Supporting Catholic initiatives
and programs in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The goal
for 2017 is $2.6 million. (Parish
Latest Parish Progress
Catholic Charities and Social Service: 26%
Two recipients of funding from the Appeal are Catholic
Charities and Partners in Housing.
Catholic Charities feeds the hungry at Marian House 365 days a
year, assists immigrants as they integrate into a new society,
and promotes self-sufficiency and life skills at the Hanifen
Faith Formation and Education: 28%
There are 5 Catholic elementary schools, two Catholic
preschools and one Catholic high school in the Diocese of
Colorado Springs. Returning God’s Gifts provides tuition
assistance to Catholic school students who wouldn’t otherwise be
able to attend. Additionally, the Appeal provides
catechesis and faith formation to children, youth, young adults,
The Appeal provides the necessary funding for men to attend
the seminary and become priests in service to our
diocese. It supports the formation process for men seeking
ordination to the permanent diaconate. It provides training
for lay leadership development.
Parish Projects: 20%
The Returning God’s Gifts Appeal rebates 20% of the parish
goal back to the parish.
Charity and Social Service
The Marian House and Hanifen Center
The Marian House is the only soup kitchen in the Pikes Peak
region that offers a hot meal 365 days of the year, making
Catholic Charities the largest provider of hot, nutritious meals
to those in need. Today, it serves 600+ meals most days, and
those numbers tend to increase towards the end of the month as
the family income is spent, and during the summer months when the
free lunch program is not operating in all schools. In the past
year alone, almost 9,000 meals were served to children.
The Hanifen Center at Marian House brings all Catholic
Charities’ Marian House emergency and poverty reduction services
together to meet the immediate basic needs of individuals and
families, and to begin to move them forward in their journey
toward stability and greater self-sufficiency. The Center is home
to three Marian House programs: Client Services, Community
Outreach Services, Life Support Services, and offers office space
to partner agencies who provide services in any of eight core
areas: housing, employment/income, life skills, education, mental
health, medical/physical health, transportation, and childcare
Life Connections is a licensed, non-profit child placement
agency with more than 40 years experience providing counseling,
cradle foster care, and adoption services.
Family Immigration Services
Family Immigration Services provides assistance to immigrants
and refugees to find a place in a welcoming community in three
important areas: English as a Second Language, Naturalization and
Partners in Housing
Partners in Housing is an organization whose mission is to
provide homeless families with children the hope and opportunity
to achieve self-sufficiency through supportive services and up to
two years of transitional housing. These supportive services
include case management, budget counseling, life skills training,
and (when beneficial) professional therapy.
Faith Formation and Catholic Schools
The Diocese of Colorado Springs recognizes the value of
lifelong formation toward building the Christian community,
proclaiming the Christian message, gathering in worship and
reaching out in service.
Total Catholic Education
Through Total Catholic Education the diocese integrates the
many forms of parish and school catechetical and educational
ministries into one united vision, providing support for parishes
and schools for adults, youth and children that they may grow in
faith and live more authentically each day.
The Appeal supports youth ministry by providing activities and
organization to parish youth groups. Activities include junior
high and high school youth rallies and an annual Chastity
Rally. It also supports planning and logistics for youth
pilgrimages to national conferences and World Youth Day.
Seminarian and Leadership Development
There are currently nine men in seminary, studying and undergoing formation for the priesthood. By giving to Returning God's Gifts, you are helping to form priests who will serve in our parishes for generations!
Full Ordination Mass; Fr. Erin Kochivar and Fr. Sean McCann
Approximately 5% of all funds raised through the Returning God's Gifts Appeal for 2017 will help offset fundraising costs related to the appeal.
Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special
way. The Sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint
(“character”) which cannot be removed and which configures them
to Christ, who made himself the “deacon” or servant of all. Among
other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and
priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the
Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at
blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and
preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating
themselves to the various ministries of charity.
The Diocese of Colorado Springs, like many dioceses, has a
need for more priests. Permanent Deacons assist priests by
engaging in pastoral and liturgical tasks. The Returning
God’s Gifts Appeal funds education and formation for deacons,
before and after ordination.
Lay Leadership Development
To help laity impact the culture by developing their faith
more deeply and living it as strong witnesses in every area of