Categories: Pastor's Desk

December is the month when most charitable giving takes place. It is the month when the impulse to give gifts to family members and loved ones is strongest, and the month when these generous impulses spill over to all kinds of worthy causes. But December is also the last month of the calendar year, and if you want to make a donation for tax purposes, this month is the latest you can donate and have it count against this year’s taxes.

December is also the month when most parish offices, ours included, are closed for the last week of the month. This can be very frustrating to anyone who wants to make a last minute donation and have it count for the current year. It happens that we have a parish website that allows donations to be made (with an immediate tax receipt) for the current year, even if you wait until December 31st.

Our website address is  assumption.dol.ca

There is a big “Donate Here” bookmark on the upper right of the screen for you to click on. You’ll need a credit card or paypal account to donate: we haven’t figured out yet how to have the website accept checks or cash. Don’t forget the dol.ca: it stands for “Diocese of London, Canada” and you won’t get to the website without it.

There are lots of other things on the website as well: mass schedules, parish bulletins, homilies, information on ministries, and a lot more. And if you have not already registered as a parishioner, you can do it through the website. It is easy to do and there is no downside to it: if this is your parish, you should register.

While you are considering your financial affairs and your relation to the parish, I would urge you to consider whether you have remembered the parish in your will. Your last will and testament should reflect your values, and for most people the top priority is (as it should be) bequests for your family and loved ones. But we hope that your parish’s importance to you in life will also be reflected there. It turns out that we are not allowed to give estate planning advice in a parish bulletin (who knew!), and so you will have to consult with your financial advisor as to the best way to do this.

—Fr. Jim Stenberg C.S.B.