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. The couple raised their three children in the Church, and now their son David, his wife, and two children are also members at St. Bernard.
"The Church has kept me in touch with my God," says Andy, a retired police officer. "I do Bible readings and prayers at home, but there's something about going to Mass that brings you so much closer to God. It really works for me."
Margie sings in the Resurrection Choir, helps with the Church's mercy meals, belongs to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, is a Eucharistic minister and takes care of the holy water fonts. "The Church keeps me going every day," she says.
A few years ago, the Antoliks chose to include the Church in their will. Their gift will go toward the Church's greatest needs.
"It seemed like the natural thing to do because the Church is so much a part of our lives," Andy says.
Sharing Their Story
Andy said the Antoliks hope to help further the Church's efforts through sharing their story. "I would strongly encourage people to include the Church in their estate planning," he says. "The Church needs it not only to operate but also to help other people."
Joseph DiMario, the director of planned giving for the Diocese of Greensburg, expressed gratitude to the Antoliks—for their planned gift and their willingness to discuss why they chose to make it.
"The willingness of Andy and Margie to express and share their beliefs and their action to provide a specific bequest in their estate plans is truly a manifestation of God's teaching," Joseph says. "It is hoped that all of us reflect on the Church as 'family' and react positively when making our wills and estate plans."
For Andy and Margie, the decision to include the Church in their estate plans was one Margie summarizes easily: "We wanted to leave something to our 'family.'"
How to Help
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