Serving Mission

 

"SERVING MISSION"

 

 

 

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR TAX RETURN
AND
BE A JOYFUL GIVER AT THE SAME TIME !

 

It is no surprise everyone is receiving end-of-the-year requests from charitable organizations. Any donation dated by December 31, 2018 may be deductible on the return due in April of 2019. Here are some thoughts on how to make a donation and keep St. Walter parish in mind—

Make that pledge to the Serving by Changing and Growing Mission that you have been pondering. Partner
in the effort that has already created a new kindergarten building, renewed our pews, made possible the building of the preschool addition and the planned remodeling of the Guiney Center. Any new pledge will now be a 2-year pledge as the first year of the pledge period has passed. 

Please Note: Solicitation of new pledges or increases in pledges for this campaign End December 31, 2018. Add your name to one of the remaining blank leaves on the “Tree of Life”! Any amount can be pledged, but all contributions to your pledge made before the end of the year may reduce your tax liability for 2018. Contact serving@stwalterchurch.com for pledge forms or information.

 Make your next contribution toward an existing pledge now to maximize your tax benefit for 2018!

  • Purchase a Walk of Prayer Paver brick as a Christmas gift! A donation of $500 per brick is requested. New Walk of Prayer brochures are available at the Faith Network desk and the Parish House. Any brick purchased before December 31, 2018 can also be part or all of a pledge!
  • Make a contribution to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul! This society does so much for those who have so little. Monetary contributions can be made using the white envelopes available at the Faith Network Desk or the Parish House. Donations of goods that are suitable for resale at their Thrift Shops are also welcome! You will be given a receipt that can be filled out to reflect the value of your donation. This receipt can be used to verify your gift on your tax return.
  • Seniors: Anyone over the age of 70 1/2 who owns a Traditional IRA is required to make an annual minimum distribution, (RMD). If you have not met your RMD for 2018, what a wonderful way to support your parish and those in need by taking advantage of one of the above suggestions.

Also, did you know that the IRS allows a “Qualified Charitable Distribution” (QCD) from an IRA? This distribution reduces the tax liability of the owner of the IRA!

  • The financial institution of the IRA must issue a check directly to the charitable organization. It cannot be made out to the owner or beneficiary
  • Each IRA can contribute up to $100,000 annually

PLEASE NOTE: Some IRA’s have both deductible and nondeductible IRA amounts. Only the deductible portions qualify.

So, whether you need to fulfill your RMD or just want to make a direct donation from your IRA that reduces your tax liability, the “Qualified Charitable Distribution” is a great option.

Please consult your tax advisor before making any charitable decisions.
 

 

"Changing and Growing We Choose to Serve” 
 

In late September 2017, Father Mario introduced a 3-year strategic plan established by the Parish Pastoral Council titled “Changing and Growing We Choose to Serve”. It is limited to three important issues that are in some ways global, but also need attention here at home in our parish of St. Walter. These three missions are:

  • Mission #1 Reach out and better minister to our young adults.
  • Mission #2 Reach out to young families and better engage them in parish life.
  • Mission #3 Enhance our early childhood educational opportunities, better accommodate our many active ministries and refresh our worship space.

Strategic plans have a reputation of “fading away” for several reasons, but mostly because they try to address too many issues at once, lack transparency and fail to measure progress leading to volunteer frustration. That has not and will not happen here at St. Walter parish. We intend to publish bimonthly updates in the bulletin and on the parish website. This is the first.

Three Task Force teams have been formed and are functioning and planning their strategies and actions. Each Task Force has a Parish Pastoral Council liaison.

Task Force #1 was formed by 4 interested young adults. Parish Council liaison, Jim Salter is planning introductory meetings with a focus on listening to their needs and ideas as to how St. Walter parish can minister to them.

Task Force #2 is composed of three energetic young couples with children who were discerned by Fr. Mario and a Parish Pastoral Council representative. They along with their Parish Council liaison Tawnia Nowakowski, have already been hard at work meeting with and querying young families at Baptism preparation sessions and at the recent New Families Breakfast.

