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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. Thomas More:

“I would rather have learning joined with virtue than all the treasures of kings.”

 

St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge

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For more than a hundred and fifty years, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge has offered a clear mission of ministry and service to our hungry, homeless and needy neighbors. The Society is “a network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need, offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.”

One of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge offers dozens of programs and services to those in need in our community: food services, shelter and housing, distribution centers and stores, a Uniforms for Kids program, prescription services, disaster relief and the Thirst for Justice legal clinic for underprivileged clients. Your contributions, along with gifts and grants, support their life-saving work. Give online by visiting www.svdpbr.org

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THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study


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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Theology on Tap

Scott Smith, assistant state attorney general, will speak on the subject of religious freedom at Theology on Tap, hosted by the Tin Roof Brewery, 1624 Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge on Thursday, September 7, from 7 to 9 PM. For more info on all upcoming Red Stick Catholic events, visit www.redstickcatholics.com

Diocesan News Page

 

Ministry and Theology (MAT) Classes

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The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has posted the Fall Schedule of Ministry and Theology (MAT) courses, and the first two online webinars begin the second week of September: Sacraments and Catholic Faith (Creeds). Courses on Spiritual Life, Catholic Morality, Sacred Liturgy and more will follow throughout the Winter and into Spring. Instructors are skilled Catholic teachers and the material is both instructive and informative. Please make plans to sign up at a cost of only $20 per course. Take a few moments and visit the ministry website today. Visit the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and click on Certification to continue your journey of personal spiritual growth and development:
www.evangcatbr.org.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.”

(Psalm 25:8-10; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

At the End of the Journey

From the Stewardship Today Archives, September 2013

Ask any diligent high school honor student what all the hard work is for, and you’ll get a fairly predictable answer. “I’m working hard, so that I can earn a scholarship to a really good college.” That’s expected and sounds about right. It’s what many would say is important. Go one step further and ask a senior at the university what all the hard work is for, and the response will be similar: “I’m working hard, so that I can choose from a variety of really good job offers when I graduate.” ...read more

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Planned Giving

How To Keep Your Documents Safe

What Should and Should Not Go in a Safe-Deposit Box


Where do you keep important documents such as your will, mortgage papers and birth certificates? Are they tucked away in a desk drawer or stuffed into your filing cabinet? There’s a better place for them.

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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

Ask any diligent high school honor student what all the hard work is for, and you’ll get a fairly predictable answer. “I’m working hard, so that I can earn a scholarship to a really good college.” That’s expected and sounds about right. It’s what many would say is important. Go one step further and ask a senior at the university what all the hard work is for, and the response will be similar: “I’m working hard, so that I can choose from a variety of really good job offers when I graduate.” No earth rattling revelation there, of course—we’re convinced that’s what the journey of education is all about.

So, what follows? What’s next? Good grades, a promising entry level job, a series of promotions and moves, marriage, maybe kids, a bigger house, more responsibility, better pay, a sense power and authority, independence and respect, then solid retirement. Maybe health. Yes, that’s what we work for. In effect, it is the substance we pursue—the carrot just beyond our reach, the promise of reward each step of the way, and the treasure at the end of the journey. We want financial independence, the esteem of our peers, and a secure future. It’s what we’re after, and we encourage our children to do the same thing.

Well, what does the biblical apostle suggest? In the sixth chapter of his initial pastoral letter to St. Timothy, St. Paul offered significantly contrasting advice: “Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.” On the one hand, we have jobs, houses, financial security and authority. Righteousness, faith and gentleness are quite different goals. And the term St. Paul uses in a quest to acquire them is translated pursue, an engagingly determined pursuit to obtain. To desire righteousness, devotion and faith would be one thing. To actively pursue them is another. We understand pursuit; we just don’t equate it with patience and gentleness. No wonder our lives are stress-laden. Our priorities are imbalanced. It’s for our own good that we pursue the right things.

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.
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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