From St. Paul of the Cross:

“In uniting yourself to God’s will, you take on new life and gather great courage, willingly embracing the cross and kissing His hand even when it chastises you, a hand that reaches out to you in love and has no other intention but your greatest spiritual well being.”


One Book, One Church

recommended feb2017

The Christian Formation Secretariat of the Diocese of Baton Rouge “is inviting all parishes to read, reflect and share their thoughts on the same book during the Season of Lent. This year, the Secretariat is suggesting Prayer: Our Deepest Longing, a book written by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser that leads a reader to a deepening experience of God in prayer. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and modern writers, and a person’s own experience, Fr. Rolheiser clears misconceptions about prayer and offers both consolation and challenge. The book will help readers overcome struggles in prayer, develop mature prayer habits, and explore new prayer practices.”

Parishes are encouraged to form small study groups to meet during Lent to discuss a chapter each week for five weeks. Books can be purchased online for $3 a copy when ordered in bulk:

An instructive small group study guide is available as a downloadable PDF. For a copy, simple click the following link:     Prayer Study Guide



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The Great I AM

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
April 2011

Some form of identity theft has plagued tens of millions of Americans, producing billions of dollars in real losses and lost productivity, as well as consumer concern and unease. The subject of personal identity arises in the counseling offices of the nation’s professional psychologists and clinicians too, a topic of perpetual interest to those who monitor mental health and note that we continue to struggle with answers to life’s intrinsic questions: Who am I, and why am I here? One man fully understood his identity and purpose and, as recorded in the Gospel of John, answered those questions repeatedly. more


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry, focused on healing after abortion, will host a weekend retreat: Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, at the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula. For more information or to register, email

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recommended Feb2017

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.

For your encouragement, the following items are provided: an informative letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench, instructive materials designed to assist you as you prepare, and a brochure listing available times and locations. Please make plans to participate.


          Bishop Muench’s Letter  -Download here

          Preparation Materials      -Download here

          Lenten Brochure              -Download here



“Who would believe what we have heard? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; he had no majestic bearing to catch our eye, no beauty to draw us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.”

(Isaiah 53:1-3; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving


Make a Tax-Free Gift From Your IRA

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make a tax-free gift from your individual retirement account (IRA) directly to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to qualified charitable organizations from your IRA this year and well into the future. 

Read more . . .

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:


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APRIL 2017 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


“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. more


The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer april2017Safeguarding Spiritual Health

Do you feel safe? Are you? What, really, does that word mean to you? If you’re a homeowner, perhaps you safeguard your property with deadbolts and an alarm system. You might even monitor activity inside your home through a remote feed you access on a smartphone or tablet. And, when you operate those programs, you may do so with heightened concern regarding cybersecurity, even asking if anything you do online might interest a computer hacker. Monitoring current trends is wise. So, what about your spiritual fitness? When was the last time you considered safeguarding your soul? more


Astonishing Resurrection
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry april2017Dying, and Life after Death

In the New Testament era, life expectancy was about half what we know today. There are many reasons: high infant mortality rates, the prevalence of infectious disease, concerns related to hygiene and sanitation, as well as fractious conflict and the threat of war. The hope of Jesus Christ as Lord of life stripped the power of death and the grave, and nowhere is the contrast a more potent theme than in the Gospel of St. John. Though life and love permeate the message of John’s Gospel, death frames chapter eleven. Familiar stories highlight the struggle. . . .read more


Just Turned Seventy-Five? Perfect!Don’t We Know You? ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance april2017Think about Something Else


Unless you’re primed for a lecture, don’t tell a fellow parishioner you’re a worrier. A practicing Catholic, you couldn’t possibly worry. You are part of the Church, a faithful and contributing member within a legacy that extends the generations, a cultural influence the world over. What’s there to worry about? After all, “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea, though its waters rage and foam and mountains totter at its surging” (Psalm 46:2-4). We could always simplify how we express our angst. Maybe it’s not so much that we worry. We might just need to adjust our thinking. It could be we think too much about things we can do little or nothing about anyway. . . .read more


Too Big for Tiny Houses ... 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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