From St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

“The root of all good works is the hope of the resurrection; for the expectation of the reward is what moves the soul to good works.”

Catholic Schools Graduations


With the scheduled graduation of seniors from St. John the Evangelist High School in Plaquemine on Thursday evening, May 9, another season of celebration begins for graduating high school students, their families and their friends. Please pray for these wonderful young people and make plans to attend a Catholic graduation ceremony if you’re able. With your prayers and your encouragement, support out Catholic students and the gifted educators who serve them. Visit the Catholic Schools Office website for information concerning the schedule in your area,


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From the Stewardship Today Archives, May 2007

The busy corner convenience store had been losing money slowly but steadily for days. Clearly concerned, the owner decided to add a camera to his existing security system. Though painful to consider, he was afraid the cause of his losses was internal theft, so he added a camera trained on his clerks. Three days later, his assistant manager brought him one of the tapes. “I didn’t expect this. You’re going to be surprised,” she more


Rosaryville Nun Run

The Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road in Ponchatoula, will hold its Nun Run 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K Trail Run, and Anything Goes Cookoff on Saturday, May 11. Visit for event details.

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The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry


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. Upcoming activities for young adults include “Theology on Tap” at Tin Roof on Thursday evening, May 23. 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.” to learn more.


“Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Fill us at daybreak with your mercy, that all our days we may sing for joy. Show your deeds to our servants, your glory to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God be ours. Prosper the work of our hands.”

(Psalm 90:12, 14, 16-17a; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

A Woman’s Guide to Estate Planning

A 4-Point Plan for Your Future Success

Please take a moment to consider this all-too-familiar story. The month after Anne turned 30, her dear mother passed away. In the weeks that followed the funeral, Anne discovered that her Mom—a widow—had failed to draft a plan for her estate. In the absence of a plan, state law determined how her mother’s assets would be distributed.

According to a study by the National Center for Women and Retirement, nearly 90% of surveyed women will make their own significant financial decisions at some point in their lives. Whether you are single, divorced or widowed, fashioning an effective estate plan is part of thoughtful, prudent independence.

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:


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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


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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

prayer may2019The Structure of Worship


Within hours of the devastating fire that claimed much of the roof and spire of the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, supportive Catholics the world over pledged to help rebuild the church, a celebrated house of devotion and prayer dating to the Middle Ages. Consecrated to Our Lady, its ancient beams and intricate latticework may prove impossible to replicate, but God’s people have built and rebuilt churches to honor the Creator from the earliest days of Christian history. Place matters. Where we worship has always mattered. It always will. more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry may2019Putting Faith into Action

Charles Blondin, nineteenth century circus performer, was known throughout the world as “The Great Blondin,” having made his name as the premier tightrope walker of his time. In 1859, he crossed the Niagara Gorge—a distance of over 1,000 feet, subsequently traversing the Falls blindfolded, in a sack, pushing across a wheelbarrow, walking on stilts, carrying a man with him on his back, and once taking a break midway across at which time he cooked and ate an omelet.. . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance may2019Steeped in Heavenly Peace


In the Upper Room, Jesus led the disciples in the service we know commonly as the Last Supper, and he addressed them in an extended discourse that covers multiple chapters of John’s Gospel. On a night of anxious anticipation, he encouraged them. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. I go and prepare a place for you,” he said. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” he taught. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” And he spoke of a very special gift, the gift of peace.. . .read more


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“We must not be disturbed at our imperfections, since for us perfection consists in fighting against them. How can we fight against them unless we see them, or overcome them unless we face them?””   

                                                                               St. Francis de Sales


“Whoever does not trust the Lord in small matters is quite clearly an unbeliever in things of greater importance.”   

                                                                               St. Basil the Great


“To argue over who is the more noble is nothing more than to dispute whether dirt is better for making bricks or for making mortar. What an insignificant matter!”   

                                                                               St. Teresa of Avila


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