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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:

“It is always springtime in the heart that loves God.”

 

 

St. Margaret Queen of Scotland, and St. Thomas Chapel of Livingston Parish

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St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Catholic Church has served the Catholic community of eastern Livingston Parish for more than a century. In recent years, parishioners and staff have added a focused prison ministry to an already healthy list of service ministries led and coordinated by the church. For women released from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in St. Gabriel, the transition to ready employment and healthy independence invites guidance and support.

St. Margaret Church will invest their Works of Mercy Trust grant in an ongoing women’s prison ministry program, offering transitional support and honoring Christ’s call to serve those with such special needs: “ ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me’ ” (Matthew 25:44-45). To learn more about St. Margaret’s and to offer your support to this worthy effort, please visit: www.stmargaretstthomas.com

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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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

Diocesan Pastoral Ministries

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The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge invests in a variety of essential Pastoral Ministries, serving thousands of our fellow parishioners, neighbors and friends of the Church. Among those are the following: the Office of Black Catholics, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Ecumenical Affairs, the Hispanic Apostolate, and the diocesan Missions Office. In addition, active ministry staff are devoted to nursing home visitation and hospital chaplaincies. To learn more about these influential works of mercy and service, please visit the diocesan website, www.diobr.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

(2 Corinthians 9:8-10; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Bless Our Work

From the Stewardship Today Archives, October 2004

The fall sun was hot, blistering skin and baking earth. Every shovelful of dirt pulled at sore muscles and aching backs. Leaning on the handle, a loving father straightened and watched his sons open a path for a walkway that would connect the house and their mother’s garden. Dad whispered a prayer of thanks. The two teenagers shared Mom’s eyes, his own steady, hard-working manner, and their parents’ love for God. ...read more

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Planned Giving

The Benefits of Giving Stock

A Tax-Smart Way to Make an Impact


Making a gift of appreciated stock to the Diocese of Baton Rouge is an investment with real benefits. Aside from the potential tax advantages of making a generous future gift, you also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are leaving a lasting impact on a cause close to your heart.cates? 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

The fall sun was hot, blistering skin and baking earth. Every shovelful of dirt pulled at sore muscles and aching backs. Leaning on the handle, a loving father straightened and watched his sons open a path for a walkway that would connect the house and their mother’s garden. Dad whispered a prayer of thanks. The two teenagers shared Mom’s eyes, his own steady, hard-working manner, and their parents’ love for God.

“Please bless them, Lord, and bless our work.” His sentiment echoed the prayer of the patriarch Moses, “May the favor of the Lord our God be ours. Prosper the work of our hands. Prosper the work of our hands.” Hard work is healthy. And as the Lord blesses, hard work is productive and beneficial to all involved. The seasoned laborer can exact a tremendous reward for his effort. But, imagine the difference when the limbs of the expert track a path God has already established.

As recorded in a brief letter, the Apostle Paul desired the support of his co-worker Philemon, and he expressed his hope that it be offered willingly. “I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.” The product of the teamwork of the Lord’s servants is almost like music, a chorus of voices and a symphony of different gifts and abilities, working together to honor the Lord and his blessing. Serving together, doing so willingly, and doing so under God’s guidance, his laborers experience a harvest. It is the work of the prosperous—the many workers who honor God and are blessed by him.

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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