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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Christmas Concert

The St. Jean Vianney School band and string orchestra will perform Christmas music in a special holiday concert in the Parish gym, 16266 South Harrells Ferry Road in Baton Rouge: Wednesday, December 12, from 6:30 to 7:30. Call Eliska Dumas, (225) 751-1831, for details.

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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: 
http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

The Shoulders of the Shepherd

The extended family gathered around the crib, and the first-time parents struggled to take in all their comments. “Oh, look at that mouth. She has your mouth.” “Your eyes. He has your mother’s eyes.” Holding their precious child, they feel relief, joy, fear, wonderment, awe—the many emotions new parents experience. “She’ll be like you. She’ll be smart, and kind, and friendly, or creative. He will be a natural leader.” But never, “He will be the prince of peace.” No, that role was for one, the only One. Perhaps it’s appropriate to breathe a sigh of relief. There was only One born to shoulder all that we cannot.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest, as they exult when dividing the spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, the rod of their taskmaster, you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for fire. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.”         

 

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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