By Liz Sullivan
The inaugural members of the Society of Saint Joseph gathered on October 14 for the celebration of Mass and a reception in their honor at Saint Christopher Parish.
This society is managed by the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County in partnership with the Office of Stewardship and Development at the Diocese of San Jose.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath was the celebrant, with Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú concelebrating the Mass.
Named after a patron of the Diocese of San Jose, the legacy society is comprised of Catholic men and women who understand the call to proclaim the Gospel, to build up the Church and to serve our brothers and sisters in the love of Christ. In doing so, they have made a commitment to name their local parish, a Catholic elementary school, the Diocese of San Jose, or any ministry of the Diocese as beneficiaries of a gift in their will or trust, retirement account or life insurance policy.
“The Society of Saint Joseph has one simple aim,” said Bishop McGrath in his homily. “It is to ensure that after we are gone, and enjoying the riches of Heaven, that our good works will continue in the years and decades to come. Through it we are pledging a legacy of faith. As we know it is better to give than to receive.”
More than 50 founding members of the Society attended the Mass. According to the Catholic Community Foundation, there are about 70 founding members.
“The greatest gift my parents gave me was my faith,” said Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County Executive Director Mary Quilici Aumack in her reflection. “Today is a formal coming together of faith through this legacy society. This venture is a great team effort between the Catholic Community Foundation and the Diocese of San Jose.”
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