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From St. Thomas More:

“I would rather have learning joined with virtue than all the treasures of kings.”


St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge


For more than a hundred and fifty years, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge has offered a clear mission of ministry and service to our hungry, homeless and needy neighbors. The Society is “a network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need, offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.”

One of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge offers dozens of programs and services to those in need in our community: food services, shelter and housing, distribution centers and stores, a Uniforms for Kids program, prescription services, disaster relief and the Thirst for Justice legal clinic for underprivileged clients. Your contributions, along with gifts and grants, support their life-saving work. Give online by visiting



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Theology on Tap

Scott Smith, assistant state attorney general, will speak on the subject of religious freedom at Theology on Tap, hosted by the Tin Roof Brewery, 1624 Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge on Thursday, September 7, from 7 to 9 PM. For more info on all upcoming Red Stick Catholic events, visit

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Ministry and Theology (MAT) Classes


The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has posted the Fall Schedule of Ministry and Theology (MAT) courses, and the first two online webinars begin the second week of September: Sacraments and Catholic Faith (Creeds). Courses on Spiritual Life, Catholic Morality, Sacred Liturgy and more will follow throughout the Winter and into Spring. Instructors are skilled Catholic teachers and the material is both instructive and informative. Please make plans to sign up at a cost of only $20 per course. Take a few moments and visit the ministry website today. Visit the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and click on Certification to continue your journey of personal spiritual growth and development:


“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.”

(Psalm 25:8-10; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


At the End of the Journey

From the Stewardship Today Archives, September 2013

Ask any diligent high school honor student what all the hard work is for, and you’ll get a fairly predictable answer. “I’m working hard, so that I can earn a scholarship to a really good college.” That’s expected and sounds about right. It’s what many would say is important. Go one step further and ask a senior at the university what all the hard work is for, and the response will be similar: “I’m working hard, so that I can choose from a variety of really good job offers when I graduate.” more

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Planned Giving

How To Keep Your Documents Safe

What Should and Should Not Go in a Safe-Deposit Box

Where do you keep important documents such as your will, mortgage papers and birth certificates? 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:

St. Peter preached a wondrous sermon at Pentecost, helping to establish the Church. Later, St. Stephen, one of the first deacons, preached such a convicting sermon, it cost him his life. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, preaching—the proclamation of the Gospel message—claims a unique capacity to change lives. That capacity was certainly needed at the close of the twelfth century when heresies struck the European Church. At that time, while traveling through France, a young contemplative Spanish priest encountered the proponents of heretical teaching, and—though a somewhat reserved individual himself—he spoke out and proclaimed the reliable truth of the Gospel.

Domingo de Guzman, known as St. Dominic, refused the finery common to some clergy at the time. He rather embodied the appearance and lifestyle of the poorest he believed God called him to serve, walking everywhere he went, with no funds and no food. Not only did the times call for someone with such devotion, but others soon realized the power of his poverty and his preaching, and they followed him. A new order, the Order of Preachers—the Dominicans, soon spread throughout Europe. Dominic was so respected and revered, he was canonized within fifteen years of his death.

Many record St. Dominic’s words on a prayer card under the title “The Prayer of St. Dominic.” Clear in those words is his sense of God’s presence and the Spirit’s role in preaching. “May God the Father who made us bless us. May God the Son send his healing among us. May God the Holy Spirit move with us and give us eyes to see with, ears to hear with, and hands that your work might be done. May we walk and preach the word of God to all. May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us at last by God’s grace to the Kingdom. Amen.”

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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