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"So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win human admiration. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; 4your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you."


- Matthew 6:2-4

The Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island supports a growing number of programs and projects of our faith family that need financial assistance. Trustees approve grants to various organizations, both Catholic and non-Catholic, provided that the grants are consistent with the gospel teachings of Jesus to love our neighbor.

Financial assistance approved by Foundation trustees since it was established are as follows:

  • 2015

    Oasis Society – approved 2014 Year, Feeding the Hungry $1,000.00
    The 910 Club Serving Soup to the Hungry, Feeding the Hungry $5,000.00
    Faith & Sharing, Summer Retreat $1,500.00
    Anawim Companions Society, Counseling & Trauma Center $5,000.00
    SI Center for Counseling/Training, Samaritan Fund $6,000.00
    The Oasis Society for Spiritual Health, Retreat $3,000.00
    Marriage & Family Life, Conference $2,000.00
    Bishop of Victoria – Retired Clergy, Retired Clergy Support $2,500.00
    L’Arche Comox Valley, Sharing Side by Side $2,500.00
    St Patrick’s Church – CR, Camp Homewood $1,500.00
    The Oasis Society, Rose Prince Pilgrimage $500.00
    Diocesan Youth Office, Youth Ministry Leaders Trng $5,000.00
    John Paul II School, Fire Panel/Dectector Upgrade $5,000.00
  • 2014

    Multifath Services, Family Conference $2,000.00
    St. Ann's Parish Duncan, Children/Youth Ministry $3,200.00
    St. Ann's Parish Duncan, Feeding Sunday Catechism Children $3,500.00
    Oasis Society for Spiritual Health, Retreats for Homeless $2,000.00
    UofVictoria St John's Bible Fund, Ongoing Apostolate $2,500.00
    Sacred Heart Church, Hymn Contest $1,750.00
    Diocesan Youth Office, Youth Ministry Studies $8,000.00
    Queen of Angels School, Children/Youth Ministry $5,500.00
    Oasis Society for Spiritual Health, Spiritual Needs $1,500.00
    St Patrick's Church Campbell River, Camp Homewood Spiritual Retreat $5,000.00
    St Joseph's Elementary Chemainus, Garden Club Project $1,200.00
  • 2013

    South Island Centre for Counselling & Training: Victoria Samaritan Fund $5,000.00
    Anawim Companions Society: Counselling Men's Trauma Center $2,500.00
    L'Arche Comox Valley: Seniors' Circle $5,000.00
    Diocesan Marriage & Family Council: Family Conference $2,000.00
    Queen of Angels Catholic School: Playground Equipment Replacement/Upgrade
    $2,000.00
    The Oasis Society for Spirtual Health of Victoria: Spiritual Growth
    Opportunities for Society's Poorest
    $1,000.00
    St Andrew's Regional High School: Peru Service Trip - School Building in Peru $1,000.00
    Anawim Companions Society: Counselling Men's Trauma Center
    $2,000.00
    L'Arche Comox Valley: Seniors' Circle
    $3,000.00
    St Patrick's Parish Campbell River: Camp Homewood Annual Diocesan Retreat
    $3,000.00
    The 9-10 Club: Acquire Soup Ingredients
    $3,000.00
  • 2012

    The 910 Club, Serving Food for the Hungary $5,000
    Mount St. Mary Foundation, Compassion in Care Through Education $600
    South Island Centre  for Counselling, Victoria, Samaritan Fund   $2,000
    L’Arche Comox Valley, Courtenay, Moving into L’Arche Membership $3,000
    St. Anne’s Parish, Duncan, Feeding the Sunday Catechism Children $3,200
    St. Rose of Lima Parish, Sooke, Purchase of Kitchen Equipment  $3,200
    Faith and Sharing Vancouver Island, Courtenay, Annual Summer Retreat   $1,000
    Three Catholic Elementary Schools [Port Alberni, Chemainus, Duncan]
    School-wide Retreat with Face-to-Face Awakening
    $2,000
    St Joseph’s Catholic School, Victoria, Group Day-care and Full-day Kindergarten $2,000
    St Patrick’s Parish, Campbell River, Camp Homewood Annual Diocesan Retreat $2,000
    St Joseph’s General Hospital, Comox, New Role for Hospital   $2,000
    L’Arche Comox Valley, Weekly Seniors’ Project $3,000
    Laren Society – Journey from Inside Out Expansion Program $2,000
    The Oasis – Ignation Retreat, Spring 2013  $2,000
  • 2011

