From St. John Eudes:

“The accomplishment of the divine will is the sole end for which we are in the world.”


Works of Mercy Trust


In 1991, beloved Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust to help fund area ministries through annual awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Four worthy beneficiaries have received grant awards this spring. The following four organizations epitomize the kind of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was well known, and each is a fine addition to the list of honored recipients: the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Metanoia Inc, Saint Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, and St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Catholic Church in Albany. With thanks for such commitment to others, congratulations to each organization.



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Blame and Responsibility

From the Stewardship Today Archives, June 2010

Only four women are specifically listed in the genealogy of Jesus found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. One, the mother of Solomon, is not even mentioned by name—referred to simply as the “wife of Uriah.” Those familiar with the story know the name Bathsheba, the young woman whose husband Uriah was an officer in King David’s army. With his soldiers at war, David remained behind and witnessed Bathsheba bathing on a nearby rooftop. Lusting after her, he arranged to have Uriah killed in battle. Tragically, before Solomon’s birth, Bathsheba lost the child that was the initial product of the king’s illicit 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.

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Catholic Life Television


The mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s television apostolate is clearly stated on the ministry website: “The mission of Catholic Life Television is to serve as an effective instrument of Catholic evangelization, through the medium of television, in support of the overall mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to proclaim the Good News of God’s love made manifest in Jesus Christ.

“Catholic Life Television will carry out its evangelization ministry by giving voice and image to the vision embodied in the Diocesan Strategic Plan for Evangelization, namely: extending an invitation to all to respond to the Good News within the fullness of the Catholic faith; offering resources for renewal within the Catholic community; sharing the Church’s desire to achieve reconciliation with those Catholics who are alienated from the community; and promoting Gospel values to assist in the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God.”

To access the station’s web pages, and to watch live streaming programs, connect through the following link:


“The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

(John 4:36-38; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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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:


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Please Support the BAA


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For decades, contributors to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal have extended the love of God to our neighbors, fellow parishioners and friends. A timeless call directs us to all those who long for our care and compassion throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Investing the blessings God has granted, we honor the Lord as we serve and as we give. It is Christ’s example, and we Follow the Shepherd’s Lead.

Because we desire to be good stewards of God’s blessing, we purposefully support efforts like the BAA, aware that the collective gifts of many faithful parishioners can accomplish much. Through your generous contributions, you address others’ needs, and you point them to Jesus Christ, the shepherd of us all. Please give to support the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer june2019For Those Who Will Believe


Just 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. more


The Original Home Prayer Meeting
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry june2019Serve One Another Through Love

“The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Paul wrote those words, of course. We may think of freedom in political terms. The Apostle understood that concept too, but he wrote of a liberty more profound—the spiritual beliefs that frequently meant his imprisonment. Jailed, but free? Exactly the point. The law—however applied—is unable to shackle the human spirit, freeing us to rejoice, and freeing us to love each other.. . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance june2019So, What’s Behind Door Number Five?


Imagine choosing from among the most magnificent gifts available to humankind. It’s your choice. Every option is marvelous. Simply choose from what you’ll find behind doors one, two, three or four. Again, every gift is glorious. Behind one door, you’ll find riches and treasure beyond your dreams. Behind another, fame and glory await you. Open the third, and a long, prosperous and healthy life is yours. The fourth offers the promise of protection. Choose that option, and no one will ever do you any harm. So, select one. Which do you choose?. . .read more


Give Generously, Cheerfully and Often ... read more

“We must not be disturbed at our imperfections, since for us perfection consists in fighting against them. How can we fight against them unless we see them, or overcome them unless we face them?””   

                                                                               St. Francis de Sales


“Whoever does not trust the Lord in small matters is quite clearly an unbeliever in things of greater importance.”   

                                                                               St. Basil the Great


“To argue over who is the more noble is nothing more than to dispute whether dirt is better for making bricks or for making mortar. What an insignificant matter!”   

                                                                               St. Teresa of Avila


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