St. Padre Pio Relics

On Friday, April 6, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baton Rouge from 11 AM to 8 PM, the people of the diocese will have the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Padre Pio, “Italy’s most beloved saint,” canonized by St. John Paul II in 2002. For more information, visit the church website:

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift

Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t 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:

For More Than a Paycheck

finance april2018She just works for a paycheck. “He works for pay.” Who do those statements describe? Recent studies indicate employees desire generous benefit packages too, the option to work from home, flexible work hours, additional vacation, assistance with tuition, and perks as varied as gym memberships and an onsite day care even more. So, who works for pay alone? The “hired gun” maybe, or employees with a mercenary spirit. A steward is unselfishly committed to more, and so are shepherds—those who lead sheep, and those who lead us. Who works for pay alone? The wolf, the one who “has no concern for the sheep.”

“ ‘I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father’ ” (John 10:11-18).

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