Livingston Youth & Family Counseling


The flood of 2016 affected many thousands of our neighbors—residents, churches, schools, retail and office spaces, and area organizations of note. Among those whose recovery will likely mean significant recovery for others is the Livingston Parish-area counseling ministry, Livingston Youth and Family Counseling. “For over thirty years, LYFC has offered counseling to address a variety of concerns that include but are not limited to the following: anxiety, depression, dual-diagnosis, effects of abuse, grief, life event issues, mental illness, parent-child issues, parenting classes, relationship issues and trauma.” And, LYFC staff members “serve children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.” To prayerfully support the work of the Livingston Youth and Family Counseling agency as they also work to reinstate all services, please visit the helpful website:



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Death, Taxes, Love and Forgiveness

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
October 2010

Residents of Colonial Boston notoriously objected to a tax levied by the British crown on tea, standing with others throughout history that found high taxes unreasonable or unjust. Ancient Egyptians paid unreasonably heavy taxes on cooking oil, and Romans were among the first to require a sales tax. The ‘look’ of Eighteenth Century Russian culture likely changed a bit as the result of a tax on beards, and taxes on everything from windows to fireplaces to trees altered the landscape of several European countries in recent centuries. Throughout history, government officials have taxed transportation, travel, commerce, alcohol, tobacco and fuel. Taxes remain unpopular, and tax collectors loathed. more


Taize Prayer Services

The Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road in Ponchatoula, will offer contemplative prayer services on the first Monday of the month, beginning October 3 and running through March. For information, call (225) 294-5039.

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This spring, the Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott Works of Mercy Trust listed its annual grant beneficiaries for 2016, and Bishop Robert Muench met the recipients to congratulate them and issue their grant awards. The six deserving area nonprofit organizations include the following: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, HOPE Ministries, Livingston Youth and Family Counseling, and Pat’s Coats for Kids.


“Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build. Unless the Lord guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch. It is vain for you to rise early and put off your rest at night, to eat bread earned by hard toil—all this God gives to his beloved in sleep.”

(Psalm 127:1-2; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving


While IRAs are excellent vehicles for accumulating assets for your use during retirement, to many people’s surprise, they are a far less attractive way to pass an inheritance to loved ones. A better and easier option is to leave an IRA to a charitable organization like ours. Here’s why.  

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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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From St. Thomas More:

“Since God displayed His great mercy in so many ways even toward Judas, an apostle turned traitor, since He invited him so often to be forgiven and did not allow him to perish except through despair alone, surely there is no cause for anyone in this life to despair even of an imitator of Judas.”


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The Flood of 2016 Response

Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster
Assistance Fund


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Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge community during these difficult times. The historic flooding that has taken place has impacted nearly every corner of our diocese, and our parishes and schools are struggling to recover in an effort to provide for the spiritual and educational needs of their parishioners and students more


The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer october2016Wait for It

The Old Testament prophecy of Habakkuk helps frame a potently interesting period of old world biblical history. If, as many scholars propose, the prophecy was uttered about 600 BC, significant players were active on the world stage. The prophet Jeremiah was present and prophesying, devout King Josiah was killed in battle, the Babylonians succeeded the Assyrians as a world power, Daniel and Ezekiel were taken captive into Babylon, and Judah fell—Jerusalem destroyed in the process. Habakkuk didn’t care for the bleak turn of events and called on God to do something about it right away. God chose not more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry october2016In the Mood for Music

The saints celebrated the gift of music and the joy of song. St. Augustine wrote, “To sing is to pray twice.” St. Thomas Aquinas suggested, “Song is the leap of mind in the eternal breaking out into sound.” And, sixteenth century reformer St. John the Cross added, “The soul of one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in the mood for singing.” Following the events in the Upper Room—the washing of the apostles’ feet, the exit of Judas, and the prodigious Passover meal—Jesus and the remaining disciples sung together. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance october2016The Gift of a Humble Servant


How we choose to approach the circumstances of life is important. Attitude is a game changer. In one of the most powerful passages in all of Scripture, St. Paul invited his readers to consider the example of Christ: “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found in human appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).. . .read more


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“We don’t walk to God with the feet of our body; nor would wings, if we had them, carry us to Him; but we go to Him by the affections of our soul.”                                                                                                                    

                                                                                   St. Augustine of Hippo


“Within us there is a palace of immense magnificence. The entire edifice is built of gold and precious stones. Truly there is no building of such great beauty as a pure soul, filled with virtues. And the greater of these virtues, the brighter of these stones sparkle. In this palace, the great King lodges, pleased to become your Guest, and He sits there on a throne of tremendous value: your Heart.”                        

                                                                                    St. Teresa of Avila


“Christian perfection consists in three things: praying heroically, working heroically, and suffering heroically.”

                                                                                    St. Anthony Mary Claret


“If I want only pure water, what does it matter to me whether it be brought in a vase of gold or of glass? What is it to me whether the will of God be presented to me in tribulation or consolation, since I desire and seek only the divine will?”                

                                                                                    St. Francis de Sales


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