    Thinkfast 2011, Church of Ascension, Parksville: $800
    Diocese of Victoria’s Returning to Spirit: $5,000
    Diocesan Summer Camp Ministry: (returned because camp was cancelled) $2,000
    Anawim Companions’ Society Food Program: $5,000
    9-10 Club serving food for the hungry: $8,000
    Mount St. Mary Foundation, upholding the Mission through Education: $1,200
    Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry: $500
    Society Friends of St. Ann’s Academy: $500
    St. Joseph’s Elementary School: $2,500
    South Island Centre for Counselling: $2,500
    L’Arche Comox Valley: $2,000
    Church of Ascencion, Parksville: $2,000
  • 2010

    L'Arche, Comox Valley (additional grant) for startup of Crafts/arts program $2,500.00
    South Island Centre for counselling and training $4,000.00
    St. Joseph's School, Chemainus, for religious programs material $2,675.00
    St. Patrick's Church, Campbell River, for annual diocesan Homewood Retreat $2,000.00
    Diocese of Victoria for retired clergy $5,000.00
    Diocese of Victoria's Office of Religious Education for Youth Voices Challenge $4,000.00
    South Island Centre for counselling and training $5,000.00
    Diocesan Summer Camp Ministry: week-long camp For students in grades 5-12 $3,000.00
    St. Ann's Parish, Duncan, for feeding catechism children $3,200.00
    Island Catholic Schools for faith development/ religious education for staff and parents $700.00
    L'Arche Comox Valley, for startup of Crafts/arts program $5,000.00
    Mount St. Mary's Foundation, Victoria, for project to uphold the mission through education $1,000.00
    Oasis Society for Spiritual Health of Victoria's Rose Prince pilgrimage $1,000.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich, for Rome Pilgrimage $3,000.00
  • 2009

    Island Pastoral Services for pastoral counseling $2,500.00
    Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Victoria, to purchase Ninetendo Wii Games $500.00
    Mount St. Mary Foundation, Victoria, to train Volunteers for pastoral care work $1,000.00
    Church of Ascension Parish, Parksville, and Trinity Catholic Parish, Nanaimo, for t-shirts for youth conference $2,777.83
    St. Joseph's Elementary School, Saanich, for laptop computers for teachers $2,000.00
    Queenswood Centre, Saanich, for respite retreats for parents with special needs for children $2,664.00
    Diocese of Victoria Return to Spirit for the Native Healing Workshops $5,000.00
    Hospital chaplaincy support $5,000.00
    St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Saanich, youth ministry $3,000.00
    John Paul II Elementary School, Port Alberni, for a PA system and religious education resource books $9,700.00
    St. Patrick's Elementary School, Victoria, for laptop for teachers $2,000.00
    St. Joseph's Elementary School, Chemainus, for computer upgrades $2,000.00
    Diocese Youth Mystery Youth Camp $1,600.00
  • 2008

    Oasis Society to provide prayer space for the homeless and those dealing with mental illness $9,360.00
    St. Patrick's Parish, Oak Bay, for youth group's initiative to assist with missionary work with Oblate Mission in Puerto Rico $2,500.00
    Anawim House, Victoria, for repairs and maintenance $2,500.00
    St. John the Worker Parish, Saanich, for NET Life Teen program to bring trained leaders to parish and diocese $8,000.00
    Providence Farm for new building $2,500.00
    St. Andrew's High School $379.77
  • 2007

