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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

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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For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.

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Planned Giving

Make a Tax-Free Gift with an IRA


If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as ours without having to pay income taxes on the money. This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to our organization this year and well into the future.

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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

Ever Watchful, We Stay the Course

ministry nov2017What is going on? In times of considerable cultural change, the question is asked repeatedly. But, is there really any time when that isn’t the case? Two decades ago, in his book Leading Change, John Kotter wrote, “The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades.” With wry awareness, Richard Nixon said, “What’s up today is down tomorrow,” a sensible measure of his public experience. Greek philosopher Heraclitus offered, “There is nothing permanent except change.” Writing five centuries before the birth of Christ, Heraclitus has been unavailable for follow up questions for quite some time.

So, what are we to do? Driven by a timeless calling, we stay on task. We serve the Lord who has called us to love God and love others, to serve all as Christ has ministered to us. It is the message St. Paul provided the first century church in Thessalonica. “Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.

“When people are saying, ‘Peace and security,’’ then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6). Alert? Absolutely. But worried? No. Though uncertain of tomorrow’s details—even unsure of today—we rest in the knowledge that a purposeful God will return to us as surely as he came to us in the first Advent. In this holiday season, we take great comfort in his presence and his purposes, knowing the times are well within his control, just as we are.

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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