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World Youth Day

The 2014 diocesan celebration of World Youth Day, “Be Still and Listen,” is scheduled for Sunday, October 26 at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, with activities scheduled 1 to 6 PM. Visit www.diobryouth.org for info.

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AREA MINISTRIES

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The Catholic Schools of Baton Rouge mission statement indicates that “the Catholic Schools Office serves the community by supporting schools as they strengthen Catholic identity, pursue academic excellence, develop the whole child, and create caring communities rooted in Gospel values through positive communication, promotion of effective curriculum and instruction, responsible coordination of resources, and acknowledgement of outstanding service and accomplishment.”

For information concerning the new school year, to check school calendars, to investigate employment opportunities, to read about various programs and more, please visit the Catholic Schools of Baton Rouge website: www.csobr.org


 

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“A Prayer of the Teacher”

You, O Lord, 
are my strength, my patience, my light, and my counsel. 

It is you who touches the hearts of the children entrusted to my care. 

Abandon me not to myself for one moment.

 For my own guidance and that of my students, 

grant me the spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, 

the spirit of a holy fear of you and an ardent zeal to procure your glory.
I unite my efforts to those of Jesus Christ, and I beg the Most Blessed Virgin,
Saint Joseph, the Guardian Angels, and Saint John Baptist de La Salle
to protect me this day in the performance of my duties. Amen.

From the Christian Brothers
A Prayer to Start the Day
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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

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

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STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH

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Two weeks before the stock market crashed in 1929, a young Catholic congregation celebrated its first Mass on the current LSU campus. The construction of a Catholic Student Center followed, and a chapel was dedicated just before the Second World War. The diocese officially established the parish of Christ the King Church in 1980, and the wonderful facility used today was dedicated at the dawn of the new millennium.

Supported and well-attended by its campus membership, including many students and university staff, the vital ministry commitment of Christ the King is stated with clarity in the opening phrases of the church’s statement of mission: “Christ the King Parish is a diverse, international community, formed to be a living ministry of Jesus Christ among persons on the campus of Louisiana State University and in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.”

To read more about the parish and Catholic ministry on the campus of LSU, please take a few moments and visit the church website for additional information: http://www.ctklsu.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

If there are segments of contemporary culture in which children are expected to be “seen but not heard,” that was surely much more true in the first century. The Savior chose to challenge prevailing norms, instead encouraging children openly and meaningfully. Our Catholic calling extends to the children God has chosen to entrust to caring parents, teachers and Catholic congregations everywhere.  

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ After he placed his hands on them, he went away.”

(St. Matthew 19:13-15, New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

 

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

On the subject of education, from the honored patron saint of teachers, St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle (1651-1719):

“It is chiefly by asking questions and in provoking explanations that the master must open the mind of the pupil, make him work, and use his thinking powers, form his judgment, and make him find out for himself the answer.”

 

 

LIVING A FAITH-FILLED LIFE

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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


steward aug2014Diocesan Youth Ministry

Nearly thirty years ago, through a two-page spread in the November 6, 1985 issue of The Catholic Commentator, the initial Bishop’s Annual Appeal focused attention on key areas of ministry that would receive donated funds. Perhaps not surprisingly, Youth Ministry was one of the four: “Addressing the needs of our youth is a priority if we are going to continue to pass along our legacy of faith to future generations. Your gift will mean more projects and programs offered to our youth to increase their participation and involvement in our Church.”...read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer aug2014The Name Above All Names


The most recent roster of popular baby names lists the most popular boys’ and girls’ names up through the first half of this year. The five most common contemporary girls’ names include Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava. Their male counterparts include Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. The lists seem to suggest fewer young babies are named after their relatives, and more are named for public figures, celebrities, and the characters of television and film....read more

 

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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry aug2014Ultimate Friendship


Harvard’s Malkin Professor of Public Policy Robert Putnam is among a growing number of academics that have added valuable research capital to a notion concerning online friendships. They inadequately serve the basic interpersonal human needs we require, they suggest. It has been nearly fifteen years since Dr. Putnam published the oft-quoted book Bowling Alone, and in the interim, the social network service Facebook turned the word ‘friend’ into a verb. The most popular Facebook account holders boast thousands of ‘friends,’ yet research indicates people have only two or three conventional friendships. Jesus had a few more than that. . . .read more

 

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The Stewardship of Finance


finance aug2014The Life You Save

 

 

There was a time when upwards of 75% of our fellow parishioners saved for their retirement. According to the results of a number of national surveys, fewer than half have even $10,000 set aside for retirement today. Savings accounts’ rates themselves may be a fraction of what they were a generation or two ago, but—especially through targeted financial vehicles—saving is moderately on the rise. Just a decade ago, average individual savings had fallen below two percent of income, but recent figures have ticked near five percent, a modest but measurable increase, particularly in such a volatile economy.. . .read more

 

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