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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. John Eudes:

“The accomplishment of the divine will is the sole end for which we are in the world.”

 

Works of Mercy Trust

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In 1991, beloved Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust to help fund area ministries through annual awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Four worthy beneficiaries have received grant awards this spring. The following four organizations epitomize the kind of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was well known, and each is a fine addition to the list of honored recipients: the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Metanoia Inc, Saint Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, and St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Catholic Church in Albany. With thanks for such commitment to others, congratulations to each organization.

 

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Blame and Responsibility

From the Stewardship Today Archives, June 2010

Only four women are specifically listed in the genealogy of Jesus found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. One, the mother of Solomon, is not even mentioned by name—referred to simply as the “wife of Uriah.” Those familiar with the story know the name Bathsheba, the young woman whose husband Uriah was an officer in King David’s army. With his soldiers at war, David remained behind and witnessed Bathsheba bathing on a nearby rooftop. Lusting after her, he arranged to have Uriah killed in battle. Tragically, before Solomon’s birth, Bathsheba lost the child that was the initial product of the king’s illicit actions....read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

Diocesan News Page

Catholic Life Television

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The mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s television apostolate is clearly stated on the ministry website: “The mission of Catholic Life Television is to serve as an effective instrument of Catholic evangelization, through the medium of television, in support of the overall mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to proclaim the Good News of God’s love made manifest in Jesus Christ.

“Catholic Life Television will carry out its evangelization ministry by giving voice and image to the vision embodied in the Diocesan Strategic Plan for Evangelization, namely: extending an invitation to all to respond to the Good News within the fullness of the Catholic faith; offering resources for renewal within the Catholic community; sharing the Church’s desire to achieve reconciliation with those Catholics who are alienated from the community; and promoting Gospel values to assist in the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God.”

To access the station’s web pages, and to watch live streaming programs, connect through the following link: http://www.catholiclifetv.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

(John 4:36-38; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

Consider a Gift of Real Estate


If you’ve lost interest in home maintenance, grown tired of paying property taxes on a vacation home you no longer use, or need only a portion of the living space you currently own, you may be ready to make a move. But before you summon the energy to put your home on the market, think about a charitable gift.

If you would like to help fulfill our mission, your property can open the door to a unique giving opportunity: Donate the property to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, either now or whenever you no longer need it. You can give the property to us now, retain the use of it for life, give us partial use, place it in trust, or offer it as a bequest in your will.

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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

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The earth responded to the crucifixion of Jesus with consuming darkness, thunder and lightning, and an oppressive sense of foreboding unease. It didn’t last. Each Lenten season, we are reminded of the sacrifice of Christ and the significance of our uniting with him in baptism, purposeful and sober, reflective and selfless. Easter week, we celebrate the sacrificial death of the Savior in somber terms and meditative worship. Then, on Resurrection Sunday, we rise to honor the Victorious One who would not be held by the enemy, nor by sin and death and the grave. It is a time for rejoicing, a time to dance!

“I praise you Lord, for you raised me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me,” the psalmist David wrote, as recorded in Psalm 30. It is a universal cry of victory and ready dependence on the goodness and provision of God. “I cried out to you, and you healed me. You brought me up and kept me from going down to the pit.” David then translated his personal victory to others, including us: “Sing praise to the Lord, you faithful; give thanks to God’s holy name. At dusk, weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing.”

“You changed my mourning into dancing,” David continued. “You took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. With my whole being I sing endless praise to you. O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.” From biblical accounts of those difficult hours, we know the disciples and the other followers of Christ were horrified by the crucifixion. Seemingly defeated, they felt lost, alone and threatened by the possibility of a similar fate. They scattered. We can only imagine their sense of separation and alienation. After all, the triumphal entry of their Messiah—“Hosanna! Hosanna!”—had occurred only one week before. Could a week possibly contain a greater emotional swing? Their answer came in the morning.

At dawn, women went to the tomb to attend the body of their Master. Long before dusk on that day, they—as well as the disciples—would know ultimate victory. Their Savior had risen! At first confused and unsure, it quickly became a cause for rejoicing, a time to dance. “Weeping comes for the night, but at dawn there is rejoicing. Sing praise to the Lord!” Living in the power of the resurrection, we too rejoice in that victory. In times of certainty and unsteady concern, we celebrate because we know we rest best when we remain in the hands of God.

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All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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