Task Force #3 has been meeting for several months. Parish volunteers and staff with experience in construction, remodeling, Village of Roselle issues, early childhood education, fundraising and past St. Walter missions have gathered on several occasions. The end result was the proposal to construct an all-day kindergarten structure and subsequently a connected preschool facility, to renovate the soon to be dedicated Guiney Center and refresh our worship space. A generous and enthusiastic response to Fr. Mark’s historical remarks and Fr. Mario’s Commitment Weekend plea have allowed the parish to prepare a proposal for presentation to the Diocese of Joliet in February. Jerry Pisano acts as Parish Council liaison.

Future updates will be brief but informative. Please watch for them and keep your interest high! You may direct any questions to  jvnpisano@aol.com

As planning and actions continue, we ask for your prayerful support of our missions.

On behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council,
Jerry Pisano

 

 

Paver Form
Click Here for a Printable Copy of the Form

 

Serving by Changing and Growing Mission
Paver Bricks Can Be Ordered Now

Any parishioners who wished to order paver bricks as part of their pledge and have satisfied the $500 donation level for each brick, may order them now. An order will be placed within the next few weeks.
 

You can pick up the Paver Brick order form at the Faith Network Desk or the Parish House. Follow the simple instructions and return the completed form to the Desk or Parish House. Those who have already submitted their desired wording, need not fill out a form. A proof will be provided for approval before the bricks are engraved.

The Serving Mission Committee

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
REGARDING
"SERVING MISSION"
SEND AN EMAIL TO:
serving@stwalterchurch.com


 

Pledge Payment Envelopes
Available at the Faith Network Deck

 

HOW TO ???

Make/Set Up a Pledge or One Time Donation Online




SERVING Mission will officially begin on December 9, 2017 and continue for 3 years ending on December 8, 2020.  It is the goal to have all payments/pledges completed by that end date.  Of course the sooner the better. 

PLEDGE

  1. To make your periodic pledge payments online using either your credit card or bank account you must be a registered user.  You can be a current Online Giving user making your regular donations or you can register and become an Online Giving user by following the directions to “Create a New Account.
     
  2. Once your status is established, log into the system—a link is available on the right side of the St. Walter Web site-www.stwalterchurch.com.  The system will take you to your personal “Home Page”.
     
  3. Click on the link to “Give a New Gift.  You will be directed to a list of all the available gift options and the “Serving Mission” will appear at the top. On the right side of the page click on “Select Gift Type” and select “Pledge”.
     
  4. You have 2 choices at this point (1) you determine your periodic donation plan or (2) have the online system determine your periodic donation by clicking on the “Pledge Calculator”.
     
  5. Complete the Pledge form.  (1) Pledge Amount (2) Initial Down Payment if any (3) Date of Initial Payment (4) Start Date to begin donations (5) Donation Frequency (6) End Donation Date-when donation is to be completed. The “Pledge Calculator” will determine your periodic donation based upon the information you have entered.
     
  6. Enter the method of payment (automatic bank account withdrawal or credit card) for both the down payment and the periodic donation. Click “Next” on the bottom right side.
     
  7. Review all info on screen and the click on “Confirm”.
     
  8. Click on “Finish”   You many now check your “Give” page to check you “current gifts” to insure your pledge has been processed.

 

ONE TIME PLEDGE DONATION


To make a "Serving Mission payment using your credit card or bank account you must also be a registered user.  You can be a current Online Giving user making your regular donations or you can register and become an Online Giving user by following the directions to “Create a New Account.
 

Once your status is established, log into the system—a link is available on the right side of the St. Walter Web site-www.stwalterchurch.com.  The system will take you to your personal “Home Page”.
 

Click on the link to “Give a New Gift.  You wiil be directed to a list of all the available gift options and the “Serving Mission” will appear at the top. On the right side of the page click on “Select Gift Type” and select “One Time”.  Complete all information.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact a committee member at serving@stwalterchurch.com or the parish offices at 630-894-894-2461.