VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
At the close of Vatican 2, Pope Paul VI submitted the following wisdom through his Apostolate of the Laity: “The laity are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself. They are consecrated for the royal priesthood and the holy people not only that they may offer spiritual sacrifices in everything they do, but also that they may witness to Christ throughout the world.” As our spiritual leaders regularly affirm, the spiritual health of our parishes depends on volunteer laity who minister every day wherever needed—teaching, assisting with the Mass, caring for facilities, and more. We want to acknowledge that faithfulness.
Stewardship Today has long featured the work of parishes and diocesan ministry departments. Next month we will add a new feature entitled “Volunteer of the Month,” honoring those who make sure our Catholic ministries run smoothly and well to the glory of God. You know many deserving honorees, so we invite your participation. Simply contact us with your recommendations. We’ll do the rest.
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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS
|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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FROM THE ARCHIVES
The New Evangelization, at Home and Abroad
From the Stewardship Today Archives: January 2009
“In regard to young people, it is said that they have a horror of the artificial or false and that they are searching above all for truth and honesty. These signs of the times should find us vigilant. Either tacitly or aloud—but always forcefully—we are being asked: Do you really believe what you are proclaiming? Do you live what you believe? Do you really preach what you live? The witness of life has become more than ever an essential condition for real effectiveness in preaching. Precisely because of this we are, to a certain extent, responsible for the progress of the Gospel that we proclaim.”...read more
STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH
Late next year, the parish of St. Louis King of France of Baton Rouge will begin its sixth decade of service and ministry, for the past forty-three years on North Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Baton Rouge, and blessed with a healthy congregation of individual parishioners and Catholic families. Faithful to provide the community with facilities that enhance parish life, the church building was completed in December 1972. The administration and rectory building was opened in 1980, and the popular St. Louis Catholic School was completed two years later, offering Catholic education for students from kindergarten through the eighth grade.
Opportunities for service include sacramental, liturgical, administrative, and social outreach ministries. Programs for youth and evangelization are available, and an engaging stewardship effort is part of the annual calendar—all of them established ways to honor Christ’s call in your life, to minister to others, and to embrace the chance to see them serve you, as well.
For additional information related to the parishioners and ministries of St. Louis King of France Parish, with links to St. Louis Catholic School, please visit the web pages through the following: www.slkfbr.org
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
Though the names may be unfamiliar, St. Paul’s gratitude for the men and women who served with him is clear, reminding us that healthy, cooperative volunteer service in the Church is essential:
“Epaphras sends you greetings; he is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, always striving for you in his prayers so that you may be perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. For I can testify that he works very hard for you and for those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis. Luke the beloved physician sends greetings, as does Demas.”
“Give greetings to the brothers in Laodicea and to Nympha and to the church in her house. And when this letter is read before you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and you yourselves read the one from Laodicea. And tell Archippus, ‘See that you fulfill the ministry that you received in the Lord.’ ”
(Colossians 4:12-17, New American Bible, Revised Edition)
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From the early Gallic bishop and theologian, Doctor of the Church St. Hilary of Poitiers:
“In the Scriptures our people are shown to be made one; so that just as many grains collected into one and ground and mingled together make one loaf, so in Christ, who is the heavenly Bread, we know there is one body, in which our whole company is joined and united.”
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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy
Join Catholic faithful from all over the world this coming September, when Pope Francis visits the Catholic Church’s 8th World Meeting of Families, to be hosted this year by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Plan to take part in this historic week of events: Monday, September 21 to Sunday, September 27. Louisiana diocesan leaders, working with Peters Way Tours, are providing an opportunity to participate in scheduled meetings and Philadelphia festivities with various travel packages and amenities provided. Trip deposits are due ASAP—by January 15—and additional event details are offered in the following downloadable brochure: click here
“The school of Christ is the school of charity. On the last day, when the general examination takes place, there will be no question at all on the text of Aristotle, the aphorisms of Hippocrates, or the paragraphs of Justinian. Charity will be the whole syllabus.”
(St. Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, 1542-1621, Doctor of the Church)