Christ said, “I am the light of the world.” His light and presence can be felt throughout the Diocese of Oakland by those who are served by the many ministries and programs offered by the Church.
Supporting the Church of the East Bay is one of the best ways to spread God’s light and love. In the half-century since the Diocese of Oakland was founded, we have grown to serve over half a million Catholics in our diverse community. On a daily basis, we are always seeking to honor the mission of the diocese “to know Christ better and make Him better known.”
You have the ability to provide a broader spectrum of support by planning your generosity so that your gifts may be utilized both now and in the future. By including the Church in your estate plans, you are not only providing for the long-term strength of Catholic parishes, schools, and Catholic Charities, but also enriching the entire community.
There are many ways to give, and through thoughtful planning, you can choose the option that works best for you and your loved ones. These opportunities can honor those you love, support your family and even provide benefits for you during your retirement years. Some of the paths you may take include:
- Providing a bequest to your parish, Catholic school, Catholic Charities, or any other Diocesan ministry in your will.
- Giving the proceeds of life insurance or retirement plans.
- Making a gift that provides income to you and/or a loved one.
These are just some of the gift planning options you can explore on the following pages. While you will discover many options are available, each will help to serve our mission of continuing to shine Christ’s light in the East Bay. We hope you find an option that both maximizes your giving potential by ensuring financial security for you and your loved ones and also provides for the Diocese and the Catholic ministries we support.
Through careful planning, you will be able to spread God’s light and love to our community and to the world. Please contact us if we may be of any service to you as you plan for the future.