    Samaritans' Fund $2,500.00
    Sacred Heart Parish, Saanich, for classroom dividers For religious education program $4,000.00
    Oasis Society for prayer space for those dealing With mental illness $2,500.00
    Mount St. Mary for large print bible $800.00
    Hospital chaplaincy support $5,000.00
    Retired clergy support $5,000.00
    John Paul II Elementary School, Port Alberni $4,000.00
    St. Andrew's Elementary School, Victoria portable classroom $800.00
    St. Andrew's Elementary School, Victoria $1,200.00
    Island Pastoral Services for Samaritan Fund $2,000.00
    John Paul II Elementary School, Port Alberni $3,000.00
    St. Vincent de Paul Society $550.00
    St. Vincent de Paul Society $1,150.00
    Mount St. Mary's $1,000.00
    L'Arche Comox Valley $4,000.00
    Retired clergy support $4,200.00
    Seminarian support $3,800.00
    St. Andrews Regional High School Bonds (interest earned from $44,500 purchased in 1997) given back to school $1,557.50
  • 2006

    Faith and Sharing $1,400.00
    St. Andrew's Elementary playground $5,000.00
    St. Joseph's Elementary School, Victoria, for playground $5,000.00
    St. Theresa's Parish, Port Alice, trailer $3,000.00
    L'Arche Comox Valley $2,500.00
    Youth $1,000.00
    Youth $3,000.00
    St. Joseph's Parish, Chemainus 1st Nations $1,500.00
    St. Joseph's Parish, Chemainus $1,500.00
    Seminarian support $3,800.00
    Retired clergy support $4,200.00
    St. Andrews Regional High School Bonds (interest earned from $44,500 purchased in 1997) given back to school $1,557.50
    West Coast Mission $5,000.00
  • 2005

    St. Joseph's Elementary pre-school, Saanich $5,000.00
    St. Andrew's Elementary pre-school, Saanich $1,500.00
    John Howard Society $500.00
    St. Bonaventure Parish, Port Hardy $3,000.00
    St. Vincent de Paul Society $5,000.00
    Faith and Sharing $1,500.00
    Diocese of Victoria Faith Formation $8,500.00
    Seminarian support $4,500.00
    Retired clergy support $5,000.00
    St. Joseph's Parish, Chemainus for religion books $3,000.00
    St. Andrews Regional High School Bonds (interest earned from $44,500 purchased in 1997) given back to school $1,557.50
    Alice's Cupboard $3,000.00
  • 2004

    Diocese of Victoria $18,000.00
    St. Bonaventure Parish, Port Hardy, for new roof project $3,000.00
    Seminarian support $2,000.00
    St. Andrew's Elementary School, Victoria for preschool $1,500.00
    Diocese Youth Faith Foundation and Formation Ministry $8,500.00
    Nanaimo John Howard Society $500.00
    St. Joseph's Elementary School, Saanich, for pre-school $5,000.00
    Society of St. Vincent de Paul for purchase of new vehicle $5,000.00
    Vancouver Island Faith and Sharing Retreat $1,500.00
    St. Andrews Regional High School Bonds (interest earned from $44,500 purchased in 1997) given back to school $1,557.50
    St. Joseph's Parish, Chemainus $3,000.00
  • 2003

    Victoria Diocese $20,500.00
    Diocese of Victoria Religious Education Program $7,500.00
    St. Andrews Elementary School, Victoria, entrance beautification project $7,500.00
    St. Theresa's Parish, Port Alice $3,000.00
    Basic Christian Community Association $2,000.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich $4,958.00
    Island Catholic Schools Christ Card Project $1,500.00
    Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society $1,000.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich, annual retreat "Turn Around Day' $1,000.00
    Retired clergy support $5,000.00
    Seminarians Fund $3,000.00
    St. Andrews Regional High School, Saanich, Bonds (interest earned from $44,500
    purchased in 1997) given back to school $1,557.50
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich, for Mexico Mission Trip $1,500.00
  • 2002

