June 1, 2016 // Local

St. Mary’s Heritage Fund awards grants totaling $165,763

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has awarded 30 grants totaling $165,763 from the St. Mary’s Heritage Fund to various organizations throughout the diocese, including parishes, schools and agencies.

The $3 million endowment fund was established in 1997 for St. Mary Mother of God Church to help provide financial assistance to the poor and needy throughout the diocese.

The St. Mary’s Heritage Fund was created through the collaboration and planning of the late St. Mary’s pastor, Father Tom O’Connor, and parishioners using money received from fire insurance on the historic church.

The following were awarded grants upon the approval of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades:

Fort Wayne:

•St. Joseph — $5,000 subsidy to send eighth- grade students to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

•St. Joseph Hessen Cassel — $2,000 to support the St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Food Bank

•St. Mary Mother of God — $2,500 for Ave Maria House supplemental operating costs

•St. Patrick —  $10,000 tuition subsidy to send children to Catholic schools

Fort Wayne:

•Queen of Angels — $4,763 tuition assistance to new students who will not receive School Choice Scholarships

•St. Joseph — $17,500 for transportation so students can attend St. Joseph School

•St. Joseph Hessen Cassel —  $2,000 tuition assistance and scholarships

South Bend:

•Corpus Christi — $3,000 tuition assistance for families that do not qualify for SGO voucher

•Our Lady of Hungary — $4,000 tuition for students who do not have SGO pathway

•St. Anthony —  $10,000 tuition assistance for pre-kindergarten for parishioner families

•St. John the Baptist — $6,000 tuition assistance

•St. Joseph High School — $5,000 Latino Outreach Program


•Marian High School, Mishawaka — $15,000 financial aid for minority students

•St. Aloysius, Yoder — $2,000 tuition assistance

•St. John the Evangelist, Goshen — $4,000 to Making Connections through Parents — parent liaison who can bridge connection between home and school

•St. Mary, Avilla — $6,000 SGO-tuition assistance

•St. Michael, Plymouth — $7,000 Parent Training Specialist for school

•St. Vincent, Elkhart — $8,000 financial aid for families in need

Fort Wayne:

•Clinica Madre de Dios — $4,000 for general and diabetic medical care for the poor and uninsured

•Confraternity for Penitents — $2,500 to help fund Mary’s Glen project

•Franciscan Center — $3,000 for operational funds

•Matthew 25, Inc. — $5,000 Medications Program

•Miss Virginia Food Pantry — $5,000 for 2016 Balanced and Nutritional Food Project

•St. Vincent de Paul Society — $5,000 for gas, insurance and maintenance for their Care-Van

• The Rose Home — $5,000 to the Resident Assistance Fund — assist residents with two weeks of expenses at the Rose Home

• Vincent Village — $5,000 childcare for homeless children

South Bend

•Catholic Charities — $8,000 to the Resource and Referral Program

•Christ Child Society — $2,000 to Soles for Souls program — Shoes for at-risk children


• Hannah’s House, Mishawaka — $2,500 to the residential program

• St. Martin’s Healthcare, Garrett — $5,000 to Healthcare for the uninsured in DeKalb and Noble Counties


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