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LINKS WE RECOMMEND

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
http://www.diobr.org

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://usccb.org

The Vatican Website
http://www.vatican.va

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

More Local, Regional and National Links...

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Ephraem the Syrian:

“In this night that belongs to the meek One, let there be nothing high or haughty. In this day of pardoning, let us not exact punishment for trespasses. In this day of gladness, let us not spread sadness.”

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

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Please consider your involvement in Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge annual program, “The Community Comes Together for Christmas.” From Catholic Charities’ web pages, we read, “Sponsor a family through Catholic Charities’ Community Comes Together for Christmas Program and make their season as joyous as yours! Many of the families served by Catholic Charities rely on the generosity of our donors at Christmas to make the holidays bright. These single mothers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and seniors struggle throughout the year to meet needs on meager budgets. This year, please give the gift of Christmas to those in need.”

Visit www.christmas.ccdiobr.org to register, choose a family or families to sponsor, and discover how you can help, providing Christmas blessings to those in need.

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

A Minute of Margin: Restoring Balance to Busy Lives - 180 Daily Reflections (Pilgrimage Growth Guide) by [M.D., Richard A. Swenson,]


Please visit “The Steward’s Bookshelf”
for additional recommendations.

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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

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 www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

Diocesan News Page

Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday

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On December 3, generous individuals from the Diocese of Baton Rouge will contribute in support of worthy organizations and ministries through a global effort known as Giving Tuesday. In support of diocesan ministries, and to celebrate our Catholic faith, please make your special gift “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, and preserve our Catholic heritage for future generations, giving through #iGiveCatholic.” Please visit the website and discover ways you might participate by giving to support local and regional ministries: www.batonrouge.igivecatholic.org. If, for any reason, you happen to miss this great opportunity to contribute, please visit the site, the Office of Stewardship web page, or options in your own Catholic parish, and give in support of worthy ministries this holiday season.

 

 

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted up, every mountain and hill made low; the rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

(Isaiah 40: 3-5; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

At Home There, and Never Alone

From the Stewardship Today Archives, December 2007

The holiday film Home Alone remains a seasonal favorite, repeatedly replayed on television from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Though fans of the film recall young Kevin’s skill in protecting his home and the slapstick antics that befall the two would-be “Wet Bandits,” a poignant vignette is sandwiched between these memorable scenes....read more

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift


Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fully fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

Read more . . .

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: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

December 2019 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

Please Support the BAA

 

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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.


BAA Brochure ...read more
Letter from Bishop Michael G. Duca ...read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer dec2019Christ Has Come, Bringing Justice and Peace


Christmas is a season of celebration and a time for worship and service. Christ has come, Emmanuel, God with us! As we rejoice, shepherds to whom the heavenly host appeared the night of the child’s birth left the manger joyous, “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them” (Matthew 2:20). They worshiped, they celebrated his coming, and they told others the good news. Christ had come. They had good reason to worship and celebrate, and they had a story to tell. Their Messiah had come. . . .read more


On That Prophetic Day
... read more

 

 

The Stewardship of Ministry


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We call them opening acts, those who open a show for the headliner. As you can imagine, it’s how a great many successful artists got their start. Famously, in 1962, The Beatles opened for Brenda Lee and a year later for Roy Orbison. Four years after that, Jimi Hendrix—of all people—opened for The Monkees. In 1974, Anne Murray—a then-popular Canadian-born solo artist of such standards as “Snowbird” and “A Love Song,” invited a young New Jersey singer to open her big Central Park concert. The name of her opening act?. . .read more

 

Best Buds ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance dec2019May the Lord Bless You

 

As we noted in the November issue of this newsletter, God provided Moses the words to one of the most commonly utilized biblical benedictions. We repeat it here, once again promoting the eternal blessing of the God we worship. “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). It is a timely message, with seasonal import. . . .read more

 

Lion from the Tribe of Judah ... read more


Charity is the bond of brotherhood, the foundation of peace, the mainstay and security of unity, which is greater than both hope and faith, which excels both good works and martyrdom, which will abide with us always, eternal with God in the kingdom of heaven.”   

                                                                               St. Cyprian of Carthage

 

“We must have such great love for the truth that our words will take on the character of oaths.”   

                                                                               St. Paulinus of Nola

 

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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