Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center

recomended nov2018

As a nonprofit organization “committed to facilitate the mental health recovery of women suffering from severe and persistent mental illness,” the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center has served the greater capital city community since 1974. A recent Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient, the WCRC “provides a year long journey of healing and recovery” for those recently discharged from the hospital and homeless, ensuring “a safe and secure homelike environment” under the care of dedicated mental health professionals and staff. Offering training, counseling, therapy, room and board, the WCRC also provides follow-up service and aftercare. Please consider your own support of the significant work of the WCRC. Visit the organization’s website for more information:

One of the six recipients of this year’s Works of Mercy Trust grants is the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), an organization founded by high school teacher Daniel Kahn in 2009 to help “high-achieving but under-resourced high school students enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” Staff members and volunteer supporters achieve this goal through activities as diverse as educational and recreational camps and retreats, service programs, partnerships with related organizations, instructional coursework, life skill preparation, and opportunities to work with professional mentors who serve in a great variety of business and government disciplines. More than two hundred young people are involved in various programs this year alone. Visit the informative website for additional information:


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.

Click Here


A Call to a Resource-Full People

From the Stewardship Today Archives, November 2009

By definition, a cornucopia is a symbol of considerable blessing, a cone-shaped container overflowing with the fruits of abundant harvest. Such a centerpiece often adorns the grand display of blessing found within a typical American Thanksgiving dining room. There is much to be thankful for, including the very resources used to create meals of which much of the world can only more


Adult Faith MAT Classes

The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Baton Rouge schedules a great variety of Ministry and Theology courses each fall and spring. To learn about these and other training programs available, visit www.evangcatbr.orgor call (225) 336-8760 for additional details.

Diocesan News Page


Works of Mercy Trust


In 1991, the year just prior to his passing, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust, helping to fund area ministries through awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Over half a million dollars have been given to date, and six worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this May. The following six organizations offer the kinds of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was so well known, and each is a welcome addition to the list of past recipients: the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BYRC), Life of a Single Mom, the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), and the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center.


“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

Download Stewardship Today Free

For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.

Download the PDF Version

Planned Giving

5 Great Reasons to Be Charitable

Good intentions are important, especially when it comes to giving. And a planned gift—a gift you designate to start after your lifetime—can have long-term impact.

When you support a cause or organization, what are your intentions? Here are a few reasons you might not have considered.

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:


Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Vatican Website

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship

More Local, Regional and National Links...


From St. Teresa of Avila:

“In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks.” 


Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


Please Support the BAA


 steward oct2018

For decades, contributors to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal have extended the love of God to our neighbors, fellow parishioners and friends. A timeless call directs us to all those who long for our care and compassion throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Investing the blessings God has granted, we honor the Lord as we serve and as we give. It is Christ’s example, and we Follow the Shepherd’s Lead.

Because we desire to be good stewards of God’s blessing, we purposefully support efforts like the BAA, aware that the collective gifts of many faithful parishioners can accomplish much. Through your generous contributions, you address others’ needs, and you point them to Jesus Christ, the shepherd of us all. Please give to support the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

Follow the Shepherd’s Lead Appeal Brochure

Follow the Shepherd’s Lead Donor Mailer 

The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer nov2018Children Know God Blesses


Celebrated writer Robert Fulghum reminds us that even young children grasp the notion of God’s sovereign blessing. “Hello. This is Emily,” one youngster prayed. “I’m fine. How are you? Thanks for the sky and the birds and stuff. Actually, I’m having a pretty good week. And thanks for the mashed potatoes, but not for the lima beans. I thank you really much for the meatloaf. And thanks for the chairs, and the tables, and the doors, and the couch and the television and the walls and the roof and the bed and the bathroom and the towels and the grass and the clouds and the street. Take care. Amen.” When she offered her litany of gratitude, Emily was more


The Familiar in the Unknown
... read more

The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry nov2018The Most Important Things We Can Do

Ever overhear someone else’s conversation and decide to insert yourself in it? Suppose you’re witness to a debate and decide to weigh in. Be prepared for an unwelcome response: I’m sorry. Did the middle of our conversation interrupt the beginning of yours? To a degree, that was the case when Jesus was approached by a first century scribe, while discussing concerns with others. “One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well Jesus had answered, asked him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ ”. . .read more


Like Shining Stars ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finace nov2018It Was All She Had


Priests, small Christian group leaders, and Bible class teachers understand the challenge certain Scripture stories present. It isn’t that they’re difficult. Not at all. Certain passages are so central to our understanding, especially those that help us celebrate holidays and special anniversaries, priests and teachers must invest additional time to make the familiar fresh every year. That is uniquely true of passages that perfectly address essential doctrinal teachings too. We find one of those in Mark, chapter 12, an instructive tale illustrating sacrificial stewardship.. . .read more


Always Ready to Listen ... read more

“In this day in which the Rich became poor for our sakes, let the rich man make the poor man share with him at his table. On this day came forth to us the Gift, even though we had not asked for it! Let us therefore bestow alms on those who cry and beg from us.”   

                                                                               St. Ephraem the Syrian

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.

A Product of Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
Copyright © 2018 Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. All Rights Reserved.
Website supported by Educational Technology Leaders LLC