Third Order of Mary

The St. Agnes Confraternity of the Third Order of Mary has scheduled a July social for Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 PM, in the conference center of St. Agnes Church, 749 East Boulevard in Baton Rouge. For more information, please call Karen Mollere at (225) 272-5915.

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Planned Giving

It’s Easier Than Ever to Support the Diocese of Baton Rouge

Simply Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

You’ve worked hard, saved diligently and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you’re also looking for a way to give back to the organizations and causes that have been important to you. Consider making a gift from your IRA.

If you’re 70½ or older, you can use the IRA charitable rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This provision allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution. 

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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:

Do What You’ve Learned to Do

finance july2019If you were a fisherman, with a successful business catching fish—your own equipment, your own boats—and someone came along who directed you to the honey hole, the best spot for the best catch, you know what you’d do? You’d hire that person, that’s what you’d do, believing such a fishing guide belonged on your staff. You’d offer him or her a job. Of course you would. So, when Jesus told the apostle where to drop his nets, what did Simon Peter do?

“After Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’ Simon said in reply, ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking.”

Again, what did Simon Peter decide to do? “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, ‘Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’ For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’ When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him” (Luke 6:4-11).

Peter worshipped. He worshipped and then, along with partners that included other disciples like the brothers James and John, he left his boats and nets right on the beach and followed Jesus. They’d been fishermen, successful fishermen. In the spiritual language we’ve heard all our lives, they became “fishers of men,” evangelists directing other people to the source of all things, including their ability to make a living. They knew how to do that, feeding hundreds in the process. Jesus taught them how to translate what they knew into ministry that would feed people with the saving truth of the Gospel. In God’s grace, they changed the world.

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