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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

“Have you run so many circles of the years bustling vainly about the world, and yet you don’t have forty days to be free for prayer for your own soul’s sake?”

 

One Book, One Church

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The Christian Formation Secretariat of the Diocese of Baton Rouge “is inviting all parishes to read, reflect and share their thoughts on the same book during the Season of Lent. This year, the Secretariat is suggesting Prayer: Our Deepest Longing, a book written by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser that leads a reader to a deepening experience of God in prayer. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and modern writers, and a person’s own experience, Fr. Rolheiser clears misconceptions about prayer and offers both consolation and challenge. The book will help readers overcome struggles in prayer, develop mature prayer habits, and explore new prayer practices.”

Parishes are encouraged to form small study groups to meet during Lent to discuss a chapter each week for five weeks. Books can be purchased online for $3 a copy when ordered in bulk: www.cart.dynamiccatholic.com

An instructive small group study guide is available as a downloadable PDF. For a copy, simple click the following link:     Prayer Study Guide

 

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Unexpected Evidence of God’s Creative Hand

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
March 2008
  

Easter Island is the most remote habitable scrap of land in the world, an island only about sixty-six miles square, and located in the southeast Pacific, about 1300 miles from the nearest Polynesian island. Though known for its iconic eighty-ton “moai” statues, the island once knew thousands of inhabitants. Like most cultures, the native Papa Nui people lived off the land, and archeologists have been puzzled by the presence of so much rock in what are clearly historic farm fields. One researcher believes he has discovered the reason: the farmers ‘planted’ them there. They planted them. ...read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Louisiana Chesterton Conference

The third annual Louisiana Chesterton Conference, celebrating the life and writings of G. K. Chesterton, is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, from 9AM to 4:30PM, at Chesterton Hall, 143 N.W. Railroad Avenue in Ponchatoula. Register through www.chestertonbr.com, or call (225) 312-5824 for additional information.

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THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU

 

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So that you might celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, The Light Is ON for You. Once again, Bishop Robert W. Muench and the priests of the Diocese of Baton Rouge invite you to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lenten season. Catholic churches throughout the diocese of Baton Rouge will be open for Confession during Lent.

For your encouragement, the following items are provided below: an informative letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench, instructive materials designed to assist you as you prepare, and a brochure listed available times and locations. Please make plans to participate. 

          Bishop Muench’s Letter  -Download here

          Preparation Materials      -Download here

          Lenten Brochure              -Download here

 

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live. He shall not die! None of the crimes he has committed shall be remembered against him; he shall live because of the justice he has shown.”

(Ezekiel 18:21-22; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

 

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Planned Giving

Start planning now for how you want to make an impact this year. There are many ways to give to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, several of which offer attractive benefits for you while supporting our important work. Here are four popular ways to help this year: 

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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

More Local, Regional and National Links...

The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund

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MARCH 2017 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


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“Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned.

Believing the Father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace the hurting, and we address their needs. We extend the call of the Jubilee Year with an invitation. Please Be Merciful by giving to support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. ...read more


 

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer feb2017Tired and Tempted, We Trust


When you’re alone, and you’ve set aside time to pray, does your mind ever wander? If it does, what do you think about? Your family. Your job. Your budget. Politics, maybe? Well, it happens to all of us. Complete focus can be a challenge, especially when we’re troubled or easily distracted—even tired or hungry. In those moments—and we must admit, they are common—the truths of Scripture have their place. After John baptized Jesus, the Savior “was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted.” Having “fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” It was then “the tempter approached.” Fully identifying with the struggle may strain our understanding, but Jesus’ responses are instructive....read more

 


What in the World?
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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry feb2017As Children of Light


Years ago, when young men still registered for the draft, two lifelong Memphians commemorated eighteenth birthdays by registering with Selective Service. They also registered to vote and, while downtown, toured several properties in their hometown’s historic district. The Mallory-Neely House, a nineteenth century gem known for its period décor and original furnishings, was their last stop. While a docent described a parlor’s Victorian furniture, one of the two—an engineering student with a keen eye—began to call out the names of famous writers and other notables as he stared at the area surrounding an old ceiling fixture. Others on the tour looked up, and they too began to read. The tour guide’s response was a bit revealing: “Well, look at that! I didn’t know those names were there!” . . .read more

 

Just Turned Seventy-Five? Perfect! ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance feb2017Living Water, in a Land Run Dry

 

Jerusalem and Bethlehem share thousands of years of shared Hebrew history. Jerusalem is the site of David’s son King Solomon’s temple, and Bethlehem—the city of David—was the birthplace of the King of Kings. Today, both Bethlehem and East Jerusalem fall within the West Bank, a designation that traces its origins to Jordanian control. Jordan controlled the Palestinian territory until the Six Day War in 1967. Before that conflict, they held territory on both the east bank (the western border of the country today) and the west bank of the Jordan River. Bethlehem is located within the West Bank, and so are Jericho, Ramallah and Nablus, the historic site of Jacob’s Well. A single generation ago, Samaritans still lived in the area, the very location where a thirsty Savior asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. . . .read more

 

Markers Along the Way ... read more


“It is wrong for anyone to be anxious to receive more from his neighbor than he himself is willing to give to God.”                                                                                             

                                                                                   St. Francis of Assisi



“If someone, simply as an experiment, should try with determination to make his mind touch on as many and as diverse objects as possible, I hardly think that in so short a time he could run through such diverse and numerous topics as the mind, unrestrained, wanders through while the mouth negligently mutters through the most common prayers.”
                      

                                                                                    St. Thomas More



“It is not expedient to wish to do everything all at once, or to think that all is lost if everybody else does not hurry along with us.”

                                                                                    St. Vincent de Paul



“What is nobler than to rule minds or to mold the character of the young? I consider that he who knows how to form the youthful mind is truly greater than all painters, sculptors, and all others of that sort.”
 
               

                                                                                    St. John Chrysostom

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