GIFT Campaign Report
(26 Nov 2016 – 30 June 2017)
The Catholic Foundation’s Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) campaign is a rallying call to all Catholics in Singapore to support the vision of the archdiocese to be a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church. Every individual is challenged to pledge a monthly monetary contribution for the archdiocese’s operational and building needs. Launched in Advent 2016, the GIFT campaign seeks to raise $238.1 million over the next seven years. This is where we are at today.
TOTAL RAISED TO DATE
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Since the launch of the Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) campaign in Advent last year, a total of S$6.6 million has been raised for the operational and building needs of the Archdiocese of Singapore.
On behalf of the Catholic Foundation, thank you, to everyone who has contributed to this mission which God has called all of us to. I believe God will work many wonders and perform miracles with our gifts, no matter how small or large.
Much more resources are still needed for the sustained growth of our Church, but I believe that as we come together to pray, act and give in support of the vision of our archdiocese, the Church’s financial needs will be met. We seek your continued support and prayers for the mission of our Church to spread God’s love.
Yours in faith,
Kwek Mean Luck
Chairman, Catholic Foundation
HOW THE MONEY HAS HELPED
Archdiocesan Commission for the Family
Contributions have helped fund the programmes and outreach efforts of numerous organisations in the archdiocese, such as the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF).
One noteworthy event organised by ACF was a talk on love and chastity in January this year. Jason Evert, a renowned American author and motivational speaker, was invited to be the keynote speaker. Almost 7,000 attended the one-day event comprised of different sessions for parents, young adults and youths. Apart from such events, ACF also works closely with its partner organisations and ministries to empower families.
Funds have also helped other archdiocesan organisations involved in areas such as the youth, migrants, faith formation, evangelisation, and many others. Click here to learn more about archdiocesan organisations such as these:
Seminary and Formation Building
A topping-off ceremony was held on 26 July to celebrate the completion of the new Seminary and Formation Building’s main structural framework.
“Early fundraising has allowed the building project to make good construction progress with the recent completion of its structural work. With continued support from the community through the GIFT campaign, the opening of the seminary is anticipated in mid-2018,” said Mr Winston Hauw, the chairperson of the Seminary and Formation Building committee.
Built on a plot of freehold land in front of St Joseph’s Church (Bukit Timah), the four-storey building will feature eight lecture rooms, a café, a multi-purpose hall, library, and a chapel. These will provide better facilities for the formation of future priests and laity in the archdiocese.
Other Building Projects
Click here to learn about the various building projects of the archdiocese. This includes a retirement residence for priests, an archdiocesan hub, and sinking funds for the renewal of land leases for the Church’s properties. It is possible to contribute directly to restricted funds for these projects.
BREAKDOWN OF CONTRIBUTIONS BY PARISH
YOUR INVOLVEMENT MATTERS
- Find out more about the vision of the archdiocese, and pray for the Church today.
- Help gather your friends and family to pledge a contribution to support the work of the Church, or volunteer with the Catholic Foundation.
- Every Catholic in Singapore is encouraged to pledge a monthly contribution, to build up the Church for generations to come. Click to pledge online or pick up a GIFT envelope at your parish today.