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The Light Is ON for You

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During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, The Light Is ON for You. Bishop Robert W. Muench and the priests of our diocese invite you to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent. Please come to the Well of Mercy! Catholic churches in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be open for Confession during Lent Wednesdays, from February 17 through March 16, at times listed within the Lenten brochure. Please find specific details concerning The Light Is ON for You here: Click here to download a copy of the brochure

In Bishop Robert W. Muench’s Lenten letter to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, we are reminded just how fortunate we really are, “we who have the benefit of the Risen Christ’s gift to the apostles and their successors.”

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THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
February 2010
  

India has the fourth largest coal reserves on the planet. By contrast, Japan has almost no mineral resources and is the largest importer of coal in the world. The nation of Brazil is blessed with large reserves of gold, iron ore, platinum, uranium and petroleum. The same is true for Canada, Angola, Venezuela and Serbia. The United States possesses abundant natural resources, a stunning storehouse of blessings that extends from copper and gold to natural gas, nickel and timber. The US, for example, has the world’s largest coal reserves, nearly one third of global supply. ...read more

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church:

“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. Alone and fasting Moses saw the loving God who gave the Law; and to Elijah, fasting, came the steeds and chariots of flame. So Daniel trained his mystic sight, delivered from the lion’s might; and John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became the herald of Messiah’s name. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be full oft in fast and prayer with Thee; our spirits strengthen with Thy grace, and give us joy to see Thy face.”

 

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH

 

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St. Aloysius Parish in Baton Rouge is “a young and vibrant parish that is Eucharist-centered and Gospel-inspired.” At St. Aloysius, “you will find a warm and welcoming community open to diverse expressions of faith, aware of a call to loving service, and committed to growing in faith through worship and education.” And, during The Light Is ON for You, the Parish has added a special “24 Hours of the Lord” vigil, from March 4 at 9AM through March 5 at 8AM. A praying congregation, parishioners invite you to take part in this unique time of reconciliation and reflection.

The church’s Mission Statement echoes these thoughts and those of the Old Testament prophet Micah: “St. Aloysius Parish embraces and nurtures all, inspiring each to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly in the love of God.” From the 1950s to the present, St. Aloysius has provided their capital city Catholic family with wonderful worship, compassionate service and nurturing fellowship, and the parish has long addressed needs within the congregation and throughout the neighboring community: through St. Aloysius Catholic School and the St. Aloysius Child Care Center, plus a host of ministries, programs and activities for everyone—from preschoolers to ministry for parish seniors.

To read more about the congregation, to make plans for your Lenten confession—or to contribute to the work and ministry of St. Aloysius Parish church, school and child care center—please visit the parish website for additional information: www.aloysius.org

 

 

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Cry out full-throated and unsparingly; lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; proclaim to my people their transgressions, to the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, like a nation that has done what is just and not abandoned the judgment of their God. They ask of me just judgments; they desire to draw near their God. Why do they fast, but you do not see it? Afflict ourselves, but you take no note?”

(Isaiah 58:1-3a; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

 

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Planned Giving

Extend your support of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and make a lasting impact through Planned Giving. Wills and Living Trusts, Endowed Gifts and Donor Advised Funds are among the many ways to put your donations to work.

Please contact us and discover how we might help. 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

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FEBRUARY 2016

 

Please Support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal

         and Thirty Years of Vital Ministry

 

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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


Glorify God & Serve Others:
The Thirtieth Anniversary BAA

Bishop Robert W. Muench’s message, from the anniversary brochure:

In 1985, beloved Bishop Stanley Ott initiated the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, an essential and far-reaching endeavor that has funded dozens of ministry efforts, has met the needs of thousands of your neighbors, and has spread the love of Jesus Christ throughout the region. In 2011, we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary year of our diocese’s founding, and this year we honor the birth of this invaluable appeal.

You have the opportunity to show God’s grace to others today, and your generous participation is as essential as ever. In this anniversary year, please choose to give, helping to shape the future of our diocese for generations to come. Please Glorify God and Serve Others with us, as we celebrate thirty years of vital ministry and continue the Lord’s work through the BAA.

The Stewardship of Prayer


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Mount Driskill is the highest peak in Louisiana. That might even be news to serious students of Louisiana culture and history. It stands about a hundred feet higher than the spire of the State Capitol building, the same distance above the highest peak in the state of Delaware, and two hundred feet above Florida’s highest point, Britton Hill. More than a dozen other states boast a peak that soars above 10,000 feet. Not surprisingly, that isn’t true for our home state. Driskill Mountain stands 535 feet. Named for James Christopher Driskill, the peak lies within Bienville Parish in north-central Louisiana, offering a worthy geography lesson for students fond of maps, a nugget of information for students of general Louisiana history, and news for some....read more

 


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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry feb2016The Story of Jesus, Paul’s Story and Yours


“So, tell me what happened,” Mom says to her son, concerned about an incident at school. “So, tell me about yourself,” an interviewer says to a prospective hire. “So, what’s your story?” one sales rep asks another at a regional convention. We ask a version of the question many different ways, almost every single day. Others’ stories engage us, we care about what has happened to them, and we compare their experiences with our own. It’s natural. It’s common. It’s just part of who we are. St. Paul knew this was true in his era, and in the letters he wrote to New Testament churches, he frequently answered questions he assumed his readers were asking. . . .read more

 

Trust Jesus, Storm or No Storm ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance feb2016In Love, We Offer First and Best

 

Generosity is a matter of heart health. True generosity—and its companion, spiritual stewardship—are the products of love. Further, the core of that devotion is illustrated best in the willing death of the Lamb of God on our behalf. We give a portion because Christ gave his all. We give a measure of our best because the Father granted us the very best. We give, cheerfully and with charitable purpose, because God “first loved us.” Loving parishioners give to the needs of our parish churches because we are a grateful people, aware that all we are and all we have are gifts from the hands of a loving God. That is a story with a long, long history, rooted in the Old Testament tale of the people of God, preserved to serve and careful to give back from their “first fruits” in response.. . .read more

 

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“When we are linked by the power of prayer, we, as it were, hold each other’s hands as we walk side by side along a slippery path; and thus by the bounteous disposition of charity, it comes about that the harder each one leans on the other, the more firmly we are riveted together in brotherly love.”                                              

St. Gregory the Great


 
“Suppose we were to draw the outline of a circle. Let us suppose that the circle is the world, and that God Himself is the center; the straight lines drawn from the circumference are the lives of men. The closer those lines are to God, the closer they come to one another, and the closer they are to one another, the closer they come to God.”

St. Dorotheos of Gaza



“How can you admire the heavens, when you see that you are more permanent than they? For the heavens pass away, but you will abide for all eternity with Him who is forever.”

 St. Gregory of Nyssa


 “Since He is the Sun of Justice, He fittingly calls His disciples the light of the world. For through them, as through shining rays, He has poured out the light of the knowledge of Himself upon the entire world. For by manifesting the light of truth, they have dispelled the darkness of error from the hearts of men.”

St. Chromatius of Aquileia

 

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