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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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AREA MINISTRIES

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge is one of the most respected charitable organizations in the capital city. For nearly a century and a half, St. Vincent de Paul has faithfully invested in people throughout the area, addressing “the needs of the poor within Baton Rouge and the surrounding community since 1865; providing hot meals to those who would otherwise go hungry, warm beds to those who would have no place to sleep, medications to those who could not afford them on their own, and the mandatory uniforms that children need to attend school.”

Readers of 225 Magazine recently selected the Society of St. Vincent de Paul “the best non-profit organization in Baton Rouge” for the second year in a row. As the organization itself has noted, “We believe we are giving a hand up, and not a hand out. We move to better the lives of those we help, and move them towards self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.” To contribute financially or to volunteer your time, please visit www.svdpbr.org.

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“The Cloud”

A cloud in the sky, 

Ezekiel’s chariot
Flashing by.

 In the meadow see
Under the peach tree
Roses glow,
They you appear.

 And the tears flow
In the thin air
Upon your face
O messenger.

From Raissa Maritain,
Twentieth Century Catholic
Philosopher and Poet

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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

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STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH

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On the St. Albert the Great Chapel and Catholic Student Center website, director and ministry chaplain Father Randy Cuevas writes, “St. Albert Student Center has a rich history of serving the pastoral, religious, and spiritual needs of Southeastern’s Catholic community of students and staff for 50 consecutive years, dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone to gather regularly for prayer, the sacraments, devotions, fellowship and fun.”

A web tour of articles and photos reveals opportunities that promote friendship, worship, service and investments in mission. St. Albert provides exactly the kinds of experiences and relationships our college-aged sons and daughters find most beneficial in helping to develop their Catholic faith and their trust in Jesus Christ.

To read more about the Chapel, Catholic Student Center, and vital Catholic ministry on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University, please take time to visit the church website for additional information: www.stalbertselu.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

Many people not only work on Labor Day but also find the idea somewhat amusing. The day has never been a holiday for these hard-working faithful. In addition, for too many, work is burdensome. It needn’t be, especially as our Savior is available to help share the load.

“ ‘Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.’ ”

(St. Matthew 11:28-30, New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

 

 

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), Spanish priest and founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), on the relationship between faith and works:

“Much caution is necessary, lest by much talk about faith, and much insistence on it without any distinctions or explanations, occasion be given to the people, whether before or after they have faith informed by charity, to become slothful and lazy in good works.”

 

 

LIVING A FAITH-FILLED LIFE

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September 2014

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


cover sept2014A Center to Welcome the Community

Restored to their former glory, historic school properties are often converted into condominiums, office complexes, retail centers, or a mixture of all three. In 2000, on the campus of the Catholic Life Center, then Bishop Alfred Hughes dedicated the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center, an expansion and complete redesign of the dormitories, classrooms and assembly centers of the former St. Joseph’s Cathedral Prep Seminary, repurposing the property and providing the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge with premier facilities for a great many events and special activities....read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer sept2014The Service of Prayerful Reconciliation


The Apostle Paul’s message to the Church through 2 Corinthians is shaped by a related admonition from the Lord Jesus: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he doesn’t, take one or two others along, so that every fact may be established by witnesses....read more

 

An Incomparable King ... read more

The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry sept2014Plan to Stick Around


What do you hope for? For St. Paul, a first century rabbi, the answer was a matter of life and death. Completely. While imprisoned, he wrote a letter to those he loved in Philippi, his Letter to the Philippians: “My eager expectation and hope is that I shall not be put to shame in any way, but that with all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose.” . . .read more

 

Wanted: Dead or Alive ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance sept2014Indebted to Love

 

 

Another political season is well underway, and there is much talk about “normal, average, hard-working Americans.” Especially in southern Louisiana, many of those normal, average Americans are faithful and hard-working Catholic parishioners. Debated issues are of great personal interest to area residents, and they include economic concerns. Thoughts drift to the issue of the national debt, both near-term and long-term. That conversation overshadows a related topic most normal, average, hard-working Americans discuss publicly much less often: the issue of personal debt, particularly the amounts owed on credit cards.. . .read more

 

Wise Spending Is Wise Investment ... read more

 

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