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SPRING 2018 MEMBER MAGAZINE

RADIANT LLIFE IFE WELCOME EASTER!

ยกBIENVENIDA PASCUA!

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS IN THE MAKING


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE “Member benefits, support for Catholic education and encouraging service in your local communities… these are a few things that make Catholic Financial Life different.” Senior Vice President John Borgen, Catholic Financial Life Advisor Paul Hill and President & CEO Bill O’Toole at Catholic Financial Life’s 2017 Christmas party.

At Catholic Financial Life, the combination of serving God through serving others, providing financial security and enhancing quality of life makes us diff ffeerent. We embrace and celebrate these differences. They are not accidental; they are intentional. They make us diff ffeerent by design. As a fraternal organization, we provide our members with value-added benefits that distinguish us from commercial and mutual life insurance companies. Last year alone, we awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships for students in elementary school through college! Suppor ting Catholic education has always been impor tant to our Society. In honor of Catholic School’s Week, we held another video contest and awarded $15,000 to Catholic schools who showcased how they formed students to become disciples of Jesus. Serving others is part of who we are and central to our mission. To encourage more members to engage in service, we are introducing Impact Teams. This new program empowers members to organize individual service projects with the assistance of friends, family and others who are passionate about the same cause. I encourage you to learn more about Impact Teams on page 14. 2 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE SPRING 2018

In this magazine, we recognize members for volunteerism with their local chapters, benefiting local communities. At our Triennial Convention, we will present the Archbishop Jerome Listecki Servant of the Poor Award to members who demonstrate exemplary service to the poor. To learn how to apply or nominate someone for the Servant of the Poor Award, check out the article on page 15. Member benefits, support for Catholic education and encouraging service in your local communities… these are a few things that make Catholic Financial Life different…intentionally different…different by design. I encourage you to embrace the many unique aspects of our organization and take advantage of all that your membership has to offer. Fraternally,

William R. O’Toole President & CEO bill.otoole@catholicfinanciallife.org 414-278-6700

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CONTENTS SPRING ‘18 2 President’s Message 4 Mensaje del Presidente 5 A Message From Our Spiritual Director

6 Celebrating 150 Years in the Making

8 The Ins and Outs of Annuities

10 2018 Member Events 12 Member Moments 14 Introducing Impact Teams

15 Servant of

the Poor Award

20 Welcome Easter!

Executive Officers: William R. O’Toole, Pleasant Prairie, Wis. President & CEO Jeff Tilley, Franklin, Wis. Secretary & CFO

About the Cover: More than 350 members and their families watched the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball team battle the Burlington Bees.

Elected Directors: Dennis Kabat, New Holstein, Wis. John Kenawell, St. Louis, Mo. Allan Lorge, Cedarburg, Wis. Jay Mack, Hartland, Wis. Lisa Mick, Fond du Lac, Wis. Patrick J. Murphy, Milwaukee, Wis. Susan Obermiller, Green Bay, Wis. Paul B. Pinsonnault, North Attleboro, Mass. David Singer, Kenosha, Wis. Mike Stivoric, Pewaukee, Wis. Marion Strauss, Cedarburg, Wis.

Appointed Directors: Sandra Dempsey, Milwaukee, Wis. J Joseph h Kopinski, Greenfield, Wis.

Spirittual Director: Archb bishop Jerome E. Listecki, Milwaaukee, Wis. Catho olic Financial Life’s Magazine is the officiaal publication of Catholic Financial Life, 11100 West Wells Street, P.O. Box 3211, Milwaaukee, WI 53201-3211.

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POSTM MASTER: Send address changes to Catho olic Financial Life Magazine, Catholic Financcial Life, 1100 W. Wells Street, Milwaaukee, WI 53233. Phonee: 800-927-2547 Copyrright © 2018 Catholic Financial Life. All rights reserved.

It’s that time of year again! Mark your calendar for some great family-friendly events this summer. Read more on the web www.catholicfinanciallife.org

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MENSAJE DEL PRESIDENTE

“Los beneficios para los miembros, el apoyo a la educación católica y el ánimo por el trabajo de servicio en sus comunidades locales… son algunas de las cosas que hacen a Catholic Financial Life diferente.” Sr. Vice-Presidente John Borgen, Consejero Paul Hill y Presidente y Director Ejecutivo Bill O’Toole en la fiesta de Navidad Catholic Financial Life del 2017.

