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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Rosaryville Nun Run

The Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road in Ponchatoula, will hold its Nun Run 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K Trail Run, and Anything Goes Cookoff on Saturday, May 11. Visit www.catholicretreatcenter.org for event details.

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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

Be Vigilant

Special events have long been a staple of any parish’s youth program: weekend retreats, mission efforts, concerts, and summer camp weeks. One youth minister remembers what a parent sponsor called “the summer camp from Hell.” (Terrible description, right?) Well, that parent drove a van to and from the closest hospital emergency room just as the youthworker had: broken bones, allergic reactions to poison ivy and insect bites, lost inhalers, and more. In God’s grace, even those days were as life-defining and life-affirming as any those students had ever experienced. A spiritual battle wages, at times most obvious when the stakes are the highest.

“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen.”

 

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.

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