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Emerald Festival

Redemptorist High School, 4000 St. Gerard Ave. in Baton Rouge, will hold its first Emerald Festival—music, arts, 5K run, crafts, food and more—Saturday, April 26, 10 AM to 10 PM. Admission is $5, and registration for the 5K is $25.

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For many homebound Catholic parishioners, seasonal services available through Catholiclife TV are an essential way to connect with the Catholic community in the capital area. Since June 2001, “Catholiclife television has had a clear vision of sharing the Spirit of our faith with the local community,” and local programming occupies ten hours of airtime every day. “Four of the station’s original productions have received six international awards, catapulting Catholiclife television into a broader arena of broadcast excellence. Catholiclife television provides a unique service for Baton Rouge and our surrounding community. It shares the true spirit of faith and promotes a spirit of unity. Programs focus on stories of hope, belief, teachings, and social justice, spotlighting everyday, ordinary people who are faithful witnesses of what it means to work together. Every age group has an opportunity to participate and grow from this station.”

“Our mission is to continue serving the community of Baton Rouge through programs promoting messages of faith while providing a high quality on-air signal.” To access the station’s web pages, and to watch live streaming programming, connect through the following link: http://www.catholiclifetv.org

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“The Sign of the Cross”

Whene’er across this sinful flesh of mine
I draw the Holy Sign,
All good thoughts stir within me, and renew
Their slumbering strength divine;
Till there springs up a courage high and true
To suffer and to do.

And who shall say, but hateful spirits around,
For their brief hour unbound,
Shudder to see, and wail their overthrow?
While on far heathen ground
Some lonely Saint hails the fresh odor, though
Its source he cannot know.

 Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
(1801 – 1890)

 

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

St. Athanasius of Alexandria, fourth century saint, wrote of the work of re-creation accomplished through the Passion of Christ:

The glory of the Father is that the human race not only was created but was re-created when lost. It was given life once again when dead, so as to become a renewed temple of God. For the powers in heaven also, the angels and the archangels, worship him and now worship the Lord ‘in the name of Jesus.’ This joy and exaltation belongs to human beings, because the Son of God, having himself become a human being, is now worshiped. The heavenly powers are not offended when they behold all of us being led into our heavenly abode as we share in his body. This could not have happened in any other way. It happened only because, ‘being in the form of God and taking the form of a slave, he humbled himself,’ agreeing to assume our bodily condition, even to death.”

 

LINKS THAT WE RECOMMEND

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
http://www.diobr.org

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://nccbuscc.org

The Vatican Website
http://www.vatican.va

More Local, Regional and National Links...

 

STEWARDSHIP: A DIOCESAN LEGACY

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A growing, fully-engaged Catholic parish is a meaningful influence on the community it serves, offering a variety of services and ministries to parishioners and guests, ensuring members have the opportunity to serve others even as their own spiritual needs are met by God’s grace through their local church family. Such a legacy is the story of St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula, a vital source of ministry and fellowship in the expanding communities of Tangipahoa Parish.

In more than a century of Catholic parish history, St. Joseph Church has known the blessing of growth and both Benedictine and Dominican leadership. This fall, a congregation of over 1600 families will celebrate the Eucharist in a facility that still feels new, having been completed just eight years ago.

An appreciable set of opportunities takes place on the church campus. Even a quick look at the parish website makes that clear. St. Joseph Catholic School serves students Pre-K through eighth grade, and the church extends ministry to individuals and families, from birth through their senior years: Vacation Bible School, Youth Ministry, PSR, Adult Formation and RCIA; plus all manner of service to the greater community—a food pantry, ministry in local nursing homes, and home and hospital visitation.

To read more about the congregation—or to contribute to the work and ministry ongoing at St. Joseph Church of Ponchatoula—please visit the church website for additional information: www.stjosephsonline.com

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

In a passage that is a favorite of many, St. Paul directed our attention to the loving and willing sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We find a definition of humility in the second chapter of the Apostle’s letter to the Philippian church:

“Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others.

“Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness, and found in human appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.”

(Philippians 2: 3-8, New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

 

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Stewardship: A Way of Life


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In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, we find a rather obscure reference to ancient boundary markers: “Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor invade the fields of the fatherless; for their redeemer is strong; he will defend their cause against you” (Proverbs 23:10-11). A similar reference is found in the Old Testament prophecy of Hosea: “The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary line; upon them I will pour out my wrath like water” (Hosea 5:10). In a contemporary age where title searches, property deeds, and civil engineers’ plats are the norm, it is difficult to imagine a property debate that would yield God’s wrath....read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


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“Simply write what you know.” That may sound like simple advice for a creative person, but it would likely produce a grin on the face of a book editor who specializes in science fiction or fantasy literature. After all, what did C. S. Lewis know about talking lions? And, what of Tolkien’s dwarves and elves? Though Oxford provided more than its share of interesting literary companions, the professor wouldn’t have counted his fantastic characters as close friends and associates. Margaret Mitchell completed Gone with the Wind more than seventy years after the close of the War Between the States, but H. G. Wells released The First Men in the Moon almost seventy years before Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the lunar surface. It may be good advice, but writers don’t always write about subjects with which they have intimate knowledge.
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Embracing the Curse ... read more

The Stewardship of Ministry


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Primitive maps of the world pre-date the appearance of Jesus Christ by several centuries. A carved Babylonian world map from the sixth century BC still exists as do various representations of the world derived from the Ancient Greek philosophers Anaximander and Hecataeus, the chief librarian of the great Alexandrian library Eratosthenes, and the influential Alexandrian scientist and mathematician Ptolemy. Almost all of these depict established cultures nestled in a circle—bodies of water surrounding the known world—most often placing vitally important territory at the very center of civilization. . . .read more

 

Living Devotion ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


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Often the case at tax time, we offer the following set of reminders regarding the final resting place of many of your dollars. The anticipated release of a new federal budget and the arrival of tax day yield dozens of stories of interest. In a personal budget, housing and transportation costs require major investments—home and car. Certain categories of expenditures consume the greatest percentage of each tax dollar within the federal budget as well. Non-profits, like Catholic Charities, keep essential records that detail how each gift is invested too, and that information is instructive for the millions of Catholic parishioners who support their vision and their goals.. . .read more

 

Visionary Obedience ... read more

 

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All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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