CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Leo the Great:
“In the dispensation of Christ’s mysteries, there is at once the power of grace and the encouragement of teaching, so that He whom we confess in the spirit of faith we may follow in the example of our work.”
With more than 140,000 area households directly affected by the August flood, and with hundreds of families in need of sponsorship assistance this past Christmas, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge begins another new year with significant opportunities for ministry and yet profoundly stretched resources. Please consider those needs as a call for your direct volunteer involvement and your generous financial support. CCDBR offers unparalleled disaster relief response, plus an extensive list of additional ministry services: guidance and care for expectant mothers and the unborn, foster grandparent support and adoption services, behavioral health and employment counseling, and much more.
Why not celebrate the New Year by investing in ministries you know will bless some of the most needy among us. Visit www.ccdiobr.org or simply contribute to the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Your gifts will benefit many.
THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF
for Reflection and Study
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS
- 'We will be protected by God,' Trump declares in inaugural address
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- Pope offers prayers for Trump as he becomes 45th U.S. president
- Meeting pope, Irish prelates discuss ministry of bishop, abuse scandal
- Archbishop Gomez emphasizes dignity of immigrants on eve of inauguration
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Giving, a Thoughtful Response
From the Stewardship Today Archives,
In the typical retail checkout line, consumers negotiate a sensory version of the punitive gauntlet, assailed on either side by rack and row of magazines and mints, tools and toys. And we buy. We buy impulsively. Marketing firms know we do. So do retailers. A magazine for the long ride, a pack of gum for after the party, a candy bar for the kids, a gift card for a friend. Researchers have long asked how and why this takes place. ...read more
LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS
|Life March South|
SANCTUARY FOR LIFE
Through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and the vital ministry of Sanctuary for Life, the diocese meaningfully supports both mother and child. Through the Sanctuary, “homeless, pregnant women live in community with a house mother, mentor each other, and receive medical care, nutritious meals and counseling. They leave the house employed and ready to care for their newborn babies.”
In the words of the USCCB, “As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every state and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.” The Diocese of Baton Rouge continues to affirm that commitment through noteworthy ministries like Sanctuary for Life.
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
(Galatians 6:1-2; New American Bible, Revised Edition)
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The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund
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