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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Ministry and Theology Courses

Area Ministry and Theology classes continue into the fall. For information, contact Tammy Vidrine, (225) 336-8760, or visit the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis web page and calendar at the following: formation@diobr.org

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AREA MINISTRIES

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For nearly forty-five years, the hard-working staff and volunteers who represent Catholic Charities of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge have served the needs of individuals, families and communities in the greater capital area—as far south as the southeastern tip of Assumption Parish on the Mississippi River, and as far north as the Feliciana and Tangipahoa civil parishes, ministering to hundreds of thousands of people each year. Decades of service predated the disastrous storms of 2005, but Hurricanes Katrina and Rita fully matured Catholic Charities. “CCDBR has become the leading service provider to affected families living in the Baton Rouge area.”

In addition to emergency assistance, Catholic Charities provides adoption help, maternity care, senior employment support, help with family housing, refugee resettlement, English language classes, counseling, and support to communities as diverse as foster grandparents and Louisiana inmates. And, significantly, Catholic Charities “commits 95 cents of each revenue dollar to ministry programs.”

Committed to address a variety of needs, and noted for prudent stewardship, it’s no wonder others acknowledge CCDBR as leaders in charitable service and client care, often collaborating to provide ministry to people of all faiths. Please visit the website for additional information: www.ccdiobr.org

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“Christians, Let Us Love

One Another”

Christians, let us love one another, 

As we share the true living bread.
Jesus is our God and our brother;
With his flesh and blood we are fed.

 We who eat and drink at this table
Die and rise again with our Lord.
Drawing from our Rock living water
Given to all who thirst for accord.

 Everyone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.

Sr. Mary Claudia Foltz, SNJM
(1908-2006)
 

 

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LINKS THAT 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...

 

STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH

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This year, Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church celebrates thirty-five years as a Catholic parish. As noted through the parish’s informative website, staff and volunteers minister to “more than 2,800 families or approximately 9,000 persons.” A “youthful and growing population,” “the average age of parishioners is 29 years old.” Dozens of ministries and parish organizations extend ministry to members, their guests and the greater community.

Members and staff provide ministry efforts in a five-year old facility that features a sanctuary that can seat over 900 worshipers. In addition, Most Blessed Sacrament offers an honored educational program: preparatory programs for grades K through 8, an Early Learning Program for children ages 2 to 4, and an extended daycare program. Ministry and service opportunities are available for children, youth, young adults, singles, men and women, couples and senior adults. Members are well served and enjoy a heritage of serving others.

For additional information concerning Most Blessed Sacrament Parish and Most Blessed Sacrament School, please visit the church website at the following address: www.mbsparish.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And I am giving counsel in this matter, for it is appropriate for you who began not only to act but to act willingly last year: complete it now, so that your eager willingness may be matched by your completion of it out of what you have.”

“For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have; not that others should have relief while you are burdened, but that as a matter of equality your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.”

(2 Corinthians 8:9-14, New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

 

 

 

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

A quote from St. Basil the Great, one of the Cappadocian Fathers and Doctor of the Church (329-379):

“We are to be diligent guardians of the resources given to us by God, ever shunning sin as brutes shun poisons, and ever hunting after righteousness, as they seek for the herbage that is good for food. Take heed to yourself, that you may be able to discern between the noxious and the wholesome.”


 

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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


steward oct2014The Catholic Commentator

 

The Diocese of Baton Rouge released the first issue of the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Commentator, on February 8, 1963. For more than fifty years, the Commentator has enjoyed an honored place as one of the most respected Catholic newspapers in the country. As reported in the commemorative anniversary issue, founding Bishop Robert E. Tracy issued the paper a grand initial vision....read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer oct2014Are You a Prisoner of Your Worries?


A local spiritual director recently conveyed a message of great encouragement regarding worry and anxiety. “The Scriptures remind us not to worry,” he said, “but we need to unpack that a bit. You worry. Honestly, I do too. So, are we all spiritually immature? That seems too simplistic a response. Instead, is it possible that the burdens we carry have crowded out the good, a sense of gratitude, and a heart of blessing? Maybe we’ve simply forgotten to season our thoughts with thanksgiving.”...read more

 

More Than a Human Word ... read more

The Stewardship of Ministry


minister oct2014Fear: The Enemy of Involvement


As we approach the holiday season, we know each of our parishes will again offer wonderful opportunities for service in our local communities. Many parishioners will respond. Some will not. A time crunch is often cited as the primary reason to avoid involvement. We’ll hear about the absence of experience or the lack of a certain skill, talent or ability. One thread runs through most avoidance, though, and it is only rarely acknowledged. Many people sidestep involvement out of fear. Uncertainty. The potential for embarrassment. Or the exposure to uncomfortable social contact. Plain old fear. . . .read more

 

Impartial and Selective ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance oct2014Is Bigger Always Better?

 

 

A century ago, a new office tower located at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty in Lower Manhattan became the world’s tallest building. Brooklyn-born and Paris-trained Ernest Flagg, an architect famed for his contributions to the Beaux-Arts movement, designed the Singer Building, headquarters for the Singer Manufacturing Company, and it was magnificent. Interestingly enough, the Singer Building was the world’s tallest for only a single year, as the Metropolitan Life Tower—completed in 1909—overshadowed its Manhattan neighbor. The majestic Singer itself outlived a developer’s definition of utility. . .read more

 

The Image of the Ruler ... read more

 

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All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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