    St. Joseph's Elementary School, Saanich, for support for special needs student $5,000.00
    Retired clergy support $5,000.00
    St. Andrew's Elementary School, Victoria, for new computers $1,700.00
    St. Andrews Regional High School, Saanich, Bonds (interest earned from $44,500
    purchased in 1997) given back to school $1,557.50
    Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Victoria, for Chapel and Garden Campaign $1,000.00
    L'Arche Victoria for new fire escape for homes $2,500.00
  • 2001

    St. Joseph's Elementary School, Saainch, for Provision of space for band rehearsals $5,000.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich, for 'Los Embajadores' Project $1,000.00
    Seminarians support $5,000.00
  • 2000

    St. Andrew's Elementary School, Victoria, for playground $5,000.00
    Fr. O'Neill's garage $3,000.00
  • 1999

    Queen of Angels Elementary School, Duncan, for purchase of band equipment $5,000.00
  • 1998

    St. Theresa's Parish, Port Alice, for purchase of piano $1,000.00
    Angel Care Society pre-school and out-of-school care $500.00
    Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, toward "Voices from Dialogue: Church and First Nations Spiritual Interaction on the B.C. Coast $1,000.00
    Casa Maria Emergency Housing Society for furniture replacement $8,000.00
    St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, restoration $16,915.00
    Sisters of Child Jesus for missions of Pitril and Caunieu, Indian Reserves in Chile $3,000.00
  • 1997

    Relocation of Chancery, Saanich, $5,882.39/per quarter
    Seminarians support $6,935.05/per quarter
    Missionary Work $13,0278.56
    Together Against Poverty for transportation and childcare costs $1,000.00
    Lay Missionaries Estelle and Marie Carota for Shelter for homeless, poor and elderly women in Malinalco, Mexico $2,000.00
    Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard CS for Women's rent co-op, the Help Study Centre and St. Joseph's School, Haiti $3,000.00
    Dr. Aloysius Jin, Bishop of Shanghai, for building a retreat house and developing opportunities for educational and spiritual growth $10,000.00
    Sisters of Child Jesus $3,000.00
    Jesuit Basic Church Community Project for seed money to buy back land of 1,150 small farmers $5,500.00
  • 1996

    Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Esquimalt, for "Access to the Future" Campaign $10,000.00
    Archbishop Joseph Ganda of Freetown and Bo Sierra Leone, for helping war displaced persons $2,500.00
    Nanaimo Telephone Visiting Society $1,000.00
  • 1995

    MEXPAZ Communications Project, San Cristobal de las Casas, Cheapas, Mexico $5,000.00
    Catholic Women's League's project for Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in the Philippines $5,000.00
    Jesuit Centre for Social Justice, Toronto, for Project called Spiritual Support and Networking for social Justice Workers $2,500.00
    Christ the King Parish, Courtenay, for completion of the foundations for new church building $33,167.00 (of $100,000 pledge)
  • 1994

    St. Mary's Parish, Port McNeill, for sidewalks, wheelchair ramp and stairs for new church $4,600.00
    Island Pastoral Services Association $2,500.00
  • 1993

    Victoria Hospice Society for spiritual care development $1,000.00
    Encounters East West Cultural Exchanges for translation into Mandarin of Western Works of Inspiration $500.00
    Parroquia San Francisco Javier Ciudad Sandino, Managua, Nicaragua for pastoral work of Jesuit priest $1,500.00
    Universidad Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero for purchase of computer and printer for new university $2,000.00
    University of Victoria Catholic students for two students' work study program to assist Catholic chaplain $1,000.00
    L'Arche Victoria for elevator for Bethesda House $1,500.00
    Monastere Benedictin, Abu Ghosh, Jerusalem Israel $1,000.00
  • 1992

