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From St. Jean Vianney:

“My children, when we have a little stain on our souls, we must be like someone who has a beautiful crystal globe of which she takes great care. If the globe gets a little dusty, when she sees it, she will pass a cloth over it, and there is the globe bright and shining again.”

A Scriptural Way of the Cross



For centuries, faithful Catholics have walked the Way of the Cross in reflective prayer to honor Christ’s Passion. Models of the Way include paintings and statuary of all kinds. To assist Catholic parishioners with the practice, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has also developed an instructive set of devotional readings entitled “A Scriptural Way of the Cross for Lent.” With Prayers, Scripture Readings, and Group Reflections, the study tool is an excellent complement to anyone’s Lenten observances.

For your own personal study, or to use with a Small Christian Group in your parish, please download a copy of “A Scriptural Way of the Cross for Lent” packet from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops here: Click to Download PDF



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Marriage Program

St. George Parish will host Dr. Allen Hunt of Dynamic Catholic through a special program entitled “Passion and Purpose for Marriage,” on Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 5 PM. St. George Church is located at 7808 St. George Drive in Baton Rouge. For tickets and more information, visit

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The Light Is ON For You



Through the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, “We will soon enter into the liturgical season of Lent with a spirit of hope. This is a time to reflect, renew and rejoice in the mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus, who upon the cross, redeemed mankind.

“As the People of God, we are called to reflect upon actions which cause separation between ourselves, God and others. In response, we are invited with contrite hearts to turn away from sin and return to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to receive healing and to be restored. This ultimately renews hope as we rejoice in God's eternal mercy and desire for all to be in union with him.

“This is a personal invitation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season of prayer and penance with joyful hope that today, and each day following, the light is always on for you.” For additional information, or to confirm your parish’s Reconciliation times, please visit



“If we acknowledge our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.”

(1 John 1:9; New American Bible, Revised Edition)



Making Preparations

From the Stewardship Today Archives, March 2005

A young homeowner, thinking of the future, asked the local owner of a garden shop for two small seedlings to plant in her side yard. “Have you had success with these? Will they provide adequate shade?” “You’ll be very pleased,” the professional responded. “Those would make an excellent choice.” “Will they grow tall and be thick in the trunk?” she asked. “Indeed, they will.” “Well then, I have one last question. Will their root systems be strong?” “Yes, ma’am, among the best.” “Very well, then,” she said, “I’d like to purchase a hammock too.” more

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Planned Giving

Are You Prepared for Tax Time?

Tax season is here. If you haven’t done so already, it is time to gather paperwork and file your 2019 taxes. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you prepare for your tax appointment and ensure you get the most out of your giving.

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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:

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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