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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

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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Frances Xavier Cabrini:

“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success, but on Jesus alone.”

St. Vincent de Paul

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For more than a hundred and fifty years, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge has offered a clear mission of ministry and service to our hungry, homeless and needy neighbors. The Society is “a network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need, offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.”

One of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge offers dozens of programs and services to those in need in our community: food services, shelter and housing, distribution centers and stores, a Uniforms for Kids program, prescription services, disaster relief and the Thirst for Justice legal clinic for underprivileged clients. Your contributions, along with gifts and grants, support their life-saving work. Give online by visiting www.svdpbr.org

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections


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for additional recommendations.

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NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

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 www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

Diocesan News Page

Works of Mercy Trust

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In 1991, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust to help fund area ministries through annual awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Five worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this spring. The following organizations epitomize the kind of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was well known, and each is a fine addition to the list of honored recipients: the Way to Work Program at HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge; Metanoia Inc., to assist with creating a Sensory Therapy Room for human trafficking survivors; St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, to support their dentistry program; St. Agnes Catholic Church for cafeteria maintenance and renovations; and Manners of the Heart, to produce a Spanish translation of their book Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. With thanks for their devotion to the needs of others, congratulations to each worthy recipient.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“As a matter of equality, your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.”

(2 Corinthians 8:13b-14; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Seeds of Instruction

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2011

Squirrels may be simple scavengers, but they are resourceful ones. Much of their diet is readily gathered from the base of trees, along sidewalk edges, and in collecting pockets as diverse as shingled roof valleys and blocked aluminum gutters. Encased in its protective shell, the meat of an acorn is a ready supply of food for the excitable squirrel just as it comes, resting right there on the soil. Yet, when consumed by that rich earth, its inherent potential yields more than food, for an oak provides sustenance, shade and shelter for many more animals and for people, too. A simple, innocuous seed is a truly miraculous thing....read more

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Planned Giving

Invest in Our Future

An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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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

“Nothing is mine. I no longer have anything but Jesus. No place, no thing, no person, no thought, no feelings, no honors, no suffering can turn me away from Jesus. He is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.”      

                                                                                      St. Bernadette Soubirous

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The holiday film Home Alone remains a seasonal favorite, repeatedly replayed on television from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Though fans of the film recall young Kevin’s skill in protecting his home and the slapstick antics that befall the two would-be “Wet Bandits,” a poignant vignette is sandwiched between these memorable scenes. Having overheard the bandits plan to rob his home at nine in the evening, Kevin makes a trip to the store for incidentals and supplies. He bolts when he sees an elderly neighbor misunderstood by the children in the neighborhood as a threatening presence. As Kevin begins to walk home, he passes house after house in which families are celebrating together. Noticeably saddened by the absence of his own family, his attention is drawn to the Christmas music coming from a nearby church.

He enters, and his gaze tracks from stained glass windows to statuary to the children’s choir singing “O Holy Night.” Removing his gloves and cap, he takes a seat in a vacant pew only to realize he has settled in across from that elderly neighbor. The gentleman greets a fearful Kevin and begins a conversation about the troubling situations both of them face. “When you’re feeling bad about yourself, this is the place to be,” he says. In a film complete with a life-sized cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan dancing to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” and home invaders welcomed with everything from tar to broken glass and flying paint cans, the dialogue in the church scene is particularly notable. In fact, whether at holiday time or at any other, whether in good times or in bad, regardless of how a person feels, a parish church “is the place to be.”

Psalm 122, a psalm of David, is a wonderful song that communicates a similar message about a different place and a different time. For him, the city of Jerusalem and its temple of God offered “the place to be.” As he wrote, “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go the house of the Lord.’ ” “Here the tribes have come,” he continued, “to give thanks to the name of the Lord.” It’s true of course. Our theology encourages us to worship together in a house of prayer, yet we also acknowledge the presence of the Spirit of God within each believing person.

That personal presence, however, doesn’t negate the real blessing afforded those who gather with others of like mind and heart. In seasons like this, that reality is especially true, maybe even more for those “feeling bad” for whatever reason. The house of God—a cathedral of praise and prayer—is a place where we are both at home and never alone. It is the place to be.

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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