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St. Vincent de Paul

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge expects to serve more than 240,000 meals this year, fill over 20,000 prescriptions, and help meet other basic needs—clothing and shelter among them—for thousands of our community’s most needy individuals. In the aftermath of historic floods, those needs are even greater. “Home may be a trailer, a friend’s guest room, or a damaged residence still unfinished,” but for many, the Society’s Bishop Ott Shelters provide almost every essential, including a home.

This Advent season, please make plans to help meet those needs. Support St. Vincent de Paul financially, or visit one of their centers and volunteer your time. Visit the website and discover the many ways you might take part. Please visit www.svdpbr.org.


 

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Decorate Your Life

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
December 2004
  

Retailers make the transitions earlier each year. Back to School pencils and pants are followed by Halloween costumes and candy, and these are immediately followed by Christmas displays of every kind. Christmas trees, wrapping paper, garland and gift displays aren’t uncommon mid-September, even before the arrival of autumn. The beginning of fall, the importance of the annual harvest, and the celebration of Thanksgiving once were more than a hiccup in the calendar.  ...read more

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP


From St. Thomas More:

“If we give ourselves to meditation and prayer in the dark silence of the night, the soul, collected, will discover that it is much more open to divine consolation than it is during the daytime, when the noise of business all around distracts the eyes, the ears, and the mind, and dissipates our energy in countless activities that are as meaningless as they are varied.”

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Living Nativity

St. Elizabeth Parish Church and School invite you to attend a Living Nativity performed by the school’s eighth-grade class, immediately following the 7:40 AM Mass on Thursday, December 22. Please call 985-369-7402 for additional details.

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THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER

 

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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 with holiday sponsorship commitments made by Friday, December 9. Catholic Charities encourages you to consider your neighbors and “make their season as joyous as yours.” As CCDIOBR notes, “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.” Please take advantage of this vital effort right away.

Visitors to the Catholic Charities website can log in to register support. Please visit http://christmas.ccdiobr.org/ to take part.

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STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

(Romans 15:4-7; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

When you make a gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge this year, we both benefit. Your generosity enables us to meet urgent needs and carry out our mission daily. Plus, you’re able to choose how your gift is used and receive a charitable deduction on your income taxes when you itemize. To receive these benefits, however, you must time your gift appropriately. 

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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
http://usccb.org

The Vatican Website
http://www.vatican.va

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

More Local, Regional and National Links...

The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund

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DECEMBER 2016 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


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“Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned.

Believing the Father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace the hurting, and we address their needs. We extend the call of the Jubilee Year with an invitation. Please Be Merciful by giving to support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. ...read more


 

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer dec2016The Picture of Peace


Seeking the perfect picture of peace, a certain wealthy man announced a contest to produce a masterpiece. As the story is told, paintings soon began to arrive at his offices. Judges uncovered one peaceful scene after another, until only two paintings remained. In one, the smooth surface of a lake reflected green birch trees under an evening sky. Sheep grazed along the shore, undisturbed. Surely this would be the winner. Then, at the sight of the second painting, the gathered judges gasped. This last image could not possibly represent peace. ...read more

 


The Coming of Peace
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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry dec2016Jesus Christ Comes to Save


Celebrated organizations stress the importance of an informed mission statement. Others hype vision statements. Most do both. The Coca-Cola mission statement: “To refresh the world in mind, body and spirit. To inspire moments of optimism and happiness through our brands and actions.” That’s even somewhat spiritual, as is the vision statement of Goodwill Industries. “Every person has the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.” It’s not unusual to find a company that defines mission and vision in terms of purpose—a purpose statement. Jesus clearly had one of those. . . .read more

 

Tell It Like It Is ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance dec2016Well, No. He Didn’t Expect That.

 

Stephen Hawking began his academic career at University College Oxford as a seventeen year old. By his twenty-first birthday, he had already initiated doctoral studies. He was also diagnosed with the disease that has helped define the rest of his life, and he’s often addressed that reality. “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus." . . .read more

 

Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping ... read more

 


 

“God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them.”                                                                                                                     

                                                                                   St. Augustine of Hippo

 

“I bind to myself today the power in the love of the Seraphim, in the obedience of the Angels, in the ministration of the Archangels, in the hope of Resurrection unto reward, in the prayers of the Patriarchs, in the predictions of the Prophets, in the preaching of the Apostles, in the faith of the Confessors, in the purity of the holy Virgins, in the deeds of righteous men.”                        

                                                                                    St. Patrick of Ireland

 

“There are three distinct comings of the Lord of which I know: His coming to men, His coming into men, and His coming against men.”

                                                                                    St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 

“If things created are so full of loveliness, how resplendent with beauty must be the One who made them! The wisdom of the Worker is apparent in His handiwork.”                

                                                                                    St. Anthony of Padua

 

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