The Works of Mercy Trust

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This spring, the Bishop Joseph Ott Works of Mercy Trust Fund Board of Trustees issued grants to area non-profits whose staff and volunteers faithfully address needs in the Baton Rouge community with great effectiveness and dedication. On May 19, Bishop Robert Muench presented the worthy organizations their grant checks. The Capital Area CASA Association is one of the deserving ministries to which the board offered grant support.

“The Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected youth living in foster care, to help them reach safe, permanent homes.” Volunteers “work with one or two children at a time, averaging ten to fifteen volunteer hours per month.” Under the supervision of a CASA staff member, each CASA volunteer becomes “a stable presence in each child’s life,” extending “a one-year commitment to that child.” To learn more about the capital-area organization, to volunteer your time and efforts, to contribute your donations, or to learn about special fundraising opportunities—such as the ongoing Casas for CASA playhouse fundraiser—call (225) 379-8598, or visit the CASA website,




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Voice of Wisdom, Voice of Folly

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August 2009

Dr. Edward de Bono is the noted author of dozens of books, exploring the subjects of creative thinking and learning processes. Some have called him an expert, a term he’s chosen to define as follows: “An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler, through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” Other social commentators may disagree with his definition, but few would argue with his assessment—a level of discernment that recognizes “what to pay attention to and what to ignore” is fruitful wisdom more


In the third century, early Church Father St. Cyprian of Carthage addressed the goodness and blessing of God:

“To those who seek God’s kingdom and righteousness, He promises that all things shall be added. For since God possesses all things, those who possess God will lack nothing if they do not lack God Himself.”


Vocations Andrew Dinner

The Office of Vocations will host vocation prospects at the Andrew Dinner, featuring Bishop Robert Muench and Father Matt Dupre, on Sunday, August 30 at 5:30 PM at the Bishop Tracy Center. Call (225) 336-8778 for additional details.

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In 1952, the year Dwight Eisenhower was first elected president, a valued piece of Main Street property in Sorrento, Louisiana was donated to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Within a year, the Archdiocese had created the mission chapel of St. Anne Church. Then, shortly after the Diocese of Baton Rouge was created, Bishop Robert Tracy established St. Anne as a Catholic parish. West of St. Anne, on Highway 22 in Darrow, St. Anthony of Padua had been established in 1937 and maintained spiritual oversight of St. Anne initially. Today, under the pastoral leadership of Father Keun-Soo Lee, the two churches serve as a clustered parish, ministering to hundreds of families in Ascension Parish on either side of I-10 near the Mississippi River.

Serving many, and offering ministry opportunities for all who want to serve, the clustered parish provides a helpful sheet of volunteer positions available through their Stewardship of Ministry efforts: lectors, altar servers and ushers through Worship Ministries; Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters; catechists, office help and sacramental preparation assistants; prayer network members and visitors to the sick; plus ministry opportunities for groups as significant and diverse as children, youth and senior adults. For additional information, please visit the website:



As we prayerfully consider those the Lord might call to serve as our earthly shepherds, we look to Jesus and a message concerning the Good Shepherd.

“Jesus said again, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.’ ”

“ ‘I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.’ ”

(St. John 10:7-15; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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The “I Will Give You Shepherds” Capital Campaign

For the spiritual shepherds who serve us, priestly formation is vital and quality theological education essential. Within our Archdiocese, two seminaries serve the needs of our seminarians, and their investment is impressive. Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans enjoys a current enrollment of 113 seminarians, and St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict has the highest enrollment it has known in over thirty years. But, even as the schools meet the needs of our students, educational facilities have needs of their own.

Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond and the Archdiocese of New Orleans have announced a $25 million capital campaign designed to “continue to provide the very best in priestly formation” for years to come. That the campaign has already reached the halfway point in donations is a measure of the region’s commitment to our Catholic future. Please join other parishioners throughout the Archdiocese. Visit the campaign website at to make your commitment today, and read Bishop Robert W. Muench’s letter of invitation to the parishioners of the Diocese of Baton Rouge by clicking on the following link: more

The Stewardship of Prayer

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Do you know your boss? If you’re employed by a small business, you likely do, maybe even sharing workspace or adjoining offices. If, however, you work in a firm whose employees number in the hundreds or thousands, you may interact with your supervisor fairly often but only know the organization’s chairman or president from photographs and interoffice correspondence. In a large firm, you wouldn’t presume your institution’s chief operating officer even knows your more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

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Every Catholic parish needs volunteers, dozens—in some cases, hundreds—of devoted men and women who faithfully invest their gifts and talents in the work of building the kingdom of Jesus Christ in their local neighborhoods. Gifted, hard working volunteers staff youth programs, offer direction in religious instruction, care for worship and educational facilities, minister to preschoolers, maturing families and senior church members, and lead all manner of efforts that extend God’s love to each surrounding community. Positions vary, and the abilities required to address needs do, as well. Consider that the “what” of ministry. And yet, universal considerations also come into play, answering the question “how.” . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

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You expect Jesus to talk about love. And you expect passages on grace and mercy, discipleship and relationships, faith and trust in God. Read through the four Gospels, and you’ll find all of that. Some are surprised to find a great deal of discussion on the subject of money, in particular on the meaning of wealth and substance. Not surprisingly, Jesus found value outside of finances. In one such story, he contrasted daily bread and the bread of life. He weighed the value of, and the corresponding investment in, a loaf of bread against the value of an imperishable supply, full reliance on him as “the bread of life.” It’s a good story.. . .read more


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“Whatever our bodies may be doing, we should at the same time continually lift up our minds to God, which is the most acceptable form of prayer. For no matter which way we turn our steps, as long as our minds are turned to God, we clearly are not turned away from Him who is present everywhere.”                         

(St. Thomas More, 1478-1535, English Statesman and Catholic Martyr)

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