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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

St. Mark Festival

St. Mark Parish, 42021 Highway 621 in Gonzales, has scheduled its annual Light Lane Festival, the weekend of Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12. For information, please call St. Mark Church at (225) 647-8461.

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Planned Giving

A Woman’s Guide to Estate Planning

A 4-Point Plan for Your Future Success

Please take a moment to consider this all-too-familiar story. The month after Anne turned 30, her dear mother passed away. In the weeks that followed the funeral, Anne discovered that her Mom—a widow—had failed to draft a plan for her estate. In the absence of a plan, state law determined how her mother’s assets would be distributed.

According to a study by the National Center for Women and Retirement, nearly 90% of surveyed women will make their own significant financial decisions at some point in their lives. Whether you are single, divorced or widowed, fashioning an effective estate plan is part of thoughtful, prudent independence.

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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

Awake My Soul, and Sing

“My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and chant praise. Awake, my soul; awake, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn. I will praise you among the peoples, Lord; I will chant your praise among the nations. For your mercy towers to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Exalt yourself over the heavens, God; may your glory appear above all the earth.”

Spring in the deep South is incredibly beautiful. When youngsters, could we possibly have envisioned a natural set of crayons with shades of green, dozens deep? The azaleas bloom in pink and peach, the songbirds call and fly in haste to complete their nests. Homeowners raise their windows, and drivers lower theirs. All of creation seems enraptured with praise of the Creator for all he has done—once again.  

 

This devotional article is taken from the Total Stewardship curriculum of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, one of dozens of devotional pieces that support resources designed for the Stewardship of Prayer, the Stewardship of Ministry, and the Stewardship of Finance. The material purposefully aligns with the annual Catholic liturgy, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal and the Revised Edition of the New American Bible. We invite you to contact us for more information concerning ways the Total Stewardship curriculum might be used to serve your parish and your parishioners.

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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