The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition

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Only slightly more than 10% of Americans from low-income families complete a bachelor’s degree by the age of 25. The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition alters that narrative, with 90% of the program’s 165 high school graduates working toward, or having already completed, a degree in a meaningful and timely manner. “The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition prepares high-achieving, under-resourced high school students to enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” To achieve that mission, BRYC offers personalized support services to all their participating fellows. For additional information concerning BYRC, please visit their informative website:


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One Body, One Spirit

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
July 2013

For music lovers the world over, George Gershwin’s wonderful piece “Rhapsody in Blue” is defined by the opening clarinet glissando, the continuous run through an extended scale with which the composition begins. The clarinet doesn’t fully shape the entire score, of course. The orchestra or Gershwin’s own piano may have done so, but not the clarinet. And yet, this reed instrument is absolutely essential at the beginning. more


From St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Founder of the Sisters of Charity:

“Young people especially should fight cheerfully, since Our Lord has so kindly called you in the morning of your days, and not exposed you to the anguish and remorse we feel after so many years of sin.”




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This past month, 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. 


“Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Be diligent in these matters; be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.”

(1 Timothy 4:12, 15-16; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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“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

“Your weaknesses and deficiencies ought to make you humble, but you should also throw all of them into the fire of the love of God, where they will be devoured and consumed like a straw mattress thrown into a great furnace.”     
                              St. Paul of the Cross         



JULY 2016

Stewards of God’s Mercy:

The Annual ICSC Conference

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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. more


The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer july2016Always Near, Very Near

Curious by nature, Emily was prone to wander away from her parents when they shopped at the market. They knew her well and didn’t want to discourage her curiosity, so Mom and Dad kept an eye on her, whether little Em knew it or not. When she sensed their absence, her joy in discovery would shift to insecurity and fear, and Emily would look for them and call out. She’d feel separation, as if they were very far away. In truth, her parents were always right there, at least one of them watching her, near to her all the more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

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“But that was such an elite group—you know, the apostles—and I could never imagine myself being like one of them.” The recent high school graduate had considered seminary training and the priesthood, but he’d just about talked himself out of the idea. After all, who are those in any age, the few men and women prepared to say, “Yes,” to a lifetime of service? Perhaps we should remember, though Jesus ordained the work of the apostles and sent them out to serve the kingdom, a much larger group of seventy-two people was commissioned to lead the way. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance july2016A Lens for Heavenly Vision


In 1608, a year after colonists established Jamestown as the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, teams of Dutch eyeglass makers invented the first telescopes. A year after that, Galileo took the design, improving upon it and pointing it skyward. It would be two centuries before another inventor would attach two of the devices side by side to produce a pair of binoculars, and not until the decade prior to the American Civil War that prisms would enhance their efficiency. And now? The latest? Well, they’ve gone and added digital cameras! No kidding. You may even have your own.. . .read more


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

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