En Catholic Financial Life la combinación de servir a Dios a través de servir a los demás, proveer seguridad financiera y mejorar la calidad de vida nos hace diferentes. Aceptamos y celebramos estas diferencias. No son accidentales; son intencionales. Nos hacen únicos por diseño. En calidad de organización fraternal que es lo que somos, les damos a nuestros miembros beneficios con valor añadido, beneficios que nos distinguen de compañías de seguro de vida comerciales y de mutualidades. ¡El año pasado otorgamos casi $300,000 en becas para estudiantes desde la escuela primaria hasta al nivel universitario! Apoyar la educación católica siempre ha sido importante dentro de nuestra Sociedad. Para honrar la Semana de Educación Católica, logramos organizar otro concurso de videos en el que distribuimos $15,000 entre las escuelas católicas que mostraron cómo forman a los estudiantes para ser discípulos de Cristo. Servir a los demás forma parte de nuestra identidad y es el objetivo central de nuestra misión. Para estimular a más miembros para hacer trabajo de servicio, vamos a presentar los Equipos de Impacto. Este programa nuevo fortalece a los miembros para que organicen proyectos individuales de servicio con la ayuda de sus amigos, parientes y otros que se apasionan por la 4 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE SPRING 2018

misma causa. Los animo para que se informen sobre los Equipos de Impacto en la página 14. En esta revista reconocemos a los miembros por su trabajo voluntario en sus capítulos locales que tanto beneficia a las comunidades locales. En nuestra Convención Trienal le presentamos el Premio Siervo de los Pobres Jerome Listecki a los miembros que demuestren trabajo ejemplar con los pobres. Para informarse acerca de cómo solicitar o nominar a alguien para el Premio Siervo de los Pobres, mire el artículo en la página 15. Los beneficios para los miembros, el apoyo a la educación católica y el ánimo por el trabajo de servicio en sus comunidades locales… son algunas de las cosas que hacen a Catholic Financial Life diferente… intencionalmente diferente… únicos por diseño. Los animo a que reciban los muchos aspectos únicos de nuestra organización con los brazos abiertos y que se aprovechen de todo lo que su membrecía les ofrece. Fraternalmente,

William R. O’Toole Presidente & Director Ejecutivo bill.otoole@catholicfinanciallife.org 414-2 278-6 6700

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ For many Americans, Easter seems to revolve around brunch and bunnies. What has been misplaced is the real reason for this magnificent celebration, the Resurrection of the Lord. One might say that the true meaning of Easter has been lost because of our 21st century lifestyle. However, even in Christ’s own time, accepting the good news was no easier. We imagine the miracle of Christ rising from the dead to be so amazing that it should have been easy to believe back then, but the story of Thomas proves otherwise. One of the twelve apostles, Thomas, knew Christ personally but still needed to touch His wounds to fully believe that our Lord had risen from the dead. In scripture, Christ says to Thomas “because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Centuries ago, when Roman roadways were the internet superhighway, it was faith and the power of the Holy Spirit that carried the truth to the four corners of the Empire. With today’s technology, news travels faster but it is just as difficult to accept the truth. Computer-generated graphics makes altering reality so easy. As a result of this, seeing cannot guarantee believing. Only by faith is it possible to fully embrace the truth. This brings me to the real beauty of Easter. Christ rose from the dead as the sacrificial Lamb of God, to take away our sins, to elevate our humanness and bring us to the divine. Without the Resurrection that we celebrate at Easter, there would be no salvation. There would be no reason for Christ’s sacrifice at all. As Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.” As we celebrate the Easter season, let us all grow deeper in faith each day as if we had witnessed the miracle of the Resurrection first-hand. In the end, once the Easter brunches are over and the chocolate bunnies are eaten, it is faith that will truly nourish and sustain us. Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter! Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki Archbishop of Milwaukee Catholic Financial Life’s Spiritual Director Read more on the web www.catholicfinanciallife.org

Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo

Un nuevo año. Nueva vida. Nueva esperanza. Para muchos norteamericanos, la Pascua parece ser sobre desayuno almuerzo y conejitos. Lo que se ha perdido es la razón por la cual se celebra esta magnífica fiesta que es la Resurrección del Señor. Uno diría que el verdadero significado de la Pascua se ha perdido por nuestro estilo de vida del siglo XXI. Sin embargo, hasta en la época de Cristo, aceptar la buena nueva no era nada fácil. Nosotros imaginamos que el milagro de Cristo resucitando de la muerte es tan increíble que debió ser fácil de creerlo en esa época, pero la historia de Tomás nos dice lo opuesto. Siendo uno de los doce apóstoles, Tomás conocía a Cristo personalmente pero todavía necesitaba tocar sus heridas para realmente creer que el Señor había resucitado de la muerte. En las Sagradas Escrituras Cristo le dice a Tomás «Tomás, has creído porque me has visto. Bienaventurados los que no vieron y creyeron». Hace siglos cuando los caminos romanos eran la autopista de la información, era la fe y poder del Espíritu Santo los que llevaban la verdad a las cuatro esquinas del Imperio. Con la tecnología de hoy, las noticias llegan más rápido, pero es tan difícil de aceptar la verdad como antes. Los gráficos generados de los computadores hacen que sea más fácil cambiar la realidad. Por eso, ver no puede garantizar creer. Solo es posible a través de la fe aceptar la verdad plenamente. Esto me lleva a la belleza real de la Pascua. Cristo resucitó de la muerte como el Cordero de Dios de sacrificio para quitar nuestros pecados, elevar nuestra humanidad y llevarnos a lo divino. Sin la Resurrección que celebramos durante la Pascua, no habría salvación. No habría razón por el sacrificio de Cristo. Como ha escrito San Pablo en su carta a los Corintios «Y, si Cristo no hubiera resucitado, la fe de ustedes sería ilusoria y todavía estarían en pecado». Profundicemos nuestra fe cada día mientras celebramos la temporada Pascual como si hubiéramos visto de primera mano, el milagro de la Resurrección. Al fin y al cabo, cuando terminen los desayunos almuerzos de Pascua y ya se hayan consumido los conejitos de chocolate, será realmente nuestra fe la que nos alimente y sustente. ¡Les deseo a Ud. y a su familia una Pascua bendita! SPRING 2018 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE 5


1865 – Civil War Ends 1868 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Moved by the plight of Civil War veterans and their families, Archbishop John Martin Henni gathers German-American businessmen from several parish benevolent societies to establish the nation’s first Catholic fraternal benefit society.

Familienschutz-Gesellschaft von Wisconsin “Family Protective Society of Wisconsin,” becoming “Catholic Family Life Insurance” in 1949.

1885 – Green Bay, Wisconsin Catholic Knights of America members in Wisconsin seek stronger representation and a new society is formed. Milwaukee Archbishop Michael Heiss provides spiritual direction over the new society. Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, later “Catholic Knights Insurance Society”, and finally “Catholic Knights” in 2000.

1896 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Polish immigrants swell city ranks and form their own fraternal benefit society.

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Stowarzyszenie Polakow w Amercyce “Polish Association of America” and then “Northern Fraternal Life”.

CELEBRATING

150 YEARS IN THE MAKING FIRST FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETY TO… ✔ ADOPT THE LEGAL RESERVE SYSTEM ✔ TO ISSUE A POLICY ✔ INSURE WOMEN AND CHILDREN ✔ PAY DIVIDENDS TO MEMBERS ✔ PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL ENDOWMENT

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1993 – Northern Fraternal Life merges with Catholic Family Life Insurance.

2005 – St. Louis-based Catholic Knights of America merges with Catholic Knights. 2001 – 9/11 occurs

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1879 – Edison patents electric lightbulb 1873 – Cincinnati, Ohio Degree of Honor, a women’s social branch of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, is organized.

