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The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Baton Rouge schedules a great variety of Ministry and Theology courses each fall and spring. To learn about these and other training programs available, visit www.evangcatbr.orgor call (225) 336-8760 for additional details.

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Planned Giving

5 Great Reasons to Be Charitable

Good intentions are important, especially when it comes to giving. And a planned gift—a gift you designate to start after your lifetime—can have long-term impact.

When you support a cause or organization, what are your intentions? Here are a few reasons you might not have considered.

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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

It Was All She Had

finace nov2018Priests, small Christian group leaders, and Bible class teachers understand the challenge certain Scripture stories present. It isn’t that they’re difficult. Not at all. Certain passages are so central to our understanding, especially those that help us celebrate holidays and special anniversaries, priests and teachers must invest additional time to make the familiar fresh every year. That is uniquely true of passages that perfectly address essential doctrinal teachings too. We find one of those in Mark, chapter 12, an instructive tale illustrating sacrificial stewardship.

At the temple in Jerusalem the week of his passion, “Jesus sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “ ‘Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood’ ” (Mark 12:41-44).

It is likely the first century coins placed in the treasury by this dear woman were coins called leptons, each of them worth one-half a penny. Text notes in many studies of the text indicate two of those, when combined, made up the equivalent of our penny—in their day, only a few cents. A penny was itself one sixty-fourth of a denarius, the amount of one day’s wages.

Make a contemporary comparison. The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, the same it is in Louisiana. An eight-hour day, then, would yield a total of $58: at minimum wage, a day’s wages today. One sixty-fourth of that is less than a dollar, about 91 cents. So, let’s think of the widow placing a dollar in today’s currency in the offering. Though a very modest amount, it represented all she had to live on. Few would consider such a sacrifice on the whole, but how could anyone debate doing less. 

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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