It's often been said that death and taxes are the two topics that everyone wants to avoid. Well for the purpose of today's little reflection, the good news is we won't be talking about taxes. The bad news...
While no one wants to be one to rain on the parade, an important issue that each one of us, whether single, married, lay people or clergy, must face is the inevitability that at some point, we will be all called home to God. As good stewards, we owe it to ourselves to ensure that we take the time to ensure we have made the appropriate plans that come with our final days.
The Archdiocesan Development Office has just completed an update to the Catholic Estate Planning Kit. It's an invaluable tool that includes information on Will preparation, powers of attorney, funeral & burial instructions and cemetery selection. The resources also help Catholics discern how to leave a legacy through charitable gifts. It is the only resource of its kind that can help a parishioner include the sacraments and parish procedures when making estate arrangements. It can also help to save you considerable time and money.
Catholics throughout the Archdiocese should seriously consider obtaining a copy of the kit to help in their personal planning. You can't imagine how many times our parishes, Development Office and/or Catholic Cemeteries encounters families, already grieving the loss of a loved one, yet unsure how to proceed due to the fact there is no Will, estate or funeral plans in place.
With enough pain, stress and anxiety already involved whenever someone close to us passes on, it is not the time that anyone wishes to have to consider the important decisions that come with such a loss. More reason than ever to make the investment of time that will ease the burden for all when these difficult days are upon us.
A free copy of the Catholic Estate Planning Kit can be obtained by contacting the Office of Development at: (416) 934-3411 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org - you can also visit their website www.archtoronto.org/development that has plenty of resources to give you a sense of the kinds of issues that will be explored in this most useful resource. The staff are happy to answer any questions you may have to assist you in this important discernment process.
As we reflect on these "life-issues", many Canadian pro-lifers will be making the trek to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life held by our friends to the south, with the March scheduled for Monday, January 24. The Canadian March for Life is slated for Ottawa on May 12, 2011. Full details can be found here.
For all those who live life to the full, to those who speak for those with no voice and to those who care for the sick and suffering among us, we pray.
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