From the Lenten Season “The Light Is ON for You” brochure, we read the following: “We enter into the liturgical season of Lent with a spirit of hope. This is a time to reflect, renew and rejoice in the mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus, who upon the cross, redeemed mankind.

“We are called to reflect upon actions which cause separation between ourselves, God and others. We are invited with contrite hearts to turn away from sin and return to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is a personal invitation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season of prayer and penance with joyful hope—that today, and each day following, the light is always ON for you.”

A Letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench

“The Light Is ON for You” Brochure


Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

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To Love the Light

From the Stewardship Today Archives, March 2009  

In these pages, we’ve often discussed the relationship between actions and their consequences. In particular, we’ve mourned a trend that celebrates instinctive and rash behavior, one that neglects a sensible, deliberate, spiritually sensitive and prudent approach to life. A consideration of consequences doesn’t eliminate adventure and the many joys of life, but it may eliminate certain heartaches and the complications that arise from unintended or unexpected consequences. A parent knows how this works and is actually grateful—whether privately or otherwise—when a child’s questionable behavior comes to light. more


Retrouvaille Weekend

Couples who may be experiencing trouble in their marriage are invited to attend an area Retrouvaille Weekend, scheduled for Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18. For more information, email, or call (225) 993-2443.

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Bishop Robert W. Muench encourages parishioners to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Many years ago, the Diocese of Baton Rouge was one of the first to follow a Lenten initiative begun in the Archdiocese of Washington entitled The Light Is ON for You. It involves opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) to be available. Since then, countless people have taken advantage of this venture. A list of places and times in our diocese—where it will be specially celebrated this Lent—is available in The Catholic Commentator.”

“The Light Is ON for You”
Sacrament of Reconciliation
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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

(Matthew 5:14-16; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Have you put off creating your will because it seems too overwhelming? It may be easier and less time-consuming than you think. In just a one-hour meeting with an estate planning attorney—along with some preparation—you can be well on your way to having a legally sound will.

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From St. Teresa of Avila:

“We should not attach much value to what we have given God, since we shall receive for the little we have bestowed upon Him much more in this life and in the next.” 

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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 march18Prepared for Prayer

What do you see when you enter your parish church? What do you smell, and what do you hear? Is your gaze drawn to the altar, to stained glass, statuary, or do you first notice others who have gathered to worship with you? Perhaps your senses are enlivened by the familiar scent of burning candles, the lingering presence of incense, or the mystery that accompanies silence and subdued lighting. Maybe—in such a welcoming environment—you respond in prayer. Faithful first century Jewish worshipers gathered at the temple. “Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there” (John 2:13-14). So, how did the Lord respond? more


Built on the Mountain
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry march18With Knowledge of the Tasks at Hand

Simon Peter was an accomplished, seasoned and successful Galilean fisherman. He was hard at work when Jesus called him to a life of ministry. “As Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.” Similarly, Jesus issued a call to John and James. “They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him” (Mark 1:16-18, 19b-20). Their knowledge of cultural norms was always at work, too—up to the weekend of the Lord’s betrayal and beyond.. . . .read more


A Lamb for Everyone ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance march18Our Greatest Riches


The email message was completely unexpected. Though Rob had long planned to build a website based on a brand he’d registered years ago, he’d never followed through. Someone else saw the potential in the URL and offered to purchase it from him, evaluating its latent value much more highly than Rob could have imagined. The name, the accompanying URL, and the potential were worth a great deal to someone else. Who knew? A furnished model home comes complete with inherent value. A custom truck fresh from the showroom and a pile of cash do, too. We also value life itself, love, devotion, mercy, grace and forgiveness just as highly. If not, we certainly should.. . .read more


A Purposeful Early Retirement ... read more

“Those who have love are born of God; those who have no love are not born of God. This is the great sign, the great distinction. Possess whatever you want, but if you are lacking this one thing, the rest will be of no value to you.”                                                                                              

                                                                                 St. Augustine of Hippo

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God, we must begin every day of our life with new ardor.”

                                                                                 St. Charles Cardinal Borromeo

“Don’t talk too much, not even with words that are wise; for even words that are wise, if they are too many, become wearisome.”

                                                                                 St. Ephraem the Syrian

“It is good that faith should precede reason, lest we seem to demand reasons from our Lord God in the same way that we might demand them of a man. How unworthy it would be to believe the human testimonies of another, and not believe the utterances of God himself.”

                                                                                 St. Ambrose of Milan

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