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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

The holiday film Home Alone remains a seasonal favorite, repeatedly replayed on television from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Though fans of the film recall young Kevin’s skill in protecting his home and the slapstick antics that befall the two would-be “Wet Bandits,” a poignant vignette is sandwiched between these memorable scenes. Having overheard the bandits plan to rob his home at nine in the evening, Kevin makes a trip to the store for incidentals and supplies. He bolts when he sees an elderly neighbor misunderstood by the children in the neighborhood as a threatening presence. As Kevin begins to walk home, he passes house after house in which families are celebrating together. Noticeably saddened by the absence of his own family, his attention is drawn to the Christmas music coming from a nearby church.

He enters, and his gaze tracks from stained glass windows to statuary to the children’s choir singing “O Holy Night.” Removing his gloves and cap, he takes a seat in a vacant pew only to realize he has settled in across from that elderly neighbor. The gentleman greets a fearful Kevin and begins a conversation about the troubling situations both of them face. “When you’re feeling bad about yourself, this is the place to be,” he says. In a film complete with a life-sized cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan dancing to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” and home invaders welcomed with everything from tar to broken glass and flying paint cans, the dialogue in the church scene is particularly notable. In fact, whether at holiday time or at any other, whether in good times or in bad, regardless of how a person feels, a parish church “is the place to be.”

Psalm 122, a psalm of David, is a wonderful song that communicates a similar message about a different place and a different time. For him, the city of Jerusalem and its temple of God offered “the place to be.” As he wrote, “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go the house of the Lord.’ ” “Here the tribes have come,” he continued, “to give thanks to the name of the Lord.” It’s true of course. Our theology encourages us to worship together in a house of prayer, yet we also acknowledge the presence of the Spirit of God within each believing person.

That personal presence, however, doesn’t negate the real blessing afforded those who gather with others of like mind and heart. In seasons like this, that reality is especially true, maybe even more for those “feeling bad” for whatever reason. The house of God—a cathedral of praise and prayer—is a place where we are both at home and never alone. It is the place to be.

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