Please Join Me
This request begins by expressing deepest gratitude from myself, Fr. Gary, and the campaign committee to all who have already made a sacrificial pledge to Witness to Hope. Your generosity will help many people encounter Christ throughout the Diocese of Lansing for generations to come by enabling our parish to address several of its most immediate needs. It will also support ministries of the larger Church in our diocese.
Next weekend we will conduct Participation Weekend during all Masses. This is an invitation to have all those who have not yet made their commitment, to do so. Please bring your completed pledge card to Mass, or you can fill one out when you arrive.
A sacrificial gift is needed from each family in our parish to reach our goal, and there is no gift or pledge too small to make an impact. We are deeply grateful for all gifts regardless of their size. Each person in our parish is faced with a different financial situation, and it is with that in mind that I ask everyone to prayerfully consider what their best sacrifice is, knowing that pledge amounts will vary from person to person.
Each member of our community is asked to join all in our parish in making their own best sacrifice. For example, a pledge of $50 per month means $3,000 over five years, and a pledge of $167 per month means $10,000 campaign gift over five years. Some parishioners have pledged less and some have pledged far more in line with their blessings from the Lord.
Please review the pledge guide as you pray about your gift.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your generosity and dedication to our parish.
When will I receive reminders to make payments on my pledge? Unless you indicate that you would like a later start date on your pledge card, you will begin receiving reminders a month or so after you make your pledge. You can choose whether to receive those reminders on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
Is it possible to set up automatic payments for my pledge? Yes, some donors set up automatic bank draft or credit card payments. If you set up an automatic payment, you will not receive reminders. Donors may also send checks or transfer stock.
To whom should checks be made? Checks should be made out to “Witness to Hope,” and pledge payments should be mailed to Witness to Hope, Catholic Diocese of Lansing, 228 N. Walnut St., Lansing, MI 48933. Payments should not be placed in the offertory basket.
The Witness to Hope campaign is a historic, unprecedented effort to position parishes and the Church throughout the Diocese of Lansing for a strong and vibrant future. It invites the faithful to prayerfully consider what their best sacrifice is. A decision of faith made in prayer and guided by gratitude, joy, and love will not only help one’s parish and the larger Church; it will also be a great blessing to the donor. “For God loves a cheerful giver” (Cor. 9:7). WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP TO REACH OUR GOAL AND STRENGTHEN OUR PARISH AND CHURCH!
Did you ever wonder what “leaving a legacy” means?
It could mean making sure your family heritage is remembered by your children, grand-children, nieces and nephews. It could also mean that the stories of your grandparents and great-grandparents are written down somewhere, perhaps in the family bible. It can also mean leaving a memorial gift to the causes that mean the most to you and that you have supported during your lifetime. A very simple way to leave a legacy is through a bequest in your will. We know that for many of our older parishioners here at Holy Family our parish has truly been the center of their faith journey, typically over many years or even a lifetime. Some families and individuals were founders of Holy Family and helped Father Bush- many remember the years of bingo and the early construction of our church and school. We are especially grateful to these families as we embark on the next few years of our capital improvements.
As part of the Witness to Hope campaign, and in addition to our five-year capital pledge request (have you picked up your campaign packet?), we are calling on parishioners to consider a memorial gift for Holy Family parish or school in their estate plans. For some parishioners- especially our senior citizens who may be on a fixed income – a memorial legacy gift is easier to do and many times can be the culmination of a long-time devotion to Holy Family.
Legacy gifts can be in the form of life insurance, a provision in a trust, or a bequest in a will of a specific dollar amount or a percentage of remaining assets. And… if you are of a “certain age,” your intention CAN be counted to our current campaign. There can also be tax advantages for various other gifts, including annuities and gifts of real estate.
And…if you are a retiree and are 70½ years old or older and have an IRA, the federal government allows you to make an annual charitable distribution of up to $100,000 each year to a charity of your choice! Since the IRS requires an annual distribution anyway, why not make a gift now to Holy Family while thinking about your legacy? It is a “win-win” for everyone–it costs you nothing and helps Holy Family parish! Questions? Call the parish office at 810-694-4891 and ask for ext. 204