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From St. Thomas More:

“I would rather have learning joined with virtue than all the treasures of kings.”


St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge


For more than a hundred and fifty 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. The Society is “a network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need, offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.”

One of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge offers dozens of programs and services to those in need in our community: food services, shelter and housing, distribution centers and stores, a Uniforms for Kids program, prescription services, disaster relief and the Thirst for Justice legal clinic for underprivileged clients. Your contributions, along with gifts and grants, support their life-saving work. Give online by visiting



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Jambalaya Cook-Off

St. Gabriel Church, 3425 Highway 75 in St. Gabriel, is hosting its 13th Annual PaPa George Fairchild Jambalaya Cook-Off, benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Sunday, September 8. For more information, please visit

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Ministry and Theology (MAT) Classes


The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has posted the Fall Schedule of Ministry and Theology (MAT) courses, and the first two online webinars begin the second week of September: Sacraments and Catholic Faith (Creeds). Courses on Spiritual Life, Catholic Morality, Sacred Liturgy and more will follow throughout the Winter and into Spring. Instructors are skilled Catholic teachers and the material is both instructive and informative. Please make plans to sign up at a cost of only $20 per course. Take a few moments and visit the ministry website today. Visit the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and click on Certification to continue your journey of personal spiritual growth and development:


“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.”

(Psalm 25:8-10; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


At the End of the Journey

From the Stewardship Today Archives, September 2013

Ask any diligent high school honor student what all the hard work is for, and you’ll get a fairly predictable answer. “I’m working hard, so that I can earn a scholarship to a really good college.” That’s expected and sounds about right. It’s what many would say is important. Go one step further and ask a senior at the university what all the hard work is for, and the response will be similar: “I’m working hard, so that I can choose from a variety of really good job offers when I graduate.” more

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Planned Giving

How To Keep Your Documents Safe

What Should and Should Not Go in a Safe-Deposit Box

Where do you keep important documents such as your will, mortgage papers and birth certificates? Are they tucked away in a desk drawer or stuffed into your filing cabinet? There’s a better place for them.

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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:

September 2019 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


A Steward’s Legacy:

Honoring Your Loved Ones



If you have a friend or family member whose life has been touched by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, consider making a gift in his or her name. When you memorialize some of the most important people in your life through a gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge—your mother, father, spouse, mentors or other special loved ones—you honor that special person, support our ministries and programs, and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer sept2019Foremost, for Everyone, in Every Place

With so many responsibilities on your plate, which one do you choose to address first? What’s your priority? Or, what is your spiritual priority? To his son in the faith Timothy, the Apostle Paul offered his preference. “First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.”. . .read more

Well-Rooted in Jesus
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry sept2019Fruit of an Active Faith

Ever wonder why you seem to retain more information by reading a book, rather than sitting through a lecture? Or, do you seem to learn more about a process by actually being a part of it—learning more hands-on, instead of just being told how something works? Truth is, we all take in new information in a variety of ways, and some ways work better for some than others. Children learn. Parents learn. Students learn, and teachers learn. And, how they go about it—the process of instruction, the science of pedagogy—shapes how much they learn.. . .read more


Solid Walls, Sure Foundation ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance sept2019Best Doesn’t Always Mean Closest


If premium seats to your favorite team’s home games seem expensive and hard to come by, then celebrate their success. It’s also likely they not only cost quite a bit, but they’ve been held by individuals, families, or local businesses for years. Some tickets are impossible to acquire because they never appear on the market. That’s as true for the theater, ballet, or a major concert.. . .read more


A Larger Territory ... read more

Give me, good Lord, such a love for you that I will love nothing in a way that displeases you, and I will love everything for your sake.””   

                                                                               St. Thomas More


“Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God never changes.”   

                                                                               St. Teresa of Avila


“The instruction that comes from others is a kind of help, a call for attention. But the One who truly teaches the heart teaches from heaven.”   

                                                                               St. Augustine of Hippo


“It is our part to seek, God’s to grant what we ask; ours to make a beginning, his to bring it to completion; ours to offer what we can, his to finish what we cannot.”   

                                                                               St. Jerome

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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