Grants

In 2016, the Catholic Foundation was able to fund 36 requests for assistance from across the Diocese. In all, the Catholic Foundation awarded $16,000 to fund Catholic school education and $78,300 to a wide range of other programs and needs in the areas of faith formation and worship. Whether large or small, these grants will make a direct and immediate impact on parishes, missions and other Catholic organizations which will be able to provide such things as:

• New Religious Education Materials
• Audio-Visual Equipment
• Altar Supplies
• Vacation Bible School Opportunities
• Youth Conference Participation
• High School Newman Club Activities
• Adult Faith Formation Support
• Parish and Formation Retreats

Thanks to the generosity of our donors throughout the year, the Catholic Foundation can continue to support those who seek to strengthen and enrich their faith.

  • Alamosa
  • Durango
  • Grand Junction
  • La Junta
  • Pueblo South
  • Pueblo North

Values shown in percentages.

Grants Awarded in 2016

Alamosa Deanery

St. Joseph Parish, Capulin
Amount Awarded: $5,500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to assist youth and chaperones traveling to Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference, plus funds to support Middle School youth attending Totus Tuus camp.

Holy Family Mission Church, Ft. Garland
Amount Awarded: $500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to purchase miscellaneous altar items essential for the celebration of the mass.

St. Francis Jerome, Center
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to provide resources and supplies for the faith formation program, to include Confirmation retreat opportunities.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Antonito
Amount Awarded: $2,250
Purpose of Grant: Funds to support the youth formation program and defray retreat expenses.

Youth from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Antonito

Youth from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Antonito

Durango Deanery

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St. Ignatius Parish, Ignacio

St. Ignatius Parish, Ignacio
Amount Awarded: $1,500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to purchase altar supplies, posters and bibles for the religious formation program and literature to support evangelization and the Year of Mercy.

LifeGuard, Durango
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to defray the speaker and musician expenses for the 5th Annual Southwest Catholic Youth Conference.

St. Margaret Mary Parish, Cortez
Amount Awarded: $2,650
Purpose of Grant: Purpose of Grant: Funds to purchase media presentations and supplies to support the Religious Education Enhancement project, plus funds to provide Vacation Bible School opportunities.

IHM/ Pope John Paul II Parish, Pagosa Springs
Amount Awarded: $4,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to purchase AV equipment to utilize current catechetical methods in the youth, adult and bi-lingual faith formation programs.

St. Columba Catholic Parish, Durango
Amount Awarded: $1,500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to defray the cost to host a 3-4 night parish mission during Lent or Advent.

St. Columba Catholic School, Durango
Amount Awarded: $4,000
Purpose of Grant: Catholic education assistance.

La Junta Deanery

St. Peter Catholic Church, Ordway
Amount Awarded: $3,300
Purpose of Grant: Funds to purchase a computer, printer, projector and new curriculum to support the faith formation programs, plus funding for Vacation Bible School.

Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick, St. Peter and St. Mary Parishes, La Junta, Rocky Ford, Las Animas
Amount Awarded: $3,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to defray the costs of hosting a NET Ministry retreat for Confirmations students from the parishes of Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick, St. Peter the Apostle and St. Mary, and yoked missions.


Pueblo Deaneries

Pueblo Catholic Youth Ministry, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $4,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to assist with speaker/musician expenses for the 2017 Catholic Youth Festival, plus assist with facility fees and to provide scholarships.

The annual Catholic Youth Festival took place on February 11 and 12 at St. Joseph Parish in Pueblo, CO.  This year’s theme was “CHOSEN” as taken from 1 Peter 2:9.  Steve Angrisano, a nationally known ministry leader, was the guest speaker spreading the message of faith, hope and love woven throughout music and storytelling.  The purpose of this two-day event, which hosted approximately 475 middle and high school teens, was to strengthen families through evangelization, introduce youth from various parishes to each other and give them a place to ask important questions.  Youth from parishes in Pueblo, Avondale, Capulin, Lamar, Florence, Springfield, La Junta and Canon City as well as St. Therese and St. John Neumann Catholic Schools attended this event.

Middle school and high school teens alike not only witnessed adult ministry at work but also witnessed their peers minister as well.  Activities throughout the two days included fellowship, reconciliation and singing.   One of the fun activities teens worked on was their version of “Flat Bishop,” similar to the famous Flat Stanley story.  They cut out an illustrated version of Bishop Berg to color creatively.  The hope is that “Flat Bishop” will be shared by our youth through social media all across the diocese and beyond during this 75th anniversary year.  Another important component of this festival featured a talk by Fr. Carl Wertin concerning vocations.  Fr. Wertin spoke with youth about finding their calling and discerning their vocation through prayer. 

