Stewardship, our response to being Christ’s disciple, has four fundamental principles: gratitude for God’s gifts, nurturing our families, sharing our time and talent with our communion of faith, and returning to God the first fruits of our labor. Making a will and other estate planning documents encompasses all of these stewardship principles, and all adults should have these important documents in place.
Governor Snyder has proclaimed the month of May as LEAVE A LEGACY® MONTH in Michigan to encourage legacy gifts through bequests in our wills and trusts to the nonprofit organizations we support during our lifetimes. In making your will or trust, or reviewing other arrangements, such as life insurance and your IRA or other retirement plan, consider a bequest or beneficiary designation to St. Alphonsus. If you make your gift as an endowment, your support of Christ’s ministries here will continue for many generations. There may be tax deduction and income benefits to you and your family as well.
The proper language for your bequest or other beneficiary designation is:
To the parish: “To St. Alphonsus Parish, Grand Rapids”
To the parish foundation or endowment fund: “To St. Alphonsus Parish Foundation” or “To St. Alphonsus Education Endowment Fund”.
For further information on giving to St. Alphonsus through your will, trust or other arrangements, please call the parish office at 616-451-3043.
Fr. Pat, C.Ss.R.