Project Advance 2021

A message from Archbishop Miller

Dear Parishioner,

“Behold, I am doing something new!” (Isaiah 43:19)

With these words, through the Prophet Isaiah, the Lord communicated a profound message of hope to the Chosen People who had suffered through the destruction of the Temple and the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Like them, we have endured a great upheaval in our life due to the pandemic that has engulfed us.

At this moment in history, the Prophet Isaiah once again announces that our Lord is about to do something new. As we make our way forward, his words fill us with hope.

With God’s grace, in the past year the Catholics in the Archdiocese of Vancouver have showed amazing commitment to helping their neighbour. Thank you for this support, which has ensured that we are emerging from the pandemic as a vibrant community of faith and hope.

Our Annual Appeal ensures that these good works will continue, and that the Church’s evangelizing mission will be strengthened. As always, once the goal for your parish is met, all additional funds raised will be directed back to parish projects, which will be presented to you this Fall by your Pastor or parish Project Advance team.

I urge you, as the faithful in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, to respond generously to this year’s Project Advance Appeal. Together, we are all members of the Body of Christ, and together we will make Our Way Forward.

Sincerely yours in the Risen Christ,

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB

What does my donation fund?

Secondary School Construction Fund$1,400,000

Funds the construction of new Catholic secondary school projects. 

Ministries & Outreach$850,000

Evangelization Programs – $150,000
Alpha, Discover Discipleship, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, PREP

Youth and Young Adult Ministry – $150,000
Parish youth and Archdiocesan young adult ministry training and support

Hospital Chaplaincy – $150,000
Pastoral ministry in health care facilities

Family Life Programs – $100,000
Marriage preparation, parenting and marriage enrichment

Social Justice – $150,000
Anti-human trafficking, refugee settlement, migrant farm workers, Door Is Open

Prison Ministry – $100,000
Support for prisoners and former inmates, support for families/victims impacted by crime

Cultural Ministry – $50,000
Ministry for Indigenous, Filipino, Chinese, and Hispanic peoples

Special Grants$250,000

Catholic organizations based in the Archdiocese of Vancouver can apply for a grant to fund a particular project or capital need. 2021 recipients include: NET Ministries, Columbus Residence, Sancta Maria House, St. Paul's Foundation, Luke 15 House, Sanctuary Mental Health, CHARM Society, Signal Hill, Catholic Christian Outreach, Talitha Koum, Catholic Charities Justice Services, Domestic Abuse Services, Our Lady of Fatima Sts'ailes, and Immaculate Conception, Seabird Island.

Parish Rebates – Amount varies by parish

In 2020, over $4.7 million was rebated back to parishes. Your parish contributes a percentage of the $2.5 million Archdiocese goal. Once your parish exceeds this contribution, funds are rebated back to the parish for a special priority project identified by your Pastor and parish leadership team. If you have any questions about how this money will be used at your parish, please contact them directly.

How do I make my gift?

Donate Online

Make your donation by credit card or direct debit on our secure website and designate your parish as the recipient.

Donate Securities

You can donate publicly traded securities, bonds or mutual funds as a tax efficient way to give.

Donate by Phone or In-Person

Call or visit your parish office to donate by cheque or credit card. If unavailable call the Development Office at 604-683-0281 (ext. 50323).

Planned Giving

To make a planned gift to Project Advance, contact Henrietta Lam, our Gift Planning Officer at 604-683-0281 (ext 50316).

Frequently Asked Questions

Each parish in the Archdiocese is assessed a financial goal for Project Advance. Once that goal has been reached, all additional gifts (less the parish’s share of expenses) is returned to the parish for its own use. For example, parishes have used the rebate to fund upgrades to the parish, expand their buildings, replace equipment, etc. To date, over $100 million dollars has been rebated to our parishes. The Project Advance rebate is not subject to the cathedraticum tax. 

Yes, if you make a monthly gift and would like to change your donation, please visit the following page and fill out a request: https://support.rcav.org/donation-changes.

Yes, using credit card or debit debit, you can make a one-time donation or monthly donation credited to the parish of your choice by clicking here.

The transactions will be processed either on the 14th or the 28th of each month. You may indicate your preference on the pledge card. Otherwise, your payment will be processed as soon as possible. 

Please note that installment payments are receipted at year end with the others. All other Project Advance tax receipts are printed in January and sent to the parishes so they can be distributed along with the parish receipt in February. 

You should call both the parish and the Project Advance Office and let them know your new address. If you receive a reminder notice with an old address, please make the necessary changes on the reminder notice and return it to our office. 

Please call the Project Advance Office at 604-683-0281 and we will issue a replacement. 

Yes, but we don’t encourage it for security reasons. It is impossible to trace a cash gift. Ask for a receipt whenever giving cash. 

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