Catholic Cemeteries: Mark Your Calendar for Our Open House & Estate Planning...

Catholic Cemeteries: Mark Your Calendar for Our Open House & Estate Planning Seminar

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By Kathy Fanger

Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness!
-Matthew 25:21

You are invited…
On October 6, Catholic Cemeteries is hosting a Fall Open House from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and an Estate Planning Seminar 10 a.m. – noon with lunch provided at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. You will learn about preparing an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) – a critical document that every person 18 years and older should complete. An AHCD allows you to communicate and control the type of care and medical procedures you want provided or withheld and designates a person, or agent, who may make medical decisions for you in the event of an incapacitating illness or injury. Signed, witnessed copies should be given to your doctors, agents and family members and updated every few years. Without an AHCD, the courts or others may have the power over such decisions.

The Estate Planning portion will address Property Management, the Revocable Living Trust, and charitable and legacy planning and gifts. Learning this important information will help you to protect your family and assets. You will also discover reasons to choose a Catholic Cemetery, where peaceful, safe and sacred grounds, among believers, are a reminder of our hope in the Resurrection. When the time comes for the final committal service, loved ones hear the comforting words,
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
-Matthew 25:34

End-of-Life Planning can seem overwhelming. It is easy to procrastinate in making this inevitable reality a priority. Yet, here is your opportunity to learn, ask questions, and begin the conversation. Then, it is absolutely essential to have these conversations with your loved ones and appointed agents about your end-of-life preferences.

Catholic Cemeteries is here to assist you in being a good steward of God’s gifts to you. We were able to help a majority of those who attended last spring’s open house. They were grateful to meet that day with a pre-need counselor to discuss their plans, learn about options, affordable financing and savings opportunities, and go on a personal tour. Many put property on hold or actually purchased their final resting place. For them, it was a day well spent.

By having your plans in place, you give the gift of peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones. Allow us to help you. Contact us at (650) 549-6056 or cemeteryinfo@dsj.org. If you are unable to attend the open house, we encourage you to set up a free appointment.


SOLACE – Soul + Grief
Planning a Catholic Funeral and Legacy Giving
October 18, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Saint Julie Parish – Sullivan Center
366 Saint Julie Dr., San Jose
Presenters: Father Christopher Bennett, Catholic Community Foundation and Catholic Cemeteries
Come learn about the history and richness of our Catholic Funeral Rites (Vigil, Mass, Committal), Legacy Giving, and the services and options at our Catholic Cemeteries. This workshop will assist you in making choices about your funeral or that of someone close to you.

For more information on our free workshops or Open House, contact (650) 428-3730 or cemeteryinfo@dsj.org.