Remembering Our Children

Celebrate the life, love and light of our children who have gone much too soon. The congregation of St. Alphonsus Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road, encourages those who have lost a child, and those who support them, to attend a special candlelight service of remembrance on Sunday evening, December 9, at 6 PM. For additional information, please call JoAnn Stein at (225) 261-4650.

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Planned Giving

Your Estate Plan’s Quarterback

Your estate plan is the combination of documents that determine how your assets will be managed and distributed. When you create this plan, one of the most helpful things you can do for your family and beneficiaries is to spell out in detail how you want your estate to be handled. A critical part of that process is naming an executor.

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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:

Stand and Speak

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!’ But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord who has believed what was heard from us?’ Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. But I ask, did they not hear? Certainly they did, for ‘Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’ ”

What is your greatest fear? Is it a fear of heights, a fear of the dark, or a fear of cats, sharks, spiders or snakes? For many of your peers, speaking in public causes the greatest unease. Anxiety. Cold sweats. Rapid heartbeat. Lost sleep. Aren’t we grateful that our spiritual leaders are willing to speak to us each week? Otherwise, how would we know the spiritual truths that define us? “How can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” They bring “good news.” Let’s rejoice in their faithfulness. We listen, believing “what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”


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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