With a prologue written in the aftermath of the Civil War, the Catholic Financial Life story, 150 years in the making, continues to be written. It tells of immigrants from around the world who came to this country to provide a new life for their families. It tells of their descendants who never lost sight of the organization’s original mission – to meet the needs of Main Street not Wall Street. Since 1868, Catholic Financial Life continues to be built firmly on a solid foundation of caring for the financial needs of our members.

1877 – Nashville, Tennessee Bishop Patrick Feehan and IrishAmerican leaders establish a mutual aid order of united Catholics in the shadow of national bank failures and a cholera epidemic. Catholic Knights of America

1882 – Degree of Honor is granted the right to provide financial protection for its members.

1917 – 1929 – Great U.S. enters Depression World War I begins 1900 – Woonsocket, Rhode Island French-Canadian and Acadian Catholics working in New England factories and trades unite parish-based benevolent societies across the region. 1986 – Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 1991 – Union Saint-JeanBaptiste merges with Catholic Family Life Insurance.

1976 – U.S. Bicentennial

L’Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Amérique “The Union of Saint John the Baptist Societies in America” name was shortened to “Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste” in 1968. 1969 – Neil Armstrong steps on the moon

1910 – St. Paul, Minnesota - Degree of Honor Protective Association is formed as a separate fraternal benefit society.

1941 – Attack on Pearl Harbor

1970 – Current Home Office in Milwaukee built by then Catholic Knights Insurance Society.

2015 – Pope Francis visits the U.S. 2010 – Catholic Family Life Insurance merges with Catholic Knights to become Catholic Financial Life.

2011 – One of Milwaukee’s oldest parish-based organizations, St. Joseph Benevolent Society, merges with Catholic Financial Life.

2017 – Degree of Honor merges with Catholic Financial Life.

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THE INS AND OUTS OF ANNUITIES As you prepare for retirement, you’ve likely come across several retirement products and may be wondering which are right for you. An annuity was likely a product you came across and is one definitely worth a closer look.

15-0023-2/18 Withdrawing money from an annuity prior to age 59 1/2 may Not all products are available in all states. Prospective members subject owner to an IRS imposed 10% penalty on any premature distribution. have the right to obtain a copy of the Buyer’s Guide to Annuities Please check with a qualified tax advisor for additional information. and a Preliminary Contract Summary prior to any annuity sale.

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An annuity is a financial product that provides tax-deferred guaranteed growth during your working years. Then at retirement, you choose from different payout options including the option of receiving payments that continue as long as you live. Catholic Financial Life’s Annuities offer: • Safety – The money in your Fixed Annuity is shielded from declines in the stock market. • Growth – Your money continually grows, tax-deferred. • Wealth Transfer – If you name your spouse as beneficiary of your annuity, you can pass on the annuity funds (tax-deferred) to your husband or wife when you pass away. • Flexibility – You can allow a tax-deferred annuity to grow until you’re ready to receive income, whether by periodic withdrawals or a systematic retirement income guaranteed for your life or the life of you and your spouse. Plus, Catholic Financial Life’s Flexible Premium Annuities let you add to your account at any time without additional withdrawal charges (call for maximum deposit limits). When withdrawal charges expire, they expire for the life of the deferred annuity no matter how much additional money you may add over time. Check out the scenarios below to understand how annuities might help you.

SCENARIO 1:

55-year-old male preparing for retirement Jerry is hoping to retire by age 65. He has been saving for 35 years and has most of his retirement savings invested in the stock market. Because the stock market is near an all-time high, he is worried about losing his savings. After meeting with his advisor, he purchases a tax-deferred annuity that guarantees growth regardless of stock market results and watches as his money steadily grows over the next 10 years. Purchasing this annuity makes Jerry feel confident that his money will be there to enjoy his ideal retirement.

SCENARIO 2:

65-year-old couple entering retirement Tina recently retired from her career as a secretary. She and her husband Dave have always wanted to buy a condo in Florida when they retire. Now, thanks to the tax-deferred annuity she opened years ago, their dream can come true! Tina and Dave visit with their advisor and elect to begin a lifetime income arrangement that will guarantee monthly income for as long as they live.

Catholic Financial Life is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. Products and services not available in all states.

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For more information on Catholic Financial Life's Annuities, visit www.catholicfinanciallife.org/Products/Annuities.htm or call 1-800-927-2547.

