The Light Is ON for You
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, The Light Is ON for You. Bishop Robert W. Muench and the priests of our diocese invite you to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent. Please come to the Well of Mercy! Catholic churches in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be open for Confession during Lent Wednesdays, from February 17 through March 16, at times listed within the Lenten brochure. Please find specific details concerning The Light Is ON for You here: Click here to download a copy of the brochure
In Bishop Robert W. Muench’s Lenten letter to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, we are reminded just how fortunate we really are, “we who have the benefit of the Risen Christ’s gift to the apostles and their successors.”
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A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey
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India has the fourth largest coal reserves on the planet. By contrast, Japan has almost no mineral resources and is the largest importer of coal in the world. The nation of Brazil is blessed with large reserves of gold, iron ore, platinum, uranium and petroleum. The same is true for Canada, Angola, Venezuela and Serbia. The United States possesses abundant natural resources, a stunning storehouse of blessings that extends from copper and gold to natural gas, nickel and timber. The US, for example, has the world’s largest coal reserves, nearly one third of global supply. ...read more
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church:
“The glory of these forty days we celebrate with songs of praise for Christ, by whom all things were made, Himself has fasted and has prayed. Alone and fasting Moses saw the loving God who gave the Law; and to Elijah, fasting, came the steeds and chariots of flame. So Daniel trained his mystic sight, delivered from the lion’s might; and John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became the herald of Messiah’s name. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be full oft in fast and prayer with Thee; our spirits strengthen with Thy grace, and give us joy to see Thy face.”
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STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH
St. Aloysius Parish in Baton Rouge is “a young and vibrant parish that is Eucharist-centered and Gospel-inspired.” At St. Aloysius, “you will find a warm and welcoming community open to diverse expressions of faith, aware of a call to loving service, and committed to growing in faith through worship and education.” And, during The Light Is ON for You, the Parish has added a special “24 Hours of the Lord” vigil, from March 4 at 9AM through March 5 at 8AM. A praying congregation, parishioners invite you to take part in this unique time of reconciliation and reflection.
The church’s Mission Statement echoes these thoughts and those of the Old Testament prophet Micah: “St. Aloysius Parish embraces and nurtures all, inspiring each to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly in the love of God.” From the 1950s to the present, St. Aloysius has provided their capital city Catholic family with wonderful worship, compassionate service and nurturing fellowship, and the parish has long addressed needs within the congregation and throughout the neighboring community: through St. Aloysius Catholic School and the St. Aloysius Child Care Center, plus a host of ministries, programs and activities for everyone—from preschoolers to ministry for parish seniors.
To read more about the congregation, to make plans for your Lenten confession—or to contribute to the work and ministry of St. Aloysius Parish church, school and child care center—please visit the parish website for additional information: www.aloysius.org
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“Cry out full-throated and unsparingly; lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; proclaim to my people their transgressions, to the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, like a nation that has done what is just and not abandoned the judgment of their God. They ask of me just judgments; they desire to draw near their God. Why do they fast, but you do not see it? Afflict ourselves, but you take no note?”
(Isaiah 58:1-3a; New American Bible, Revised Edition)
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“When we are linked by the power of prayer, we, as it were, hold each other’s hands as we walk side by side along a slippery path; and thus by the bounteous disposition of charity, it comes about that the harder each one leans on the other, the more firmly we are riveted together in brotherly love.”
St. Gregory the Great
“Suppose we were to draw the outline of a circle. Let us suppose that the circle is the world, and that God Himself is the center; the straight lines drawn from the circumference are the lives of men. The closer those lines are to God, the closer they come to one another, and the closer they are to one another, the closer they come to God.”
St. Dorotheos of Gaza
“How can you admire the heavens, when you see that you are more permanent than they? For the heavens pass away, but you will abide for all eternity with Him who is forever.”
St. Gregory of Nyssa
“Since He is the Sun of Justice, He fittingly calls His disciples the light of the world. For through them, as through shining rays, He has poured out the light of the knowledge of Himself upon the entire world. For by manifesting the light of truth, they have dispelled the darkness of error from the hearts of men.”
St. Chromatius of Aquileia