The charity has supported a village in Nigeria called Oforola, of a Catholic priest who is the pastor of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Surrey, British Columbia who personally supervised the construction of the water well to provide fresh water to the school children, and the whole village. Without the water well and pump, the children had to walk for miles to fetch water for their home use. The charity also supported orphanage in Kenya. The charity has associates operating schools in Tanzania.
Seminary Project in Mysore, India
The charity has assisted in partial financing of an addition to a seminary in Mysore, India for the training of young men to the priesthood. This seminary is supplying priests to a number of dioceses in Canada, namely the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the Diocese of Calgary and the Diocese of Hamilton. There is a shortage of priests in Canada due to a lack of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This charity hopes to fulfill the needs of the dioceses in Canada by sponsoring seminary in India which provides training of seminarians to study for the priesthood. Across Canada, in many dioceses, Catholic priests from India, Philippines and Africa are being hired by Canadian Catholic dioceses to fill the void of the lack of new vocations.
The charity also supports schools in India
Vancouver West-End Sandwich Services
C.C.C.S. is handing out free sandwiches to between 300-500 of the poor in the past few months on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at its location situated at 1161 Broughton Street in the West–End of Vancouver. Most of other social charities provide sandwiches to the poor and street people in the east side of Vancouver where there is a predominant number of poor people in Vancouver. In the West-End of Vancouver, there is a lack of such facilities for the poor and this charity is filling the void there. The West-End of Vancouver is the densest area in Canada and most of the people are very affluent. More should probably be done in this part of Vancouver as the housing affordability is a major problem in Vancouver. The charity has a number of volunteers and receives donations from the nearby church and donations of bread from three food places, namely Cobbs Bread, Safeway and IGA.
This service is to supplement the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Door-Is-Open and the Sisters of Charity food programs to the poor, street people and disadvantage people of Vancouver.
Friends of Burnaby Youth Justice Services Centre (BYJSC)
C.C.C.S. is committed to working with the organizing committee under the leadership of Evelyn Florendo to provide its annual Christmas Dinner to the inmates of (BYJSC). The inmates are juvenile offenders and the works of Evelyn Florendo of over 30 years are going to be continued by the charity upon the request of Evelyn Florendo. This work has been supported by two former Premiers of British Columbia, and the Archbishop of Vancouver, who have attend the annual Christmas Dinner for several years and have donated towards the cost of the dinner and gifts to the children. There is a wide spread of volunteers from across the greater Vancouver area who come together to create a very nice annual Christmas Dinner for the young incarcerated people. It is also an occasion for the young people to put on a Christmas show for the guests with their own entertainment and professional entertainers (providing volunteer shows) for the inmates.
BYJSC comprises of 84 beds for Burnaby Youth Custody Services and 6 beds for Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services’ residents. The project has maintained the existing 7 functional building blocks while renovating portions of the existing space to accommodate the differing program requirements of Youth Custody Services and Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services.
Evelyn Florendo is honoured in 2012 by Governor General of Canada for her many years of service to this institution. C.C.C.S. will continue working with Evelyn to provide this annual Christmas Dinner and Performance with the many volunteers and business supporters. C.C.C.S. will accept donations and welcome volunteers to this annual event.
For more information contact on the annual Christmas Dinner:
604 327 2113
For the retreat and education aspect for people in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley, the charity has purchased a property 15 minutes east of the City of Mission, which is approximate to Chilliwack, Abbotsford and some smaller communities which do not have access to such facilities, of which are found closer to Vancouver. The Archdiocese has provided a $1 million mortgage financing to the charity to provide such services to the people in the Fraser Valley, about one and half hour driving distance from Vancouver. The property has a three bedroom house and a barn which will be converted to an education centre.
The property is a 19.7 acre parcel situated in 10789 N. Deroche Road, Mission, British Columbia, which offers local shopping & educational facility and only 15 minutes to Mission. It has a custom built country home that offers 2381SF of living, with the master bedroom on the main floor. The home is set back on the property and accessed by a winding driveway. There is a 30x60 barn & workshop. Numerous outbuildings, riding ring & fenced pastures.
The property will be used as a retreat centre, and spiritual centre, a formation house and an educational institute.
Rev. Rudolf D’Souza OCD
The charity has assisted in partial financing of an addition to a seminary in Mysore, India for the training of young men to the priesthood.
The charity has supported a village in Nigeria called Oforola, of a Catholic priest who is the pastor of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Surrey