Parish recognizes families who leave a legacy for the Church

Corpus Christi Legacy Society induction

On Saturday, June 1, Father Richard Trout, pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration, welcomed five families into the parish's newest recognition society during an inaugural Induction Ceremony for the Corpus Christi Legacy Society.

The parish established the honorary group as a way to recognize and thank those families who have designated Corpus Christi as a beneficiary in their estate plans.

Following communion during the 4:00 pm Mass, Fr. Trout invited each family to come forward and receive a special lapel pin, a medallion, and a rose, in honor of the society’s patroness, St. Therese of Lisieux.

He thanked the new inductees for their stewardship, noting that they have made this commitment because “they love the Church so much.”

"I am so pleased with the response," Father Trout said. "It really tells me that I am in the midst of some good stewards."

Corpus Christi is one of 14 parishes currently participating in a structured program that aims to overturn some of the most pervasive myths about planned or "legacy" giving./p>

For attorney Richard Mendoza and his wife, Tiffany, a kindergarten teacher (second and third from left), this includes the mistaken belief that planned giving is meant for older parishioners.

Natives of West Virginia, the young couple spent years searching for a parish home after moving to Central Florida in 2003.

“When we arrived, we really did not know anyone except for Mickey Mouse; we did not have any family here or friends,” explained Richard.

After setting their wedding date, Richard and Tiffany intensified their search, eventually finding their way to Corpus Christi in 2006. “We started to attend Mass in the Celebration High School cafeteria. One Mass and we felt at home. It is now 2013, and we have made a close knit family of parishioners we call ‘friends’.”

Hoping to help those in similar circumstances, the couple made the decision to include Corpus Christi in their legacy plans.

“We are proud to be able to leave a legacy, so that in the future, two young people starting a career in a strange city with no family or friends can find a home at Corpus Christi,” said Richard.

The parish plans to continue its efforts to help parishioners explore life-planning issues while inviting them to make the Church a part of those plans.

“As the Church continues to grow it is important to make sure it will be there to nourish future generations,” explained Lynn McLish, a parishioner at Corpus Christi and chair of the parish’s Planned Giving Committee (far left in above photo).

Parishioners who include a parish, Catholic school or other ministry of the Diocese of Orlando in their estate plans are also entitled to recognition by Bishop Noonan through the diocesan Vivos Christi Society.

Please visit for more information on how to include the Church in your will or other estate plan.

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