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GET

READY GET READY

Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) - 1:10 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals Milwaukee, Wis. $21 Great seats in the loge infield box level! Deadline: April 25

Old Sturbridge Village – NEW!

Sunday, June 24 Sturbridge, Mass. Adults - $15 / Children (4-17) $10 Save up to 45% on general admission Deadline: June 1

Noah’s Ark Waterpark – NEW!

Wednesday, June 27 Wisconsin Dells, Wis. $25 admission includes meal voucher A $47 value! Deadline: May 24

Timber Rattlers Game

Saturday, July 7 - 5:00 p.m. Meal / 6:35 p.m. Game vs. Peoria Chiefs Appleton, Wis. $14 includes game and picnic meal Up to 35% savings! Deadline: June 1

Family Camp Out July 20-22 Columbus, Wis. $30 per campsite A $70 value! Deadline: July 1

Festa Italiana

July 20-22 Milwaukee, Wis. $5 Save up to 50% Deadline: June 28

Pawtucket Red Sox

Sunday, August 5 - 1:35 p.m. vs. Rochester Red Wings Pawtucket, P R.I. $12 inncludes game and $ $10 0 cooncession voucher Up to $23 value Deadline: D July 15 10 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE SPRING 2018


Wisconsin State Fair

Wednesday, August 8 West Allis, Wis. $6 includes cream puff and drink dri k U to $13.75 savings! Up Ticket good for the entire fair. Food available August 8 only. Deadline July Deadline: J l 1

FOR SOME F FUN, FAMILY EVENT TS Minnesota Twins

Sunday, August 19 – 1:10 p.m. vs. Detroit Tigers Minneapolis, Minn. $15 includes game and $5 concession voucher Deadline: July 1

Mexican Fiesta – NEW!

August 24-26 Milwaukee, Wis. $8 Save up to 50% Deadline: July 27 Limit of 10 tickets per household

Basse’s Taste of Country Saturday, October 6 Colgate, Wis. $8 all ages Save up to 33% Deadline: September 30

PLEASE NOTE: This year, registration forms are only available through our website.

To register or learn more about these events, visit www.catholicfinanciallife.org or call 1-800-927-2547 Ext. 6570. SPRING 2018 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE 11


2018

MEMBER MOMENTS

BOB ILK Chapter WI-52 Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s Largest Christmas Feast

Member moments is an initiative to showcase our members’ exceptional community involvement. Have you or another Catholic Financial Life member gone above and beyond the call of duty to support your community? If so, share your story!

Please submit your Member Moments on our website: join.catholicfinanciallife.org/ membermoments

For more than 25 years, the Salvation Army has hosted one of the largest annual Christmas feasts for families throughout the Milwaukee area. The event is held at the Wisconsin Convention Center where nearly 8,000 meals are prepared. Additional meals are also packaged and sent to local churches and shelters. So who is behind the scenes cooking the meals and planning this spectacular event? Meet Bob Ilk, lead chef, along with his son and assistant, Joe Ilk. Bob is responsible for the food purchasing, overseeing the meal production and overall planning of the feast. More than 1,000 volunteers throughout the area join Bob and Joe and donate their time and talents. “The meal wouldn’t be possible without their help,” shared Bob. Turkey and mashed potatoes are just a few of the delicious dishes that were served. “We prepared 1,800 pounds of ham and 2,800 pounds of turkey,” Bob said. At the end of the meal, any leftover food is packaged up for guests to take home so nothing goes to waste.

Courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio

In addition to this savory meal, Christmas carols were sung, toys were handed out to the children and Santa appeared to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. If you missed out this year, don’t worry. Bob and the team have already begun planning next year’s event. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Bob and Joe Ilk pose with other volunteers at the Christmas Feast.

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Getting Involved in His Community When he’s not planning the Christmas feast, Bob is helping out in his community. He is a member of St. Matthew Parish in Oak Creek, Wis., where he and his wife have co-chaired the Parish festival for the last five years. They also served as the food and beverage chairs for the last 10 years. “Being involved in our church festival taught me that we must try to reach others and encourage them to be a part of their communities,” shared Bob.

