Frequently asked Questions and Answers about leaving a Gift

1--Why should I give to the Church?

a) To act responsibly with God’s creation and to account of our stewardship.

b) To show that we can share and become the person we would like everyone else to be: generous, selfless, loving and supportive.

c) Christians have the responsibility to aid and support God’s community. Offering our gifts is what enables the churches to respond to those in need and to provide services in places where we cannot be.

d) As the Children of God, we are the family of God, we are the Church. As its stewards, we are responsible for its nourishment, its shelter and the well-being of its members.

e) To make a positive difference in the world by using and offering our time, talent and treasure.

2--Why should I give to the Parish

a) Without the support from parishioners and friends, the parish cannot fulfill the needs of the people of God and the parish community.

b) The main resource of the parish is the Catholic people, who believe in and have been moved by the Catholic faith to wish to pass on this legacy.

c) A shortage of clergy has resulted in increased territorial boundaries for priests, additional costs for travel and accommodations’ and the cost of hiring qualified people.

d) Programs directed at fulfilling the mission of the Church in these changing times usually result in additional expenses for the parish. These include programs like:

Adult Faith formation

Catechism

Children’s Liturgies

Community Building

Ecumenical Activities

Liturgical celebrations

Parish Outreach

Sacramental Preparation

Support for elderly

Social Justice

Youth Ministry

--How can I leave a gift?

It is easy. You can arrange a gift in several ways. The most common being a charitable gift through a bequest in a will. Some people set aside a certain dollar amount; others leave a percentage of their estate or any assets left over after their family has been provided for. Some people donate something they own; like a car or their home. Others leave a paid up life insurance policy, securities retirement account or other financial investments.

4--Must I have an estate in order to leave a gift?

Everyone can leave a gift. “Estate” is simply a word used to describe everything you own at the time of your death. Most people leave an estate when they die, even though they may not have a great deal of wealth. A professional advisor can make sure you are getting the maximum tax benefit and legal advantage allowed for your gift. If you do not have an advisor and need assistance, you can usually find a professional to help you through your bank or credit union.

5--Do I tell the parish that I have left a gift?

This is up to you. The parish would prefer to know in advance so they can recognize your generosity, they may also include your planned gift in their long term plans. They can also tell you about opportunities for giving for specific purposes.

6--Do I have to include my wish to leave a gift to the parish in my will?

We strongly encourage everyone to make a will. Without a will, you lose control of your property after death. Your property and finances are settled according to provincial laws, which may not coincide with your wishes and your family’s wishes. A charitable bequest will not take effect unless you state your intention in your will. However, there are other ways of leaving gifts that do not require a will. These are discussed under “Planned Giving.”

7--How do I leave a gift in memory of someone?

A gift is a wonderful way to recognize someone who has made a difference in your life. Whether as a bequest or in any form, you just need to make it clear that the gift is given in memory of a particular person. In most cases, the opportunity to do this is provided as part of funeral arrangements.

8--Who can help me arrange for a gift?

The Parish or Diocesan Office is a good source of information. Or, if you have a professional advisor like a financial planner, lawyer, accountant, or insurance agent, please talk to them about leaving a gift.

Pastor Fr. Jim Kaptein

Assistant Deacon Brad Taylor

St. Mark Parish

581 – 9th Street East

Prince Albert, SK

S6V 0Y4


Phone Number: 306 764 4637

Fax: 306 764 1089

Office Email: office@stmarkparish.com

Sunday Mass Time: 11:00am

Weekday Mass Time: 9:00am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Usually)

(Subject to change so consult the current Bulletin) (Highlight Bulletin)


Office Hours:

Secretary: Ghislaine Painchaud

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30am to 12:30pm

Bookkeeper: Bev Robin

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30pm to 4:30pm