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Each one should give what they have decided in their hearts to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
(2 Corinthians 9:7-8)

Our petitions are made efficacious by almsgiving; that by almsgiving life is redeemed from dangers; that by almsgiving souls are freed from death.

(St. Cyprian)

Financial Support

Pilgrimage of Faith - Bishop's Annual Appeal

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Annually an appeal is made to the people of the Diocese for financial support for diocesan projects not covered by donations to parish collections.  The major projects to be funded by the Appeal are:

COMMUNICATION

These funds are used for the publication of the Catholic Mountain Star, which is a vital method of bringing news of our Diocese into the homes of our parishioners.  The Catholic Mountain Star  is available to all registered households in the Diocese.    The Diocesan Website is being revamped and will provide parishioners with up to date information about the diocese.

PASTORAL PROGRAMS

There are many pastoral programs within our Diocese which are not funded, or partially funded from other sources of income.  The five main areas which are funded or assisted are:  Youth Ministry, Religious Education Development, Houses of Prayer, the Marriage Tribunal and Catholic Schools.

  • Youth Ministry: Grants are given for initiatives in favour of youth on the level of the deanery (e.g. youth rallies, youth camps, parish youth initiatives) and of the diocese (e.g. World Youth Day).
  • Office of Faith Formation: Provides training programs for Catholic teachers and volunteer catechists.  Programs of adult faith formation are offered each year.
  • Houses of Prayer: Seton House in Kelowna provides for the spiritual needs of many and continues to receive assistance from the Pilgrimage of Faith.
  • First Nations Ministry: Pastoral Workers assist in the Eask Kootenay deanery and in the Okanagan Deaneries.  The Pilgrimage of Faith assists in these ministries.
  • The Marriage Tribunal  continues to assist those who are in non-sacramental  marriages by defining their status within the Church enabling them to receive the Sacraments and also to practice their faith, after re-marriage, as full members of our faith community.
  • Social and Pastoral Programs: Rachel's Vineyard and Grief to Grace, as well as other pastoral programs are assisted by the Appeal.
  • Catholic Schools (six elementary, one secondary) will benefit from a moderate subsidy given to the superintendent’s office.  This will not reduce the parish subsidy, which about half of our parishes pay monthly towards the operation of our schools   It will, however, assist those schools which are struggling to balance their operating budget, and allow other schools to pay a more just wage or put aside some funds for emergencies. 
  • Clergy Pension Supplement:  Until the pension fund becomes fully funded, clergy pensions are supplemented to ensure dignified and secure support for the needs of retired clergy.
  • Seminarian Support: Priestly formation normally takes five to seven years.  The costs of this formation are subsidized by the Diocese. 
  • Sabbaticals and Training for Priests and Religious:  Grants for priests and religous working in the Diocese allow them to upgrade their education and to renew and deepen their vocational calling.
  • Lay Training:  Grants from the Appeal assist lay persons to serve their parish and the dioccese more effectively.

CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT

Capital and major maintenance projects are eligible for a 10% rebate grant with a maximum expenditure of one million dollars ($1,000,000).  All rebates must be claimed by the end of the calendar year following the completion of the project.  

 More information:

  • Contact Information for Pilgrimage of Faith:  Turn on JavaScript!
  • For more information, contact the pastor of your parish or mission or a member of the committee.
  • Next Meetings:  July 11, 2017 and October 11, 2017.  Deadlines for submissions for inclusion in the agenda are June 15, 2017 and September 15, 2017, respectively.
  • Youth Ministry Rebate for the period January 1 - June 30 is August 30; July 1 - December 31 is January 20.

Secretary

Marina Smith
Phone: 250-448-2725, ext. 240
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DOCUMENTS AND VIDEOS

  • 2014/15 Pilgrimage of Faith Video for use in parishes is available here.
  • The Revised Pilgrimage of Faith Policy & Procedures are available here.
  • Request for Program Approval -  here.
  • Request for reimbursement, click here.
  • Pledge Form available here.
  • Capital Rebate Expense Worksheet - Turn on JavaScript! request to POF Secretary
  • Youth Ministry Expense Worksheet - Turn on JavaScript! request to POF Secretary