“Being involved in our church festival taught me that we must try to reach others and encourage them to be a part of their communities.” In addition to Parish festival co-chair, Bob is president of the Holy Name Society at St. Matthew. The mission of this organization is to praise the word of Jesus and provide for the poor. Events are held throughout the year to raise money for various organizations in their community such as Hope House, Saint Vincent de Paul and Catholic Relief.

Bob Ilk and members of Veterans Afield hunted pheasant at the Wild Wings Hunting Farm.

Serving Others The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) organization is equally close to Bob’s heart. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for people affected by mental illness. He is an active member on NAMI’s walk committee and received the NAMI 2015 Volunteer of the Year award for his county. He is also a member of Veterans Afield, an organization designed to take disabled veterans trap shooting, duck hunting, and pheasant hunting. Many of the veterans were hunters before they became disabled so this gives them the opportunity to continue to do the things they love.

“I truly believe God provides us with skills and talents. Part of our responsibility is to give back to our communities through our time, talents and treasures. I try to be thankful and appreciate my blessings by giving back and getting involved.” Bob is thankful for all that God has given him. “I truly believe God provides us with skills and talents. Part of our responsibility is to give back to our communities through our time, talents and treasures. I try to be thankful and appreciate my blessings by giving back and getting involved,” he shared. Bob Ilk and other members from Chapter WI-52 presented Susan Schenmarklin, NAMI of Milwaukee Chairperson, with a check for $1,600.

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His achievements wouldn’t be possible without the sacrifices, shared values and support from his wife and children.

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INTRODUCING

IMPACT TEAMS!

Catholic Financial Life has a longstanding tradition of helping communities through the work of our local chapters. We’re happy to announce an additional opportunity for our financial members who may not live close to a chapter or might not have the time to volunteer on a regular basis. We have designed a new program to empower members like you to organize an individual service project with the assistance of friends, family and others who are passionate about the same cause! This work will be done by Impact Teams. What would you like to do for your community? Perhaps you’d like to plant a tree at the veteran’s home, or paint the parish hall. Maybe hosting a game night and pizza party for kids in foster care, or sponsoring a car wash to raise funds for the school’s new band uniforms is more to your liking? The possibilities are only as limited as your interests and creativity!

Getting Started

Simply gather at least four other people (members or not) to form your Impact Team. Complete a short application to explain to us what you’d like to do, and once approved, Catholic Financial Life will help support your project in three ways: 1. Award up to $150 to purchase supplies to get your project started 2. Supply five free “Impact Team” shirts for your group to wear while completing your project 3. Create an online sign-up link for you to share and help spread the word about your project Apply for your project today: join.catholicfinanciallife.org/impact-team For all other questions, please contact: memberengagement@catholicfinanciallife.org or call Jim Love at 1-800-927-2547 ext. 6597.

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SERVANT OF THE POOR AWARD “ Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His mercy from us?” – Saint Vincent de Paul Call for Nominationns As Catholic Financial Life contin nues its longstanding partnership witth the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP), we are seeking nominattions for the 2018 Archbishop Listeckki Servant of the Poor Award. We are extremely grateful to our memb bers for their continuous efforts to serve God through serving otheers in their communities. We would d like to recognize those who bestt demonstrate an ongoing commitment to a conference or district counccil of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul or, in areas not served by SVdP, for volunteer work focused on meeting the needs of the poor. The Servant of the Poor Award will be presented at Catholic Financcial Life’s Triennial Convention in September. The award recipientt and their guest will receive complimentary accommodation ns and meals during the convention. For more information, including g award eligibility requirements and to obtain a nomination form, pleease visit www.catholicfinanciallife.o org/ servantofthepoor. If you don’t have internet access, please contact Sally Krochalk at sally.krochalk@ @ catholicfinanciallife.org or call 1-800-927-2547 ext. 6604.

