LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS
Sanctuary for Life is the only housing program in Louisiana that unconditionally accepts pregnant women in crisis, and Sanctuary for Life is just that—a Sanctuary. Homeless, expectant women live in community with a housemother, mentor each other, and receive medical care, nutritious meals and counseling. They leave the house employed and ready to care for their newborn babies.
The Sanctuary offers a place to stay, job training, transportation to medical appointments, and all of the provisions listed above. Your support will help expand this essential pro-life ministry, saving the lives of unborn children.
For additional details, visit the sites where the information provided appears: the Bishop’s Annual Appeal page of the Office of Stewardship website, http://officeofstewardship.com/bishops-annual-appeal/, or the web pages of the office of Catholic Charities: www.ccsbr.org/
From the Hymn,
“Wide Open Are Thy Hands”
Wide open are Thy hands,
Paying with more than gold
The awful debt of guilty men,
Forever and of old.
Lord, I am sad and poor,
But boundless is Thy grace;
Give me the soul transforming joy
For which I seek Thy face.
To these, Thy mighty hand,
My spirit I resign;
Living, I live alone to Thee,
And, dying, I am Thine.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux,
Doctor of the Church
(1090 – 1153)
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From The Rule of St. Benedict, the following excerpt offers a simple, instructive guideline for the offering of self and service during the Season of Lent:
“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent. Since few, however, have the strength for this, we urge the entire community during these days of Lent to keep its manner of life most pure and to wash away in this holy season the negligence of other times. This we can do in a fitting manner by refusing to indulge evil habits and by devoting ourselves to prayer with tears, to reading, to compunction of heart and self-denial. During these days, therefore, we will add to the usual measure of our service something by way of private prayer and abstinence, so that each of us will have something above the assigned measure to offer God.”
NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS
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- FDA weighs possibility of allowing research into three-parent babies
- Vatican medical experts OK reported miracle attributed to Archbishop Sheen
- Pope shares anecdotes, talks to priests about mercy, hearing confession
LINKS THAT WE RECOMMEND
Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Vatican Website
STEWARDSHIP: A DIOCESAN LEGACY
In their wonderful diocesan history Roots of Faith, Emilie Leumas and Renee Richard noted, “St. George Catholic Church traces its beginnings to a small wooden chapel sitting off a remote country road over 100 years ago. The chapel was built on land donated in 1885 by the widow of George Kleinpeter. The exact date the chapel was built is unknown, but St. George is listed as a chapel and school in the church directories of the Archdiocese of New Orleans by 1891.”
Leaders in the area of parish stewardship, St. George staff and laity continue a respected legacy of spiritual health and growth. Through the parish website, that commitment is affirmed on a page (www.st-george.org/content.cfm?id=508) dedicated to the importance of Catholic Stewardship: Stewardship of Prayer, Stewardship of Ministry, and Stewardship of Finance.
That commitment is clearly stated. “Stewardship begins with our personal need to return to God a truly grateful portion of our time, talent, and treasure. In gratitude for the many blessings God as given to us, please prayerfully reflect on how you may respond to God’s calling as a St. George Parishioner as you visit this area of the website.” Among the areas of ministry listed are the following: Administration, Education, Family & Community Life and Social Responsibility. There are many more. In addition, the parish offers parishioners the ease of electronic giving.
For a more substantive look at the significant influence of—and the extensive ministry programs offered through—St. George Catholic Parish, please visit the church website for additional information: www.st-george.org
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
In his Letter to the Galatians, St. Paul addressed God’s instruction for the Church. We are called to care for all people, a valued message during the Season of Lent.
“Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit.
“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.”
(Galatians 6: 7-10, New American Bible, Revised Edition)
Stewardship Today as a Downloadable PDF
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