From St. Philip Neri:

“Cast yourself into the arms of God and be very sure that if he wants anything of you, he will fit you for the work and give you strength.”


Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

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The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has served hungry and needy neighbors in the 11-parish service area for more than 30 years, and are one of the deserving recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust award this year. Though also victims of the flood last August, the Food Bank continues to provide food to well over 100 agencies free of charge—more than 10.7 million meals last year alone. With exceptional efficiency, every dollar donated can provide 4 meals. In addition, more than 4,025 volunteers donated their time. Please choose to donate to such a worthy organization, and give of your time to help feed the hungry in your community: Call (225) 359-9940, or visit their inspiring and informative website,


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If You Could Make a Single Wish . . .

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2008  

One parlor game is almost as old as conversation itself. It involves a simple question, asked in a variety of ways. If you could make a single wish, what would you desire? If you could have anything you wanted, what would you want? Bored partygoers ask it of each other, teachers ask it of their students, and parents of their kids. Though often designed as simple conversation starters, if such questions were taken seriously, answers could reveal something of a person’s basic character—whether self-centered or selfless, visionary or confined to the present, interested in matters of real significance or confined to the temporal and material. more


The Ultimate Married Couples Date Night

The second annual diocesan-wide Supper and Substance, “Ultimate Married Couples Date Night,” is scheduled for Saturday evening, July 29, at St. George Church in Baton Rouge. With special speakers, dinner and dancing, the cost is $75 a couple. For additional details, and to register, visit

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Works of Mercy Trust


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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 works of mercy: the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Capital Area CASA Association, the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation/The Emerge Center, the Particular Council of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, and Youth Oasis.



“One night in a vision the Lord said to Paul, ‘Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this city. He settled there (in Corinth) for a year and a half and taught the word of God among them.”

 (Acts 18:9-11; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

 Getting Back to Basics: Why We Help

Like many people, you’re probably inundated with requests to support a variety of organizations, from your neighbor’s school fundraiser to campaigns at institutions like the Diocese of Baton Rouge. It might be time to reflect on what really inspires you to give back. Renew your giving spirit with a few quick reminders.

Read more . . .

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:


Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Vatican Website

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship

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The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund


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JULY 2017 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


St. Joseph Cathedral

“Spiritual Heart of the Capital City”



St. Joseph Cathedral is a downtown Baton Rouge landmark, the oldest church building in the capital city. Founded as a parish in 1792, St. Joseph Parish has served as “the spiritual home and mother church of the diocese” for more than two centuries, and for more than a century and a half at the present location. Artisans laid the cornerstone of the antebellum structure in 1853, but Civil War-era cannon fire heavily damaged the church, and a series of renovations and expansions followed well into the century just past. As with every historic building, that work continues in our day. more

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer july2017Weary from the Burden

On a twelve-mile foot march in training school, prospective Army Rangers carry a 35-pound rucksack, to which each soldier adds six quarts of water, an overall total of nearly 50 pounds, not counting a vest, rifle and other essential equipment. Special operations personnel often carry more. For some of these dedicated individuals, carrying a load may have begun years before. Research indicates many of our secondary school and university students regularly tote from twenty to thirty pounds in their backpacks each school day. Jesus had something to say to those whose loads burden more


Leaving Nothing Out
... read more

The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry july2017The Promises of God, Beyond Belief

“If you have your health, you have everything.” Perhaps, when your physical well-being is seriously threatened, you tend to agree with that established proverb, offering little qualification. The world is far too complex, though, to simply affirm a notion that invites all kinds of exceptions. A healthy refugee would disagree. So would a healthy parent at risk of losing a child. So would an otherwise healthy adult who longed for a child, but who’d been denied the joy of parenthood. To such a woman, the Old Testament prophet Elisha granted a heavenly miracle. . . .read more


Real Love Invites Action ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance july2017Good Seeds and Ideal Soil


“On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: ‘A sower went to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil.”. . .read more


Make a Little Noise! ... read more

“Glory to be to you, who laid your Cross as a bridge over death, that souls might pass over it from the dwelling of the dead to the dwelling of life.”                                                                                              

                                                                                   St. Ephraem the Syrian

“If charity is milk, devotion is the cream; if charity is a plant, devotion is the flower; if charity is a precious stone, devotion is its brilliance; if charity is a costly balsam, devotion is its fragrance, an odor of sweetness, that consoles men and makes the angels rejoice.”

                                                                                    St. Francis de Sales

“In God alone is there primordial and true delight, and in all our delights it is this delight that we are seeking.”

                                                                                    St. Bonaventure

“If we try to escape sadness by seeking our consolation in sleep, we will fail to find what we are seeking, for we will lose in sleep the consolation we might have received from God if we had stayed awake and prayed.”

                                                                                    St. Thomas More

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