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Catholic Community Radio

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Throughout the week, faithful listeners of WPYR—1380am in Baton Rouge—enjoy local Catholic programming: from early morning to early evening, Monday through Friday, on Catholic Community Radio, “the first Catholic radio station ever to serve the Baton Rouge area.” Instructive programs—many of them broadcast nationally—fill the 24-hour schedule. A downloadable PDF of the Baton Rouge schedule of this EWTN affiliate is available on their informative website: www.catholiccommunityradio.org

 

 

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Listening Ears, Trained Tongue

From the Stewardship Today Archives, April 2006  

“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.” In our culture, there is almost no silence and so much noise, the voice of the Almighty is all but drowned out. Elite automakers illustrate their quiet ride with video of a driver raising electric windows and the growing silence within the car. ...read more

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

“Will God, who raises up the grain for us when it dies, year after year, have difficulty in raising us up—those for whose sake the grain has been raised?”

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

St. Padre Pio Relics

On Friday, April 6, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baton Rouge from 11 AM to 8 PM, the people of the diocese will have the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Padre Pio, “Italy’s most beloved saint,” canonized by St. John Paul II in 2002. For more information, visit the church website: www.sacredheartbr.org

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Diocesan Prayer for the
Selection of a New Bishop

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Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for your sheep. As the Good Shepherd, you call other leaders to guide and care for your flock. We pray that you send forth your Holy Spirit to inspire your Church in selecting a new Bishop for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. May he be a shepherd after your own heart, who will lead us to deepen our love for you and for each other. May he guide us to create the unity you intend for our entire human family as one flock with one shepherd. We pray this in your name, Jesus Christ, our Shepherd and Lord. Amen.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“We believe in the name of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us. Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.”

 (1 John 3:23b-24; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift


Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t 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?

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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:http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

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

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APRIL 2018 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

Please Support

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal

 

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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. ...read more


A Letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench...Read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer april2018The Nature of Fulfillment


“Love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10). St. Paul echoed the sentiment of his Savior who said, “ ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place’ ” (Matthew 5:17, 18b). Those references to the concept of fulfillment suggest a term with layered meaning. In our day, fulfillment refers to the package and delivery of an e-commerce purchase as often as it does anything....read more

 


Lean In, and Trust
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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry april2018Disciples on the Run


For nearly a decade, Usain Bolt has held the 100-meter dash world record, with his time of 9.58 seconds. Nineteenth century Scottish poet John Davidson suggested “the race is to the swift, the battle to the strong,” but the writer of Ecclesiastes indicated the opposite is often true: “The race is not won by the swift, nor the battle by the valiant” (9:11a). In Hebrews, we discover the importance of perseverance. “Persevere in running the race that lies before us” (12:1b). And, in life, the race isn’t always won by the fastest, the most talented, the most observant, the most fortunate, but simply . . . .read more

 

How’d You Do That? ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance april2018For More Than a Paycheck

 

She just works for a paycheck. “He works for pay.” Who do those statements describe? Recent studies indicate employees desire generous benefit packages too, the option to work from home, flexible work hours, additional vacation, assistance with tuition, and perks as varied as gym memberships and an onsite day care even more. So, who works for pay alone? The “hired gun” maybe, or employees with a mercenary spirit. A steward is unselfishly committed to more, and so are shepherds—those who lead sheep, and those who lead us. Who works for pay alone? The wolf, the one who “has no concern for the sheep.”. . .read more

 

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“Our meditation in this present life should be in the praise of God; for the eternal exultation of our life hereafter will be the praise of God; and none can become fit for the future life who has not practiced himself for it now.”                                                                                              

                                                                                 St. Augustine of Hippo



“Ceremonies may be shadows, but they are the shadows of great truths, and it is essential that they should be carried out with the greatest possible attention.”
                      

                                                                                 St. Vincent de Paul

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