Catholic Schools Graduation


With the scheduled graduation of seniors from St. John the Evangelist High School in Plaquemine on Thursday evening, May 12, another season of celebration begins for graduating high school students, their families and friends. Please pray for these wonderful young people and attend a Catholic graduation ceremony if you’re able. Visit the Catholic Schools Office website for information concerning the schedule in your area,





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After the Test

From the Stewardship Today Archives, May 2006  

It’s true in every classroom and study hall, with every test and every exam. At test time, no one’s an atheist. Everyone prays at test time. That is, everyone prays before the test. Crack open a particularly hard test booklet and the prayers begin. more


From St. Cyprian of Carthage:

 “What mysteries are contained in the Our Father! How many and how great are they, collected briefly in words, but spiritually abundant in virtue! There is absolutely nothing passed over that is not comprehended in these our prayers and petitions—a summary of heavenly doctrine!”


Arise Exercise Classes

Our Lady of Mercy Church, 445 Marquette Street in Baton Rouge, will host ARISE yoga-style exercise classes, created to connect with God through Scripture, prayer and movement, on Monday mornings at 10 AM in the parish activity center. The cost is a $10 donation. For more information, call 225-773-0204.

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The Office of Youth
& Young Adult Ministry

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Through the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis, the Diocese of Baton Rouge provides young people and young adults a host of spiritual growth opportunities, activities and training: Red Stick Catholics, and the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. On Friday, May 4, youth are invited to “Rooted in Mercy” at the St. Michael Cafeteria; and upcoming activities for young adults include “Sanctus” at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 8, a Service Day at the BR Food Bank on May 12, and “Trivia on Tap” with Fr. Brad Doyle on May 24. As noted on the Web, the influential ministry efforts “seek to affirm the dignity of all people and call them to a life of missional discipleship for the sake of the kingdom of God.” Visit to learn more.



“Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.”

(2 Corinthians 9:6-8; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

3 Ways to Ensure Family Comes First

Naming the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary in your will is a simple way to enable the future of our important work. But maybe you’ve hesitated because you’re unsure about how much to give.

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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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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

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer may2018The Storm Before the Storm

“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd.” more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry may2018God, and His Love, Came First

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? At the time of Christ, esteemed philosophers debated the question as part of a cyclical reality. We still do, though some see life more simply. While teaching her children to read, one first grade Catholic school teacher introduced a series of stories about a farm family that raised chickens. To help her students better understand that endeavor, she brought an incubator with several fertilized chicken eggs to class. Over the next several weeks, the young girls and boys watched as young chicks pecked their way free—shifting from a container with eggs, to a container with chicks. So, how did those children answer the question, “Which came first?”. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance may2018Discipleship Is a Process


Command a trained German Shepherd to sit, and she’ll drop her hindquarters right where she stands. Respectfully invite a congregation to be seated following a reading, a song, time of prayer or other regular element of the Mass, and worshiping parishioners know exactly what’s expected of them. We understand commands, and we understand invitations. We may describe a fallen tree to our friends with an invitation to take a look. To escape as it falls, however, we yell, “Run!” And that’s a command.. . .read more


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“Our meditation in this present life should be in the praise of God; for the eternal exultation of our life hereafter will be the praise of God; and none can become fit for the future life who has not practiced himself for it now.”                                                                                              

                                                                                 St. Augustine of Hippo

“Ceremonies may be shadows, but they are the shadows of great truths, and it is essential that they should be carried out with the greatest possible attention.”

                                                                                 St. Vincent de Paul

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