The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary is honoured to partner with Blue Sea Philanthropy, as the host partner for Ride for Refuge. This is a fantastically fun, family-friendly bike-a-thon supporting charities serving the displaced, vulnerable, and exploited.
In 2015, Ride for Refuge in Calgary benefited 22 charities. The Diocese raised funds for its Elizabeth House Program.
The first line in the final press release before February 20th's Coldest Night Of the Year event read "Calgary is definitely not getting the cold shoulder from donors this year despite tough economic times." How fitting that during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy this diocesan hosted event supporting the poorest of the poor should receive so much generosity! In a city where people are losing their jobs, their homes and other possessions every day, Calgarians still gave generously. So much so that more than $127,000 was raised to benefit Acadia Place, Feed the Hungry and The Mustard Seed.
By the time registration closed, almost 600 walkers joined together at Eau Claire and then headed out to walk 2, 5 or 10 kilometers along the Bow River Pathway system. The weather was balmy; most 2 km walkers upped the ante to 5 km! Location Director Samantha Jones was moved to tears during the opening ceremonies. "We are so truly grateful to every single one of you!" she said to the crowd. Representing the Diocese through their participation in the event were St. Anthony's (second place team), Deacon Rob McLean with his company Bentall Kennedy, Ascension Parish, Holy Name Parish, the FCJ Centre, St. Bonaventure Parish, St. Patrick's Parish, St. Peter's Parish and the U of C Catholic Community. Many of the event's volunteers were also Catholic parishioners. They were joined by many other denominations, corporate teams, and staff, donors and volunteers from the other beneficiaries.
Pope Francis has asked us during this special Jubilee of Mercy to open our hearts and minds with love and mercy and to look for opportunities to bring healing to the wounds of those struggling. Almost 600 people spent the evening of February 20 doing just that. And it was beautiful!
Each year, Bishop Henry celebrates generosity with several hundred of his closest friends. People come from all over Southern Alberta to visit with fellow Catholics and other special guests. They also come to hear our Bishop deliver a keynote that inspires and challenges us in how we live out our faith from the perspective of justice and mercy. Proceeds are divided between multiple charities, selected annually, serving the people of Southern Alberta. Charities are selected based on the theme of the year.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary is registered as a legal charity under the 1913 legislative act of incorporation and also federally with the Canada Revenue Agency. Charitable BN: 10790-9939-RR0076.
There are many ways to support the work you believe in. The Diocese gratefully accepts gifts from individuals, corporations, service clubs and other organizations. We automatically issue charitable tax receipts for eligible gifts of $20.00 or more. Receipts for smaller gifts can be issued upon requests.
"Your smallest acts of love and kindness may quite well be the ones which change the world."
~Pope John Paul II
Making a Donation Via Cash, Cheque, or Online
Drop by the office, mail in a cheque or donate online to have the most immediate impact on the programs and services of the Diocese. Cheques should be payable to whichever program you are supporting or "Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary" with the program in the memo line. Please note that receipts are issued to the name(s) on the cheques or credit cards.
Supporting us with a gift of Securities
Gifting of stocks, bonds or mutual funds to the Diocese is another meaningful way to support our programs. Simply complete this form (or click below) and send it on to your broker. They will then forward it on to the Diocese’s broker to complete the transaction. A tax receipt is issued for the value of the stocks at closing on the day received. The Diocese is also able to process these types of transactions on behalf of your parish.
Providing support on a Monthly Basis
Through our monthly giving program, you can pledge your support on a monthly basis while balancing your pocketbook. Think you can't afford a large gift? Spread it out over the year to make it more manageable! We are able to charge your credit card monthly and receipts are issued annually. This type of support allows us to budget more effectively and provides security for our programs. Donate monthly here.
Letting your loved ones know you care through a Celebration Gift
Celebrating a special day or a special person? Make a donation to the Diocese in memory of a loved one or in honour of a loved one's special day. Let us know who to send a note to so we can celebrate your generosity.
Look to the Future with a Planned Gift
Planned gifts include bequests, gifts of insurance and other types of property. Please click here or contact us for more information regarding this innovative way to give now and in the future.
Take advantage of your organization's Matching Gifts Program
Many employers will match your gift. Speak to yours today to find out what their policy is!
The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary is registered as a legal charity under its 1913 legislative act of incorporation and also federally with the Canada Revenue Agency. Charitable BN: 10790-9939-RR0076.