From St. Thomas Aquinas:

“Two main reasons why men fall short of justice: deference to magnates, and deference to the mob.” 

I Give Catholic -November 28

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To celebrate our unique Catholic heritage, #iGiveCatholic is the first-ever giving day created to rally the Catholic community on #GivingTuesday, November 28—a global day of giving. Donors make secure, tax-deductible donations to their parish, alma mater, and favorite ministries. Donations will be accepted on during a 24-hour period, and gifts may be scheduled in advance beginning Friday, November 10th. Our goal? $3.5 million for 17 participating Arch/Dioceses, including the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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Within Another’s Shadow

From the Stewardship Today Archives, October 2008  

A century ago, the world’s tallest building was a newly-completed office tower located at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty in Lower Manhattan. The Singer Building, headquarters for the Singer Manufacturing Company, was designed by the Brooklyn-born and Paris-trained Ernest Flagg, an architect famed for his contributions to the Beaux-Arts movement. Interestingly enough, the Singer Building was the world’s tallest for only one year, until the Metropolitan Life Tower—completed in 1909—overshadowed its Manhattan neighbor. The majestic Singer itself outlived a developer’s sense of usefulness, and in 1968 the Singer Building was replaced by the U. S. Steel Building, a facility now known as One Liberty Plaza. more




St. Thomas More Bible Study

The Book of James is the focus of a fall Bible study hosted by St. Thomas More Church, 11411 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge, Mondays at 6:30 PM and Tuesdays at 9:30 AM through November 13 and 14. For more information, please email:

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Works of Mercy Trust



Since its inception in 1992, the Diocese of Baton Rouge Works of Mercy Trust has awarded over $525,000 to area non-profit organizations. On June 15, Bishop Robert Muench distributed this year’s awards to five deserving area organizations, including the Particular Council of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge. For many years, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge has offered a clear mission of ministry and service. “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 taking part in the upcoming annual golf tournament fundraiser, scheduled for Monday, October 23, or discover other ways to donate your resources and time. Visit .


“Look among all the people for able and God-fearing men, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain, and set them over the people as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. Let those render decisions for the people in all routine cases. Every important case they should refer to you, but every lesser case they can settle themselves. Lighten your burden by letting them bear it with you!”

(Exodus 18:21-22; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

How Your Will Keeps Giving, After You’re Gone

A will or living trust allows you to protect your loved ones long after your lifetime. These documents also grant you the power to provide vital resources to causes you care deeply about—resources that organizations and institutions like the Diocese of Baton Rouge need in order to thrive.

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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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The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


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Join with fellow parishioners to actively support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. It takes so little to mean so much. As Jesus said, God’s kingdom is “like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade” (Mk 4:31-32). We realize the greatest impact when generous parishioners join together and give. Moved by Faith, please take part in this great work of God. more

A Letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench...Read more

The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer oct2017Make Your Requests Known

When one future pastor was in his final year of seminary training, a dear old lady in his parish made a point to corral him after Sunday service. “God has much in store for you,” she said, “I’m sure of it. You pray for us. What might I pray about for you?” Humbled, he told her. The next time they met, she pulled a small reporter’s notebook from her purse, and flipped to a page with his name at the top. Reminding him of his recent requests, she asked how things were going. God had answered his prayers, and he was pleased to tell her so. “We can mark that off, then,” and she drew a line through an item. “What now?” more


Our God Forever
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry oct2017Called to Live Like This

King David, the Psalmist, plead the King of Glory for a lasting measure of his grace. “Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior; for you I will wait all the day long. Remember your compassion and your mercy, O Lord, for they are ages old. Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to your mercy, because of your goodness, Lord. Good and upright is the Lord, therefore he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way” (Psalm 25:4-9). No one typifies godly humility more fully than Jesus Christ, and St. Paul detailed that truth most clearly.. . . .read more


“Be Compassionate, for I Am Compassionate” ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

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More than a decade before his appointment as the Librarian of Congress, Daniel Boorstin wrote a book entitled The Image. Though too often overlooked as a formative study on the subject, the author’s narrative approximates prophecy. “As never before in art, it has become easy for the great, the famous, and the cliché to be synonymous,” he wrote in 1961. “The original then somehow loses its originality. The copy is far more familiar. Indeed, it is only the copy which is really popular.” It was a common image—a coin with the likeness of Tiberius Caesar—that provided Jesus a wonderful teaching opportunity, one that separated the image of a man and “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15a).. . .read more


God, Our Refuge and Our Deliverer ... read more

“Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other.”                                                                                              

                                                                                   St. Thomas More

“True friendship can harbor no suspicion; a friend must speak to a friend as freely as to his second self.”

                                                                                    St. Jerome

“God is within all things, but not included by them; outside all things, but not excluded by them; above all things, but not beyond their reach.”

                                                                                    St. Gregory the Great

“God said: I have placed you in the midst of your fellows so that you may do to them what you cannot do to Me—that is, so that you may love your neighbor freely without expecting any return from him. And what you do to him, I count as done to Me.”

                                                                                    St. Catherine of Siena

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