From St. Elizabeth Ann Seton:

“The love of talk distracts all the powers of our soul from God, and fills them with earthly objects and impressions, like a vessel of water which cannot be clear and settled while you are continually stirring the earthly particles from the bottom.” 

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

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I’m Watching You

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
May 2011

He won Academy Awards for playing Jake LaMotta and the young Vito Corleone. Arguably, he’s better known for portraying Travis Bickle and Jimmy Conway. For another generation of moviegoers, however, Robert De Niro may be just as well known for a now ubiquitous gesture he popularized as Jack Tiberius Byrnes, a retired CIA agent and Ben Stiller’s father-in-law in a series of recent comedies. “I’m watching you,” he said, indicating his own eyes before pointing two fingers accusingly at Stiller’s character. “I’m watching you.” It’s a humiliating reproach. How different the Almighty’s promise, “The eye of the Lord is upon you.” more


Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

Diocesan News Page



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With the scheduled graduation of seniors from St. John Interparochial High School in Plaquemine on Thursday evening, May 11, another year of celebration begins for graduating high school students, their families and friends. Please pray for these special young people and, if you’re able, make plans to attend a Catholic graduation ceremony near you. Please visit the Catholic Schools Office website for information concerning the schedule of ceremonies in your area,



“If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? Notice how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?”

(Luke 12:26-28; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving


Making Memories Last Forever

When someone close to us passes away, celebrating the person’s life and reflecting on favorite memories can help us cope. One way to help the person’s legacy live on is to establish a gift in his or her memory. To honor that special person, please consider a gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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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:


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MAY 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 may2017We Trust the One Who Loves

“We have this confidence in Jesus Christ, the Son of God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours” (1 John 5:14-15). We pray, trusting—as we follow Christ—that our Heavenly Father shapes our desires “according to his will,” and our requests ultimately honor Him. We believe God is good, that “every good and perfect gift is from above,” and that He knows what is best for us. Like followers, we look to the Shepherd, and like sheep, we depend on the welcome and protection of the more


Just Before
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The Stewardship of Ministry

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What does the masculine name Jethro mean to you? If the phrase “Thick as a Brick” is an echo of your musical preferences, then you might think of the progressive rock band Jethro Tull. If the name Jethro Bodine comes to mind, maybe you picture Uncle Jed’s nephew from the Sixties sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. But, if you’re reminded of the Old Testament leader Moses, and you recognize Jethro as his father-in-law’s name, perhaps you remember that Jethro was a wise leader in his own right and, at a critical time for the Israelites, had some wonderful advice for his son-in-law. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

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The twenty-third psalm is as familiar as any passage in the Old Testament, assuring God’s people of His comfort, wise counsel and direction. Affirming God’s loving hand, as his own Shepherd, David found God’s purposes in a role with which he was intimately acquainted. As saints and commentators have for generations, we think of Psalm 23 as a prayer of steadying mercy from the hand of a gifted national leader and experienced herder, but it is more. God is surely the divine Shepherd, but the Almighty is also our Provider. In the twenty-third psalm, we find a clear message of generous stewardship. . . .read more


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“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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