Generous voluntary financial contributions from parishes are distributed in the form of grants to low-income parishes for projects they would like to implement. The program supports the development of parish social ministry projects and Catholic school projects. Parish donations are the sole source of income to the CPS program.
New projects are encouraged. This year Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti of Church of the Assumption in Ansonia is using CPS funds to create the "Ansonia Catholic Teen Organization (ACTO)". The goal of the project is to develop peer youth leaders who will reach out to "at risk" teens in the area and provide an alternative to the "gang lifestyle" that is growing there.
At Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Church in Waterbury, religious education students will participate in a "Starving to End World Hunger" project where they will use Catholic Relief Services resources to learn about world hunger, complete a 24-Hour Food Fast, and participate in a "Helping Hands Project" to prepare food packages for the impoverished country of Burkina Faso.
To learn more about Cooperative Parish Sharing, and to view a complete listing of current grant projects, visit the CPS website page.