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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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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Jean Vianney:

“The more you pray, the more you want to. It’s like a fish that starts by swimming near the surface of the water, then plunges and goes on swimming deeper and deeper. The soul plunges, is swallowed up, and loses itself in the delights of conversation with God.”

 

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

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The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has served hungry and needy neighbors in the 11-parish service area for more than 35 years, and are one of the deserving recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust award this year. The Food Bank continues to provide food to well over 100 agencies free of charge—more than 10.8 million pounds of food per year. With exceptional efficiency, every dollar donated can provide 3 full meals. In addition, thousands of volunteers donate their time to make certain those in need receive nutritious food. Please choose to donate to such a worthy organization, and give of your time to help feed the hungry in your community: Call (225) 359-9940, or visit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s inspiring and informative website, www.brfoodbank.org


 

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Type Casting

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2007

The Gospels well over with stories that we enjoy sharing with our children. The birth of Christ is told over and over. So are the stories of miracles—five thousand fed with just a little bread and a few fish, adults and children healed, one man lowered by his friends through the ceiling of someone else’s house. Perhaps few stories are enjoyed by more children than the story told in Luke, chapter 19, about the diminutive tax collector named Zacchaeus. Even if we rely on the New Testament alone, we know a fair amount about this man. He was a chief tax collector, and tax collectors were universally despised for the fees they demanded from their own countrymen. ...read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Adoration Chapel Anniversary

St. Philomena Church, 108 Brulé Road in Labadieville, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Adoration Chapel on Tuesday, July 30, beginning with Mass at 6 PM. For additional information, call (985) 526-4247.

Diocesan News Page

 

St. Jean Vianney Parish and Parish Stewardship

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The devoted and hard-working ministry staff members of a Catholic parish, as well as the church’s teams of dedicated volunteers, know the needs of that Catholic parish and the hopes of fellow parishioners better than anyone else. It’s sensible and steadfastly true. How parish leaders respond to those needs, though, varies a great deal. We learn best from the examples of local parishes who do an exemplary job providing spiritual nurture, enlisting the help of volunteers, and providing for the regular budgetary and special financial needs of parish life. An excellent example of that commitment is found at St. Jean Vianney Parish in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, www.stjeanvianney.org

Massive bronze doors mark the sanctuary entrance, their bas-relief representations of personal objects contributed by church members—more than six hundred in all—adorn the exterior panels. The doors serve as a distinctive welcome and illustrate the extensive individual interests that define healthy Catholic life. Among the many informational pages on the church website is one entitled “Total Stewardship,” a portal for celebrating and focusing that personal involvement.

 

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Click on the “Total Stewardship” option, and you’ll be directed to three additional pages, one each for the Stewardship of Finance, the Stewardship of Prayer, and the Stewardship of Ministry. Members and guests can contribute through the church’s engaging Online Giving program, and can express their interest in volunteer opportunities, indicating preferences through an easy-to-use Ministry Sign-Up Form.

Current stewardship brochures are readily accessible to read or download. Video clips related to ministry projects, training and vision planning are often available. Recommended links have long included thoughtful connection to this publication and others providing stewardship information and instruction. And the parish’s vision statement and ministry goals are helpful reminders that a church under the leadership of Fr. Thomas Ranzino, diocesan Vicar General, ministers to many, serves well, and honors Jesus Christ in worship, fellowship, community outreach and service. If you are looking to refocus your stewardship efforts, learn from a successful Stewardship Committee, or simply gain insight from a parish with established stewardship success, visit the website of St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church in Baton Rouge to learn more.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’ ”

(Luke 10:1-2; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

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Planned Giving

It’s Easier Than Ever to Support the Diocese of Baton Rouge

Simply Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

You’ve worked hard, saved diligently and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you’re also looking for a way to give back to the organizations and causes that have been important to you. Consider making a gift from your IRA.

If you’re 70½ or older, you can use the IRA charitable rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This provision allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution. 

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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

The Gospels spill over with stories that we enjoy sharing with our children. The birth of Christ is told over and over. So are the stories of miracles—five thousand fed with just a little bread and a few fish, adults and children healed, one man lowered by his friends through the ceiling of someone else’s house. Perhaps few stories are enjoyed by more children than the story told in Luke, chapter 19, about the diminutive tax collector named Zacchaeus. Even if we rely on the Gospel narrative alone, we know a fair amount about this man. He was a chief tax collector, and tax collectors were universally despised for the fees they demanded from their own countrymen. Zacchaeus was not well liked. He was small in stature but must have been in fairly good health. He was very wealthy, owned his own home, and was well known in the area around the town of Jericho.

 

The fact that Zacchaeus was a short man endears him to children, but it is key only in that it serves the story so well. “He was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.” When Jesus reached that place, He looked up and, calling him by name, told the tax collector to get out of the tree. Why? “Come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”

 

Again, his height helps make the story, but more important is what we know of the man’s character, not his stature. As a tax collector, he had been party to fraud and extortion. Jesus chose to eat with him, not because he was wealthy, well-known or influential. Those are reasons for us to seek certain dinner companions, but not Jesus. The Lord sought him out because of what HE could do for him. He came to seek and to save the lost. Zacchaeus was short, it’s true. Were we casting a film, we would look for someone appropriately modest in height. We might have to look a while to find a person that fits the physical description, but we’d struggle much less merely to find a sinner. Any of us could audition. And Jesus came for us. As we think of the subjects of freedom and personal liberty, it is worthwhile to consider just how much we all have in common.

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
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