ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE
CATHOLIC MINISTRIES APPEAL NEWS....
St. Thomas' goal for 2017 has been set at $108,400 and we are grateful to the 226 parishioners who have already pledged 61% of our goal, with an average gift of $296. Once we reach our tageted amount our parish will receive back 20% of this amount, and 80% of any amount over our goal, to help fund programs right here in our parish. Last year our Parish exceeded its goal.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, we had speakers at all our Masses who explained how your donations to the Catholic Ministries Appeal impact the lives of those in need. The speakers were....
Ethel Simmons - Ethel is a lifelong resident of Baldwin, mother of 2, grandmother of six and one great grandson. Ethel is Actively involved in her Parish of St. Christopher's in Baldwin. She calls it her “second home”. She has served as Chair of the Catholic Ministries Appeal for over 8 yrs, is a member of her Parish Finance committee, a Lector, EMHC, Secretary of Rosary Altar Society. Companion Ministry of Consolation, Liturgy committee, Charter member D. J. Bradley Columbiettes, Stewardship committee and co chaired St. Chris' 100th Anniversary committee, a year-long celebration of activities. CLICK HERE to hear her talk.
Ethel is also a Former member of the Parish Council and recipient of the St. Agnes service medal (2012). Parish life keeps her busy but Ethel still finds time to be involved in her community serving as a Past President of the Baldwin/RVC Rotary club, and member of the Board of Directors, volunteer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, PP of Auxiliary and Board member of the Oceanside Counseling Center.
Marion Drefus - Marion has been a volunteer at Saint Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square for many years serving as a Volunteer CMA Chair and current Co-Chair of parish CMA Leadership Team; Trustee of the parish, and active member of Finance Committee. Marion has spoken at many of parishes across Long Island on behalf of the Catholic Ministries Appeal. CLICK HERE to hear her talk.
Ways to Give:
Gifts of Cash
Checks should be made payable to the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Please mail your gift card in the envelope provided.
Take full advantage of the benefits offered by your credit card, such as bonus/reward points and airlines miles. Simply provide your credit card information on your gift card/envelope. We accept Amex, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. OR Go Green-Give Online - The Catholic Ministries Appeal offers you the opportunity to make your gift online by using a credit card.
IRA Charitable Rollover
The IRA Charitable Rollover is back and is now permanent! What’s called a rollover is actually a “qualified charitable distribution” that can be made as your CMA gift . Matching Gifts - Increase your donation without any cost to you.
Gift of Securities
A gift of appreciated securities is one way to make a significant contribution at a reduced cost. Federal tax laws allow a charitable deduction for the full market value of securities on the date of your gift.
Should you have any questions about any of the above mentioned ways to give, please contact the CMA office at 516-678-5800, Ext. 266.
Please CLICK HERE for an informative video about the Appeal..