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Sounds of Peace Concert

St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, 2025 Stuart Avenue in Baton Rouge, is hosting a free concert featuring Kitty Cleveland and her “Sounds of Peace Project for the Poor,” on Sunday afternoon, December 15, from 2 to 4 PM. Visit www.kittycleveland.com for additional details.

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift


Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fully fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

On the Fiftieth Day

On the Fiftieth Day

From the Stewardship Today Archives, May 2010


The word Pentecost is derived from the Greek, literally meaning “the fiftieth day.” Some seven weeks after the glorious celebration of the resurrection of Christ, the Catholic Church—along with much of Christendom—celebrates anew every year, acknowledging the blessed arrival of the Holy Spirit that first Easter season, sweeping through the New Testament church born in Jerusalem, empowering the followers of Christ to spread the gospel to the ends of the world.

In the Upper Room, Jesus and his apostles celebrated a Passover supper, a meal that offered heightened meaning almost immediately, the Paschal Lamb as Christ himself. Pentecost held great meaning for the Jews, as well—a time variously known as the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Harvest, or the Feast of First-Fruits—an appropriate parallel that mirrors the connection between the Passover and the Crucifixion, the sacrifice of one on behalf of another.

“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,” St. Luke wrote in the Acts of the Apostles, “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. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” The crowd beyond was amazed, for “each one heard them speaking in his own language.” St. Peter proclaimed the truth, tracing the story of a coming Messiah through the patriarchs and the prophets. We follow that example and see Pentecost as the initial Mission Sunday. Every year, at Pentecost, we are reminded to be stewards of the ultimate gift—a message of hope, love and forgiveness.

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