    Capital Families Association, Victoria for development of neighborhood house in Langford $2,000.00
    L'Arche Victoria to facilitate retreats $2,500.00
    Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Esquimalt, for "Access to the Future" Campaign $10,000.00
    Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Esquimalt, for elevator $5,000.00
    Volunteer International Christian Services, Toronto, for two volunteers in Nauru $1,000.00
    Christian Task Force on Central America for Galo Family of Christian Musicians Tour Project of B.C. $500.00
  • 1991

    SMA Fathers (Society of Missions in Africa) for work of Theresa Hicks in Liberia $5,000.00
    Support for Seminarians $7,000.00
    Retired Clergy $7,000.00
    West Coast Missions $13,500.00
    Laren House for emergency repairs and perimeter drainage of Fr. Bill Mudge residence $2,799.00
    St. Clare's Monastery, Duncan, for infirmary for sick sisters and guest quarters $6,000.00 (first payment of $12,000.00)
    St. Peter and St. Paul Parish, Gold River, for purchase of computer $900.00
    Birthright, Victoria, to assist with start-up costs $500.00
    Office of Religious Education, Campbell River, for purchase of computer $1,200.00
    Construction of Chancery, Saanich $6,500.00
  • 1990

    Human Rights Institute of the Central American University (IDHUCA), San Salvador, El Salvador $10,000.00
    St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, Centennial $20,000.00 (over two years)
    Bishop H. Kunnunkal of Jammu-Srinagar Diocese, Kashmir, India, for building of chapel $5,000.00
    Father M. Joji, the Social Service Centre, Diocese of Vijayawada, Andra Pradesh, India for relief from cyclone of May 9-19, 1990 $5,000.00
    Alert Bay Catholic Community for improvements to church $1,750.00
    Laren House Society for construction of women's Bathroom in Fr. Bill Mudge residence $3,000.00
    Inter-Church Housing Society for start-up costs $3,500.00
    Third World Youth Link Project to promote social justice in developing countries $250.00
    University of Victoria President's Club $1,000.00
    Oxfam for Fr. Augustin Samibola to assist in construction of community centre in La Rosita, Nicaragua $2,000.00
    Casa Maria Amiga Society (St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria) for start-up mortgage costs of new house at 1263 Balmoral Street $1,500.00
    West Coast Missions $13,500.00
    Balance owing on Sister Yvette's car $4,000.00
    Support for Seminarians $7,000.00 (in installments)
    Retired Clergy $7,000.00 (in installments)
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich, to retire debt (commitment made in 1985) $300,000.00
    St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, restoration work $3,500.00
    Chancery, Saanich $2,400.00
    Sister Michaela Mills, Soeurs Benedictines (Benedictines Sisters Monastery of St. Francis of Rome, Abu Gosh, Jerusalem) $1,000.00
    Action Committee for Women, Victoria, for El Salvador, San Salvador $100.00
    Federation of Christian Cooperatives, Toluca, Mexico, for travel of lay missionaries $350.00
    House of Miracles expansion of program for recovery from addictions and compulsive behavior $2,285.00
    SMA Fathers (Society of Missions in Africa) for work of Theresa Hicks in Liberia $1,000.00
    Christian Task Force on Central America for "Los Niños" project $2,000.00
    St. Joseph's Catholic Parish, Tahsis, for car for Sister Yvette $4,000.00
  • 1989

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul $40,000.00 (final payment of $120,000.00)
    L'Arche Victoria $3,000.00
    Christian Task Force on Central America $2,000.00
    St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria $8,000.00
    Chancery, Saanich $10,000.00
    Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre $1,000.00
    Federated Anti-Poverty Groups $100.00
    North Vancouver Island Mission Fund $7,000.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich $15,000.00
    Seminarians support $9,000.00
    West Coast missions $4,000.00
    Church workers retirement $8,000.00
  • 1988

