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Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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Planned Giving

Your Estate Plan’s Quarterback

Your estate plan is the combination of documents that determine how your assets will be managed and distributed. When you create this plan, one of the most helpful things you can do for your family and beneficiaries is to spell out in detail how you want your estate to be handled. A critical part of that process is naming an executor.

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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

The Ritual of Remembrance

finance dec2018We love Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. What’s more, if we’re visiting family and friends for the holidays, we know we can attend services in each of their communities, just as our adult children—living in other cities across the country—have the opportunity to participate in services at their parish churches, too. A measure of local flavor identifies each location, of course, but the familiar order, pattern and pace of the Mass is comfortably similar, one of the more appealing aspects of our faith. Christmas Eve Mass: Every year, wherever we celebrate the coming of Christ, we’re reminded of years gone by, a lifetime of worship.

A commitment to ceremony and ritual has always helped to frame our means of Catholic worship, both privately and publicly. When we read the Gospels and their Christmas narratives, we discover the roots of ritual shape the transfer of devotion from Judaism to Christianity, including the predictable religious obedience of the Holy Family within days of the baby’s birth.   

“When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,’ and to offer the sacrifice of ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,’ in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord” (Luke 2:21-24).

The Holy Family was obedient to the ancient law, and offered modest sacrifices in keeping with their humble means, an act of worship. No doubt, their parents had done the same for them, just as the Lord’s ancestors had done for generations. Their sacrificial gifts may have been humble, but there is nothing ordinary about devotion and faithfulness befitting the earthly parents of the heavenly Messiah. They offered the familiar, the expected. This Christmas, we’ll be comforted by the familiar but wisely recognize the astonishing truth alive in the Incarnation. Emmanuel has come, “God with us.” Let’s worship, once again.

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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