Planning for a funeral — let alone your own — can be a stressful task.

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An executor is a person named in a Will to deal with the deceased’s estate after they die. 

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Recently a priest friend of mine who is serving in another diocese shared with me a story about the death of one of his parishioners. 

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Retirement brought an end to what Catherine von Zuben called “35 wonderful years in education” where she felt she made a difference in the lives of children under her care.

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Your death may be end of life, but it’s not the end of the bills. Aside from burial costs and cleaning up the monthly household bills, the executor of the estate will usually be faced with probate fees.

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Bill Olynyk often wondered how he could further support his parish, St. Mary’s in Barrie, Ont. 

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St. John Paul II called organ donation a “genuine act of love.” Pope Benedict XVI is a registered organ donor and urges others to follow suit. For many people, offering this gift of life is intrinsic to their estate planning. Here is one story of how signing a donor card saved a life. 

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A gift in kind to your favourite charity is always good for a tax receipt, but arriving at the gift’s fair market value can be difficult.

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It seems easy and straightforward. You make out your Will, you divide your assets between family, charitable causes and other beneficiaries and all is said and done — your wishes now in writing and detailed for those who survive you.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “speak” from the grave and tell your loved ones how you would like things handled after you die? 

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Msgr. Sam Bianco still remembers the week five decades ago when he couldn’t get rid of the chills. As a seminarian at St. Basil’s Seminary in the Toronto School of Theology, he took a course called the inner-city plunge, which challenged participants to live the life of a street person for a week.

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There are as many reasons for giving as there are givers. But one commonality is that givers want to help — they want to make a difference. In giving to the Church, it is a way to further the Kingdom of God here on Earth.

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For Gail and Bruce Young a rewarding life isn’t something they can keep to themselves.

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When most people think about estate planning, they usually think about their Will. But a valid Will is just one part of an overall estate plan — especially if an estate is particularly large or complex. 

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Have you ever wondered what would it be like to “speak” from the grave and tell your loved ones how you would like things handled after you die? 

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