St. Gerard Majella Mission

St. Gerard Majella Church will host a Lenten Mission from Thursday, February 26 to Saturday, February 28, beginning at 5:30 PM each day. The Mission, entitled “We Are Called to Be Christ,” will feature Father Tom Donaldson. The parish is located at 5354 Plank Road in Baton Rouge. For details, call (225) 355-2553.

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Through the Community Comes Together for Christmas program, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge invites area residents to support others in the greater capital community this Christmas season. Catholic Charities encourages you to consider your neighbors and “make their season as joyous as yours.” As CCDIOBR notes on their website, “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.”

Visitors to the Catholic Charities website can log in to register support. Please visit to take part.


“Praise to the Holiest in the Height”

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! That flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine:
God’s presence and His very self
And essence all-divine.

From Blessed John Henry
Cardinal Newman


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St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote that “a Christian is not his own master, since all his time belongs to God.” The faithful and dedicated Catholic parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church of Paincourtville, Louisiana have invested more than a century of fruitful ministry in those they serve, a testimony of time very well spent. The parish was established in 1840, about an hour south of Baton Rouge along the busy waterway of Bayou Lafourche, “the longest Main Street in the World.” The current congregation worships in the most recent of three sanctuaries built for their benefit in Assumption Parish.

The awe-inspiring Gothic structure features an Italian marble altar, dozens of stained glass windows, cypress ceilings, native brick and ten original paintings. Ministry to the Bayou Lafourche community includes the St. Elizabeth School, St. Elizabeth’s sister congregation at historic St. Jules Church, and the mission parish of St. Martin of Tours located in Brusly St. Martin.

For additional information related to the parishioners and ministries of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish and her sister congregations along Bayou Lafourche, please visit their web pages through the following link:


The blessings of the coming Messiah, the One promised to Israel, the Christ who came and who will return:

“All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, buy grain and eat; come, buy grain without money, wine and milk without cost! Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what does not satisfy?”

“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

(Isaiah 55:1-2, 6, 8-9, New American Bible, Revised Edition)



From St. Ephraem the Syrian, fourth century hymn writer and poet:

“Blessed be the Shepherd who became a Lamb for our reconciliation! Blessed be the Branch who became the Cup of our redemption! Blessed also be the Cluster, Found of the medicine of life! Blessed also be the Tiller, who became Wheat, so that He might be sown; and a Sheaf, so that he might be cut down. Blessed be the Architect who became a Tower for our place of safety!


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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy

steward Nov2014The Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Holiday Support


For nearly thirty years, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has helped to fund numerous charitable ministries and special diocesan missions, each of which focus on the unique needs of a caring community of faith. Concerns are many, and needs are great. In response, the gifts of generous contributors to the BAA address numerous related programs and ministries. They include Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, the Sanctuary for Life, the Catholic School Tuition Assistance Program, Catholic Life TV, and special projects like the completion of the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish Hall, reaching many deserving neighbors and more

The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer Dec2014Prayers of the Saints: St. Peter Canisius

The year Peter Canisius was born in what is know the Netherlands, Hernando Cortes wrestled control of Mexico from the Aztecs, and—while on his journey of circumnavigation—Ferdinand Magellan lost his life to Philippine natives. The world had become a notably smaller place, and the Catholic Church’s significant influence in that world benefited from the informed, studious and prayerful leadership of numerous saints who carried the banner of the gospel through an historic sixteenth century. The future St. Peter Canisius was one of more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry2 Dec2014Decorate Your Life

We talk about it often. Before Halloween candy makes its way to sale buggies, retailers begin making to Christmas, decorating stores with little or no thought to the value of Thanksgiving. Back to School pencils and pants are followed by Halloween costumes and candy, and these are immediately replaced by Christmas displays of every kind. Christmas trees, wrapping paper, garland and gift displays aren’t even uncommon in mid-September, before the arrival of autumn. The beginning of fall, the importance of the annual harvest, and the celebration of Thanksgiving were once more than hiccups in the calendar. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance Dec2014A Rich and Eternal Inheritance



Great Britain’s reigning Queen Elizabeth is the wealthiest woman in the world. The heart of her wealth is divided into two distinct parts. One, a trust, was passed to her when she assumed her title. It will just as simply be passed to her successor, the heir to the throne. The rest of her estate consists of property, collections and investments. The extent of her entire fortune can only be estimated, but it is known to be exorbitant, exceeding billions and billions of dollars, if expressed in terms of American currency. Just like the world’s other wealthy citizens, she lacks nothing material, nor will her heirs ever need for anything. Clearly, the members of the British royal family are blessed with substantial financial wealth.. . .read more


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