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This section includes ads for development of gifts for today’s parish financial needs, promoting a parish legacy society, and encouraging gifts from parishioners to your parish, school, or a ministry through their estate plans. We have moved to saying “Gift Planning” rather than “planned giving” most of the time.
Catholic gift planning briefs
Catholic Planned Giving Brief: During the month of May we honor Mary, who even pregnant with the Son of God, “arose and went with haste” (Luke 1:39) to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was experiencing her own miraculous pregnancy. The cousin’s shared in each other’s joy and recognized God’s Providence within their lives.
To honor and imitate Mary during May and the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, celebrated on May 31st, here are some ways to create a legacy gift that will live on through new lives: Designate a percentage of a life insurance policy, your IRA, or make a grant from your Donor Advised Fund to a pregnancy center or the Pro-Life Ministry of the archdiocese. To learn more about these ways to give visit CatholicPlannedGiving.com.
Catholic Planned Giving Brief: The Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) minimum amounts you must withdraw from your retirement accounts such as traditional IRA, SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA each year is 72, (73 if you reach age 72 in 2023). Many parishioners who do not need their RMD are directing it to their parish or a Catholic school to avoid income taxes, make an impact for good, and show gratitude to God for your gifts of treasure. For more information and other ways to give, visit CatholicPlannedGiving.com.
Gift Planning Brief: Make plans to provide for your family and parish at death with a free estate planning guide. Included are different planning forms for every demographic. Visit CatholicPlannedGiving.com
Gift Planning Brief: Gift planning can maximize your financial resources for retirement and your heirs when using planned giving solutions. Explore ideas on CatholicPlannedGiving.com and then visit with an estate planning attorney or financial planner who understands gift law to be able to increase your level of giving to your parish.
Gift Planning Brief: The Catholic Legacy Society of Northeast Kansas honors your good stewardship through life and through estate planning. Join today at archkck.org/catholic-legacy-society.
Gift Planning Brief: 22 parishes received over $1.5 million from parishioner’s estates in the archdiocese in the last year to help sustain their missions. Be a part of the great transfer of wealth for the cause of evangelization and social justice by creating a gift for your parish through your will, trust, or by designating a portion of your retirement accounts. Learn ways at archkck.giftlegacy.com.
Catholic Planned Giving Brief: The Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) minimum amounts you must withdraw from your retirement accounts such as traditional IRA, SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA each year is 72, (73 if you reach age 72 in 2023). Many parishioners are who do not need their RMD are directing it to their parish or a Catholic school. Does your parish need sponsors for their gala events this year? We invite you to direct your RMD to a sponsorship opportunity at your parish or school and avoid income taxes, make an impact for good, and show gratitude to God for your gifts of treasure. CatholicPlannedGiving.com.
Gift Planning Brief: Beneficiary Designations: No Will or Trust? Not everyone needs one. Beneficiary designations can make your estate planning wishes known, too. They also do not go through Probate like bequests in a will. Visit your retirement accounts and life insurance policies, yearly, to update who and what charities you would like to designate to receive a portion of what may remain upon your passing. Please remember your parish. And, if you designate a percentage to your parish, please join the Catholic Legacy Society of Northeast Kansas. Check out the benefits at archkck.org/catholic-legacy-society.
Promote your parish legacy society and seek notifications of gifts from your parishioners or donors who have already placed a gift in their estate plans with the following:
Join our Parish Legacy Society: Families are benefiting today from gifts realized from estate plans that were long ago directed toward the support of parishes, school, ministries, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Please help continue the trend with a gift through your your will or trust, life insurance policy, or annuity, or retirement account. Explore ways to give, watch videos at CatholicPlannedGiving.com.
Join Our Parish Legacy Society: You may already be qualified to join a list of wonderful faithful stewards. If you have made a planned gift of any type or size to our parish, then you are automatically eligible for membership in our legacy society. Your legacy is important. If you’ve included our organization in your will, trust or other planned gift, please let us know. We want to honor you with membership in our legacy society, and more importantly, we want to make sure you’re thanked today and your legacy is honored tomorrow.
Gift Planning Brief: Beneficiary Designations: No Will or Trust? Not everyone needs one. Beneficiary designations do not go through Probate like bequests in a will. Visit your retirement accounts and life insurance policies, yearly, to update who and what charities you would like to designate to receive a portion of what may remain upon your passing. Please remember your parish. And, if you designate a percentage to your parish, please join the Catholic Legacy Society of Northeast Kansas. Check out the benefits at archkck.org/catholic-legacy-society.
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Reflection #1, John 6:48-51
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Reflection: How can I thank God for giving us the Living Bread at every Mass through a planned gift?
Reflection #2, John 6:41
Bethlehem, which means, “House of Bread” is the birthplace of Jesus who is the “Bread of Life” (John 6:41). St. Bede said, “The place He was born is rightly called the ‘House of Bread’ because He came down from heaven to earth to give us the food of heavenly life and to satisfy us with the flavor of eternal sweetness.”
Reflection: How can I express my thanks through my estate plans to the Divine Child Jesus from coming to earth to die for love of me?
Reflection #3, The feeding of the multitudes prefigures the superabundance of this unique bread of His Eucharist (CCC, #1335).
“Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to [his] disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate [of the loaves] were five thousand men.”
How has God multiplied the blessings in my life?
Reflection #4, The Eucharist prepares us for the gift of Eternal life.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory. For the wedding day of the Lamb* has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment.” (The linen represents the righteous deeds of the holy ones.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed* are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These words are true; they come from God.”
Reflection: Since the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus, we are in His Presence at every Mass. How can I thank our Lord for this forestate of Heaven with a financial gift to my parish?