From St. Basil the Great:

“The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ who knew no sin, might have the power of baptism.”

Catholic Life Television

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In the area of personal spiritual formation, Catholic television programming is an honored benefit. Why not begin the new year by sifting the Catholic Life Television schedule, so that you might merge your weekly calendar and your favorite programs? The mission of Catholic Life Television affirms that as a wise plan: “to serve as an effective instrument of Catholic evangelization, through the medium of television, in support of the overall mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge—to proclaim the Good News of God’s love made manifest in Jesus Christ.”

The Television Apostolate “will carry out its evangelization ministry by giving voice and image to the vision embodied in the Diocesan Strategic Plan for Evangelization, namely: extending an invitation to all to respond to the Good News within the fullness of the Catholic faith; offering resources for renewal within the Catholic community; sharing the Church’s desire to achieve reconciliation with those Catholics who are alienated from the community; and promoting Gospel values to assist in the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God.”

Scheduling an evening or afternoon of instructive viewing is easy enough to do. Nationally-recognized offerings and award-winning diocesan programs are available to stream, 24-hours a day. Join the many thousands who are better informed, and whose spiritual lives have been enhanced through the ministry. Visit

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:


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Bruised, But Not Broken

From the Stewardship Today Archives, January 2007

Successful modern horse trainers think it unfortunate that the various stages involved in training a horse are often known as horse breaking. The act of breaking a horse in a far gentler manner than that suggested by the term might surprise some. Because horses have long been essential contributors to commerce, transportation and warfare, historic documents related to their training are readily available. more


Men’s Conference

“A Call to Battle” is the theme of this year’s Men of the Immaculata Men’s Conference, to be held at St. George Catholic Church on Saturday, March 9. Tickets are available at a cost of $50 per adult and $25 for each student. Visit for additional details.

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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A convert to Roman Catholicism, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a prominent figure in the history of the Catholic Church in America. She was the founder of the first sisterhood begun in the United States, the American Sisters of Charity, and was the first native-born American to be canonized. Her devotion to the poor and other oppressed people continues to bear fruit through her many significant contributions in the field of education.

In Butler’s influential Lives of the Saints, Paul Burns has written, “She and her Congregation are rightly regarded as founders of the parochial school system. Their work has spread to South as well as North America, to Italy, and to mission territories; they staff hospitals, child-care institutions, homes for the aged and disabled, and schools at every level.”

She spoke of her care of the suffering poor in the following prayer: “Our Father, You say all things work together for our good if we are faithful to You. Therefore, if You ordain it, through disappointment and poverty, sickness and pain, even shame and contempt, You will support us with the consolation of Your grace and compensate us for any temporal suffering by the possession of that peace which the world can neither give nor take away.”


“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 9:8; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

A Personal Approach to Giving

Including a gift in your will is a thoughtful way to support the causes and organizations that are close to your heart—respected institutions like the Diocese of Baton Rouge, for example. It’s an easy way to support our mission in the future without using any of your assets today. Consider two special features that make this a popular type of gift: flexibility and versatility.

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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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Please Support the BAA


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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.

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The Stewardship of Prayer

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Scribes, fishermen, shepherds, tentmakers, devout parents, cloth makers and farmers all knew it. At the dawn of what became the first century, every Jew in Roman-occupied Palestine knew what to expect. When the Messiah arrived, “upon his shoulders dominion would rest. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.” Upon the historic throne of David, he would reign forever. When he came, John the Baptist seemed an impressive man, a prophet really. The people naturally wondered if he might be the One. Without hesitation, he answered their queries. “No.” more


With Praise in Our Mouths
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The Stewardship of Ministry

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The Gospel of John opens with these familiar words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be” (John 1:1-3a). A central doctrinal truth connects the Living Word and the Written Word—Jesus Christ, as we also see in the Gospel. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory.”. . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance jan2019Of Value to God, He Delights in You


Let’s chat about the gifts you gave this Christmas and those you received. Did a few supplant those exchanged in a previous year? A newer sweater, another bracelet, the latest electronic device, the most recent game, a novel tool? It’s likely that you’ll cherish at least a gift or two. They’ll endure. So will your fondness for them. Except for those individuals who wait until the last minute to choose any gift, everyone hopes to find an item or an idea of lasting value. God does an especially good job of that.. . .read more


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“If I want only pure water, what does it matter to me whether it be brought in a vase of gold or of glass? What is it to me whether the will of God be presented to me in tribulation or consolation, since I desire and seek only the divine will?”   

                                                                               St. Francis de Sales


“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Do you plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? First lay the foundation on humility.”   

                                                                               St. Augustine of Hippo


“Our sins are nothing but a grain of sand alongside the great mountain of the mercy of God.”   

                                                                               St. Jean Vianney


“What I only aim at is this: That we seek God, and remain with him, to whom we are speaking, without turning our backs on him. For I think that is what we do when we keep talking to God while thinking about a thousand trifles at the same time.”    

                                                                               St. Clement I


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