More than 50 people attended the event, which is organized by the archdiocesan Planned Giving Office, to honor members of the Legacy Circle. The affair began with a prayer service in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, followed by an afternoon tea and reception in the nearby archdiocesan chancery.
The Legacy Circle was established to recognize friends of the Archdiocese of Newark who have made a commitment to the future of archdiocese by including the Church in their estate plans.
Each member of the Legacy Circle was presented with a special recognition pin and commemorative medal featuring the insignia of the Legacy Circle, which features the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Legacy Circle members who were honored at this year's event include: Margaret Barbour Gilbert, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark; Rosemarie Brodeur, Saint James Parish, Springfield; Antoinette Chiaro, Sacred Heart Parish, Lyndhurst; Eileen H. Cruickshank, Saint Aloysius Parish, Caldwell; Frank E. Dascenza, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Fairview; Mary Anne Fahey, Our Lady of Peace Parish, New Providence; John M. Fleck, Saint John Parish, Newark; Dot Hagemann, Our Lady of Peace, New Providence; Father Kevin M. Hanbury, Saint Philomena Parish, Livingston, and the archdiocesan vicar for education and superintendent of schools; Jeanette Keyser, Our Lady of Peace, New Providence; Doreen T. Kovach, Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Leonia; Florence McLaughlin, Saint John, Newark; Eida Moya, Saint Joseph of the Palisades Parish, West New York; Mary O'Brien and Msgr. Martin F. O'Brien, Queen of Peace Parish, North Arlington; Evelyn Raimondo Kaiser, Esq., Saint James the Apostle, Springfield; Mary Rogers, Our Lady of the Visitation Parish, Paramus; Rose Savino and Joseph P. Savino, Saint Peter the Apostle Parish, River Edge; Antoinette Torrese and Michael A. Torrese, Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Bloomfield; Joan C. Waltman, Sacred Heart Parish, Lyndhurst; Irene Zdanis and Michael Zdanis, Saint Paul Parish, Ramsey.
Parishioners throughout the four counties of the archdiocese have made planned gifts, which provide funds in support of services and programs that help those in need. Many of these gift opportunities, such as charitable gift annuities that provide lifetime payments in exchange for a charitable gift, offer significant financial benefits and tax savings. Contact Anne DeMesa, director of planned giving, by phone (973) 497-4048 or via e-mail (email@example.com) for more information.