From St. Paul of the Cross:

“Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the Heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ.”

St. Joseph Abbey

 Special Collection 
December 9 and 10


For more than 125 years, the monks of Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College have educated young men as candidates for the priesthood. Today, St. Joseph is the largest Catholic seminary college in the United States. For generations, they have served our Catholic community selflessly and well. This holiday season, we have an opportunity to serve them. In March 2016, a flood overwhelmed the abbey and seminary, doing catastrophic damage to more than two dozen buildings on campus, including the library and its vast collection of treasured volumes.

In consultation with the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, Bishop Robert Muench has authorized a special collection to benefit the abbey and seminary, a collection to be taken in all churches of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the weekend of December 9 and 10. For additional information, please take a few moments to watch the informative video and read the letter from Bishop Muench. Then, please make plans to contribute generously.

Read the Letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench

Watch the St. Joseph Abbey Special Collection Video


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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The Worker and the Work

From the Stewardship Today Archives, December 2008  

The most careful reading of the Gospels reveals very little information concerning him, and yet all of that is complimentary. St. Matthew used the word righteous to describe him and referred to him as a descendant of King David. What few recorded events involve him show him to be godly, obedient, devoted to his family and protective of his wife and infant son. Religiously devout, as St. Luke documented, the man and his family traveled to Jerusalem for the annual Passover feast, introducing his son to the festival custom. more


Christmas Concert

St. Mark Catholic Church, at 42021 Highway 621 in Gonzales, will host a Christmas concert featuring NaNasha and the Easton Hollis Group, Wednesday evening, December 13, 7 to 8:30 PM. For more information, call 225-647-8461.

Diocesan News Page


Works of Mercy Trust



Through the Community Comes Together for Christmas program, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge invites area residents to support others in the greater capital community with holiday sponsorship. This year, CCDBR prescreened and verified over 450 families and seniors for assistance. Many were the victims of recent disasters, some are new mothers served by Sanctuary for Life, others are deserving refugees already resettled by the agency, and more than a few are unsponsored seniors enrolled in agency programs like Foster Grandparents. Donors are encouraged to purchase clothing, shoes, and special gifts. Cash donations and gift cards are also welcome.

Visitors to the Catholic Charities website can log in to register support. Please visit to take part.



“Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice before the Lord who comes, who comes to govern the earth, to govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness.”

(Psalm 96:11-13; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

A Family-First Philosophy

They say charity starts at home, and that can be especially true during uncertain economic times. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to provide for your family, you might overlook a gift to the organizations and causes that also need your support.

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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 dec2017To Set Us Free

First century Jewish mothers, carpenters, servants and fishermen were born under Caesar Augustus, subject to Roman taxes and the considerable influence of Roman culture. Restrictive application of the Mosaic Law from temple leaders extended little relief. Birthing a new era, God directed a message of comfort and relief through a small group of Jewish shepherds. “Glory to God in the highest!” The Son of God was born in Bethlehem. Then, some decades later, St. John the Baptist announced yet another historic marker, the Son of God had come to set his people more


Are You Listening?
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry dec2017We Follow the Prince of Peace

“For a child has been born to us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NRSVCE). “Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1, NABRE). “The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Peace. It is a defining characteristic of Jesus Christ. As committed parishioners of the Catholic faith, and in loving peace, we model the Lord’s example and “let the peace of Christ control our hearts.”. . . .read more


How Long Do We Really Have? ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance dec2017Traditions Touched and Surpassed


At year’s end, individuals and institutions begin to close files and develop annual reports, measuring the relative success of their efforts in the year just past, quantifying investments in resources and personnel, and refining plans for the calendar year to come. A prosperous new year will likely depend on an informed study of established metrics and standard practices, as much as it might a mix of visionary thinking and good fortune. In the Advent Season, we celebrate the most miraculous event in history but note Jesus was born within an historic tradition. Out of the old, the child established a new covenant.. . .read more


This Isn’t About Normal ... read more

“Be eager for more frequent gatherings for thanksgiving to God and his glory. For when we meet in this way, the forces of Satan are rendered powerless and his destructive power is cancelled in the concord of your faith.”                                                                                              

                                                                                   St. Ignatius of Antioch

“One act of thanksgiving when things go wrong with us is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclination.”

                                                                                    St. John of Avila

“We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.”

                                                                                    St. Basil the Great

“If we have any natural defect, either in mind or body, let us not grieve and be sorry for ourselves. Who is there that ever receives a gift and tries to make bargains about it? Let us, then, return thanks for what he has bestowed on us. Who can tell whether, if we had had a larger share of ability or stronger health, we would have possessed them to our destruction?”

                                                                                    St. Alphonsus Liguori

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