What is GIFT?


GIFT IS A RALLYING CALL TO ALL CATHOLICS

 

TO BUILD THE CHURCH OF TOMORROW

 

church-of-tomorrowOur archdiocese dreams of becoming a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church. By uniting in support today, this dream may become more than mere words, but be a real expression of God’s love through us.

In such a Church of tomorrow, both the programmes and physical structures of our archdiocese can be rekindled, renewed, revitalised and refreshed.

Catholic organisations will be able to constantly improve and increase their efforts to strengthen, build community, and care for families.

The Church will have more resources to reach out to young people, drawing more to discover Christ, and forming them to be a God-centred generation of leaders for the Church and nation.

Further formation materials and programmes can be created to help Catholics of all ages deepen their understanding of the faith, alongside more initiatives to excite an enthusiasm for God.

Migrants who have left home to work in Singapore will find community and increased support through the Church, particularly those who are poor or in vulnerable situations.

The ageing shepherds of the archdiocese will find rest, comfort and care in a specially built residence when they retire.

The future shepherds of the Church will have better training and formation facilities in a new seminary, where the laity can also study alongside seminarians.

All Catholics in Singapore will have a better space we can gather to worship and serve God together, in a hub for our archdiocese’s activities.

The future of our Church will be better secured for generations to come, through the creation of sinking funds in preparation for the renewal of land leases for a number of archdiocesan properties.

Together, Catholics can make these and many more plans in the archdiocese happen.

TO BE YOURSELF, BE A GIFT

Everyone is a unique child of God, blessed by God to be a blessing in return to those around us.

As the fundraising arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, the Catholic Foundation has launched the Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) campaign to urge every Catholic to participate in making the vision of the archdiocese a reality.

TO PRAY, ACT, GIVE

Let us pray for a constant spiritual rejuvenation of our Church.

Let us actively use our God given talents to love others today.

Let us consider pledging a monthly contribution to our archdiocese, so that our Church may always have what is necessary to spread God’s love.


The Logo

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The GIFT logo is a stained glass in the shape of the Eucharist.

“In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission,” Pope Paul VI wrote in his 1965 decree, Apostolicam Actuositatem.

As Catholics we recognise that we are blessed with our own gifts and charisms to serve God and neighbour in our own unique ways. Every one of us is a gift from God to the Church and to one another.

As the children of God, we contribute our own unique colour to create a magnificent stained-glass window, which represents the Body of Christ. As we unite in this manner, others are drawn to marvel and delight in God’s own wondrous light that shines through His people

About Catholic Foundation

 

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MISSION:

TO PROMOTE CHRISTIAN GIVING AND PROVIDE STEWARDSHIP FOR FUNDS RAISED IN SUPPORT OF THE NEEDS OF THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SINGAPORE.

The Catholic Foundation was established in December 2012 with the initial intent of providing an additional vehicle of fundraising to sustain the Archdiocese of Singapore.

This was done to supplement a funding model that has become insufficient for the Church in recent years. Traditionally, the 31 parishes and numerous organisations in the archdiocese are funded by weekly offertories and other collections made during Masses.

Until recently, only a fixed 15% share of parish collections are contributed to the archdiocese, the rest of which are kept for the respective parish’s own needs. Beginning 2016, the 15% fixed contribution was revised to a tiered system of between 4% and 28% depending on the income of each parish.

However this contribution, even with the revised rates, is inadequate to meet the expanding needs of the archdiocese.

Resources are needed for the many offices, commissions, councils and other organisations in the archdiocese to continue their work in various areas, including education, migrants, evangelisation, families, youths, and many others.

On top of current operational costs, the archdiocese has several infrastructural projects, building maintenance and land lease renewals, each of which runs into the millions.

Since the archdiocese embarked on a vision to become a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church, an increase in operational and building needs are also expected in the years to come.

Thus, the mandate of the Catholic Foundation was expanded in November 2015 to be the designated fundraising arm of the archdiocese.

With the Catholic Foundation taking on the task of fundraising, archdiocesan organisations can focus on their apostolate work and be less constrained by unsustainable budgets.

Fundraising in the archdiocese can also be consolidated under the Catholic Foundation, rather than through multiple archdiocesan bodies. This not only enables organisations to focus on their ministries, but also makes fundraising more effective and secure.

Find out more about the Catholic Foundation here

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