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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Blessings Mission

Students entering 10th through 12th grades are encouraged to join a St. Thomas More Church-sponsored local Blessings Mission, to run June 18 to June 23. For more information, please visit www.blessingsmission.org, or call (225) 275-3940.

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Planned Giving

Consider a Gift of Real Estate


If you’ve lost interest in home maintenance, grown tired of paying property taxes on a vacation home you no longer use, or need only a portion of the living space you currently own, you may be ready to make a move. But before you summon the energy to put your home on the market, think about a charitable gift.

If you would like to help fulfill our mission, your property can open the door to a unique giving opportunity: Donate the property to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, either now or whenever you no longer need it. You can give the property to us now, retain the use of it for life, give us partial use, place it in trust, or offer it as a bequest in your will.

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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 Those Who Will Believe

prayer june2019Just hours before Judas betrayed him, Jesus was still teaching, affirming those he loved, challenging them to minister in his name, and granting them insight into what was to come. Only much later would they understand—after the cross, the Lord’s resurrection, his ascension, and the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. As we read the Lord’s prayers on behalf of the apostles, a great truth is clear. He alone knew what was about to take place, and the heart of Jesus was directed to them, those he loved. Just as significantly, he was thinking of you.

Jesus prayed for the imminent Church, all those who would follow him for centuries to come—all future Christians. With generations of the faithful in mind, he prayed for a sense of unity: “I pray not only for them (the disciples), but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”

In addition, the Lord affirmed a true sense of purpose, of discipleship, and of missional evangelism: “And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.” 

It’s a very personal offering of prayer for those to whom the Lord gave his life: “Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them” (John 17:20-26).

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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