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For fifteen years, Catholiclife Television, the Television Apostolate of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, has “shared the spirit of the Catholic faith in the local community,” providing a regional forum for national Catholic programming and helping to craft influential diocesan programs, four of which have received international awards. Broadcast several times a week, Roots of Faith is but one of the station’s original offerings, each of which celebrate our compelling Catholic culture. To watch live, or to view recorded programming, visit



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On the Fiftieth Day

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
May 2010

The word Pentecost is derived from the Greek, literally meaning “the fiftieth day.” Some seven weeks after the glorious celebration of the resurrection of Christ, the Catholic Church—along with much of Christendom—celebrates anew every year, acknowledging the blessed arrival of the Holy Spirit that first Easter season, sweeping through the New Testament church born in Jerusalem, empowering the followers of Christ to spread the gospel to the ends of the world. more


From St. Vincent of Lerins, Fifth Century Gallic Monk:

“Keep the talent of the Catholic faith inviolate and unimpaired. What has been faithfully entrusted, let it remain in your possession, let it be handed on by you. You have received gold, so give gold. For my part, I do not want you to substitute one thing for another; I do not want you impudently to put lead in place of gold, or fraudulently, brass. I do not want the appearance of gold, but the real thing.”



Catholic High School Graduations

With the graduation of seniors from St. John the Evangelist in Plaquemine on Thursday evening, May 12, another year of celebration begins for students, their families and friends. Visit the Catholic Schools website for information concerning the schedule of all Catholic schools and offer them your support,

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Roots of Faith: Ancestry is a production of Catholiclife Television, celebrating the diverse Catholic heritage of the region and assisting viewers with accepted methods of effective genealogical research. Recent editions have focused on Irish and Italian heritage, and archived programs include features on Acadians, Colonial and Creole French, Hungarians and Free People of Color. To watch any of the more than two dozen catalogued episodes, visit and Roots of Faith


“Whoever walks without blame, doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart; who does not slander with his tongue, does no harm to a friend, never defames a neighbor; who disdains the wicked, but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath despite the cost, lends no money at interest, accepts no bribe against the innocent—whoever acts like this shall never be shaken.”

(Psalm 15:2-5; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

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“What is nobler than to rule minds or to mold the character of the young? I consider that he who knows how to form the youthful mind is truly greater than all painters, sculptors, and all others of that sort.”               St. John Chrysostom

“The one who is educated and eloquent must not measure his saintliness merely by his fluency. Of two imperfect things, holy rusticity is better than sinful eloquence.”              St. Jerome

“I would rather have learning joined with virtue than all the treasures of kings.”           St. Thomas More

“Free curiosity is of more value in learning than harsh discipline.”             St. Augustine of Hippo


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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


Caring for Our Priests:

With Appreciation for Religious Vocations,

Barbara and Don Simoneaux

Are Leaving a Bequest to Support Retired Clergy

A self-declared “cradle Catholic,” Barbara Simoneaux, a member of St. Alphonsus Parish in Baton Rouge, always held a special place in her heart for religious vocations. After participating in a trip to Medjugorje with the late Rev. Mario S. Termini as an adult, she developed a lasting friendship with him, and he remained her spiritual advisor until his death. She credits Termini, husband Don’s Catholic education, and inspiration from the Holy Spirit with deepening her desire to make an estate gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. more

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer May2016Jesus Prayed for You

Recent holiday messages reminded us that Jesus regularly communed with the Father. He memorably prayed on the Mount of Olives within hours of his betrayal. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground” (St. Luke 22:44). Where were the disciples? “Jesus found them sleeping from grief.” In the Upper Room, Jesus had just prayed for them. He’d even prayed for more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry May2016With a Uniquely Personal Touch

Want to get a message to somebody? In contemporary culture, we have more options than characters in a tweet. Send a text. Make a call. Send an email. Buy a stamp, and send a card or letter. You could ask an emissary to convey your message for you. Of course, you could always hop in the car and deliver it yourself. With first century technology at his disposal, one prominent citizen wanted to get a message to Jesus. He sent his friends. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finances May2016The Giving of Gifts


A coffee maker, an iron, sheets and blankets. Historically popular gifts for high school graduates headed to college, these items appear on many gift lifts still. The number one choice for gift givers, though, is increasingly more and more popular as a wedding gift too: gift cards and gift certificates. Some give cash, a few will buy a bicycle for campus travel, and some families will fund a summer trip, celebrating graduation while paying for a special experience before college.. . .read more


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