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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

More Local, Regional and National Links...

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Francis de Sales:

“True virtue has no limits, but goes on and on, and especially holy charity, which is the virtue of virtues, and which, having an infinite object, would become infinite if it could meet with a heart capable of infinity.”

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

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Every holiday season, thousands of devoted Catholic faithful seek meaningful ways to assist friends and neighbors who they know will face times of real challenge during the days of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. For generations, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has provided great comfort and assistance to those in need, offering our fellow parishioners ongoing and effective means to assist.   

As Catholic Charities notes on its website, “The agency serves those most in need with an array of comprehensive programs that include direct assistance, disaster recovery, adoption, child-welfare services, and comprehensive support services for pregnant women, refugees, families in poverty, and ex-offenders.” Please join with committed staff and volunteers, and make the holidays a bit brighter for those who need your support. Visit www.ccdiobr.org to discover how you can help.

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

A Minute of Margin: Restoring Balance to Busy Lives - 180 Daily Reflections (Pilgrimage Growth Guide) by [M.D., Richard A. Swenson,]


Please visit “The Steward’s Bookshelf”
for additional recommendations.

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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

Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday

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This year, Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday of the month, November 28. The following Tuesday, charitable individuals all across the Diocese of Baton Rouge will contribute in support of worthy organizations and ministries through a global effort known as Giving Tuesday. In support of diocesan ministries, and to celebrate our Catholic faith, please make your special gift “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, and preserve our Catholic heritage for future generations, giving through #iGiveCatholic.” Please visit the website and discover ways you might participate by giving to support local and regional ministries: www.batonrouge.igivecatholic.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4: 5b-7; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Work Hard, Quietly and Well

From the Stewardship Today Archives, November 2010

Professional basketball icon Michael Jordan famously said, “There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is in win.” The inference is clear. The great hardwood star’s sport of choice is not merely a stage for individual achievement but an arena for group accomplishment—and the best teams win, not because they are comprised of talented players, but because they play efficiently and well together....read more

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Planned Giving

6 Ways to Benefit from a Year-End Gift


The final months of the year are traditionally considered the season of giving. In addition to the gifts we give to the important people in our lives, this season of generosity also offers a prime opportunity to show support for the causes we love. When you support the Diocese of Baton Rouge, not only will others benefit, but so will you.

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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

Professional basketball icon Michael Jordan famously said, “There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is in win.” The inference is clear. The great hardwood star’s sport of choice is not merely a stage for individual achievement but an arena for group accomplishment—and the best teams win, not because they are comprised of talented players, but because they play efficiently and well together. In an age of me-first, self-glorifying narcissism, the notion is far from the norm. Rare, too, is the idea that self-sufficient hard work is a virtue. We hear “Who is going to provide me with a job?” rather than the more esteemed, “What kind of work might I initiate that best provides for me and my family?” Juggling the finer points of personal behavior becomes difficult when the burdens of culture and economy weigh on people who simply want to put in a good day’s work with no thought for attention or applause.

“Look at me,” people say. “I want it my way,” we hear. “What have you done for me lately?” we are asked. Well, in 2 Thessalonians, St. Paul warms to quite different standards. “One must imitate us,” the Apostle wrote. “For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food.”

If you want to eat, then you must work. On one level, that sounds harsh. Yet, on another, it seems completely reasonable. What the Apostle knew, most clearly, was the spiritual and psychological benefit that accrues to those God equips with the ability to work and provide. They refused to “mind the business of others,” but “working quietly,” they left us with an example worth imitating, at times “in toil and drudgery,” St. Paul and his fellow laborers worked hard and burdened no one, asking others to pay attention neither to them nor to their needs, but to their example of humble dependence on God.

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