The Life of a Single Mom


As The Life of a Single Mom website notes, “Single moms are some of the hardest-working, most dedicated mothers in the country. However, many are facing challenging circumstances.” As a 19-year-old, founder Jennifer Maggio was single, pregnant, and living on government assistance. Finding hope in Christ, she began a journey through personal business success to create her first Single Mom Support Group in Baton Rouge just over a decade ago. Formally established as The Life of a Single Mom in 2010, the nonprofit now serves more than 70,000 single mothers each year, organizes the National Single Mom Conference, offers online classes and other instructional resources, and helps single moms connect with others in their area across the globe. Visit the website of this Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient for additional 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:


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Relative Prosperity

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2016  

What does it mean to be prosperous? Does it mean your salary totals six figures? More than that? Or, would your relative prosperity be more a function of ‘accumulated’ wealth? The goods and possessions you’ve acquired over the years form an impressive inventory; therefore, you are prosperous. Concerned with poverty and wealth distribution, a number of organizations monitor income levels all over the world, and one group offers these very revealing statistics. more


From St. Francis de Sales:

“Aspire to God with short but frequent outpourings of the heart; admire his bounty; invoke his aid; cast yourself in spirit at the foot of his cross; adore his goodness; treat with him of your salvation; give him your whole soul a thousand times in the day.”


Summer Leisure Learning Continues

Immaculate Conception Church, 865 Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs, is hosting a Summer Leisure Learning Series each Thursday at 7 PM through August 9 in the church’s small hall. Topics include discussions of papal authority, the Eucharist, and Mary. For more information, please call 225-665-5359.

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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 exactly 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.


“What profit have workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about. God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:9-11; New American Bible, Revised Edition)




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Planned Giving

Estate Planning for Singles

When it comes to estate planning, being single doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You still need to plan for the future, even if the present doesn’t include a spouse or partner. Here’s why: If you were to die without a will, the state in which you live would decide the fate of your assets. The people and causes you care about might not be provided for.

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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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JULY 2018 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


The Total Stewardship


Thirtieth Anniversary Edition



The Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship invites you to celebrate with us, as we acknowledge God’s goodness and blessing through 30 years of Total Stewardship commitment and look toward A Future Full of Hope. In this anniversary edition of the Total Stewardship program, you’ll find valuable resources for every stewardship effort: Stewardship of Prayer, Stewardship of Ministry, and Stewardship of Finance. more

The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer july2018Where Are You? In Christ, That’s Where.

Travel from city to city with great frequency, and it’s common to awaken disoriented, not altogether certain where you are. Professional athletes talk about it. So do traveling sales reps, authors on book tours, and musicians on tour. It’s also true for missions participants, disaster response teams, and family members who frequently travel to visit ailing relatives. “Where are you today?” “I’m in Chicago . . . no, wait . . . I’m home. No, no, I’m not. I’m at Mom and Dad’s.” That’s how it can feel for a few more


In the Same Manner
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The Stewardship of Ministry

minister july2018The Measure of Godly Leadership

Jesus knew exactly what corrupt and ineffective leadership looked like. “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them” (John 10:1-12). He echoed the words of the prophets who foretold his coming.. . .read more


The Peril of a Divided House ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance july2018Time for a Debrief with Jesus


An article in the October 13, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review listed four questions to ask when coordinating a project debrief. Doug Sundheim, president of consulting firm The Sundheim Group, in his piece entitled “Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems,” suggested leaders ask the following four questions when a project begins to wrap: “What were we trying to accomplish? Where did we hit (or miss) our objectives?”. . .read more


Never Forget ... read more

“We cannot be sure whether we are loving God, although we may have good reasons for believing that we are. But we can know quite well whether we are loving our neighbor.”                                                                                              

                                                                                 St. Teresa of Avila

“In all our thoughts and actions we ought to remember the presence of God, and to count as lost any time in which we don’t think of him.”

                                                                                 St. Bernard of Clairvaux

“God did not tell us to follow him because he needed our help, but because he knew that loving him would make us whole.”

                                                                                 St. Irenaeus of Lyons

“Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other.”

                                                                                 St. Thomas More


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