From St. Bernard of Clairvaux:

“Jesus. No voice can sing, nor heart can frame, nor can the memory find a sweeter sound than Thy blest name, O Savior of mankind.”

Please Sponsor a Family By DECEMBER 5th!

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Please sponsor a family through the Catholic Charities 2018 “Community Comes Together for Christmas” program, and make their season as joyous as yours! Many of those we serve rely on the generosity of our donors at Christmas to make the holidays bright. Many are single mothers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and the elderly struggling to make ends meet on meager budgets. This year, please give the gift of Christmas to those in need. Simply log in to the “Christmas Comes Together” web link to choose the family, or families, you would like to sponsor. Help bring a special Christmas to others:

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:


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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for additional recommendations.

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Increase the Valuable

From the Stewardship Today Archives, December 2015

In a recent magazine article, one author wrote of her children and their fondness for electronic gifts. Over the years, she’s found them inevitably expensive and soon obsolete. Last year’s gadgets fill drawers and boxes, replaced by this year’s preferences. To a degree, it’s equally true for adults, and discovering a gift of lasting value can be a rare find. The writer made such a discovery, more


Christmas Concert

The St. Jean Vianney School band and string orchestra will perform Christmas music in a special holiday concert in the Parish gym, 16266 South Harrells Ferry Road in Baton Rouge: Wednesday, December 12, from 6:30 to 7:30. Call Eliska Dumas, (225) 751-1831, for details.

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Support St. Vincent de Paul
This Holiday Season

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For many 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. “Our mission, through person-to-person contact, mass feeding, sheltering and other channels, encompasses every form of aid which alleviates suffering and promotes dignity and integrity.”

“All races, creeds, colors, origins, castes, opinions and genders are served.” Please consider doing your part this holiday season. The gift of a single dollar provides a hot meal, $10 will provide a night of shelter, and $28 will fill a life-sustaining prescription. Gifts that are even more generous will clearly meet substantial needs. Please pray for the poor, the work of St. Vincent de Paul, and support their life-saving ministry this Christmas. Give online by visiting


“Truly, the Lord is waiting to be gracious to you. Truly, he shall rise to show you mercy. For the Lord is a God of justice. Happy are all who wait for him!”

(Isaiah 30:18; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

Your Estate Plan’s Quarterback

Your estate plan is the combination of documents that determine how your assets will be managed and distributed. When you create this plan, one of the most helpful things you can do for your family and beneficiaries is to spell out in detail how you want your estate to be handled. A critical part of that process is naming an executor.

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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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