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Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center

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As a nonprofit organization “committed to facilitate the mental health recovery of women suffering from severe and persistent mental illness,” the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center has served the greater capital city community since 1974. A recent Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient, the WCRC “provides a year long journey of healing and recovery” for those recently discharged from the hospital and homeless, ensuring “a safe and secure homelike environment” under the care of dedicated mental health professionals and staff. Offering training, counseling, therapy, room and board, the WCRC also provides follow-up service and aftercare. Please consider your own support of the significant work of the WCRC. Visit the organization’s website for more information: www.wcrcbr.com

One of the six recipients of this year’s Works of Mercy Trust grants is the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), an organization founded by high school teacher Daniel Kahn in 2009 to help “high-achieving but under-resourced high school students enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” Staff members and volunteer supporters achieve this goal through activities as diverse as educational and recreational camps and retreats, service programs, partnerships with related organizations, instructional coursework, life skill preparation, and opportunities to work with professional mentors who serve in a great variety of business and government disciplines. More than two hundred young people are involved in various programs this year alone. Visit the informative website for additional information: https://thebyrc.org

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,]


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FROM THE ARCHIVES

A Call to a Resource-Full People

From the Stewardship Today Archives, November 2009

By definition, a cornucopia is a symbol of considerable blessing, a cone-shaped container overflowing with the fruits of abundant harvest. Such a centerpiece often adorns the grand display of blessing found within a typical American Thanksgiving dining room. There is much to be thankful for, including the very resources used to create meals of which much of the world can only dream....read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

The Community Comes Together

As the holidays approach, please consider your support of your neighbors in need by sponsoring a family this Christmas through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Sponsor a family, so others can enjoy a meaningful holiday season, too. Please call (225) 336-8700, and volunteer your support.

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Works of Mercy Trust

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In 1991, the year just prior to his passing, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust, helping to fund area ministries through awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Over half a million dollars have been given to date, and six worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this May. The following six organizations offer the kinds of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was so well known, and each is a welcome addition to the list of past recipients: the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BYRC), Life of a Single Mom, the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), and the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

5 Great Reasons to Be Charitable

Good intentions are important, especially when it comes to giving. And a planned gift—a gift you designate to start after your lifetime—can have long-term impact.

When you support a cause or organization, what are your intentions? Here are a few reasons you might not have considered.

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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

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

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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Teresa of Avila:

“In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks.” 

You’ve heard it before. Among many others, Mark Twain noted our odd preference for work on behalf of those we don’t really know. Tom Sawyer found how easy it was to enlist kids to paint a fence that didn’t belong to them while they avoided painting their own. Well, is it sensible to allow our children to earn spending money cutting someone else’s lawn, if they avoid cutting the one at home? Sometimes, it just seems easier to serve others than those we know best, those with whom we’re emotionally involved.

We do know best those with whom we live and work. We know their wants. We know their needs. And, we certainly know what we might do on their behalf. We see the leaves that need raking. We see closets that could use a cleaning. We know of trees that could use a trim, garages that need sorting, and errands that could be coordinated and run. The person in need could very well be someone who shares your name or your address. Maybe both.

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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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