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BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
For 28 years, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal has served the Baton Rouge Diocese, honoring God’s call to the Church while addressing the needs of thousands of our neighbors. Donations to the BAA support CatholicLife TV, the aims of Catholic education, the Parish Emergency Assistance Program, the Bishop’s Pence, Catholic Charities’ Sanctuary for Life, and numerous other ministries and programs sponsored by the Diocese and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Your gift will extend essential resources and services, spreading the Gospel by sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others.
Your meaningful commitment to the work of the BAA will make all the difference. Give to the Lord for All His Goodness, and know that online contributions are always welcome. For more information, please visit the Bishop’s Annual Appeal online: http://officeofstewardship.com/bishops-annual-appeal/
A Verse from
Prudentius, Early Catholic Poet
“Elizabeth Heralds Christ as God”
Believe what says the angel
who was sent from the Father’s throne,
or if your stolid ear catch not
the voice from heaven,
be wise and hear
the cry of aged woman, now with child.
O wondrous faith!
The babe in senile womb
greets through his mother’s lips
the Virgin’s Son, our Lord.
The child unborn
makes known the cry
of the Child bestowed on us,
for speechless yet
He caused that mouth
to herald Christ as God.
Prudentius, Catholic Poet
(348 – c. 410)
CATHOLIC LEADERS ON STEWARDSHIP
The following is an excerpt from an extended piece on the subject of Christmas, written by St. Ephraem the Syrian, who ministered in the fourth century:
“All days from the treasure of this bright day gain blessings. All the feasts from the stores of this feast have their fairness and their ornaments. Great is this day above all days, for in it came forth mercy to sinners. A medicine chest is this Your great day, because on it shone forth the Medicine of life to the wounded. A treasure of helpful graces is this day, because on it, Light gleamed forth on our blindness. Yes, it also brought a Sheaf to us, and it came, so that from it, plenty might flow upon our hunger.”
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LINKS THAT WE RECOMMEND
Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Vatican Website
STEWARDSHIP: A DIOCESAN LEGACY
For nearly three centuries, Catholic parishioners have gathered to worship and celebrate the Eucharist near the Mississippi River in the civil parishes of the Felicianas, north of Baton Rouge and just south of the line that separates Louisiana from the state of Mississippi. Early missionaries to the area were Franciscans, and their influence is preserved in the name of the city of St. Francisville, home to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
The historic sanctuary, “built exclusively of native woods such as cypress and longleaf pine,” is the centerpiece of Catholic Hill, a location that has housed a Catholic congregation long faithful to the greater community. With offices, a center for religious education, the Catholic hall, and a recently purchased parish center, the property extends a welcome for community gatherings, receptions, classes and meetings of all kinds.
Our Lady has begun an ambitious Master Plan, and engaging images of the projected, expanded physical plant are available on the parish website. Please visit the site, www.felicianacatholic.org, for more information about the ministries of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in St. Francisville, and the Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Jackson, Louisiana.
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
This Christmas season, Catholics and non-Catholics alike will exchange gifts with those they love. At least one perspective points to the generosity of the Magi, and the gifts they brought to the Christ child from the East, as the seed of an idea that has borne fruit for generations since. Indeed, the wise men were generous.
“When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.’ Herod sent them to Bethlehem. After their audience with the king they set out.”
“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
(From St. Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 2, New American Bible, Revised Edition)
Stewardship Today as a Downloadable PDF
For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.