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Stewardship – Your gracious commitment allows the parish to continue in it’s mission to transform lives in Christ.

Planned Giving

We’ve partnered with FreeWill to make planned giving easier than ever. Visit and you will have an opportunity to include St Patrick Parish in your will. FreeWill’s online will-writing tools allow you to make a lasting gift to the St. Patrick Parish quickly and easily.

Click here to complete your 2021 Commitment Card online!

St. Patrick Parish 2021 Annual Report
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Year-End Giving

Year-End Donations to the Church can provide Tax Deductions for you! As we near the end of the year, we are reminded of the generosity of our parishioners throughout the year.  We were especially grateful last year, during the first Christmas in the pandemic, when parishioners were especially generous in year-end giving, enabling us to continue the good works of this parish.  It is with this sense of gratitude that we want to share a recent and very likely temporary change in the tax law that enables almost everyone, not just taxpayers who itemize, to receive a deduction from their taxes for donations made to charitable organizations. 

Ordinarily, people who choose to take the standard deduction on their tax return cannot claim a deduction for their charitable contributions. But a recent, temporary law change now permits them to claim a limited deduction on their 2021 federal income tax returns for cash contributions made to qualifying charitable organizations. Nearly 9 in 10 taxpayers now take the standard deduction and could potentially qualify.

Under this provision, individual tax filers, including married individuals filing separate returns, can claim a deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made to qualifying charities during 2021. The maximum deduction is increased to $600 for married individuals filing joint returns.

St. Patrick is a qualifying charitable (501(c)3) organization as a Catholic Church, part of the Diocese of Joliet. Your continued generosity to the parish at year end is greatly appreciated.

Check out this link to the IRS website.

Sharing the gifts we have been given

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10)

What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

A Steward’s Way

“Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, ready to share, thus accumulating as treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win the life that is true life.” (1Timothy 6: 18-19)

The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus.  It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Rom 8:28).

After Jesus, we look to Mary as an ideal steward. As the Mother of Christ, she lived her ministry in a spirit of fidelity and service; she responded generously to the call. We must ask ourselves: Do we also wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ and Christian stewards of our world and our Church? Central to our human and Christian vocations, as well as to the unique vocation each one of us receives from God, is that we be good stewards of the gifts we possess. God gives us this divine-human workshop, this world and Church of ours.

 The Spirit shows us the way.

Stewardship is a part of that journey.

Donations of Required Minimum Distributions from Retirement Accounts

Did you know that you can make a donation of all or a portion of the Required Minimum Distribution from your retirement account to tax exempt charities such as  St. Patrick and your donation will be tax exempt?

Here’s how it works. If a person is at least age 72, they must take at least a minimum distribution from their IRA or incur a penalty equal to one-half of the otherwise required minimum distribution amount. They may take more than the minimum at their discretion. These individuals may instruct their IRA account manager to distribute any amount of their choosing to one or more tax exempt charities such as St. Patrick.

When that is done, it is considered to be a tax exempt contribution. St. Patrick would acknowledge to the giver the receipt of that contribution from their IRA. Also, this contribution is tax exempt even if the individual does not itemize deductions for income tax purposes because the IRA account manager would not identify this to the IRS as reportable income in accordance with the tax code. 

For more information about Qualified Charitable Distributions, check out the Internal Revenue Service Publication 590-B, “Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)” or speak with your tax advisor.