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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

St. Aloysius Fair

St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, 2025 Stuart Avenue in Baton Rouge, is hosting an autumn fair, scheduled for the weekend of Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17. For detailed information, please visit www.staloysiusfair.org

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Planned Giving

6 Ways to Benefit from a Year-End Gift


The final months of the year are traditionally considered the season of giving. In addition to the gifts we give to the important people in our lives, this season of generosity also offers a prime opportunity to show support for the causes we love. When you support the Diocese of Baton Rouge, not only will others benefit, but so will you.

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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

To the House of the Lord

financePlace matters. We cherish the distinctive heritage of our Louisiana roots and the defining nature of nature itself. We think of cypress trees, live oaks, wetlands and azaleas. Framed by Spanish moss, we picture the silhouette of a pirogue floating down a bayou at dawn, and recognize the inspiration for a thousand paintings and the backdrop of even more lives. It’s where we call home. In spiritual terms, we feel the same about our parish sanctuaries, many of them raised from the soil of those historic wetlands, alongside the banks of those very bayous.

That inherently rich environment encircles us, providing a lasting sense of home and place. In the language of St. Paul, it’s also true that every beloved parish church is a gathering place for contemporary saints, a focus of worship and fellowship within the whole. Further, as the Apostle stressed to the Corinthians, each of our bodies is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Place matters.

For the ancient faithful, the blessing of belonging rested in the city they called holy, and they longed to gather with other worshipers in their place of worship. It was a gift. It was a blessing, and they celebrated every opportunity to join together there, in that place. The psalmist captured their devotion in verse. “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ And now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem, built as a city, walled round about. There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as it was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. There are the thrones of justice, the thrones of the house of David” (Psalm 122:1-5).

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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