St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge expects to serve more than 240,000 meals this year, fill over 20,000 prescriptions, and help meet other basic needs—clothing and shelter among them—for thousands of our community’s most needy individuals. In the aftermath of historic floods, those needs are even greater. “Home may be a trailer, a friend’s guest room, or a damaged residence still unfinished,” but for many, the Society’s Bishop Ott Shelters provide almost every essential, including a home.
This Advent season, please make plans to help meet those needs. Support St. Vincent de Paul financially, or visit one of their centers and volunteer your time. Visit the website and discover the many ways you might take part. Please visit www.svdpbr.org.
THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS
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- In Jesuit publications, filmmaker Scorsese talks about his faith
- Catholics urged to witness faith in public arena as St. Thomas More did
- Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted 'yes' to God, pope says
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Decorate Your Life
From the Stewardship Today Archives,
Retailers make the transitions earlier each year. Back to School pencils and pants are followed by Halloween costumes and candy, and these are immediately followed by Christmas displays of every kind. Christmas trees, wrapping paper, garland and gift displays aren’t uncommon mid-September, even before the arrival of autumn. The beginning of fall, the importance of the annual harvest, and the celebration of Thanksgiving once were more than a hiccup in the calendar. ...read more
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Thomas More:
“If we give ourselves to meditation and prayer in the dark silence of the night, the soul, collected, will discover that it is much more open to divine consolation than it is during the daytime, when the noise of business all around distracts the eyes, the ears, and the mind, and dissipates our energy in countless activities that are as meaningless as they are varied.”
LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS
St. Elizabeth Parish Church and School invite you to attend a Living Nativity performed by the school’s eighth-grade class, immediately following the 7:40 AM Mass on Thursday, December 22. Please call 985-369-7402 for additional details.
THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER
Through the Community Comes Together for Christmas program, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge invites area residents to support others in the greater capital community with holiday sponsorship commitments made by Friday, December 9. Catholic Charities encourages you to consider your neighbors and “make their season as joyous as yours.” As CCDIOBR notes, “Many of the families served by Catholic Charities rely on the generosity of our donors at Christmas to make the holidays bright. Many are single mothers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and the elderly struggling to make ends meet on meager budgets. This year, please give the gift of Christmas to those in need.” Please take advantage of this vital effort right away.
Visitors to the Catholic Charities website can log in to register support. Please visit http://christmas.ccdiobr.org/ to take part.
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
(Romans 15:4-7; New American Bible, Revised Edition)
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