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Marriage Program

St. George Parish will host Dr. Allen Hunt of Dynamic Catholic through a special program entitled “Passion and Purpose for Marriage,” on Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 5 PM. St. George Church is located at 7808 St. George Drive in Baton Rouge. For tickets and more information, visit www.dynamiccatholic.com/batonrouge

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Planned Giving

Are You Prepared for Tax Time?

Tax season is here. If you haven’t done so already, it is time to gather paperwork and file your 2019 taxes. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you prepare for your tax appointment and ensure you get the most out of your giving.

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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

For a Time Such as This

“ ‘All the servants of the king and the people of his provinces know that any man or woman who goes to the king in the inner court without being summoned is subject to the same law—death. Only if the king extends the golden scepter will such a person live. Now as for me, I have not been summoned to the king for thirty days.’ When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he had this reply brought to her: ‘Do not imagine that you are safe in the king’s palace, you alone of all the Jews. Even if you now remain silent, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another source; but you and your father’s house will perish. Who knows—perhaps it was for a time like this that you became queen?’ Esther sent back to Mordecai the response: ‘Go and assemble all the Jews who are in Susa; fast on my behalf, all of you, not eating or drinking night or day for three days. I and my maids will also fast in the same way. Thus prepared, I will go to the king, contrary to the law. If I perish, I perish!’ ”

The Old Testament Book of Esther offers one of the most compelling stories in the Scriptures. Faithful to God, Esther had become queen to a king not altogether supportive of her Hebrew kinsmen. And yet, her kin needed her to speak on their behalf. The king, it seems, had strict rules limiting access to the throne. She chose to speak up regardless, and her courageous support saved her people. She believed God had placed her in her role “for just such a time.”

 

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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