Arise Exercise Classes

Our Lady of Mercy Church, 445 Marquette Street in Baton Rouge, will host ARISE yoga-style exercise classes, created to connect with God through Scripture, prayer and movement, on Monday mornings at 10 AM in the parish activity center. The cost is a $10 donation. For more information, call 225-773-0204.

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Planned Giving

3 Ways to Ensure Family Comes First

Naming the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary in your will is a simple way to enable the future of our important work. But maybe you’ve hesitated because you’re unsure about how much to give.

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The Storm Before the Storm

prayer may2018“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

“They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, ‘Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God’ ” (Acts 2:1-11).

At his Ascension, Jesus had said, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ ” That’s exactly what the disciples became—witnesses of the Gospel “to the ends of the earth.” In several years of shared ministry, Jesus had poured his life into them. At Pentecost, God poured his very Spirit into each one, “and they were all filled the Holy Spirit.” “A strong driving wind” alighted a fire storm. Peter, John, Andrew, Phillip, Thomas and the others were never the same. Neither was their world. Thanks to God’s grace and their faithfulness, neither is our own. As the writer of Hebrews might have said, “Theirs was a voice that shook the earth” (From Hebrews 12:26).

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