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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

More Local, Regional and National Links...

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Francis de Sales:

“True virtue has no limits, but goes on and on, and especially holy charity, which is the virtue of virtues, and which, having an infinite object, would become infinite if it could meet with a heart capable of infinity.”

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

catholic charity

 

Every holiday season, thousands of devoted Catholic faithful seek meaningful ways to assist friends and neighbors who they know will face times of real challenge during the days of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. For generations, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has provided great comfort and assistance to those in need, offering our fellow parishioners ongoing and effective means to assist.   

As Catholic Charities notes on its website, “The agency serves those most in need with an array of comprehensive programs that include direct assistance, disaster recovery, adoption, child-welfare services, and comprehensive support services for pregnant women, refugees, families in poverty, and ex-offenders.” Please join with committed staff and volunteers, and make the holidays a bit brighter for those who need your support. Visit www.ccdiobr.org to discover how you can help.

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,]


Please visit “The Steward’s Bookshelf”
for additional recommendations.

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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

Diocesan News Page

Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday

igivecatholic

 

This year, Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday of the month, November 28. The following Tuesday, charitable individuals all across the Diocese of Baton Rouge will contribute in support of worthy organizations and ministries through a global effort known as Giving Tuesday. In support of diocesan ministries, and to celebrate our Catholic faith, please make your special gift “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, and preserve our Catholic heritage for future generations, giving through #iGiveCatholic.” Please visit the website and discover ways you might participate by giving to support local and regional ministries: www.batonrouge.igivecatholic.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4: 5b-7; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Work Hard, Quietly and Well

From the Stewardship Today Archives, November 2010

Professional basketball icon Michael Jordan famously said, “There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is in win.” The inference is clear. The great hardwood star’s sport of choice is not merely a stage for individual achievement but an arena for group accomplishment—and the best teams win, not because they are comprised of talented players, but because they play efficiently and well together....read more

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Planned Giving

6 Ways to Benefit from a Year-End Gift


The final months of the year are traditionally considered the season of giving. In addition to the gifts we give to the important people in our lives, this season of generosity also offers a prime opportunity to show support for the causes we love. When you support the Diocese of Baton Rouge, not only will others benefit, but so will you.

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

November 2019 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

Please Support the BAA

 

 hope

Hope in the Lord. No matter the struggles we face, Jesus Christ is our hope and greater than any perceived difficulty or challenge. Our lives are a gift from God and, in gratitude, we acknowledge that all we do as faithful Catholics is motivated by our confidence in the salvation God promises the Church, his children.

 

Please join Bishop Michael G. Duca, whose motto echoes this year’s theme. Your generous gifts in support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal express your love for God and will help meet the needs of others who see Christ in you. Hold fast to the faith. Hope in the Lord. And please give in support of the BAA.


BAA Brochure ...read more
Letter from Bishop Michael G. Duca ...read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayerThat Jesus Might Be Glorified


In a timeless blessing, God granted the Old Testament patriarch Moses a benediction suitable for his brother Aaron and other Levitical priests to share with God’s people. We know the words. “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). When we pray, we invite God to bless us and others, and we follow the pattern of timeless examples like that. In his second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul extended such a blessing to them. . .read more


One God, and One God Only
... read more

 

 

The Stewardship of Ministry


ministryTo Seek and to Save


To gain an adult’s visual perspective, most young children have climbed a fence, a playground ladder, or a tree. Those experiences likely inform a child’s fondness for the biblical story of Jericho’s chief tax collector Zacchaeus. On his last journey to Jerusalem, Jesus made his way through Jericho, Zacchaeus heard about his arrival and wanted “to see who Jesus was.” But, like a diminutive child, the wealthy Jericho resident couldn’t “see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree.”. . .read more

 

The Last Journey Home ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


financeTo the House of the Lord

 

Place matters. We cherish the distinctive heritage of our Louisiana roots and the defining nature of nature itself. We think of cypress trees, live oaks, wetlands and azaleas. Framed by Spanish moss, we picture the silhouette of a pirogue floating down a bayou at dawn, and recognize the inspiration for a thousand paintings and backdrop for even more lives. It’s where we call home. In spiritual terms, we feel the same about our parish sanctuaries, many of them raised from the soil of those historic wetlands, alongside the banks of those very bayous.. . .read more

 

The Grace of God in You ... read more


Charity is the bond of brotherhood, the foundation of peace, the mainstay and security of unity, which is greater than both hope and faith, which excels both good works and martyrdom, which will abide with us always, eternal with God in the kingdom of heaven.”   

                                                                               St. Cyprian of Carthage

 

“We must have such great love for the truth that our words will take on the character of oaths.”   

                                                                               St. Paulinus of Nola

 

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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