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From St. Jean Vianney:

“It is always springtime in the heart that loves God.”



St. Margaret Queen of Scotland, and St. Thomas Chapel of Livingston Parish



St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Catholic Church has served the Catholic community of eastern Livingston Parish for more than a century. In recent years, parishioners and staff have added a focused prison ministry to an already healthy list of service ministries led and coordinated by the church. For women released from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in St. Gabriel, the transition to ready employment and healthy independence invites guidance and support.

St. Margaret Church will invest their Works of Mercy Trust grant in an ongoing women’s prison ministry program, offering transitional support and honoring Christ’s call to serve those with such special needs: “ ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me’ ” (Matthew 25:44-45). To learn more about St. Margaret’s and to offer your support to this worthy effort, please visit:


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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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Diocesan Pastoral Ministries


The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge invests in a variety of essential Pastoral Ministries, serving thousands of our fellow parishioners, neighbors and friends of the Church. Among those are the following: the Office of Black Catholics, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Ecumenical Affairs, the Hispanic Apostolate, and the diocesan Missions Office. In addition, active ministry staff are devoted to nursing home visitation and hospital chaplaincies. To learn more about these influential works of mercy and service, please visit the diocesan website,


“God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

(2 Corinthians 9:8-10; New American Bible, Revised Edition)



Bless Our Work

From the Stewardship Today Archives, October 2004

The fall sun was hot, blistering skin and baking earth. Every shovelful of dirt pulled at sore muscles and aching backs. Leaning on the handle, a loving father straightened and watched his sons open a path for a walkway that would connect the house and their mother’s garden. Dad whispered a prayer of thanks. The two teenagers shared Mom’s eyes, his own steady, hard-working manner, and their parents’ love for God. more

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Planned Giving

The Benefits of Giving Stock

A Tax-Smart Way to Make an Impact

Making a gift of appreciated stock to the Diocese of Baton Rouge is an investment with real benefits. Aside from the potential tax advantages of making a generous future gift, you also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are leaving a lasting impact on a cause close to your heart.cates? Are they tucked away in a desk drawer or stuffed into your filing cabinet? There’s a better place for them.

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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:

October 2019 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


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Hope in the Lord. No matter the struggles we face, Jesus Christ is our hope and greater than any perceived difficulty or challenge. Our lives are a gift from God and, in gratitude, we acknowledge that all we do as faithful Catholics is motivated by our confidence in the salvation God promises the Church, his children.


Please join Bishop Michael G. Duca, whose motto echoes this year’s theme. Your generous gifts in support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal express your love for God and will help meet the needs of others who see Christ in you. Hold fast to the faith. Hope in the Lord. And please give in support of the BAA.

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer oct2019Making Time for More Thanksgiving

Thank you. It’s simple. Just two words, and the most appropriate response to someone who has offered assistance, answered a need, given encouragement, provided wise counsel, delivered a present, even responded to the need of someone you love. A mark of gracious manners, a thank you note demonstrates gratitude, a clear reflection of appreciation. Everyone has the opportunity to say “thanks,” and to act in ways that generate thankfulness on the part of others. It’s true for each of us, and it was true for Jesus.. . .read more

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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry oct2019A Message for Ministry

An old hog farmer loves to tell a story about his pigs and the season they struggled to understand his call to dinner. “When I lost my voice, I couldn’t call them to their feed, so I got a stick and hammered on the side of the corn crib. They’re pretty smart and learned to associate the sound of the hammering and the corn I’d gathered for them. They did well until a few woodpeckers began to pound on a nearby tree. When the hogs went running in that direction, the birds fled to another tree, only leading to more confusion. It reminded me of our tendency to follow the latest trends, sometimes little more than noise. We don’t always find nourishment there,” certainly the case with spiritual nurture.. . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance Oct2019Gifts Unwrapped


Do you begin your holiday shopping early? If so, you may have a few gifts set aside already, tangible evidence of your regard for others. Some gifts, of course, can’t be purchased online or in a favorite retail outlet. They aren’t for sale. We couldn’t begin to know how best to wrap them, and they’re the last things we’d want to hide or delay presenting to someone else. God presents gifts like that to each of us, and the most fundamental of them highlights the Apostle Paul’s message to Timothy in his second letter to him.. . .read more


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Give me, good Lord, such a love for you that I will love nothing in a way that displeases you, and I will love everything for your sake.””   

                                                                               St. Thomas More


“Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God never changes.”   

                                                                               St. Teresa of Avila


Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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