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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

Best Buds

Polishing off a latte, you’re enjoying the relative quiet of your coffee shop’s corner booth, when someone’s cellphone hums just beyond the partition. An expectant young woman whispers hello then, with a squeal of laughter, pushes away from the table and rises from her chair. “Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Unbelievable! When? When are you due? I can’t believe it.” Though you don’t know her, the news is obvious. A friend or relative of this young mother-to-be has called with news of her own. She, too, is expecting a baby. Great news for anyone, it must be especially true for close friends who anticipate such blessing at exactly the same time—like the lady at the coffee shop and her caller, and like the mothers of Jesus and John.

“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ ”

 

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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