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Blue Mass

St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church, 5354 Plank Road in Baton Rouge, will celebrate its annual Blue Mass for police officers and first responders on Sunday, July 15 at 10 AM, with lunch to follow in the Parish Hall. For more information, please call 225-355-2553.

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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:

The Worker and the Work

The Worker and the Work


The most careful reading of the Gospels reveals very little information concerning him, and yet all of that is complimentary. St. Matthew used the word righteous to describe him and referred to him as a descendant of King David. What few recorded events involve him show him to be godly, obedient, devoted to his family and protective of his wife and infant son. Religiously devout, as St. Luke documented, the man and his family traveled to Jerusalem for the annual Passover feast, introducing his son to the festival custom. When one year he and his wife realized the all-wise offspring had remained behind, he was diligent in searching for him and found the lad listening to and asking questions of the temple instructors. The son became known to fellow locals by identifying him with his father’s trade. To them he was the carpenter’s son; his father, the carpenter. The son was Jesus of Nazareth, and his earthly father was named Joseph, “the increase of God.”

The biblical story of the birth of Jesus is enriched by the presence of tremendously wonderful personalities: The Virgin Mary, her relative Elizabeth, and her kin; messengers of the divine, ministering angels, and the heavenly host. Others fill critical roles, identified as much by their calling as by their character: an innkeeper, wise men and shepherds. It is of some significance that the earthly paternal parent of the Most High was similarly known by his craft: the carpenter. A feast in his honor was instituted some sixty years ago, just as significantly entitled the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The Scriptures and the Church honor the worker, and thus we celebrate the grace of work itself.

Teachers, office workers, sales and marketing representatives, homemakers, physicians and nurses, cleaning crew members, artists, and thousands of other trades, professions, callings and crafts—each member of the Church in every parish is likely known as much by vocational title as by affiliation to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Within such a conventional reality is an extraordinary truth. As was true for the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the value of vocation is most consequentially measured, not by worldly success, but by the degree to which each worker expresses personal devotion to Christ in the process of doing his or her work. The Church: the workers of God.

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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