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This past spring, the Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott “Works of Mercy Trust” Fund extended grants to three deserving organizations. Since its inception in 1991, nearly half a million dollars has been awarded to area non-profits, continuing the legacy of charitable work fostered by Bishop Ott. This year’s worthy recipients include the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, and The St. Elizabeth Foundation. According to a recent article in The Catholic Commentator, “Funds are administered by the stewardship office and non-profits are selected by invitation only.”

“The St. Elizabeth Foundation, open since 1988, is a Baton Rouge adoption agency that provides confidential, comprehensive counseling services to those facing an unplanned pregnancy in Louisiana, providing medical care, counseling, and continuing education for birthparents and adoptive parents.” Members of the loving staff of the St. Elizabeth Foundation have helped place more than 400 babies and have served dozens and dozens of individuals and families. For additional information, visit the website: http://www.stelizabethfoundation.org



“A Child My Choice”

An Excerpt

Let folly praise what fancy loves,
I praise and love that Child, whose heart no thought,
Whose tongue no word, whose hand
no deed defiled.
I praise him most, I love him best, all praise and love is his.

 While him I love, in him I live, and cannot live amiss,
Love’s sweetest mark, laud’s highest theme,
Man’s most desired light.

To love him life, to leave him death,
To live in him delight.

 He mine by gift, I his by debt, thus each to other due.
First friend he was, best friend he is,
All times will try him true.
Though young, yet wise; though small, yet strong;
Though man,
yet God he is.


St. Robert Southwell,
Catholic Poet and Martyr
(c. 1561-1595)

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In 1924, the population of Baton Rouge neared 25,000. The faithful Catholic families that helped organize the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish met for the first time that year. Little more than a decade later, the growing capital city had added another 10,000 citizens, and Sacred Heart’s registered members exceeded 4,000, a clear indication of the Catholic Church’s long and healthy relationship with neighboring residents within minutes of downtown.

Speaking of the young parish, the church website points to the generous nature of members early on, a characteristic that continues today. “The financial generosity of the congregation facilitated many improvements in the physical plant and made it possible to fulfill the parish’s long held dream of a large, beautiful church. The cornerstone was laid in 1941 and the completed building dedicated in 1942,” even as America was going to war.

To read more about the parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus School, the generous congregation, its wonderful history, and the many ministries hosted at 2251 Main Street—please visit the website for additional information: www.sacredheartbr.org/



In the remarks that concluded his first century letter to the church in Colossae, St. Paul showed his regard for all those with whom he served, a reminder to us that ministry of all kinds is possible only because God equips many to do much.

“Epaphras sends you greetings; he is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, always striving for you in his prayers so that you may be perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. For I can testify that he works very hard for you and for those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, sends greetings, as does Demas.”

“Give greetings to the brothers in Laodicea and to Nympha and to the church in her house. And when this letter is read before you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and you yourselves read the one from Laodicea. And tell Archippus, ‘See that you fulfill the ministry that you received in the Lord.’ The greeting is in my own hand.”

(Colossians 4:12-18a, New American Bible, Revised Edition)




On the subject of serving in the kitchen, from The Rule of St. Benedict:

“Let the brethren serve each other so that no one be excused from the work in the kitchen, except on account of sickness or more necessary work, because greater merit and more charity is thereby acquired. Let help be given to the weak, however, that they may not do this work with sadness; but let all have help according to the size of the community and the circumstances of the place. If the community is large, let the Cellarer be excused from the kitchen, or if, as we have said, any are engaged in more urgent work; let the rest serve each other in charity.”



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Stewardship: A Way of Life

steward July2014The Hidden Things Children Know

Children can be wise. Capable of surprising humility and understanding, their childlike faith at times humbles even the cleverest of adults. One educator uses a popular story to illustrate that truth. “A young man known for his air of superiority observed a little girl standing outside her Sunday school class, waiting for her parents, and holding an oversized picture book that bore the title Jonah and the Whale. Feeling a bit mischievous, he said, ‘Tell me something. Do you believe that story about Jonah and the whale?’ ‘Why, of course I believe it!’ she said. ‘You really believe a man can be swallowed up by a big whale, stay inside him all that time, and come out okay?’ ”...read more

The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer July2014Prayers of the Saints: St. Lawrence of Brindisi

St. Lawrence of Brindisi, born Giulio Caesare Russo in 1559, was one of the great lights of the Church during the Catholic Reformation period. His scholarship and service are equally esteemed, and it is no wonder. A highly skilled language student, he developed fluency in his native Italian, but also Latin, French, German and Spanish. In addition, his facility with the languages of the Scriptures—Hebrew and Greek—led him to preach, teach and write while using the historic, biblical texts. A scholar, St. Lawrence was also a gifted servant....read more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry July2014If You Had Only One Wish

One parlor game is almost as old as conversation itself. It involves a simple question, asked in a variety of ways. If you could make a single wish, what would you desire? If you could have anything you wanted, what would you want? Teachers ask it of their students, and parents of their kids. Often little more than a simple conversation starter, answers do reveal something of a person’s basic character—whether self-centered or selfless, visionary or confined to the present, interested in matters of real significance or framed by the temporal and material. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance July2014The Lone Source of Supply


Nineteenth century American industrialist Andrew Carnegie not only made a fortune, he gave much of it away, and he credited his success to insight and hard work. “The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50 percent of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100 percent.” When asked the nature of his success, the co-founder of Holiday Inn, Kemmons Wilson, wryly noted, “I make it a point to put in a good half day . . .. . .read more


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