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Catholic Cemeteries – Come Learn at Our Open House


By Kathy Fanger & Laura Schemmel

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 your master’s happiness! Matthew 25:21

If you have been reading our recent columns, you know that we have focused on end-of-life planning: Advance Directives, Estate Planning, and Pre-planning Funeral and Burial property in a beautiful resting place. Our last column addressed the importance of preparing one’s soul for heaven and one’s legacy for others.

Catholic Cemeteries encourages making it intentional, without rushing, giving it the thought and planning it requires and deserves.

You are invited this Saturday…
On March 24, Catholic Cemeteries is hosting an Open House at Gate of Heaven and an Estate Planning Seminar from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You will learn about preparing an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) – a critical legal document that every person over 18 should complete, have on file, and discuss with loved ones, doctors and clergy. It designates a person, or agent, who will make sure that your wishes are carried out. 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, charitable and legacy planning, legacy gifts and planned giving. It is absolutely essential to have conversations with your appointed agents and your loved ones about your end-of-life preferences. Signed, witness copies should be given to your doctors, agents and family members and updated every few years.

Final Expense Insurance makes certain that those you love are protected against financial hardship in case of death, and is vitally important. A traditional final expense insurance policy is used to pay for funeral expenses. Upon your death, your beneficiary would be responsible for using the available funds from your final expense insurance to pay for your funeral. Catholic Cemeteries offers final expense insurance and annuity products that help you protect your priorities and can assist with long-term care issues and funeral expenses, so your loved ones don’t have to worry about the financial burden associated with end-of-life and death.

Catholic Cemeteries is here to assist you in being a good steward of God’s gifts to you. By learning this information and having your plans in place, you give the gift of peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones. Let us help you in protecting your loved ones and your legacy. For more information, call us at (650) 428-3730 or send an email to cemeteryinfo@dsj.org.

Open House: Estate Planning Seminar
March 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Seminars 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Learn about the components and benefits of end-of-life planning. Presenters will address Advance Directives, Estate Planning and ways Catholic Cemeteries will assist with your funeral plans and burial property. Give the gift of peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones by having your plans in place. RSVPs are appreciated.

A Time for You – A Retreat Day for Caregivers
April 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: TBD
A retreat day focused on compassion and self-care while walking with someone who suffers. Learn practical and spiritual support. Enjoy a sacred time set aside to renew, rejuvenate and replenish your mind, body and spirit.

Advance Directives
April 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish
5111 San Filipe Road, San Jose
Presenter: Cindy Safe
Learn about this essential document which every person 18 years of age and older should have. It names the person(s) to speak and carry out medical wishes if you are unable to do so. Cindy Safe discusses important considerations and case studies and guides. Free.

Estate Planning
April 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish
10110 N. DeAnza Blvd., Cupertino
Presenter: Paul Pelosi, Attorney At Law, Pelosi Law Office
Estate Planning is a comprehensive process involving many components. Basic elements covered: Revocable Living Trust; charitable and legacy planning, a lifetime gifting program; medical care planning (Advance Directive); financial power of attorney; burial and funeral planning. Free.

Solace – Soul + Grief
Monthly Drop-in Grief Support Group
March 28, 7 – 9 p.m.
(Fourth Wednesday of each month)
O’Connor Hospital Chapel
2105 Forest Ave., San Jose
Facilitator: Candee Lucas, M.A. Pastoral Ministries
Each month we will use a different scripture as a seed for our sharing, discussion and support. We hope to create a sacred space for you to share your grieving. No RSVP necessary. Free.

For more information regarding workshops or to register call (650) 428-3730 or send an email to cemeteryinfo@dsj.org.