From St. Catherine of Siena:

“It is impossible to fulfill the law concerning love for Me, God eternal, apart from the law concerning love for your neighbors. These are the two feet of affection on which you must follow the commandments and counsels given you by Christ crucified.”



Through the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and the vital ministry of Sanctuary for Life, the diocese meaningfully supports both mother and child. Through the Sanctuary, “homeless, pregnant women live in community with a house mother, mentor each other, and receive medical care, nutritious meals and counseling. They leave the house employed and ready to care for their newborn babies.”

In the words of the USCCB, “As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every state and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.” The Diocese of Baton Rouge continues to affirm that commitment through noteworthy ministries like Sanctuary for Life.



Recommended Resources
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Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

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In Remembrance

From the Stewardship Today Archives, January 2006  

“He took a cup, gave thanks, and said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves.’ Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.’ ” Rich in meaning, in blessing and in grace, the Blessed Sacrament unites us with the Savior and calls us to remember his life and death, to consider his sacrifice and resurrection. Just as he said we should, we do so, and as we do, we remember. 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

St. Vincent de Paul



As is true every year, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge recently served holiday meals and provided a Christmas blessing to many who might otherwise celebrate very little—also meeting the basic needs of clothing and shelter for thousands of our community’s most disadvantaged individuals. “Home may be a trailer, a friend’s guest room, or a damaged residence still unfinished,” but for many, the Society’s Bishop Ott Shelters provide almost every essential, including a home. Even though many in our area contribute faithfully to ensure a more meaningful Christmas for them, needs are persistent, and fewer people think of January as an ideal month for charitable giving.

To begin the new year, and to assist in ministering to our neighbors throughout these often-challenging months of winter, please make plans to help address those special needs. Support St. Vincent de Paul financially, or visit one of their centers and volunteer your time. Visit the website and discover the many ways you might take part. Please visit



“Go to the ant, O sluggard; study her ways and learn wisdom. For though she has no chief, no commander or ruler, she procures her food in the summer, stores up her provision in the harvest.”

(Proverbs 6:6-8; New American Bible, Revised Edition


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Planned Giving

The Best Charitable Gifts to Make in 2018

With the introduction of tax reform this year, you may be looking at your finances and wondering how you can continue to be charitable. There are many ways you can make a difference at the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge while enjoying financial benefits for yourself.

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Join with fellow parishioners to actively support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. It takes so little to mean so much. As Jesus said, God’s kingdom is “like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade” (Mk 4:31-32). We realize the greatest impact when generous parishioners join together and give. Moved by Faith, please take part in this great work of God. more

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer jan2018Listen, but Listen Carefully

When the telegraph was the fastest means of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse code operator. In the very back of a large room, a telegraph clacked away. A sign on the receptionist’s counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until summoned. The young man completed his form and sat down with seven others already there and waiting. After a few moments, he stood up, crossed the room to the door to the inner office, and walked right in. Naturally the other applicants wondered what was going more


He Is Good and Does Great Things
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The Stewardship of Ministry

minstry jan2018There’s Someone I’d Like You to Meet

Everyone knows the names Katrina and Rita, plus the many ways the hurricanes changed the Gulf Coast forever. Fewer might recall the name Bright Field, but New Orleans holiday shoppers may well remember an event that devastated large portions of the city’s Riverwalk in December of 1996. As contemporary accounts from the time detail, a 69,000-ton freighter named the Bright Field lost power just as it sped through the treacherous New Orleans channel, leaving the pilot with few options, even as it approached shops, a hotel and two moored cruise ships.. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance jan2018Choosing Wisely


The St. Stanislaus girls’ volleyball team is a powerhouse. For ease in facilitating daily practices, the school leaves the nets up inside the old campus field house throughout the season. One morning, Coach Heinz, the boys’ physical education instructor, introduced a class of young men to the rigors of the sport, choosing teams, and outlining rules and strategy. He tried to combine familiar student athletes he coached with those he didn’t really know well. Nonetheless, one of the teams included more proven athletes than the other. And yet, they lost.. . .read more


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“Those who have love are born of God; those who have no love are not born of God. This is the great sign, the great distinction. Possess whatever you want, but if you are lacking this one thing, the rest will be of no value to you.”                                                                                              

                                                                                 St. Augustine of Hippo

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God, we must begin every day of our life with new ardor.”

                                                                                 St. Charles Cardinal Borromeo

“Don’t talk too much, not even with words that are wise; for even words that are wise, if they are too many, become wearisome.”

                                                                                 St. Ephraem the Syrian

“It is good that faith should precede reason, lest we seem to demand reasons from our Lord God in the same way that we might demand them of a man. How unworthy it would be to believe the human testimonies of another, and not believe the utterances of God himself.”

                                                                                 St. Ambrose of Milan

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