Download the nomination form at www.catholicfinanciallife.org/servantofthepoor

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SERVING GOD

THROUGH SERVING OTHERS “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” - Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Members of several fraternal benefit societies licensed in Wisconsin gathered in Madison on October 11, 2017, for “Wisconsin Fraternal Alliance Day on the Hill.” Home Office officials, Society Board members, Chapter leaders, and field personnel met in the executive chamber of the state capitol where they were presented with a proclamation signed by Governor Scott Walker. Holding the proclamation is Catholic Financial Life Board member Joseph Kopinski, who also served as WFA President through 2017.

Members of Chapter 720, New Ulm, Minn., dropped off a truck bed full of boxes to St. Vincent de Paul.

The biennial event features several teams of fraternalists meeting face-to-face with state legislators. The purpose is to raise awareness and demonstrate the impact fraternal benefit societies make on local communities. 16 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE SPRING 2018

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Dennis Kabat, (bottom right) member of the Board of Directors, with members of Wisconsin Chapters WI-09, Chilton; 118, Charlesburg; 194, Charlestown; 223, St. Anna, 266, New Holstein; and 109, St. Nazianz before the Friends of the Poor Walk in New Holstein. The walk raised more than $1,500 and benefited four local St. Vincent de Paul conferences.

Chapter 72, St. Mark Parish, Rothschild, Wis., presented St. Vincent de Paul with a check for $2,000. The funds were raised through a brat fry hosted by Chapter 72, along with financial assistance from Chapter 94, Church of the Resurrection, Wausau, Wis., and Match Funds from the Home Office.

Members of Chapter 84, Gardner, Mass., donated $300 toward the purchase of wreaths for the local cemetery. They also helped lay the wreaths on the headstones of fallen U.S. veterans in cooperation with the “Wreaths Across America” program.

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Members of Chapter 48, Beaver Dam, Wis., volunteered at the St. John’s Tri-Parish Rib and Kraut Dinner to help raise funds for youth mission trips and retreats. A total of $1,000 in Match Funds from the Home Office was added to the $3,500 netted by the event. SPRING 2018 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE 17


SERVING GOD THROUGH SERVING OTHERS

In response to unprecedented flooding that devastated southeastern Wisconsin in July 2017, three chapters joined forces to organize a major relief effort to assist their neighbors. Here members of Chapters 278, Paris; 151, Kenosha; and 202, Racine present a check from funds raised and matched to Love Inc., a local organization providing assistance to those who had sustained damage.

Members of Chapter 11, Wisconsin Rapids/Stevens Point, Wis., hosted bingo at a local care center. Students from the area came to help and distribute prizes.

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Francisco Hernandez presented Father Agustin with a check for $5,000 to go towards Father Pablo’s Mission Helpers of the Holy Savior Monastery in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

Catholic Financial Life Advisor Alan Charles presents 25- and 50-year membership awards to members of Chapter 314, Reedsburg, Wis.

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Find the Radiant Cross

We have hidden black and white versions of the “Radiant Cross” icon – like the one you see on this page – throughout this publication. Members who correctly identify the location of at least one of the seven Radiant Cross icons hidden in this issue will be eligible for a drawing to receive $25. Please note: the Radiant Cross featured on this copy does not count. Submit your entry by May 18. Visit our website and click on the Spring Magazine link or mail your entry to: Radiant Life, Catholic Financial Life, 1100 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53233; Attention: Marketing. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the location of the Radiant Cross. The winner of our Fall issue Radiant Cross activity was Matthew Schwartz.

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Easter Vigil: D I V I D E D C H U H C D C B U T A T S U N D I M I N I S H E D T M C H L H M H R G D C

Thanks to a bake and basket sale sponsored by Chapter 124, Hewitt, Wis., a check for $1,600, including Match Funds, was presented to Saint Michael’s Church to aid their religious education program.

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A pancake and saussage breakfast Match Fund event was co-sponsored by Chapter 88, Mad dison, Wis., and Christ the King Parissh Men’s Club to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The event raised $1,500.

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WELCOME EASTER!

