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Rev. Msgr. James  GastonTake Steps Now to Support the Church of Tomorrow
How does one pass on the legacy of faith to future generations? This question is at the heart of the Legacy Ministry, an initiative spearheaded by the Rev. Msgr. James Gaston, pastor at Mother of Sorrows Church in Murrysville.
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Charles FischerWisely Sharing God's Gifts
When Charles Fischer was growing up during the Great Depression, he made $5 a day by washing cars, cutting grass and hauling ashes from coal furnaces for 10 cents a load with a small wagon he got for Christmas. At each day's end, he gave the money to his mother, Anne Mae Mologne Fischer, who gave him back a nickel to buy candy. She deposited the rest in an account for his college education.
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Andy and Margie AntolikPart of the Family
For lifelong Catholics Andy and Margie Antolik, the Church is more than just a part of their lives. "It means everything," Margie says. "The Church is part of my family." Andy has attended St. Bernard of Clairvaux in Indiana, Penn., for about 70 years. Margie has attended there since the two were married 47 years ago.
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Louise BauerA Picture of Generosity
If you viewed Louise Bauer's life as snapshots in an album, you would find images of giving on every single page. You would see her caring gently for her 85-year-old mother before and after the stroke that took the elder woman's life in 1983. You would find her at a small jewelry shop in the Virgin Islands, purchasing a gold crucifix for her husband, Dr. John Bauer
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Mark RatesicPerpetuating Our Heritage, Our Faith
Mark Ratesic is the third generation of Ratesic men to live in Republic, work in the coal mines and attend Holy Rosary Parish. His grandfather, who immigrated to Republic from Croatia, passed on his work ethic, religious values and cultural traditions to his family. Mark is determined to preserve that heritage, including the Catholic faith, for future generations.
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Tim BenamatiWhen I Drifted Away, The Church Found Me
A full-time paramedic and a volunteer firefighter, Tim Benamati receives many calls to help save people's lives. But after years of drifting away from the Church, he received a more subtle call to come back: He needed to be healed. "During my teenage years and early 20s, I slowly drifted away and stopped going to church on a regular basis," Tim says.
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John RusnakHow a Gift Annuity Benefits the Church and Your Retirement
"I had the most wonderful parents on the face of the earth," John C. Rusnak says. "The biggest thing they left me was a very strong belief in the Catholic faith. Because I was born and raised in the Diocese of Greensburg, I decided to make a donation to it to honor my parents and to support the Catholic faith."
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Your Gifts at Work: How Your Support Makes a Difference Around the Diocese
When you give to the Diocese of Greensburg, you are ensuring the continuation of our work—ministering to thousands of people in communities spread across four counties. Read on to learn more about how your gifts are put to use to grow Christ's Church and minister to those in need.
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Joseph DiMario | 724-552-2502 | jdimario@dioceseofgreensburg.org | 723 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Greensburg a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Greensburg, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 723 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Church or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Church as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Church as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Church where you agree to make a gift to the Church and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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