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

Funeral Mass offers a fitting farewell

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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. 

The reality of death, taxes … and probate

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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.

Receiving gift of life … straight from the heart

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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. 

Your guide to understanding Wills

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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? 

What’s in a name? As it turns out, a lot

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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.

Portrait of a giver … in life and death

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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.

Making the list ... checking it twice

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Situations change, so it is important to regularly review your estate plan and keep it up to date. Here are some things to consider and questions to answer to ensure that you keep the future of yourself and your family on track

Keeping faith with The Shepherds’ Trust

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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.

Giving back, looking forward

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

Six steps to building your estate plan

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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.