From St. Bernard of Clairvaux:

“Zeal without knowledge is always less useful and effective than regulated zeal, and very often is highly dangerous.” 

Holy Land Pilgrimage

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Friday, June 2, is the sign-up deadline for a wonderful, holiday season Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, sponsored by the Diocese of Baton Rouge and scheduled for November 30 through December 9, 2017. Participants will depart New Orleans for Tel Aviv, and will enjoy 8 nights of deluxe accommodations, all meals, daily Mass, and special sightseeing trips to Bethlehem, Tiberias, Jerusalem, and Jericho. For more information, click on the link provided below, or contact Tammy V. Abshire at (225) 242-0108 or


Informational Holy Land PDF -click here




Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

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for additional recommendations.

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Knowing Who You Are

From the Stewardship Today Archives, June 2005  

Nike offers a swoosh, Steve Jobs served an apple, Izod an alligator, the postal service its eagle, and Prudential the rock. In an image-saturated culture, brand and corporate identity are crucial. In the business world, who you are is important, but accurately translating your identity into relationships with customers and clients is everything. A workable logo may be key, and colors are important. Slogans and tag lines leave an impression. But ultimately the bridge between the actual and the desired is the one business owners want to cross. Is the public’s perception of us, who we really are? more


Summer Vacation Bible School

Please contact area parishes for information concerning summer Vacation Bible School programs in your community. Two examples: Holy Ghost Church in Hammond is hosting their VBS the week of June 19-23, and St. John the Baptist of Zachary’s program is scheduled for the week of June 29 to July 2.

Diocesan News Page



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This summer, once again the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has scheduled Ministry and Theology certification courses. Classes run from June 28 through July 10. To register, visit , then under the Certification tab, select the Registration System option. Additional information is available at the office’s site, or by calling (225) 336-8760.



“Through the law I died to the law, that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.”

(Galatians 2:19-21; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving


A Balanced Approach to Giving: Simple Solutions for Life’s Financial Challenges

The two hurdles we hear most often in discussions of giving and philanthropy are the following: a desire to put family first, and a general lack of resources. Those are reasonable concerns, but we can help. Read on to see how easily these obstacles are to overcome.

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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:


Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

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Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship

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The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund


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JUNE 2017 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


“Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned.

Believing the Father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace the hurting, and we address their needs. We extend the call of the Jubilee Year with an invitation. Please Be Merciful by giving to support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. more


The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer june207Praise in the Fire

Fiery furnace. What comes to mind when you hear those two words? Maybe you wonder what other kind of furnace there could be but a fiery one. If your summer ever included at least a week of Vacation Bible School, you may think of the faithful young men sent by Nebuchadnezzar into Babylon’s great furnaces, a story we find in the Old Testament book of Daniel. Unfortunately, we know the three—Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—by the names the pagan king’s servant gave them: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with their devotion. Know what they did when the king tossed them into the furnace? They worshiped God. They prayed. And they more


Faithful to the God of Faith
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry june207The Vitality of Every Part

The human body is an astonishingly complex feat of divine engineering. Stretched end to end, a typical adult’s circulatory system would stretch nearly 100,000 miles, or about four times around the earth. Those vessels, capillaries and veins convey a gallon and a half of blood—more than ten pints. It’s common knowledge that humans shed skin cells. Truth is, the body replaces cells constantly, from throughout the body. Whether it takes days, months or a lifetime to accomplish, you’re not the person as a mature adult that you were as a child, in every way you might imagine. A person has more than twenty organs, at least a third of them vital, and over two hundred bones. That’s an awful lot of essential body parts, and pounds and miles of connective tissue—all of it part of who you are. Lots of parts. Lots of work. All important. Sounds kind of like the church. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance june207What Else Could We Have Done


Heroes are born in moments of instinctive action, through selfless responses to challenging circumstances, saving and extending life. With resolute intent, heroic people not only see what the simple miss but what the myopic choose to avoid. Assuming the burdens of others, saving the naive from indecision and error, and the reckless from their fate, instinctively noble people mend, preserve, assist and comfort the hurting. We all know more than a few. You know some personally, and our parishes enjoy the blessing of many. Arguably, those who serve with selfless energy and compassion, they follow the model of the Savior and the saints. When Jesus called his disciples to works of mercy, it was a cry for heroic responsibility. It was a response to the needs of the crowds that followed them.. . .read more


Never, Never, Never Forget ... read more

“Just as men’s joy for the world’s sake has a sorrow that accompanies it, so also godly tears are a seed of perpetual and unending joy.”                                                                                             

                                                                                   St. John Chrysostom

“Christ’s good is communicated to all Christians, even as the power in the head is shared by all the members. This communication is effected by the sacraments of the Church, in which the power of Christ’s passion operates, the effect of which is the bestowal of grace for the remission of sins.”

                                                                                    St. Thomas Aquinas

“The root of all good works is the hope of the resurrection; for the expectation of the reward is the what moves the soul to good works.”

                                                                                    St. Cyril of Jerusalem

“The little daily lesson: to keep soberly and quietly in His presence, trying to turn every little action on His Will; and to praise and love through cloud and sunshine is all my care and study.”

                                                                                    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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