But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
--- 2 Cor 8:7-9
Annual Appeal for Your 2023 Contributions
Rejoice always, pray continually,
Gratitude! Gratitude is one of the first lessons we are taught by our parents. When we were given a gift as a little child our parents prompted us to say thank you, even if we were shy! Little children often then say thank you enthusiastically. Somewhere along the way though, gratitude becomes difficult and easy to overlook for us. The Gospel reminds us that this was as true two thousand years ago as it is today. Ten lepers were cleansed of leprosy by Jesus, a great miracle, but only one returns to say “thank you!”
Gratitude is one of the most important virtues to cultivate in our life. When we cultivate the virtue of gratitude in our life it changes our perspective on life in a couple of key ways. Gratitude reminds us that all that we have, even life itself, is a gift from God. This perspective prevents us from feeling that we are owed something by God or by anyone else. Thus, gratitude leads us to be even more generous with our resources, our talents, and our time.
Your support of our parish allows our ministries to continue.
- Celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist each weekend
- Ministries to the Poor, through our Food Pantry and Community Meals Program
- Formation of our Children, Youth, and Adults
Many of our operating costs have increased due to inflation. If you are able, please consider increasing your annual gift to help offset these costs.
Whatever amount you are able to give toward the work of the parish in 2023, your continued generosity is most appreciated and will allow our parish to be faithful to our mission and fund our vital ministries. Working and praying together, we are grateful!
Contribution from Your IRA
Consider a Qualified Charitable Contribution from Your IRA!
If you are over 70 ½, consider donating your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to St. Alphonsus Parish! The Qualified Charitable Contribution could be tax free, and not considered as income, regardless of whether you itemize or take the standard deduction. You can read more about this by reading Forbes The Best Way to Handle Required Minimum Distribution.
Please consult your tax advisor or financial planner to discuss your specific tax situation.
A donation of stock may allow you to transfer this asset to St. Alphonsus Parish without paying capital gains on the appreciation. Consult your tax advisor for more details and information. If you choose to make a stock donation, please contact the Parish Office for the name of the brokerage firm we use, the DTC # and the Account # for St. Alphonsus. Ask for Kathy Jaeckels or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-421-2442 x209
Gifts that are planned, in advance, as part of an individual's estate plan are known as Planned Giving. For example, when someone prepares a will, he or she is planning in advance to take care of loved ones and for leaving a legacy gift to an organization the individual cares about. After making sure your loved ones are taken care of, please consider a planned gift to our parish. Planned giving takes many forms: cash or stock, will or trust, appreciated property, charitable remainder trusts, life insurance, etc. Always consult a professional advisor on matters affecting your specific situation.
It is estimated that more than 50% of Americans do not have a proper estate plan. An estate plan, which includes a Will and often a Living Trust, allows you to control how your loved ones are provided for after your death; it can also create a lasting legacy of giving to your Church or charity of your choosing.
The easiest way to make a planned gift is to include a simple bequest in your Will. If you already have a Will, take the time to review it to ensure it meets your present needs and fulfills your wishes. Your bequest to St. Alphonsus Parish may be expressed in these words:
I give and bequeath the sum of $______ to St. Alphonsus Parish for its general purpose (unrestricted) OR for a specific named program/need (restricted)
I give and bequeath _____% of the remainder of my estate after all debts, taxes, expenses, and family bequests have been paid to St. Alphonsus Parish for its general purpose (unrestricted) OR for a specific named program/need (restricted)