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.
THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF
for Reflection and Study
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THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER
Through the Community Comes Together for Christmas program, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge invites area residents to support others in the greater capital community this Christmas season. Catholic Charities encourages you to consider your neighbors and “make their season as joyous as yours.” As CCDIOBR notes on their website, “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.”
Visitors to the Catholic Charities website can log in to register support. Please visit http://christmas.ccdiobr.org/ to take part.
“Praise to the Holiest in the Height”
O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.
O wisest love! That flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.
And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine:
God’s presence and His very self
And essence all-divine.
From Blessed John Henry
Cardinal Newman (1801-1890)
Stewardship Today as a Downloadable PDF
For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS
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- Some exiles 'cautiously hopeful' about change; others feel betrayed
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
St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote that “a Christian is not his own master, since all his time belongs to God.” The faithful and dedicated Catholic parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church of Paincourtville, Louisiana have invested more than a century of fruitful ministry in those they serve, a testimony of time very well spent. The parish was established in 1840, about an hour south of Baton Rouge along the busy waterway of Bayou Lafourche, “the longest Main Street in the World.” The current congregation worships in the most recent of three sanctuaries built for their benefit in Assumption Parish.
The awe-inspiring Gothic structure features an Italian marble altar, dozens of stained glass windows, cypress ceilings, native brick and ten original paintings. Ministry to the Bayou Lafourche community includes the St. Elizabeth School, St. Elizabeth’s sister congregation at historic St. Jules Church, and the mission parish of St. Martin of Tours located in Brusly St. Martin.
For additional information related to the parishioners and ministries of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish and her sister congregations along Bayou Lafourche, please visit their web pages through the following link: www.stelizabethstjules.com
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
The blessings of the coming Messiah, the One promised to Israel, the Christ who came and who will return:
“All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, buy grain and eat; come, buy grain without money, wine and milk without cost! Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what does not satisfy?”
“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55:1-2, 6, 8-9, New American Bible, Revised Edition)
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Ephraem the Syrian, fourth century hymn writer and poet:
“Blessed be the Shepherd who became a Lamb for our reconciliation! Blessed be the Branch who became the Cup of our redemption! Blessed also be the Cluster, Found of the medicine of life! Blessed also be the Tiller, who became Wheat, so that He might be sown; and a Sheaf, so that he might be cut down. Blessed be the Architect who became a Tower for our place of safety!”