The Life of a Single Mom


As The Life of a Single Mom website notes, “Single moms are some of the hardest-working, most dedicated mothers in the country. However, many are facing challenging circumstances.” As a 19-year-old, founder Jennifer Maggio was single, pregnant, and living on government assistance. Finding hope in Christ, she began a journey through personal business success to create her first Single Mom Support Group in Baton Rouge just over a decade ago. Formally established as The Life of a Single Mom in 2010, the nonprofit now serves more than 70,000 single mothers each year, organizes the National Single Mom Conference, offers online classes and other instructional resources, and helps single moms connect with others in their area across the globe. Visit the website of this Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient for additional information,

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:


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Relative Prosperity

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2016  

What does it mean to be prosperous? Does it mean your salary totals six figures? More than that? Or, would your relative prosperity be more a function of ‘accumulated’ wealth? The goods and possessions you’ve acquired over the years form an impressive inventory; therefore, you are prosperous. Concerned with poverty and wealth distribution, a number of organizations monitor income levels all over the world, and one group offers these very revealing statistics. more


From St. Francis de Sales:

“Aspire to God with short but frequent outpourings of the heart; admire his bounty; invoke his aid; cast yourself in spirit at the foot of his cross; adore his goodness; treat with him of your salvation; give him your whole soul a thousand times in the day.”


Blue Mass

St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church, 5354 Plank Road in Baton Rouge, will celebrate its annual Blue Mass for police officers and first responders on Sunday, July 15 at 10 AM, with lunch to follow in the Parish Hall. For more information, please call 225-355-2553.

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Works of Mercy Trust


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 exactly 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.


“What profit have workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about. God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:9-11; New American Bible, Revised Edition)




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Planned Giving

Estate Planning for Singles

When it comes to estate planning, being single doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You still need to plan for the future, even if the present doesn’t include a spouse or partner. Here’s why: If you were to die without a will, the state in which you live would decide the fate of your assets. The people and causes you care about might not be provided for.

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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:


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Listening Ears, Trained Tongue


“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.” In our culture, there is almost no silence and so much noise, the voice of the Almighty is all but drowned out. Elite automakers illustrate their quiet ride with video of a driver raising electric windows and the growing silence within the car. Unfortunately, they follow this inviting picture with news of the latest Sirius or XM radio package, noting how well an iPod will interface with the car’s technology, before offering a sample of the concert sound that fills the interior with soaring treble and punishing bass. We have a great need for meaningful engagement, but little time for other people, maybe less for God. Were he to speak to us through another, would we even know?

Isaiah writes that ears are for hearing from God, and the tongue is for sharing with others the wisdom the Lord imparts. That’s different. God’s wisdom can certainly encourage us, but the prophet suggests such wisdom might, most significantly, be available for the encouragement of another. That would be a far different practice for most people. So, what might we learn here? Begin the morning, listening to the word of the Lord, at Mass, from Scripture, from the wise counsel of his servants, in his creation. And train not only your ears, but also train your tongue to be a conduit for the Lord’s wisdom that you might also “speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.”

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