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Foundation will provide "For Generations to Come"

05/01/2009

Securing the Future of Catholic Ministries in Northern Lower Michigan “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied graces.” – 1 Peter 4:10 For centuries, Catholics have populated northern lower Michigan thanks to the missionaries who came to spread the Gospel. Today, the Catholic faith within the Diocese of Gaylord remains vibrant with 81 parishes, 17 schools and numerous diocesan institutions ministering to those in need in our area and worldwide. To financially secure these many blessings for the future the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF) is becoming even more significant. “The Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation allows the Catholic community of northern lower Michigan to make dreams become a reality,” said Most Rev. Patrick R. Cooney, Bishop of Gaylord. “Most importantly the Foundation will financially secure the many great and important parishes, schools and ministries we have today.” Presently, the NMCF is in the midst of the “For Generations to Come” campaign to raise awareness of the NMCF and secure long-term funding for the parishes, schools and ministries within the Diocese of Gaylord. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $2 million. The long-term financial goal of the effort is to secure $25 million over the next ten years. This funding will help assure that these efforts will continue in northern lower Michigan – for generations to come. With the significant generational exchange of wealth predicted to occur over the next decade, the NMCF is at a pivotal moment in our history to ensure a financially stable future for the parishes, schools and ministries in this area. Imagine this Catholic community ten years from now. If you were able to create the future, would it include: Vibrant and growing parishes throughout northern Michigan sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through word, worship and service? Thriving Catholic elementary and secondary schools where young people are learning moral lessons along with their ABC’s? Institutions and ministries serving the Lord by reaching out to all those in need of counseling, drug rehabilitation, adoption and services to the elderly? “Making an investment in the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation is an act of stewardship that not only serves the Catholic community in the here and now, but for perpetuity,” said Cooney. “Our ancestors did a remarkable job building the Catholic community we have today. It is our responsibility to assure this Catholic community not only lives on, but thrives – for generations to come. The NMCF does just that – it assures our future.” The mission of the NMCF is “to promote the strength and vitality of the local church by seeking special project funding and long-term endowments for the ministries of Word, Worship, Education and Service”. Donors are offered the opportunity to remember their parish, school, diocese or a specific ministry in their estate plan through the NMCF. Through Donor Named Funds, donors are able to designate gifts within the NMCF to the parishes, schools and diocesan agencies and ministries that are closest to their hearts. The original gift remains a part of the NMCF corpus for perpetuity, with interest generated by the fund distributed to the designated organization or ministry on a semi-annual basis. Donors may utilize a variety of funding vehicles including, but not limited to: cash, bequests, securities, real estate, life insurance, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts. “As faithful Catholic stewards, parishioners throughout the diocese have served Catholic ministries throughout their lives with their time, talent and treasure,” said Danielle Parish, NMCF Executive Director. “The Foundation allows the faithful to make a commitment which will assure these ministries will not only remain, but will continue to flourish.” If you would like more information about the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation or the “For Generations to Come” campaign, please contact Danielle Parish at (989) 732-5147.

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