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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. 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

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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

 

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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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

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 www.dynamiccatholic.com/batonrouge

Diocesan News Page

The Light Is ON For You

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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 www.evangcatbr.org

 

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“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)

 

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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.”...read 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: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

Making Preparations

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.”

There is no substitute for planning ahead. When homeowners picture the ideal—resting in a hammock in the shade of their own home—they’d better start with at least two sturdy shade trees. We smile. Are we thinking ahead, planning for an uncertain future? Do we make preparations, or do we act on our wants and desires with little thought to the consequences? Jesus often talked of the future when he discussed present responsibilities. What he taught is well illustrated in his own preparations for what proved to be his final Passover meal.

“When the day of the feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb, he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, ‘Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.’ They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations?’ And he answered them, ‘When you go into the city, a man will meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house that he enters and say to the master of the house, The teacher says to you, Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room that is furnished. Make the preparations there.’ Then they went off and found everything exactly as he told them, and there they prepared the Passover.”

Fully aware of the eternal significance of events rapidly coming to a conclusion, the Savior made allowances for the practical, as well. Immortalized in classic art, the location of the Upper Room discourse and communion meal was the purpose and plan of a loving, thoughtful Teacher. A place for interactive fellowship and quiet prayer, the room was ideal. Jesus had made adequate preparations, allowing the disciples to do the same. His plans for us encourage us to follow his example.  

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