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Each generation of Catholics is given an important mission: how do we pass on the faith to the next generation? Foremost is evangelization — knowing our faith well and sharing it with others. As important, is the careful and prayerful sharing of our God-given resources. One of those resources — our assets — includes the things we have accumulated over our lifetime.
As Catholic Christians, we believe that our assets and our ability to acquire them are gifts from a loving, generous God. We have a responsibility to use these gifts wisely and prudently — as well as to share them with others — our family certainly, but also with those institutions devoted to spreading God’s reign on earth.
In their pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, the U.S. Catholic Bishops remind us that good disciples and stewards do the following: “As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.”
You may have seen an acknowledgment in the bulletin when a parishioner has bequeathed a financial gift to one or both of our churches - that is an example of planned giving.
A planned gift is a future charitable gift made by you naming Saint Anne Parish and/or Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish in your Will or Trust, or as beneficiary of your life insurance or retirement plan. This bequest would be used to fund the future needs of our parishes.
Please consult with your estate attorney or financial advisor to find out more about planned giving options. For general questions, please contact Debbie Rhodes in our Stewardship Office at DebbieR@LWCatholic.org or call 978-320-4212.