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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Christmas Concert

St. Mark Catholic Church, at 42021 Highway 621 in Gonzales, will host a Christmas concert featuring NaNasha and the Easton Hollis Group, Wednesday evening, December 13, 7 to 8:30 PM. For more information, call 225-647-8461.

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Planned Giving

A Family-First Philosophy


They say charity starts at home, and that can be especially true during uncertain economic times. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to provide for your family, you might overlook a gift to the organizations and causes that also need your support.

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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 Set Us Free

prayer dec2017First century Jewish mothers, carpenters, servants and fishermen were born under Caesar Augustus, subject to Roman taxes and the considerable influence of Roman culture. Restrictive application of the Mosaic Law from temple leaders extended little relief. Birthing a new era, God directed a message of comfort and relief through a small group of Jewish shepherds. “Glory to God in the highest!” The Son of God was born in Bethlehem. Then, some decades later, St. John the Baptist announced yet another historic marker, the Son of God had come to set his people free.

As Jesus himself declared, “ ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free’ ” (Luke 4:18). Fulfillments of Old Testament prophecy, both announcements were already known to students of the Book of Isaiah. We are called to assert it.

“Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service has ended, that her guilt is expiated, that she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins.

A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted up, every mountain and hill made low; the rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 40:1-5).

Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of good news! Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Cry out, do not fear! Say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord God, who rules by his strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, leading the ewes with care” (Isaiah 40:9-11).

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