CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Cyril of Jerusalem:
“Have you run so many circles of the years bustling vainly about the world, and yet you don’t have forty days to be free for prayer for your own soul’s sake?”
One Book, One Church
The Christian Formation Secretariat of the Diocese of Baton Rouge “is inviting all parishes to read, reflect and share their thoughts on the same book during the Season of Lent. This year, the Secretariat is suggesting Prayer: Our Deepest Longing, a book written by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser that leads a reader to a deepening experience of God in prayer. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and modern writers, and a person’s own experience, Fr. Rolheiser clears misconceptions about prayer and offers both consolation and challenge. The book will help readers overcome struggles in prayer, develop mature prayer habits, and explore new prayer practices.”
Parishes are encouraged to form small study groups to meet during Lent to discuss a chapter each week for five weeks. Books can be purchased online for $3 a copy when ordered in bulk: www.cart.dynamiccatholic.com
An instructive small group study guide is available as a downloadable PDF. For a copy, simple click the following link: Prayer Study Guide
THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
Unexpected Evidence of God’s Creative Hand
From the Stewardship Today Archives,
Easter Island is the most remote habitable scrap of land in the world, an island only about sixty-six miles square, and located in the southeast Pacific, about 1300 miles from the nearest Polynesian island. Though known for its iconic eighty-ton “moai” statues, the island once knew thousands of inhabitants. Like most cultures, the native Papa Nui people lived off the land, and archeologists have been puzzled by the presence of so much rock in what are clearly historic farm fields. One researcher believes he has discovered the reason: the farmers ‘planted’ them there. They planted them. ...read more
LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS
|Louisiana Chesterton Conference|
The third annual Louisiana Chesterton Conference, celebrating the life and writings of G. K. Chesterton, is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, from 9AM to 4:30PM, at Chesterton Hall, 143 N.W. Railroad Avenue in Ponchatoula. Register through www.chestertonbr.com, or call (225) 312-5824 for additional information.
THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU
So that you might celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, The Light Is ON for You. Once again, Bishop Robert W. Muench and the priests of the Diocese of Baton Rouge invite you to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lenten season. Catholic churches throughout the diocese of Baton Rouge will be open for Confession during Lent.
For your encouragement, the following items are provided below: an informative letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench, instructive materials designed to assist you as you prepare, and a brochure listed available times and locations. Please make plans to participate.
Bishop Muench’s Letter -Download here
Preparation Materials -Download here
Lenten Brochure -Download here
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live. He shall not die! None of the crimes he has committed shall be remembered against him; he shall live because of the justice he has shown.”
(Ezekiel 18:21-22; New American Bible, Revised Edition)
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Start planning now for how you want to make an impact this year. There are many ways to give to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, several of which offer attractive benefits for you while supporting our important work. Here are four popular ways to help this year:
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