"I Thirst" Prayer Group - Please join us to deepen your faith and relationship with Jesus through scripture, song and prayer on Wednesday evening, July 29 at 7 p.m. in the church. Our topic of teaching this month is the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. Come quench your thirst for God!
What is an IRA Charitable Rollover?
The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA), without treating the distribution as taxable income. The provision is part of a package of 55 temporary tax extenders that were reinstated retroactively for only the 2014 tax year, but expired again on January 1, 2015.
What is making news?
On July 21st the Senate Finance Committee approved by a 23-3 vote, a $95 billion tax extenders package that would retroactively renew 52 expired tax provisions – including the IRA Charitable Rollover – through the end of 2016. This vote marks the latest step in Congressional efforts this year to revive the Rollover, which lapsed once again at the end of 2014.
Individuals may begin taking distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) as early as age 59½, but are required to begin taking them at age 70½. Normally, these distributions are subject to income taxes. The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, established under the Pension Protection Act, allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without treating the distribution as taxable income. In order to qualify, contributions must go directly to a public charity and be made from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs. Donors may receive no goods or services in return for their contributions, and must obtain written documentation of their contribution from each recipient charity.
Background on the IRA Charitable Rollover:
Beneficiaries include religious organizations, social service providers, cultural institutions and colleges – organizations that benefit communities and improve lives every day. Since the provision was enacted, hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated to charities through IRA contributions. Last year, at one local United Way, a donor who had previously given an average annual gift of $500 increased her giving to $100,000 once she turned 70 ½ and qualified for this tax incentive. Another local United Way received nearly 75 percent of their IRA rollover gifts in the last two weeks of 2014, indicating that donors were waiting until the tax incentive was back in effect before making their gifts. All kinds of community organizations benefit from this kind of charitable giving. For example, in the first year this provision was available, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, which employs 60 people, received nearly $272,000 in gifts through IRA rollovers. Independent Sector hears these inspiring stories from around the country.
For more information on how you can make a gift, please visit the Stewardship page of our website or contact Jackie Abel, Director of Stewardship & Development.
Registration for our Religious Education Program for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year is now open. Online registration is now available! Click here for information
We captured a great image of the Church last night!
It truly looks beautiful no matter what time of day.
It is taking a little longer than expected to gather up all of the SJA Apparel orders - so we are extending our sale for one more day. If you have not yet ordered, you can do so until noon on Wednesday, July 22nd. Click here to order
Gratitude to St. Joan of Arc Parish
To the Catholic Council of Women who sponsored the Farewell Dinner on June 27, thank you so much for all that you do, but I am most appreciative of the wonderful event we were all able to share together because of your dedicated service.
To Fr. Sahd, Fr. Pius and Deacon Mortel, thank you for all the assistance you gave to me throughout this year while I juggled my responsibilities. I could not have gotten through the year without your dedicated and committed service to the people of St. Joan of Arc and Holy Family.
To our parishioners of St. Joan of Arc, thank you for your continued example of dedicated and committed faith. You have always been an inspiration to me and I will always hold a special place in my heart for you. The year of return was a wonderful experience and I am confident that Fr. Al will share many of the same wonderful experiences with you as he leads this wonderful parish.
Thanks to the staff of St. Joan of Arc Parish and School for all that you do every day for the people of our parish. You are a
blessing and we priests can never adequately minister without your dedicated service. Thanks to everyone for all that you do and all you have given to me in gifts and support.
God be with you and bless you,
Fr. Phil Burger
The Annual CCW Rummage Sale is right around the corner!
Donations will be accepted at the SJA Cafeteria from 8 AM to 6 PM starting July 23 until Wednesday, July 29 except on Saturday from 8 to 12 noon only. Anyone who is able to help with unpacking, sorting and pricing of articles is welcome to come to the cafeteria during those hours to work. Please Note: NO LARGE APPLIANCES or TVS will be accepted.
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