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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Vincent de Paul:

“The mind must be ever on the alert to discover the indications of Providence, and the will prepared to carry them out.”

Capital Area CASA

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A worthy “Works of Mercy Trust” Fund recipient once again, the Capital Area CASA Association “was established as a private, non-profit organization serving East Baton Rouge Parish in 1992 to recruit, screen, trains, and supervise community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children.”

For the past twenty-five years, a total of 1,195 CASA volunteers have provided a voice in court for 2,615 abused children in East Baton Rouge Parish. Capital Area CASA Association currently has 10 staff and is a member of the Louisiana CASA and National CASA Associations.” To participate in the CASA Playhouse Raffle, to contribute financially, or to discover ways you might serve, please visit www.casabr.org .

 

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World


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FROM THE ARCHIVES

A Light, Silent Sound

From the Stewardship Today Archives, August 2011  

Gifted businessman Max DePree distilled years of experience as Chairman of the Herman Miller Company into several very popular books on the subject of leadership. The opening chapter of his bestseller Leadership Jazz is entitled “Finding One’s Voice” and closes with the following story: “A German machine tool company once developed a very fine bit for drilling holes in steel. The tiny bit could bore a hole about the size of a human hair. This seemed like a tremendously valuable innovation. The Germans sent samples off to Russia, the United States, and Japan, suggesting that this bit was the ultimate in machining technology.” Their replies perfectly illustrate the breadth of typical responses to almost any situation. ...read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

St. Thomas More Bible Study

The Book of James will be the focus of a fall Bible study hosted by St. Thomas More Church, 11411 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge, Mondays at 6:30 PM and Tuesdays at 9:30 AM, running from August 21/22 through November 13/14. For more information, please email as follows: sarah@stmchurch.org

Diocesan News Page

A New School Year

 

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By the close of the first full week of August, our devoted administrators, gifted instructors, and thousands of fortunate young people will have returned for another year of Catholic School education in the various civil parishes of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. A celebrated vision statement—Evangelize Hearts, Educate Minds, Encourage Talent, and Embrace the Future—affirms the mission of the Catholic Schools Office. “The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Baton Rouge supports schools in their ministry of Catholic education by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and promoting communication.” For additional information on the school year to come, please visit the office website: www.csobr.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“By wisdom a house is built, by understanding it is established; and by knowledge its rooms are filled with every precious and pleasing possession.”

(Proverbs 24:3-4; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

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Planned Giving

Invest in Our Future:

See Why Giving Securities Makes Sense


By design, investment portfolios fluctuate through the years. At present, if you opt to sell investments that are worth more than what you originally paid for them, you must pay capital gains tax. To boost your personal finances, consider another option.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website:http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

LINKS WE RECOMMEND

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
http://www.diobr.org

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://usccb.org

The Vatican Website
http://www.vatican.va

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

More Local, Regional and National Links...

The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund

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AUGUST 2017 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

A Steward’s Legacy:

Your Loved Ones Are Counting on You

 

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If you have a friend or family member whose life has been touched by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, consider making a gift to us in his or her name. When you memorialize some of the most important people in your life through a gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge—your mother, father, spouse, mentors or other special loved ones—you honor that special person, support our ministries and programs, and receive personal financial benefit. ...read more

From the Mailer, A Steward’s Legacy...Read more

A Letter from the Director of Stewardship...Read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer aug2017In the Whisper of Light


Nine centuries before the birth of Christ, a man named Ahab helmed the nation of Israel as king, a throne he held for more than twenty years. He was a wicked man and a despicable national leader, what one commentator labeled “the most wicked of all the kings of Israel.” He was married to Jezebel, a woman whose very name now evokes her unscrupulous and vindictive nature. They abolished the worship of God, opening a temple for the worship of Baal, and employed hundreds of idol-worshiping prophets. Into such a time, the Lord sent his own prophet—the faithful, prayerful and courageous Elijah....read more

 


Yes, He Is Listening
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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry aug2017Even When the Way Is Uncertain


“But can he walk on water?”  Perhaps the director of Human Resources had been a bit hyperbolic in an enthusiastic celebration of her company’s new hire. The Executive VP brought her down to earth with the cutting remark. A talented manager, the new division head was good at his job, fresh and innovative, young enough to offer the possibility of future promise, and he even inspired others. Maybe he was a dream come true, but of course, he couldn’t walk on water. Only one person had the ability to do that. Make that two.. . . .read more

 

What’s Right and Just ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance aug2017To the Unsearchable and Beyond

 

Who has more money than anyone else in the world? The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, was just named the richest man on the planet, an “honor” that is as fluid as the price of stocks, the value of investments, and changes in the market. His net worth approaches $100 billion, a figure almost beyond comprehension. Or, is it? You’ve likely shopped in a big box store as the staff unloads crates of merchandise. Ten of those—stacked with $100 bills—is about a billion dollars. A thousand of them might overtake an aisle, but they wouldn’t fill the store. It’s a lot of money—a fortune really, but it is definable and finite. So, what does the infinite look like?. . .read more

 

Conform to Christ ... read more


“Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other.”                                                                                              

                                                                                   St. Thomas More



“True friendship can harbor no suspicion; a friend must speak to a friend as freely as to his second self.”
                      

                                                                                    St. Jerome



“God is within all things, but not included by them; outside all things, but not excluded by them; above all things, but not beyond their reach.”

                                                                                    St. Gregory the Great



“God said: I have placed you in the midst of your fellows so that you may do to them what you cannot do to Me—that is, so that you may love your neighbor freely without expecting any return from him. And what you do to him, I count as done to Me.”
 
               

                                                                                    St. Catherine of Siena

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