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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

Rejoice in the Lord. Always.

ministry dec2018One revered devotional writer thought many parishioners live with too little joy. “Joy is the enjoyment of God and the good things that come from the hand of God,” he wrote. “If our new freedom in Christ is a piece of angel food cake, joy is the frosting. If the Bible gives us the wonderful words of life, joy supplies the music. If the way in heaven turns out to be an arduous steep climb, joy sets up the chair lift. Joy is more than a sense of the comic, more than earthly pleasure, and much more than what we call happiness.” 

This season, again we will sing, “Joy to the world.” “Rejoice,” we will say, and we will proclaim that the coming of the Christ-child is cause for great rejoicing. We will decorate our homes with the words themselves, and we will festoon the halls of our parish churches with the same. Christ has come! Rejoice! Again, we say, “Rejoice!” From a jail cell and in threat of his life, St. Paul called out to his Philippian audience, just as he calls out to us.

In his message, we find a purposeful patchwork map for living: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7). We rejoice in the Lord all through Advent. We rejoice in the Lord. Always.

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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