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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. Francis de Sales:

“True virtue has no limits, but goes on and on, and especially holy charity, which is the virtue of virtues, and which, having an infinite object, would become infinite if it could meet with a heart capable of infinity.”

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

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Every holiday season, thousands of devoted Catholic faithful seek meaningful ways to assist friends and neighbors who they know will face times of real challenge during the days of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. For generations, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has provided great comfort and assistance to those in need, offering our fellow parishioners ongoing and effective means to assist.   

As Catholic Charities notes on its website, “The agency serves those most in need with an array of comprehensive programs that include direct assistance, disaster recovery, adoption, child-welfare services, and comprehensive support services for pregnant women, refugees, families in poverty, and ex-offenders.” Please join with committed staff and volunteers, and make the holidays a bit brighter for those who need your support. Visit www.ccdiobr.org to discover how you can help.

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

St. Aloysius Fair

St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, 2025 Stuart Avenue in Baton Rouge, is hosting an autumn fair, scheduled for the weekend of Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17. For detailed information, please visit www.staloysiusfair.org

Diocesan News Page

Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday

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This year, Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday of the month, November 28. The following Tuesday, charitable individuals all across 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

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4: 5b-7; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Work Hard, Quietly and Well

From the Stewardship Today Archives, November 2010

Professional basketball icon Michael Jordan famously said, “There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is in win.” The inference is clear. The great hardwood star’s sport of choice is not merely a stage for individual achievement but an arena for group accomplishment—and the best teams win, not because they are comprised of talented players, but because they play efficiently and well together....read more

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Planned Giving

6 Ways to Benefit from a Year-End Gift


The final months of the year are traditionally considered the season of giving. In addition to the gifts we give to the important people in our lives, this season of generosity also offers a prime opportunity to show support for the causes we love. When you support the Diocese of Baton Rouge, not only will others benefit, but so will you.

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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

The fall sun was hot, blistering skin and baking earth. Every shovelful of dirt pulled at sore muscles and aching backs. Leaning on the handle, a loving father straightened and watched his sons open a path for a walkway that would connect the house and their mother’s garden. Dad whispered a prayer of thanks. The two teenagers shared Mom’s eyes, his own steady, hard-working manner, and their parents’ love for God.

“Please bless them, Lord, and bless our work.” His sentiment echoed the prayer of the patriarch Moses, “May the favor of the Lord our God be ours. Prosper the work of our hands. Prosper the work of our hands.” Hard work is healthy. And as the Lord blesses, hard work is productive and beneficial to all involved. The seasoned laborer can exact a tremendous reward for his effort. But, imagine the difference when the limbs of the expert track a path God has already established.

As recorded in a brief letter, the Apostle Paul desired the support of his co-worker Philemon, and he expressed his hope that it be offered willingly. “I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.” The product of the teamwork of the Lord’s servants is almost like music, a chorus of voices and a symphony of different gifts and abilities, working together to honor the Lord and his blessing. Serving together, doing so willingly, and doing so under God’s guidance, his laborers experience a harvest. It is the work of the prosperous—the many workers who honor God and are blessed by him.

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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