Like a family, St. Augustine Catholic Church has been there for us through the years, offering us the sacraments to strengthen us as we make our way on our earthly pilgrimage. For those of us blessed with children, St. Augustine has formed them through the Sunday School/CCD program and through St. Augustine Catholic School.
We’ve made lifelong friends and enjoyed our fellowship with friends old and new. Sunday Sermons, given in an engaging manner, have helped encourage us and better order our lives. We’ve enjoyed the hymns sung by the St. Augustine Church Gospel Choir and Chorale on Sundays. Through our social outreach, we’ve better understood the needs of the less fortunate and how we can help them, particularly when we work with others.
Regardless of your situation in life, there are ways that you can support St. Augustine, first through your prayers but also through the gifts of your time, talents and treasures.
You can make a one-time tax deductible donation or make recurring donations (e.g. monthly, quarterly) through Network for Good. Thank you for your donation to St. Augustine Catholic Church.
As Washington, D.C. changes and neighborhoods around our church continue to evolve, please know that your planned gift to St. Augustine Church can ensure that the legacy of our parish church – the city’s oldest black Catholic church – can continue.
Wills & Bequests: Once you’ve taken care of your family, please consider a bequest to St. Augustine Church. The best wording to use is “St. Augustine Catholic Church of Washington, D.C.” If you decide to name St. Augustine Church or St. Augustine School in your will, please notify our pastor (see contact information below) so that we can thank you. It’s a good idea to consult an attorney before writing your will.
Charitable Gift Annuity: Are you a senior citizen or retiree who would like to support St. Augustine Catholic Church through a transfer of cash, marketable securities or other assets while continuing to ensure a fixed amount of income each year for life? You can transfer real estate or marketable securities, such as stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares, as well as cash, and in exchange, St. Augustine Church will pay you a fixed income for life. You will also receive a tax deduction. The minimum amount for a Charitable Gift Annuity through the Archdiocese of Washington is $10,000.
Donor Advised Funds: Some donors who like low-cost giving vehicles that enable them to maximize their tax benefits for giving use a third party to manage their contributions. Donor Advised Funds are the fastest-growing charitable vehicle in U.S. philanthropy.
Insurance Gifts: There are several ways to turn insurance policies into charitable instruments: You can take a life insurance policy out on yourself that is owned by St. Augustine Catholic Church; you can name St. Augustine Catholic Church as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or annuity for death proceeds; or you can transfer ownership of an existing policy to St. Augustine Catholic Church, which can work well for a life insurance policy that contains a unneeded or unwanted benefit.
Stock Gifts: Stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares and other securities are alternative ways to give that can benefit both you and St. Augustine. When donating assets that have appreciated in value, donors can avoid capital gains taxes. In some cases, St. Augustine also accepts donations of non-liquid assets such as real estate, art, jewelry, and valuable collections.
Fr. Patrick A. Smith, Pastor
St. Augustine Catholic Church
1419 V Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009