From schools to special needs, the Project Advance 2011 campaign funded major projects and charitable services in Vancouver.
The archdiocese's major annual fundraising drive is often described as a "win-win," as parishes can meet their own goals while contributing to programs for the wider Catholic community.
Six regional secondary schools received a total of $1.4 million for re-building and maintaining existing schools and reducing the deficits incurred for new construction.
In recent years $9.8 million went to rebuilding Notre Dame Regional Secondary, and a further $1.2 million has been committed to completing the school's interim plan over the next few months.
Project Advance provided $650,000 for the new sites fund, which oversees purchasing and developing land for future churches and schools, and $100,000 for Youth Ministry programs.
VanSpec received $50,000 towards providing religious education to those with special needs, including children and adults on the autistic spectrum or with intellectual limitations or specific learning disabilities. Programs are taught in several parishes by trained personnel.
To meet the objectives of the archdiocesan Synod of the early 2000s, $275,000 was allocated for resources to improve evangelization. This will include website communications and support for parish refugee sponsorships.
Six thousand dollars will provide equipment for The Fountain of Love and Life TV, the first Chinese TV and radio programming for Salt and Light Television.
The goal is to evangelize Chinese communities with high-quality TV, radio, websites, and newsletters. Volunteers are the mainstay of this program.
Sancta Maria House, profiled in the Feb. 13 issue of The B.C. Catholic, received $9,000 for a residency program for women healing from addictions. Some funding will go to installing a new furnace for the house, which currently has nine women.
Serena Family Planning, which delivers effective Natural Family Planning education, is the recipient of $5,000 to purchase equipment to enhance education and awareness programs for couples and families.
Columbus Residence for Seniors, established by the Knights of Columbus as a Catholic charitable organization operating a home for 100 seniors, received $10,000 to refurbish its chapel and fund its pastoral offices.
Catholic Christian Outreach received $15,000 for equipment to help with funding, donations, and self-sufficiency.
The university student movement dedicated to evangelization and developing Christian student leaders has chapters on campuses across the country.
L'Arche, a worldwide movement founded by Canadian Jean Vanier, was established in Burnaby in 1974 to provide a caring, family-like atmosphere for people with developmental disabilities. The construction of an exit ramp for the facility has been made possible through an allocation of $30,000.