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Capital Area Alliance For The Homeless

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Participating agencies and individuals that comprise the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless provide Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing for those in need. In addition, “members offer a range of services that include outreach to the homeless, behavioral health referrals, substance abuse treatment, veterans service, life skills training, job training and placement, youth shelters and literacy/GED classes.” More recently the CAAH has worked to develop affordable housing itself, “helping to provide answers for the area’s homeless citizens, addressing homelessness and its root causes.” Please visit the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless website, and discover the many ways you can support their efforts: www.homelessinbr.org

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

This Is What We Think

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
August 2010
  

Through the ages, philosophers and poets have debated life’s difficulties. What is the most troubling or burdensome task, for example? What activity requires the greatest effort? Keeping a secret, one wryly observed. Consistency, wrote one; persistence another. Emerson identified thinking as “the hardest task in the world.” And a century later, Albert Camus suggested one reason why: “We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us toward death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.”  ...read more

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Franciscans:

“Poverty is the special way of salvation. It is the source of humility and the root of all perfection, and its fruit is manifold, though unseen. This is the treasure hidden in the field in the Gospel, to buy which we must sell all—and anything that cannot be sold should be abandoned for love of it.”

 

 

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

40Days for Life

Please begin making plans to take part in Baton Rouge’s sixth annual 40Days for Life, scheduled to run Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, November 6. For additional information, visit the campaign website: www.40daysforlifebr.com

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STEWARDSHIP IN THE DIOCESE

 

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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 recognized this year 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.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.”

(Hebrews 12:1-2; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

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Planned Giving

As a retired New York Life Insurance agent, Vincent Miranda of Christ the King Church in Baton Rouge knew of the great benefits that directly designating a recipient of an insurance policy could bring to both the donor and the beneficiary. So he, and his beloved wife Marian, listed the Diocese as owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy they established in 1989.

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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: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org


LINKS WE RECOMMEND

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
http://www.diobr.org

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
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The Vatican Website
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Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

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QUOTES FROM THE SAINTS

“Our sins are nothing but a grain of sand alongside the great mountain of the mercy of God.”          
                             
St. Jean Vianney

 “Even a little child can scatter flowers, to scent the throne room with their fragrance; even a little child can sing, in a shrill treble, the great canticle of Love. That shall be my life: to scatter flowers—to miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word, always doing the tiniest things right, and doing it for Love.” 
                             
St. Therese of Lisieux

“Whenever you see truth, you seek God, whether or not you know it.”          
                              St. Edith Stein

 

AUGUST 2016

Stewards of God’s Mercy:

The Annual ICSC Conference

Is Coming to Louisiana


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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

Stewardship Is a Way of Life:

Share Your Parish Experiences and

Gain New Perspectives on Stewardship Health

 

In the “Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis invites each of us to joyfully evangelize our faith. Through his proclamation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, he asks each of us to engage others in our faith community. The International Catholic Stewardship Conference (ICSC) is a fitting way to meet Pope Francis’ challenge. ...read more
 

 

The Stewardship of Prayer


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Thirteenth century Doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas wrote knowingly concerning the nature of faith: “Someone may object that it is foolish to believe what he cannot see. Yet life in this world would be altogether impossible if we were to believe only what we can see. How can we live without believing others? How is a man to believe that his father is So-and-so? Hence man finds it necessary to believe others in matters that he cannot know perfectly on his own.”...read more

 


We All Need a Tree House
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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry august2016Go Ahead. Take a Seat in the Back.


Have you received your share of wedding invitations this summer? Mid-year wedding plans have long been the most common. June is still month number one, but August follows, and a great many couples marry in July and September as well. Related questions: Were you also invited to attend the reception or wedding banquet? Would you expect some time with the happy couple, or will you have to bide your time among “the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind” the families chose to invite? You might if you attend a wedding banquet that follows a biblical model. Let’s take a look. . . .read more

 

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The Stewardship of Finance


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Victims of burglary or theft are often surprised to find their homeowner’s insurance policies fail to cover the personal items they value most. For that reason, insurers often recommended adding riders to their policies, insuring items of special note—what some sellers have called Scheduled Property Coverage or Valuable Items Insurance. Separately insuring expensive jewelry is routine. Coverage that insures against the loss of collectibles, expensive tools and sports equipment, musical instruments and family heirlooms is also common.. . .read more

 

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REGISTER TODAY!

As Stewards of God’s Mercy, please register to attend the International Catholic Stewardship Council annual conference this October in New Orleans. Visit catholicstewardship.com for additional information.

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