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When I Drifted Away, The Church Found Me

Tim Benamati 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. "Then one Saturday evening, I was in the area of the church that my father took me to as a child, and for whatever reason, I decided I needed to stop for Mass. The liturgy was just finishing, so I spoke with the priest who heard my confession and I started the process of getting back involved."

Tim says the experience wasn't exactly like Saul being knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus; rather, it was a nudge, a subtle voice that reminded him of why he was grounded in the Church as a child.

"Since coming back to the Church, I have a greater sense of calmness," Tim says. "The way my job is portrayed on television, you only see the hero aspect of it. You don't see the stressful side of it. I attend Mass as much as possible, try to say the rosary each day going to or coming from work, and I read the Bible daily. I also have a deep sense of knowing that it's not in my hands to save a life because it's not our plans that will determine what will happen."

Tim serves the Church through events like fire-safety talks and helping get safety and first aid supplies and equipment donated to the church.

"I try to help out where I can with the skills I've been given," Tim says.

Now that he has returned to Holy Family Church, Tim has made a planned gift that will benefit the Church long after his lifetime.

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For more information on how a planned gift works or how you can support our vital work, please contact Joseph DiMario at 724-552-2502 or jdimario@dioceseofgreensburg.org. We are happy to discuss these and other planned giving options to help you find the option that works best for your situation.

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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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