LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS
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THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF
for Reflection and Study
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The Catholic Schools of Baton Rouge mission statement indicates that “the Catholic Schools Office serves the community by supporting schools as they strengthen Catholic identity, pursue academic excellence, develop the whole child, and create caring communities rooted in Gospel values through positive communication, promotion of effective curriculum and instruction, responsible coordination of resources, and acknowledgement of outstanding service and accomplishment.”
For information concerning the new school year, to check school calendars, to investigate employment opportunities, to read about various programs and more, please visit the Catholic Schools of Baton Rouge website: www.csobr.org
“A Prayer of the Teacher”
You, O Lord,
are my strength, my patience, my light, and my counsel.
It is you who touches the hearts of the children entrusted to my care.
Abandon me not to myself for one moment.
For my own guidance and that of my students,
grant me the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety,
the spirit of a holy fear of you and an ardent zeal to procure your glory.
I unite my efforts to those of Jesus Christ, and I beg the Most Blessed Virgin,
Saint Joseph, the Guardian Angels, and Saint John Baptist de La Salle
to protect me this day in the performance of my duties. Amen.
From the Christian Brothers
A Prayer to Start the Day
Stewardship Today as a Downloadable PDF
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS
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- Pope blesses international, interfaith soccer match for peace
- Wartime pontiff started tradition of papal peacemaking
- Sweeney's drive for labor rights rooted in Catholic social teaching
LINKS THAT WE RECOMMEND
Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Vatican Website
Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH
Two weeks before the stock market crashed in 1929, a young Catholic congregation celebrated its first Mass on the current LSU campus. The construction of a Catholic Student Center followed, and a chapel was dedicated just before the Second World War. The diocese officially established the parish of Christ the King Church in 1980, and the wonderful facility used today was dedicated at the dawn of the new millennium.
Supported and well-attended by its campus membership, including many students and university staff, the vital ministry commitment of Christ the King is stated with clarity in the opening phrases of the church’s statement of mission: “Christ the King Parish is a diverse, international community, formed to be a living ministry of Jesus Christ among persons on the campus of Louisiana State University and in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.”
To read more about the parish and Catholic ministry on the campus of LSU, please take a few moments and visit the church website for additional information: http://www.ctklsu.org
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
If there are segments of contemporary culture in which children are expected to be “seen but not heard,” that was surely much more true in the first century. The Savior chose to challenge prevailing norms, instead encouraging children openly and meaningfully. Our Catholic calling extends to the children God has chosen to entrust to caring parents, teachers and Catholic congregations everywhere.
“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ After he placed his hands on them, he went away.”
(St. Matthew 19:13-15, New American Bible, Revised Edition)
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
On the subject of education, from the honored patron saint of teachers, St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle (1651-1719):
“It is chiefly by asking questions and in provoking explanations that the master must open the mind of the pupil, make him work, and use his thinking powers, form his judgment, and make him find out for himself the answer.”