    Christ the King Parish, Comox Valley $100,000.00 (for 1989, 1990, 1991)
    Restoration of Old Rectory, Duncan $3,000.00
    Synod $31,500.00
    Queen of Peace Parish, Esquimalt, for elevator $5,000.00
    Vancouver Island Catholic Education Association $3,000.00
    Vancouver School of Theology for new library $1,000.00
    National Federation of Councils of Priests for Travel to Ghana for conference $500.00
    Programs of Assistance in Black African Townships outside Capetown, South Africa, through Catholic Welfare Bureau $500.00
    Relief Work in Lebanon $500.00
    St. Bonaventure Parish, Port Hardy, for repayment of MIC loan for purchase of trailer for living quarters for priest $10,000.00
    St. Bonaventure Parish, Port Hardy, for assistance to ecumenical society at St. Columba's Church $5,000.00
    North Vancouver Island Mission Fund $6,000.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich, for anniversary $1,000.00
    Camosun College Chaplaincy $3,000.00
    Victoria Information and Referral Centre $5,000.00
    Association of Street Kids $5,000.00
    L'Arche Victoria $2,000.00
  • 1987

    Dr. Aloysius Jin, Bishop of Shanghai $10,000.00
    University of Victoria President's Club $1,000.00 (over next five years)
    Faith and Sharing $2,393.86
    Chancery, Saanich, and Synod $2,500.00
    St. Bonaventure's Parish, Port Hardy $15,000.00
    Seminarians summer work $2,000.00
    Association of Street Kids $10,900.00
    Church workers retirement $2,400.00
    St. Patrick's Parish, Campbell River $6,000.00
    Laren House to cover operating expenses $5,000.00
    Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, for new Building to accommodate 36 more guests $75,000.00
    Youth Ministry $4,500.00 (for 1988)
    Camosun College Chaplaincy $8,600.00 (for 1988)
    Island Catholic News $10,000.00 (for 1988)
    New Beginnings $2,000.00 (for 1988)
    Theresa Hicks missionary work in West Africa $5,000.00 (for 1988)
    World Conference of Religions for Peace $1,000.00/year for three years
    Greek Melkite Church $1,000.00
    Catholic Bible College $7,000.00 (over two years)
    West Coast Missions for transportation $4,000.00 (for 1988)
    Seminarians support $1,500.00
    Society of St. Vincent de Paul $80,000.00
    North Vancouver Island missions $6,500.00
    Adolph Proulx Memorial Fund for scholarships For promising leaders in social justice in Canada and the Third World $5,000.00
  • 1986

    Port Alice $3,000.00 (grant) $3,000.00 (loan)
    Mexican Earthquake $10,793.49
    St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, for restoration $21,000.00
    St. Andrews Regional High School, Saanich $20,000.00
    Support for Seminarians $1,500.00
    Society of St. Vincent de Paul for Royal Oak Shelter and Workshop $120,000.00 ($40,000 over next three years)
    Society of St. Vincent de Paul for Achievement Centre Program $7,500.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich $30,000.00
    Support for Seminarians $30,000.00
    St. Patrick's Parish, Campbell River $28,000.00
    Development and Peace for El Salvador relief $15,000.00
    Car for Sister Yvette in Gold River and Tahsis $1,500.00
    Missions in Tahsis, Gold River and Sayward $6,000.00
  • 1985

    Diocese of Victoria $30,000.00
    Chancery, Saanich $25,000.00
    St. Joseph's Parish, Chemainus $25,000.00
    Boat to West Coast $20,000.00
    Chancery move, Saanich $15,000.00
    St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, restoration $35,000.00
    Social Welfare $3,500.00
    Third World $12,000.00
    Port Alice $15,000.00
    New Ministry Ladysmith $500.00
    Laren House Society $25,000.00
    St. Andrew's Regional High School, Saanich ($300,000 committed over next five years) $59,000.00
    St. Bonaventure Parish, Port Hardy, for Ecumenical church at St. John's $1,500.00
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"Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the great log in your own? How can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me take out that splinter in your eye," when you cannot see the great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter in your brother's eyes."


- Luke 6:41-42