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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Augustine of Hippo:

“If you want to flee from God, flee to Him instead. Flee to Him by confessing to Him; don’t flee from Him by trying to hide. For you can’t hide, but you can confess.”

CatholicLife Television

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The mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s television apostolate is clear and well established: Since June 2001, “Catholiclife Television, has had a clear vision of sharing the Spirit of our faith with the local community, and we have increased our local programming airtime to ten hours a day. Four of our original productions have received nineteen international awards, catapulting Catholiclife Television into a broader arena of broadcast excellence.

“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. Each moment of airtime brings viewers a step closer to peace. Catholiclife television offers a harmonious option in viewer choices. 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

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Learning from the Father

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
February 2011
  

For those in the Deep South, spring seems right around the corner, and a new season provides novel opportunities to build relationships, to serve others, to start fresh. Much of what we know of relationships, of course, comes from others—our parents, members of our extended families, teachers and coaches, pastoral mentors and family friends. For the wisest among them, the ultimate example of the loving and gracious, merciful and instructive mentor is found in the God we worship. The ideals of selfless sacrifice and service rest with our Almighty Father, his Son, and the Spirit sent to dwell in us. ...read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Men’s Conference

“Men of the Immaculata: A Call to Battle, Challenging Men to Holiness” is the focus of a men’s conference to be hosted by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of Baton Rouge at the church, 2250 Main Street, on Saturday, February 11, beginning at 7:30 AM. For additional details, visit www.menoftheimmaculata.com

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THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU

 

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So that you might celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, The Light Is ON for You. Once again, Bishop Robert W. Muench and the priests of the Diocese of Baton Rouge invite you to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lenten season. Catholic churches throughout the diocese of Baton Rouge will be open for Confession during Lent.

Please consider the many times and locations you’ll find listed within the soon-to-be-distributed seasonal brochure and make plans to participate. Look for additional details regarding times and locations.

“The glory of these forty days we celebrate with songs of praise; for Christ, by whom all things were made, Himself has fasted and has prayed. And John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became the herald of Messiah’s name. Grant us, Lord, like them, to be oft in fast and prayer with Thee; our spirits strengthened with Thy grace, and give us joy to see Thy face” (St. Gregory the Great).

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Light shines through the darkness for the upright; gracious, compassionate, and righteous. It is good for the man gracious in lending, who conducts his affairs with justice. For he shall never be shaken; the righteous shall be remembered forever.”

(Psalm 112:4-6; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

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Planned Giving

Many of us want to provide more for the causes closest to our hearts but also do what’s best for our own families. Making a gift that pays you income can be a thoughtful expression of your gratitude for both.  

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

LINKS WE RECOMMEND

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

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

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

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

More Local, Regional and National Links...

The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund

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FEBRUARY 2017 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


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“Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned.

Believing the Father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace the hurting, and we address their needs. We extend the call of the Jubilee Year with an invitation. Please Be Merciful by giving to support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. ...read more


 

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer Feb2017A Way Ahead through the Word


To walk in obedience is to be blessed. “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk by the law of the Lord. Blessed those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with all their heart. You have given them the command to observe your precepts with care. May my ways be firm in the observance of your statutes! Then I will not be ashamed to ponder all your commandments” (Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5). The opening words of the longest song in the Scriptures, the psalmist’s message challenges focused parishioners to esteem God’s Word—for their own good....read more

 


Safe in His Arms
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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry Feb2017The Stewardship of Trust


In a closing postscript to Leadership Is an Art, his influential book on the subject of effective servant leadership, the former chairman of Herman Miller, author Max DePree, offered an interesting story about the seventeenth century English architect Sir Christopher Wren. It seems that, in designing the Windsor Guildhall, his patrons drew attention to a span they thought required additional structural support. They felt a certain open area too wide, believing Wren needed to add another row of columns for support. Wren disagreed. . . .read more

 

Trusting in the Pain ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance Feb2017Fluorescent Flavor

 

A 26 oz. container of salt still costs less than a dollar, and whether mined or derived from the sea, a shaker of sodium chloride is as common as any daily meal. That’s fortunate. Without it, “the body would be unable to transport nutrients or oxygen, transmit nerve impulses, or move muscles, including the heart. An adult contains about 250 grams of salt—three or four saltshakers worth—but is constantly losing salt, so replacing it is essential” (Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky, 2002). And, as the author notes, “For millennia, salt represented wealth; until the twentieth century, it was desperately searched for, traded for and fought over.” Like so many modern conveniences, we take the presence of a saltshaker for granted. . . .read more

 

An Eternal Inheritance ... read more


“It is wrong for anyone to be anxious to receive more from his neighbor than he himself is willing to give to God.”                                                                                             

                                                                                   St. Francis of Assisi



“If someone, simply as an experiment, should try with determination to make his mind touch on as many and as diverse objects as possible, I hardly think that in so short a time he could run through such diverse and numerous topics as the mind, unrestrained, wanders through while the mouth negligently mutters through the most common prayers.”
                      

                                                                                    St. Thomas More



“It is not expedient to wish to do everything all at once, or to think that all is lost if everybody else does not hurry along with us.”

                                                                                    St. Vincent de Paul



“What is nobler than to rule minds or to mold the character of the young? I consider that he who knows how to form the youthful mind is truly greater than all painters, sculptors, and all others of that sort.”
 
               

                                                                                    St. John Chrysostom

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