As you know planned gifts are creative methods to support the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. It is a way of thoughtful planning where one and those they love benefit as well as a way to ensure that our Church and ministries remain vibrant and filled with hope for future generations.
Those who make a planned gift to the Diocese of Metuchen become members of our Legacy Society. In doing so, they help advance the mission of the Church. We celebrate together and honor these individuals and families as a member at our annual prayer service and gathering.
There are many appealing ways available and there are opportunities that can address an individual’s family, financial and charitable goals by becoming a member of our Legacy Society. The future of our diocese, parishes and ministries rely on such generosity.
Please be assured that your gift will be used exclusively for the intended purposes for which you designate. Like our Bishop’s Annual Appeal, monies received from planned gifts are used exclusively to fund the many vital ministries listed below. Examples of ministries and charitable entities within the Diocese of Metuchen that members of our Legacy Society have left planned gifts for, which we invite you to consider are:
Seminary Endowment: The Diocese of Metuchen is blessed that there has been a steady increase of seminarians studying for priesthood. Educating and providing an opportunity for our seminarians to learn and minister to the needs of those within the diocese is of the utmost importance.
Priest Retirement Fund: Our priests have devoted their lives to the services of God and the Diocese of Metuchen. Our parish communities have been the recipients of their sacramental and pastoral care. Because good and faithful priests bring joy to the Church it is important, we assist our retired priests by providing them housing, healthcare, a pension as well as other retirement needs.
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Each year brings new challenges in our faith, families and communities. There are more people who have yet to hear the Good News of the Gospel, more families struggling against the forces of our secular society and too many communities that regularly need economic and social service support. The Diocese of Metuchen responds to these challenges through more than 25 pastoral, educational and charitable ministries whose primary funding source is the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. The annual campaign impacts thousands of people each day throughout Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.
The Catholic Center at Rutgers University: For the Catholic students at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the Catholic Center provides a home away from home. Through a variety of liturgical and social activities, students are able to grow in the knowledge and practice of faith, experience a sense of service to the community and come to a deeper understanding of their call to discipleship and their responsibilities as Catholic Christians.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen: Through more than 100 programs, our Catholic Charities provides quality services to the poor, vulnerable and all people in need. With particular focus on the value of family and the right of every client to be treated with dignity and respect, Catholic Charities serves over 50,000 men, women and children each year.
Foundation for Catholic Education: Many families make great sacrifices to send their children to a Catholic school. For some, especially those with more than one child in school, the financial stretch is difficult. For these deserving families, help is available through the Foundation for Catholic Education, an endowment fund which provides tuition assistance grants to aid low and moderate income families in our diocese.
Your Parish or Parish School: You may also designate your gift for the benefit of a particular parish or parish school. Please contact the Diocese of Metuchen Office of Stewardship and Development for further information or questions.
Phone: (732) 562-2432
Thank you for your commitment to our mission and for the work you do. With renewed best wishes, I remain
Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
Bishop of Metuchen
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