¡BIENVENIDA PASCUA! Hop into the Easter season with some of these fun-family traditions! ¡Haz un salto a la temporada de Pascua con algunas de las siguientes tradiciones familiares! • Plant a Garden – Celebrate the arrival of Spring and the Resurrection of Jesus by planting a garden with your family. Brighten your yard with traditional Easter flowers such as tulips, daisies or lilies! • Sembrar un jardín - Celebra la llegada de la primavera y la resurrección de Cristo sembrando un jardín con tu familia. ¡Alegra tu césped con flores pascuales tradicionales como los tulipanes, margaritas o lirios! • Participate in an Easter Egg Hunt – Attend a community Easter egg hunt or create your own by hiding eggs throughout your home or the backyard! Instead of candyfilled eggs, consider using Resurrection eggs. These contain symbols and help paint a picture of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Examples of symbols to include are a cross, a tiny donkey, a stone, etc.

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• Dye Easter Eggs – This is a true tradition and a cherished memory for most! It’s affordable and something the whole family will enjoy. Consider decorating an egg for each member of your family and distributing them at Easter brunch. • Host an Easter Brunch – A great way to celebrate the holiday and bring your family together is to gather around the table after Mass for Easter brunch. Enjoy delicious food and share stories of past Easter memories! Consider making our Easter breakfast casserole recipe on page 21. • Planear un desayuno almuerzo de Pascua - Una buena manera de celebrar el día festivo y juntar a la familia es hacer un desayuno almuerzo de Pascua después de la misa. ¡Disfruta de comida deliciosa y comparte historias acerca de memorias de las Pascuas pasadas! Piensa en nuestra receta de cacerola de desayuno Pascual en la página 21. • Attend Easter Mass – Churches around the world offer beautiful, inspirational Easter Masses. For something different this year, consider watching the live stream of the Pope’s Easter Mass online. • Asistir a la Misa Pascual - Las iglesias al rededor del mundo ofrecen bellas e inspiradoras misas de Pascua. Para algo diferente este año, considere la posibilidad de ver la transmisión en vivo de la misa de Pascua del Papa en línea.

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Recipe Corner

Submit your favorite recipe to be featured in the upcoming Fall edition of our magazine. Send a recipe that fits the season, upcoming holidays, or is simply delicious! We will select the winner through a random drawing. To submit your tasty recipe, please mail to: 1100 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233; Attention Vicki Vlach or email to vicki.vlach@catholicfinanciallife.org.

Easter Breakfast Casserole Ingredients 1 pound of bacon ¼ cup diced onion ¼ cup diced green pepper 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

8 eggs 2 cups milk 1 (16 ounce) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish. 2. Fry the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble. 3. In a large bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Mix in cheese, bacon, onion and green pepper. Stir in the thawed hash browns. Pour mixture into greased casserole dish. 4.Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes until eggs have set.

Find and circle all of the words hidden in the grid related to the Easter season. Words may be hidden in any direction. Easter Cross Lent Jesus Family Risen Lamb Good Friday Holy Thursday Vigil

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EASTER C V W R E T S A E H F O X D L Y D Z S Q

S Y F B Z H P P K J Z R A M H R M U E T

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D S L N X I Q E Y U P H S U C E N L K E

S N M R E H Q S D S G C D P W O J I S O

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AND THE WINNERS OF THE GIVE BACK VIDEO CONTEST ARE… In honor of Catholic School’s Week, Catholic Financial Life held another Give Back Video Contest! This contest encouraged Catholic schools across the country to submit a video that showcased how they formed students to become disciples of Jesus. Entries were submitted from schools throughout the Midwest and as far away as Vermont. Congratulations to the 11 Catholic schools who made it to the final round of voting! A combined total of nearly 10,300 votes were cast for all of the schools.

The following schools receiived the most votes:

Large Sch hool Categorry: • 1st Place: St. Mary Parish School – Hales Corners, WI • 2nd Place: Holy Apostless Catholic School – New Berlin, WI

Smalll School Category: • 1st Place: Our Lady of Lourdess Catholic Scho ooll – De Pere, WI • 2nd Place: St. Anthony School – Occonto Falls, WI Thank you to all the schools that submitted a video and the parents, faamilies and friends who voted. We appreciate your support of Catholic ed ducattion and look forward to your submissions next year!

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St. Mary Parish School – Hales Corners, WI

Holy Apostles Catholic School – New Berlin, WI

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School – De Pere, WI

St. Anthony School – Oconto Falls, WI

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