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For nearly forty-five years, the hard-working staff and volunteers who represent Catholic Charities of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge have served the needs of individuals, families and communities in the greater capital area—as far south as the southeastern tip of Assumption Parish on the Mississippi River, and as far north as the Feliciana and Tangipahoa civil parishes, ministering to hundreds of thousands of people each year. Decades of service predated the disastrous storms of 2005, but Hurricanes Katrina and Rita fully matured Catholic Charities. “CCDBR has become the leading service provider to affected families living in the Baton Rouge area.”
In addition to emergency assistance, Catholic Charities provides adoption help, maternity care, senior employment support, help with family housing, refugee resettlement, English language classes, counseling, and support to communities as diverse as foster grandparents and Louisiana inmates. And, significantly, Catholic Charities “commits 95 cents of each revenue dollar to ministry programs.”
Committed to address a variety of needs, and noted for prudent stewardship, it’s no wonder others acknowledge CCDBR as leaders in charitable service and client care, often collaborating to provide ministry to people of all faiths. Please visit the website for additional information: www.ccdiobr.org
“Christians, Let Us Love
Christians, let us love one another,
As we share the true living bread.
Jesus is our God and our brother;
With his flesh and blood we are fed.
We who eat and drink at this table
Die and rise again with our Lord.
Drawing from our Rock living water
Given to all who thirst for accord.
Everyone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.
Sr. Mary Claudia Foltz, SNJM
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS
- Former secretary says St. John Paul II shared his flock's sorrows, joys
- Amid insurgency, Iraqi priest is guardian angel of ancient manuscripts
- Olive harvest at Garden of Gethsemane unites faithful with Christ
- Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment
- Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors' consent
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
This year, Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church celebrates thirty-five years as a Catholic parish. As noted through the parish’s informative website, staff and volunteers minister to “more than 2,800 families or approximately 9,000 persons.” A “youthful and growing population,” “the average age of parishioners is 29 years old.” Dozens of ministries and parish organizations extend ministry to members, their guests and the greater community.
Members and staff provide ministry efforts in a five-year old facility that features a sanctuary that can seat over 900 worshipers. In addition, Most Blessed Sacrament offers an honored educational program: preparatory programs for grades K through 8, an Early Learning Program for children ages 2 to 4, and an extended daycare program. Ministry and service opportunities are available for children, youth, young adults, singles, men and women, couples and senior adults. Members are well served and enjoy a heritage of serving others.
For additional information concerning Most Blessed Sacrament Parish and Most Blessed Sacrament School, please visit the church website at the following address: www.mbsparish.org
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And I am giving counsel in this matter, for it is appropriate for you who began not only to act but to act willingly last year: complete it now, so that your eager willingness may be matched by your completion of it out of what you have.”
“For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have; not that others should have relief while you are burdened, but that as a matter of equality your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.”
(2 Corinthians 8:9-14, New American Bible, Revised Edition)
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
A quote from St. Basil the Great, one of the Cappadocian Fathers and Doctor of the Church (329-379):
“We are to be diligent guardians of the resources given to us by God, ever shunning sin as brutes shun poisons, and ever hunting after righteousness, as they seek for the herbage that is good for food. Take heed to yourself, that you may be able to discern between the noxious and the wholesome.”