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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. Richard of Chichester:

“Day by day, day by day, O dear Lord, three things I pray: to see Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly, day by day.”

Finding Ways to Serve

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On the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge website, we are reminded of our purpose and our calling. St. Teresa of Calcutta asked, “How do we know, love and serve God?” Jesus answered, “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, for those most in need, you do for me.” The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched resources—programs, volunteers and funds—and yet wonderful local efforts like Catholic Charities and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continue their ministry reach and maintain the blessing of their efforts. 

Please visit their two sites to discover the many ways you can help. Access the work of Catholic Charities through www.ccdiobr.org, and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul site at www.svdpbr.org. You will find a worthy focus for your prayers, your time, and your own resources. Please visit and do your part today.  

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections


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

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“Nothing is mine. I no longer have anything but Jesus. No place, no thing, no person, no thought, no feelings, no honors, no suffering can turn me away from Jesus. He is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.”      

                                                                                      St. Bernadette Soubirous

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

The Diocese and COVID-19

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In this unique season of challenge and change, we take great encouragement in knowing God is gracious and good, that the Lord hears our prayers, and—in response—we humbly invest the Lord’s blessing in service to others. Such days as these remind us that we are all needy. “Gladden the soul of your servant; to you, Lord, I lift up my soul. Lord, you are good and forgiving, most merciful to all who call on you. You are great and do wondrous deeds; you alone are God. You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God. Give your strength to your servant” (From Psalm 86). We need God’s strength and affirm the Lord’s watchfulness. As his people, we truly are “in this together.”

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has provided multiple links to assist in our desire to stay in touch. Online visitors can access very helpful information, communication tools and resources at the following link: http://coronavirus.diobr.org/

You’ll find announcements from Bishop Michael G. Duca, including the bishop’s Holy Week message; diocesan news—including links to the diocesan paper The Catholic Commentator; information concerning the Mass as well as a variety of devotional resources; news from the Catholic Schools office, Catholic Charities, and the office of Evangelization & Catechesis; plus links to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Vatican. 

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.”

(Proverbs 3:5-6; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Why Are We Anxious?

From the Stewardship Today Archives, May 2008

During his full and productive life, priest and professor Henri Nouwen authored over three dozen books of spiritual devotion and instruction. Compilations of material unpublished during his lifetime have been collected as well, yielding such inspirational studies as the posthumous collection entitled Turn My Mourning into Dancing. Father Nouwen wrote eloquently of personal struggle and daily difficulties. “Struggles with family, pressures at work, and conflicts with friends leave us feeling small and insignificant....read more

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Planned Giving

A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’

From the Diocese of Baton Rouge to You

We can’t thank you enough for all you do for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. Your gifts make a huge difference for all we serve. Simply put, we can’t do what we do without 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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