I recently spent the day out at the stunningly beautiful Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore, Alberta hosting a very generous group of people golfing in support of the Diocese’s Feed the Hungry Golf Tournament. I spent a lot of the day monitoring the bottom line of our event, praying for success.

Despite our tournament not selling out for the first time in four years and the cancellation of our silent auction we raised $55,000! These funds will help Feed the Hungry continue its mission: to create a different type of Sunday for Calgary’s impoverished. We do that by serving a family-style sit-down dinner to almost 500 of our neighbours most Sundays in Mission at St. Mary’s Hall. How did we raise that $55,000? Because God provided for us. Whenever I was worried about how the event was going to turn out, I prayed. And He answered. First by giving me peace about the event, but then also with financial provision, including $38,000 in corporate sponsorships!

As I pondered how to share the story of our success, Matthew 6:28b came to mind, and I realized the story isn’t just about our event. It’s about the lesson learned. “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.” This whole passage of St. Matthew’s Gospel exhorts us not to worry. That as God cares for the creatures and the earth, so much more abundantly does He care for us, His children. If you are worried about a situation in your life, I encourage you to read this scripture and rest in His peace. If you are feeling called to reach out and help those in need, we can help connect you. Visit the Charities & Development website page at www.calgarydiocese.ca. Thank you to all our supporters who continue to give of their resources. We appreciate you so much.

Related Offices Charities & Development Related Programs Feed the Hungry
Related Themes Fundraiser Charities Poverty Homelessness
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