Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation

Urban Restoration

Under the leadership of Dr. Emel Alexander, a talented executive team, and a committed board of directors, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC) is “building today’s communities for tomorrow.” Founded more than twenty-five years ago, UREC “is a leading nonprofit, a certified community development corporation, and a recent Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient. The organization “transforms communities by investing in people and restoring neighborhoods, sponsoring projects in three core areas: affordable housing, human development, and community engagement.” UREC oversees three affordable housing opportunities, for example. These include Urban Gardens, Urban Meadows, and Urban Villa—Louisiana’s first Grandparent’s House—supporting grandparents raising their grandchildren. For additional information, please visit the UREC website:

One of the six recipients of this year’s Works of Mercy Trust grants is the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), an organization founded by high school teacher Daniel Kahn in 2009 to help “high-achieving but under-resourced high school students enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” Staff members and volunteer supporters achieve this goal through activities as diverse as educational and recreational camps and retreats, service programs, partnerships with related organizations, instructional coursework, life skill preparation, and opportunities to work with professional mentors who serve in a great variety of business and government disciplines. More than two hundred young people are involved in various programs this year alone. Visit the informative website for additional information:


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Childlike Faith

From the Stewardship Today Archives, October 2009

Little Amy likes to climb. Barely two, she’s very agile, and her parents are forever finding her giggling at their eye level—from the back of the sofa, atop the desk, or standing on a chair. Each time, they scold her and admonish her never to do it again. But Amy is a fairly typical toddler. She’s yet to fall, so she has no sense of the potential for pain and injury that concerns her more


Immaculate Conception Fall Festival

Immaculate Conception Church, at 865 Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs, will host the parish’s Fall Festival the weekend of Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21. Enjoy good food, live entertainment, games, booths and raffles. For more information, call 225-665-5359.

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Works of Mercy Trust


In 1991, the year just prior to his passing, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust, helping to fund area ministries through awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Over half a million dollars have been given to date, and six worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this May. The following six organizations offer the kinds of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was so well known, and each is a welcome addition to the list of past recipients: the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BYRC), Life of a Single Mom, the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), and the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center.


“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

(Matthew 13:44; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

Your Will: Overhaul vs. Update

If there is one thing you can count on in life, it’s change. Because change occurs in our lives all the time, it’s important to keep estate plans up to date.

Concerning your will, how do you know which situations require a simple update, and which may necessitate a whole new will? The following guide can help.

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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:


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From St. Ambrose of Milan:

“Faith means battles. If there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend.” 


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Please Support the BAA


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For decades, contributors to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal have extended the love of God to our neighbors, fellow parishioners and friends. A timeless call directs us to all those who long for our care and compassion throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Investing the blessings God has granted, we honor the Lord as we serve and as we give. It is Christ’s example, and we Follow the Shepherd’s Lead.

Because we desire to be good stewards of God’s blessing, we purposefully support efforts like the BAA, aware that the collective gifts of many faithful parishioners can accomplish much. Through your generous contributions, you address others’ needs, and you point them to Jesus Christ, the shepherd of us all. Please give to support the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer oct2018As We Approach the Throne


Our neighbors boast some of the best pets on the block. Even dog lovers like their cat. He’s a “cool cat,” the kids say. “That’s his name.” Older members of the community smile. “Cool cat.” But when everyone gathers for block parties in their favorite feline’s home, they find Mr. Cool Cat stretched out in his favorite doorway, oblivious to those walking by, and they acknowledge he’s aptly named. Nothing disturbs him. That is, until he’s let out. Once outside, Mr. Cool Cat becomes Mister Terrified of Everything. Not inside. Inside he is the picture of trust and confidence. Kind of how we’re supposed to feel more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry oct2018Oh, to Know What You Want

“They came to Jericho. And as Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.’ And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ So they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take courage; get up, he is calling you.’ ” Jesus was calling. Who wouldn’t respond?. . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance oct2018For Those with Many Possessions


A noted university professor thanked his family for a healthy perspective concerning his possessions: “My parents consistently taught us that everything we had must be held in an open hand,” he wrote. “When we close our fingers tightly over anything placed in our trust, we lose the joy and the blessing they offer. Those things acquired as ends in themselves become idols. We don’t possess them. They possess us.” Who among us would allow any thing to separate us from what is most important in life? In his exchange with a wealthy young man, it is a question Jesus addressed.. . .read more


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“The entire universe is one dominion and realm, governed by one Ruler, who is the First Mover, the First Truth, the First Good—God, blessed forever and ever.”  

                                                                               St. Thomas Aquinas


“Read some chapter of a devout book. It is very easy and most necessary, for just as you speak to God when at prayer, God speaks to you when you read.”

                                                                               St. Vincent de Paul


“Almost everything said of God is unworthy, for the very reason that it is capable of being said.”                                                                                               

                                                                              St. Gregory the Great


“One man carries an ax all his life and never cuts down a tree. Another, who knows how to cut, gives a few swings and the tree is down. That ax is called discretion.”             

                                                                              St. Ammonas the Hermit




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