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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

“The root of all good works is the hope of the resurrection; for the expectation of the reward is what moves the soul to good works.”

Holy Week Observances

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The Vatican has provided a Holy Week and Easter Sunday schedule for Pope Francis, and the papal observances offer a framework of participation and worship for all faithful. As you plan your personal and family involvement at this season of the Lord’s Passion, please consider opportunities for worship and service through your local parish. Sunday, April 14, is Palm Sunday, and April 21 is Easter Sunday. In between, Chrism Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 17; Maundy Thursday services are scheduled for April 18; Good Friday services and Holy Saturday services follow, and various parishes have scheduled Reconciliation, the Way of the Cross, and Easter Vigil observances and services. As grateful Catholics, we worship the Risen One and humbly rejoice with the news St. Paul conveyed to the Corinthian church: “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3b-4). Please join with others and honor Christ Jesus with your presence this Easter season.

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

At Dawn, Rejoice and Dance

From the Stewardship Today Archives, April 2010

The earth responded to the crucifixion of Jesus with consuming darkness, thunder and lightning, and an oppressive sense of foreboding unease. It didn’t last. Each Lenten season, we are reminded of the sacrifice of Christ and the significance of our uniting with him in baptism, purposeful and sober, reflective and selfless. Easter week, we celebrate the sacrificial death of the Savior in somber terms and meditative worship....read more

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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

The Way of the Cross

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, in coordination with St. Joseph Cathedral and St. Vincent de Paul, is again hosting the annual Downtown Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 19. The procession will begin at the Cathedral at 9 AM, and will conclude at 10:30 AM. Call (225) 336-8700 for additional information.

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St. John Baptist de la Salle

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Through Holy Week, the Diocese of Baton Rouge will continue to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. From materials provided through the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis: “We 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. The light is always on for you.” Additional information—including the many ways parishioners might take part—are available through the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, www.evangcatbr.org/light

 

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“ ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ ”

(John 11:25-26; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

Planned Giving

In One Sentence, Make the Impossible Possible

Remember the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Your Will or Living Trust

What if all you had to do to ensure our organization can be successful for years to come is to write a simple sentence? Sound impossible?

Securing the future of those we serve really is as simple as one sentence. By including a gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge in your will, you can support our mission tomorrow without giving away any of your assets today.

Read more . . .

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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Bruised, But Not Broken

Successful modern horse trainers think it unfortunate that the various stages involved in training a horse are often known as horse breaking. The act of breaking a horse in a far gentler manner than that suggested by the term might surprise some. Because horses have long been essential contributors to commerce, transportation and warfare, historic documents related to their training are readily available. For example, On Horsemanship was written in 350 BC by a contemporary of Alexander the Great, the Greek statesman and historian Xenophon, an accomplished soldier who championed the non-abusive training of horses. To such a horseman—as with many others before and since—it is possible to bend the will without breaking it.

The Old Testament prophet Isaiah foretold the coming Messiah and described him as one who lovingly embraces the already bruised, individuals he would never break. “Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street; a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench.” The hurting and bruised are in need of comfort and love, not further heartache and added discipline. Jesus embraced the poor, the marginalized and the sick. He offered them healing and a hand of mercy, not a rod of discipline. The hurting among us may need healing, they may need correction, they may need direction, but the bruised certainly do not need more pain. Bruised, but not broken.

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