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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Sounds of Peace Concert

St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, 2025 Stuart Avenue in Baton Rouge, is hosting a free concert featuring Kitty Cleveland and her “Sounds of Peace Project for the Poor,” on Sunday afternoon, December 15, from 2 to 4 PM. Visit www.kittycleveland.com for additional details.

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift


Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fully fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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

Prepare the Way

ministry dec2019We call them opening acts, those who open a show for the headliner. As you can imagine, it’s how a great many successful artists got their start. Famously, in 1962, The Beatles opened for Brenda Lee and a year later for Roy Orbison. Four years after that, Jimi Hendrix—of all people—opened for The Monkees. In 1974, Anne Murray—a then-popular Canadian-born solo artist of such standards as “Snowbird” and “A Love Song,” invited a young New Jersey singer to open her big Central Park concert. The name of her opening act? Bruce Springsteen. He stole the show and never worked as an opening act again.

We understand the idea of an opening act. There are, of course, times in life when we’d benefit a great deal more from someone who doesn’t merely open the door. We need someone to provide guidance, to show the way. That can be a spiritual calling with great consequence, certainly true for the one called to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus Christ in his public ministry. “In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: ‘A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths’ ” (Matthew 3:1-3).

John had come with an eternally significant purpose. Like all prophets before him, he called for repentance in the present. Like all prophets before him, he also pointed to the future and the coming of the Holy One, the coming of the Messiah. But, unlike all those prophets before him, that very Messiah was walking the same streets, at that very time. His appearance was imminent. The King was coming, and he was coming in a moment. The calling of John the Baptist was sure, but the coming of Christ brought certainty, redefining all of history.

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