As we celebrate our 15th year as a parish, we give thanks to God for His grace and abundant blessings. We gratefully acknowledge our past and our present by building for our future.

Download forms for giving here.

One Time Donations

For one-time donations, please click the link below and give with confidence. We use only the most secure PCI-compliant standards in our card processing.

Memorial Garden Plots

Our Memorial Garden is one of the most reverent burial options to help you memorialize the lives of your loved ones for years to come. Having a permanent place to visit is an essential element to helping family and friends grieve. Many people don’t know this, but Cremation is an approved Catholic option when planning end of life arrangements. Contact the Parish Office to learn about pricing and reservation options.

Catholic Faith Appeal

When you entrust your gift of treasure to the Catholic Faith Appeal, all who work for the Diocese of Venice in Florida, have a responsibility to ensure that these gifts bring the hope, peace, and love of Christ to all. Making a gift is easy!

Visit the Diocesan website here for more information.

The Catholic Faith Appeal is announced annually, but the practice of giving can happen all year.

Living Legacy Program

The Living Legacy Program at St. John XXIII Catholic Church welcomes your interest in making a lifetime memorial to our Parish. There are several opportunities to memorialize a sacred item in the Church as a Living Legacy. This may be done in memory of a living or deceased loved one. Please review the list of memorials in our Living Legacy information packet and contact our Parish Office for an appointment to review these items. We also welcome your suggestions!

Automated Payments to SJ23

Your gifts directly benefit St. John XXIII Catholic Church and all gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. Information provided will only be used by St. John XXIII Catholic Church to process your payment and the transaction is secure through To set up your ACH or recurring credit card payments, download the forms below and bring/fax to the Parish Office.

St. Patrick’s Patio Garden Engraved Paver

On the northern side of our Church building, just outside of the Narthex, lies our St. Patrick’s Patio Garden. This is quite possibly the most visible area in which to place a memorial. Picnics, concerts and other sundry special events are held here, and you have the opportunity to show thousands of people your love for our Parish. Please contact the Parish Office for pricing and engraving information.

As we celebrate our 12th year as a parish, we give thanks to God for His grace and abundant blessings. Since our earliest days, we continue to expand and flourish. We gratefully acknowledge our past and our present by building for our future.

Donate an Organ

Interested in saving lives as an organ, tissue and eye donor? Organ, tissue and eye donors have the power to save up to eight lives and enhance many more. You can make a world of difference.

Visit Donate Life Florida (d0t) Org

Major Gifts

Your faith and your Church have been with you from the start. Most often, when we think of making a gift to the Church, we think of our weekly offertory, however, prayerfully consider leaving our Parish in your will in the form of:

  • Securities or Closely-Held Stock
  • Personal Property
  • Real Estate or Gifts In-Kind
  • Charitable Trusts

Please call the Parish Office to set an appointment and determine how you can leave a lasting legacy at St. John XXIII 239-561-2245.

Planning Your Will

A bequest is a wonderful way to express gratitude to God for a lifetime of blessings! The gift you give establishes a lasting legacy of love for others by helping the Church to continue our Catholic heritage through its many ministries.

PLEASE NOTE: Leaving money to the Parish in your will is not assessed and 100% goes to the parish. The following is possible wording for including a bequest in your will:

“I bequeath the greater of $_____ or _____% of the residue of my estate to Bishop Frank J. Dewane, (or his successor), Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, a corporation sole, whose principal office is located at 1000 Pinebrook Rd., Venice, FL 34285, For the benefit of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, in Fort Myers, Inc.”

The actual wording in your will should be determined by you and your attorney. For more information, questions, or wish to consider a gift annuity or trust for St. John XXIII Catholic Church, then please contact:
Holly Atkins at (239) 561-2245

70½ IRACharitable Distribution Ways to Donate

Good news for taxpayers over the age of 70½. Congress has voted to make permanent the exclusion from income of up to $100,000 per person, per year, for Individual Retirement Account (IRA) distributions which are given directly to charities. This law will end the uncertainty which has existed for the past several years when taxpayers were trying to decide whether to direct their IRA distributions to charity. Congress generally did not get around to extending the expired tax legislation known as “extenders” until very late in the year. One year the extenders were not passed until the January of the subsequent year and were applied retroactively. Now that you are able to plan for charitable contributions from IRAs, is this something you should be doing?

Basic Requirements
One of the key benefits of the direct charitable contribution from your IRA is that the distribution counts towards your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). You can contribute more than your RMD to charity as long as you do not exceed $100,000 in a calendar year. The gift can satisfy a pledge that you have made. However you may not receive anything (other than an intangible religious benefit) from the charity as a quid pro quo for your contribution. The charity must provide you an acknowledgement stating the amount of the charitable distribution and that no goods, services, or benefits of any kind were or will be provided to you in consideration for the distribution from the IRA. Also, the contribution cannot go to a donor-advised fund, supporting organization or private foundation. Finally, you cannot make the charitable IRA distribution from Simplified Employee Plans (SEPs) and Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLE plans) if an employer contribution is made for that year.

Catholic Community Foundation of SWFL

Annually, the Foundation distributes more than $900,000 in support throughout the Diocese thanks to the generosity of the many donors that have already established their Catholic Legacies through the Foundation.

Resources for Giving

Download these forms to make giving easy at SJ23.

As we celebrate our 12th year as a parish, we give thanks to God for His grace and abundant blessings. Since our earliest days, we continue to expand and flourish. We gratefully acknowledge our past and our present by building for our future.

Giving Time. Giving Talent.

There are many ways to give of yourself. We have a growing list of ministries that we encourage you to jump into. Take the leap and jump into any one of them. There are always people in need, and a never-ending call to become the Christ for those that need you.