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Shepherds’ Trust gives freedom and dignity

Msgr. Sam Bianco — born as the Great Depression ended and his father went off to war, raised in the postwar boom, ordained in that first decade after the Second Vatican Council — had a 45-year career in ministry. 

A funeral director eases your mind in a troubled time

TORONTO - It is the morning after a loved one has suddenly passed away and you are all alone. There is so much rushing through your mind, not least of which is giving your loved one the proper send off from this world. Who do you turn to for help? A funeral director of course. 

Bahamas dream disappointing to the extreme

The voice over the phone said, “Our parish has been bequeathed some land in the Bahamas! What’s the next step?” 

Securities gift makes roof a reality at Newman Centre

Fr. Chris Cauchi is raising funds to raise an 88-year-old church roof, and thanks to a major donation the heavy lifting has become easier. 

Annuities: a gift that keeps giving

A charitable gift annuity is a gift that keeps on giving. For the life of the annuity it can generate a steady income stream for retirees and provide regular donations to charities. 

With cremation, we must maintain dignity

Years ago, cremation was forbidden for Catholics because those who popularized the practice did it as a way of denying the resurrection of Christ, life after death and the resurrection of the body at the end of time. Their thought was to destroy the body so that God could not resurrect it. 

Leaving something for the Church that has meant so much

With the Catholic Church playing a huge role in Fr. John Newton’s life, it seemed natural to him to remember the Archdiocese of Toronto in a significant way in his will. 

Save taxes through the gift of securities in your will

When it comes to giving to the Church, the adage that cash is king is not necessarily true. 

Vacation properties bring their own set of issues

One of the most challenging issues in estate planning is how to handle the disposition of a vacation property. The challenge is how to dispose of such property either during life or at death. For those with a small family or perhaps a single child, the decision is not challenging. For those with multiple children, the decision on whether to retain family vacation properties or share them among members of the family can be difficult. 

The top five no-nos of estate planning

A comprehensive estate plan provides for the transfer of assets to designated heirs after a person’s death as well as makes provisions for management of a person’s affairs in the event they are incapable of doing so themselves while still alive. An estate plan ensures your wishes are carried out. But it must be created properly. Below Amanda J. Stacey, a partner in the Private Client Services and Charity and Not-for- Profit groups at Miller Thomson LLP., reviews some of the most common estate planning mistakes and pitfalls. 

One priest’s vision will benefit his brethren for years to come

In life, Fr. Edwin Platt exhibited a great love for the priesthood and for the well-being of his fellow priests. In death, that love will endure due to a gift Fr. Platt left for the benefit of his priestly brethren. 

Church support should be forever — and beyond

Peter Mohanty believes the obligation of Catholics to support the Church is lifelong — and beyond. We should be generous during our life and remember the Church at death. For Mohanty, that has meant including ShareLife in his will. 

Don’t keep the secret stash too secret

Many people are so worried that thieves will break into their homes that they hide their valuables. And sometimes they neglect to let anyone know where things are.