From St. Augustine of Hippo:

“When many men rejoice together, there is a richer joy in each individual, since they enkindle themselves and they enflame one another.”


I Give Catholic -November 28

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To celebrate our unique Catholic heritage, #iGiveCatholic is the first-ever giving day created to rally the Catholic community on #GivingTuesday, November 28—a global day of giving. Donors make secure, tax-deductible donations to their parish, alma mater, and favorite ministries. Donations will be accepted on during a 24-hour period, and gifts may be scheduled in advance beginning Friday, November 10th. Our goal? $3.5 million for 17 participating Arch/Dioceses, including the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

A Minute of Margin: Restoring Balance to Busy Lives - 180 Daily Reflections (Pilgrimage Growth Guide) by [M.D., Richard A. Swenson,]

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for additional recommendations.

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The Lost and the Strays

From the Stewardship Today Archives, November 2005  

“Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. I will rescue them. I will lead them out. I will bring them back. In good pastures will I pasture them. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal (but the sleek and the strong I will destroy), shepherding them rightly.” The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel revealed the Father as the great shepherd and his people as his sheep. more




Discalced Carmelites

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites will meet Sunday, November 12, at 1:30 PM, in St. Gabriel’s Room at Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Activity Center: 444 Marquette Avenue in Baton Rouge. For additional information, please call (225) 343-3181, or (225) 803-3391.

Diocesan News Page


Works of Mercy Trust



Since its inception in 1992, the Diocese of Baton Rouge Works of Mercy Trust has awarded over $525,000 to area non-profit organizations. On June 15, Bishop Robert Muench distributed this year’s awards to five deserving area organizations, including the Youth Oasis Children’s Shelter in Baton Rouge. Since January of 2013, “Youth Oasis has been one of only two emergency children’s shelters that remain open in the state, serving the needs of children in the custody of the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services.”

A few key facts and figures reflect the vital services offered, and they include the following: 3,500 total bed nights; 97 youth served by the children’s shelter; 28 youth reunited with their parents or guardians; and over 9,000 meals served. For additional information, please visit the organization’s informative website,



“Lord, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty. I do not busy myself with great matters, with things too sublime for me. Rather I have stilled my soul, like a weaned child to its mother, weaned is my soul. Israel, hope in the Lord, now and forever.”

(Psalm 131:1-3; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

Make a Tax-Free Gift with an IRA

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as ours without having to pay income taxes on the money. This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to our organization this year and well into the future.

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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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The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


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Join with fellow parishioners to actively support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. It takes so little to mean so much. As Jesus said, God’s kingdom is “like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade” (Mk 4:31-32). We realize the greatest impact when generous parishioners join together and give. Moved by Faith, please take part in this great work of God. more

A Letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench...Read more

The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer nov2017The Shepherd’s Unguarded Blessing

Screenwriters are fond of the situation. A thriller narrative’s protagonist—likely a character with whom viewers identify—senses a threatening presence, someone in pursuit. And, almost as common as the actualized threat is the revelation that a shadow individual has followed our heroine or hero as an ally or protector. Well, God doesn’t lurk in the shadows. He offers guidance, counsel, support and direction openly. It is why we pursue the Lord’s protection and guiding hand, even as he pursues more


With the Savior, SRO
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The Stewardship of Ministry

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What is going on? In times of considerable cultural change, the question is asked repeatedly. But, is there really any time when that isn’t the case? Two decades ago, in his book Leading Change, John Kotter wrote, “The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades.” Of the law of change, Richard Nixon said, “What’s up today is down tomorrow,” a picture of his public experience. Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “There is nothing permanent except change.” Writing five centuries before the birth of Christ, Heraclitus has been unavailable for follow up questions for quite some time.. . . .read more


Do What He Does ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

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The Lord Jesus Christ frequently spoke of the kingdom, often in parables. One of those appears at the beginning of the twenty-fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry.”. . .read more


The Exception Is the Rule ... read more

“Be eager for more frequent gatherings for thanksgiving to God and his glory. For when we meet in this way, the forces of Satan are rendered powerless and his destructive power is cancelled in the concord of your faith.”                                                                                              

                                                                                   St. Ignatius of Antioch

“One act of thanksgiving when things go wrong with us is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclination.”

                                                                                    St. John of Avila

“We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.”

                                                                                    St. Basil the Great

“If we have any natural defect, either in mind or body, let us not grieve and be sorry for ourselves. Who is there that ever receives a gift and tries to make bargains about it? Let us, then, return thanks for what he has bestowed on us. Who can tell whether, if we had had a larger share of ability or stronger health, we would have possessed them to our destruction?”

                                                                                    St. Alphonsus Liguori

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