The Novatio Foundation was created by the Archdiocese of Gatineau to ensure the continuity of the Church's mission in the Outaouais. Its main mandate is to build up a fund and to provide funding for projects to help the most disadvantaged communities regardless of their beliefs, to promote the welcome of newcomers, to act in favour of reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples, and to support the parishes and communities of the faithful in the region.
"I dream of a church that makes a difference in this world, of Christian communities that contribute to the fulfillment of all men and women in their communities. Novatio allows us to put flesh on this dream.
Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop
Presse release October 7, 2023
Subject: The Novatio Foundation launches its first fundraising campaign
The Novatio Foundation is pleased to launch its first annual fundraising campaign under the theme “Your donation today gives new life to the future of our communities”. This campaign will run until June 2024. The launch took place as part of the Archbishop of Gatineau's brunch tour, an event in which Novatio is an official partner in support of community organizations.
Goal of $50,000
The Foundation's Board of Directors hopes to raise $50,000 for this first campaign. The funds will be used to finance projects submitted to Novatio by parishes and community organizations in the Outaouais region. Already in February 2023, the Foundation announced its support for eleven initial projects for a total of $71,000. In addition, the Foundation contributed $20,000 to the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, as part of the Archdiocese of Gatineau's five-year commitment.
At the invitation of Foundation President Richard Rochefort and Archbishop of Gatineau Paul-André Durocher, the population of the Outaouais region is urged to "create a renewed and brighter world with a gift that reflects our Christian values". Donations can be made by cheque (one-off or monthly) or online by credit card. The Foundation also offers a major gift and a planned giving program. The Foundation would like to thank and to recognize the generous donors who have supported Novatio's mission since its creation. The Novatio Foundation was created by the Archdiocese of Gatineau to ensure the continuity of the Church's mission in the Outaouais. Its main mandate is to build up a fund and to provide funding for projects to help the most disadvantaged communities regardless of their beliefs, to promote the welcome of newcomers, to act in favor of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and to support the senior citizen as well as the parishes and communities of the faithful in the region.
Source: Deacon René Laprise Novatio’s Director 819-771-8391, Ext. 312
To support innovative pastoral projects to benefit people of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds, paying special attention to those who are disadvantaged or marginalized in our communities. These projects will advance:
• The development of evangelization programs.
• Community engagement as it relates to the Church's social doctrine.
• The training of pastoral and mission workers.
• The promotion of the teachings and culture associated with the Roman Catholic religion.
• To value the renewed activities, projects, and services for pastoral care and missionary momentum emanating from communities, movements, parishes, and the diocesan team.
• To support the funding of these activities, projects, and services.
• To strengthen the foundation with regard to this funding.
• To develop a culture of philanthropy that unites all members and stakeholders of our local Church.
The Novatio Foundation has set up a funding program targeting one or more of the following focus areas:
[The project funding program opened with the first call for projects issued in the fall of 2022. Don’t miss out! Sign up for the Diocesan Newsletter to stay abreast of Novatio Foundation news and activities].
1.SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH
Since the end of sacramentalization, and the deconfessionalization in the school system over the past 40 years, families and parishes play a major role in the Christian instruction of children. Young families, especially immigrant families or families from precarious backgrounds, need to be welcomed, accompanied, and integrated into our Christian communities.
2.SUPPORT FOR THE FAITHFUL AS THEY AGE
Seniors often live in isolation. They need to be heard and supported. The intergenerational and intercultural approach will be favoured to create programming geared toward seniors.
3.SUPPORT FOR RECONCILIATION WITH ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES
The Novatio Foundation supports the Archdiocese of Gatineau in its commitment to contribute a total of $100,000 over five years. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a five-year $30 million fundraising campaign for the healing and reconciliation of residential school survivors and their communities. This campaign will fund programs to improve the lives of residential school survivors, their families, and their communities, in consultation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in every region of the country.
4.SUPPORT FOR PASTORAL RESOURCES
In 2019 and 2020, 72% of the population of Gatineau was Catholic. In 2021, of the total population of Maniwaki and Gracefield (6,133 people), 64% were Catholic. The parishes of Maniwaki and Gracefield were transferred to the Archidiocese of Gatineau in 2022. These individuals can be found across 57 parishes and are served by 24 priests. That means, on average each priest serves 2.4 parishes, or 11,158 people. A colossal task. There is an urgent need to train pastoral workers and develop new tools that take advantage of new technologies to support them in their tasks.
In 2021, of the total population of Maniwaki and Gracefield (6,133 people), 64% were Catholic. The parishes of Maniwaki and Gracefield were transferred to the Archdiocese of Gatineau in 2022.
5.SUSTAINABILITY OF THE NOVATIO FOUNDATION'S ACTIVITIES
In addition to the four themes of intervention, it is essential to guarantee the viability of the Novatio Foundation. The Archdiocese of Gatineau fully supports the start-up of the Novatio Foundation (loaning of rooms, offices, equipment, exchange of expertise and services). To ensure the maintenance of the Foundation's activities in the post-start-up phase, a contingency fund must be established.
Novatio's dedicated donors are at the heart of everything we celebrate in our Christian values and community.
Thank you so much!
Donor recognition is essential and foundational for us. Under the responsibility of the Endowment, Planned Giving and Major Gifts Committee, the Novatio Foundation's recognition program aims to concretely acknowledge the essential contribution of its generous donors.
When you make a donation to your parish or to one of the Archdiocese's events, it is often used to respond quickly to the urgent needs of the parish or archdiocese.
However, when you choose to make a planned gift to the Novatio Foundation, it is invested in a capitalized fund according to a strict policy that allows the Foundation to use only the interest on this investment made possible by you. This general fund is the base fund that aims to ensure the sustainability of Novatio and its mission of mutual aid to the community. It is used to finance the granting of donations related to the various areas of intervention described above, as well as to finance current operations of the Foundation and to address with unforseen and uncontrollable emergency situations that could threaten the organization and its activities.
The decision to make a planned gift is usually made after financial, fiscal or succession planning. These types of donations are not only available to the wealthy. When properly planned, this way of giving is much more accessible than popular belief.
To become a member of the Legacy Circle and to better understand the donor recognition program associated with it, please contact the Novatio Foundation.
Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau
Rhodain Kasuba, Vicar General
Richard Rochefort, President of the Board of Directors of Novatio; Chair of Oser mener/Dare to Lead
Yvette Sanscartier, Director; President of the Fabrique of Sainte-Angélique in Papineauville
Daniel Roussy, Director; Lawyer, Department of Justice; Vice-president, Fabrique of Our Lady of the Annunciation
Claire Brouillet, Director; Retired from the office of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Negotiator for the federal government with the Atikamekw Nation
René Laprise, Deacon, Executive Director of Novatio; Diocesan Bursar
René Laprise, Deacon, Executive Director
Monique Washnuk, CFRE, MPNL
Philanthropic Development Advisor
Jeannette Ndaya Tshibangu, Executive Assistant
Phone: 819 771-8391, extension 310
180 boul. Mont-Bleu, Gatineau, J8Z 3J5
The Novatio Foundation is a Canadian registered charity No 785681883 RR 0001.