The festival concluded with a Mass by Bishop Berg at St. Joseph’s. 

As part of our Parish and Mission Assistance program, the Catholic Foundation helps parishes and missions strengthen their role as beacons of faith, hope and charity.  This youth festival was the perfect way for us to shine a light on evangelization.  The Catholic Foundation granted $4,000 to the festival to help pay major expenses, such as food for teens and adults for two days, hall rental, and the guest speaker.   We look forward to the Catholic Youth Festival on February 10-11,  2018 featuring Jesse Manibusan at St. Joseph Parish in Pueblo, Colorado.

 

Pueblo Catholic Newman Club, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $5,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to support Catholic Newman Club expenses for all area high schools, to include County High and Pueblo West.

St. John Neumann Catholic School, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $4,000
Purpose of Grant: Catholic education assistance.

St. Therese Catholic School, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $4,000
Purpose of Grant:  Catholic education assistance.


Pueblo North Deanery

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $1,050
Purpose of Grant: Funds to send the youth minister to the National Conference of Youth Ministry in order to learn from recognized leaders in the field and network with other youth minsters.

St. Pius X, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $1,700
Purpose of Grant: Funds to subscribe to FORMED, an on-line catechetical program, to meet the needs of faith formation, stewardship and worship programs, and to make it accessible to all parishioners.

St. Leander Parish, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $3,750
Purpose of Grant: Funds to train Eucharistic Ministers, provide training and equipment for lectors, sacristans, ushers and acolytes and provide Vacation Bible School opportunities.

St. Paul the Apostle, Pueblo West
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to assist with purchase of hardbound Gather Hymnals for all three cylces of liturgical readings.

Sacred Heart Parish, Avondale
Amount Awarded: $1,850
Purpose of Grant: Funds to purchase publication materials for the elementary, middle school, Confirmation and adult faith formation classes, plus support for sacramental retreat opportunities.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $2,500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to support students with travel and conference expenses, assisting them to attend the 2016 Southwest Catholic Youth Conference in Farmington, New Mexico.

Mt. Carmel 2016 SWCYC

Mt. Carmel youth attend 2016 SWCYC

Pueblo South Deanery

Shrine of St. Therese, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to subscribe to FORMED, and on-line platform for catechetical and personal faith formation, to include elementary and youth formation, plus provide access for students at St. Therese Catholic School.

St. Joseph Parish, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $1,300
Purpose of Grant: Funds to support Vacation Bible School opportunities and funding for the Children’s Choir.

Holy Family Parish, Pueblo
Amount Awarded: $500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to support Vacation Bible School opportunities.

St. Benedict Parish, Florence
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to implement an adult faith study program to re-evangelize parishioners and invite them into a deeper holiness by means of sharing faith.

Grand Junction Deanery

Benedictine Sisters of Whitewater, Whitewater
Amount Awarded: $4,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to provide stipends for presenters who facilitate classes for the 2nd Year Benedictine Spiritual Formation program, plus funds to provide tuition assistance.

Sacred Heart & St. Margaret Mary Mission, Paonia/Hotchkiss
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to continue to promote life-long catechesis by purchasing materials for elementary and youth faith formation, and for adult bible study groups, as well as funds to defray the cost of hosting a parish retreat.

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Fruita
Amount Awarded: $3,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to expand Newman Club activities, defray the cost of hosting a parish mission and offset travel and training expenses for volunteer Small Church Communities (SCC) leaders.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Grand Junction
Amount Awarded: $2,500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to support youth ministry programs through new curriculum and music ministry in order to increase youth participation, plus support for Newman Club and retreat opportunities.

Grand Junction Deanery, Grand Junction
Amount Awarded: $3,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to provide multiple 13:13 retreat opportunities for Grand Valley Youth Ministry programs in order to foster relationships and support Confirmation requirements, plus provide training.

St. Michael Parish, Delta
Amount Awarded: $2,500
Purpose of Grant: Funds to assist youth traveling to Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference.

St. Philip Benizi Parish, Cedaredge
Amount Awarded: $1,750
Purpose of Grant: Funds to assist youth traveling to Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference.

Youth from Delta and Cedaredge attend Steubenville of the Rockies.

Youth from Delta and Cedaredge attend Steubenville of the Rockies.

St. Peter Parish, Gunnison
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Purpose of Grant: Funds to purchase religious formation textbooks for elementary, middle school and confirmation programs, plus funds to provide Vacation Bible School opportunities.

Vacation Bible School, Gunnison

Queen of All Saints, Crested Butte
Amount Awarded: $1,700
Purpose of Grant: Funds to help purchase new religious formation textbooks, plus Children’s Liturgy of the Word for Sundays, and funds to purchase two instruments for the children’s music ministry.

Religious Formation, Crested Butte