Do you want to leave a lasting impact upon your parish? Here is a way you can to do this. There is a tradition among the parishioners of St. Peter’s to remember their parish in their wills, trusts, estate planning, and in bequests and charitable gift annuities. It is a kind of parting gift parishioners give to the parish that has nourished them spiritually (sometimes for an entire lifetime), supported them in trial and tragedy, rejoiced with them in marriages, baptisms, confirmations and First Holy Communions, absolved them, consoled them, led them to Jesus Christ, encircled them in the last stages of life, and finally ushered them into paradise with the final rites of the Church.
Many of the great features of our Church and other facilities that you enjoy today are available to you because of the charitable gift planning that your fellow parishioners did before you. Please prayerfully consider a modest or substantial gift in your estate planning as a way to say “thank you” to God and your parish for all the blessings you have received in connection with your faith.
There are a number of different plans, possibilities and ways to do this. There are some plans that can even allow you to share your assets with the parish while you are living without jeopardizing your financial situation, such as life insurance and retirement plan gifts. These are tax-wise gifts that are not subject to estate tax. To learn more about available options, contact me at the rectory. We can help you with the administrative details.
In any case, please prayerfully consider leaving an enduring legacy to your parish so as to preserve it for future generations. In this way, you can realize your spiritual, personal, financial and philanthropic goals while ensuring the financial security of your family and loved ones. This great parish will continue to be a beacon of hope and light in a confused world because of your generosity!
Counting on your goodness,
Fr. Tim Byerley
Four Ways to Leave A Legacy
Did you know there are four easy ways for you to remember your parish in your will?
A Specific Bequest – You can designate a certain amount of cash or specific assets to the parish.
A Residual Bequest – You can plan for the parish to receive all or a portion of your estate after other specific bequests have been distributed.
A Percentage Bequest – You can designate a certain percentage of the estate to go to the parish.
A Contingent Bequest – You can make the parish the recipient of a bequest if others named in your will are not living at the time of your death.
No matter how you decide to remember your parish, a gift from your will accomplishes several key benefits.
It sends a strong message to your heirs that the Church played an important role in your life.
It guarantees that your generosity to the Church will be continued even after you are gone.
It provides important assistance to our parish.
It may even provide tax benefits for your heirs.
Thank you for your continued support and generosity to St. Peter Parish!