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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

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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

To Seek and to Save

ministryTo gain an adult’s visual perspective, most young children have climbed a fence, a playground ladder, or a tree. Those experiences likely inform a child’s fondness for the biblical story of Jericho’s chief tax collector Zacchaeus. On his last journey to Jerusalem, Jesus made his way through Jericho, Zacchaeus heard about his arrival and wanted “to see who Jesus was.” But, like a diminutive child, the wealthy Jericho resident couldn’t “see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree” (Luke 19:3-4). He needn’t have worried. Jesus entered the city looking for him.

Does that overstate the reality? Are we to believe Jesus traveled through Jericho, looking specifically for Zacchaeus? It’s arguably true, as the Savior called him by name as he passed under that sycamore tree. In the first century, sycamore-fig trees were commonly planted adjacent to major roadways because of the ample shade they offered travelers. Of course Jesus would have noticed someone rattling a branch or two just above his head. And yet, like the prophet he was, Jesus called him by name. “When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.’ And he came down quickly and received him with joy” (Luke 19:5-6).

Tax collectors, profiting from bonuses they paid themselves, were detested characters at the time. A chief tax collector would have received a slice from every pie. His choice to stay with Zacchaeus would have made Jesus equally unpopular. Associating with him was questionable behavior at best. It should have surprised no one. Just as Zacchaeus offered restitution to all those he had cheated, Jesus offered forgiveness for those sins. Again, we should never be surprised by such grace, such love, such mercy. It is why Jesus came. He came to redeem us all. “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost” (v. 10). It was his ministry and calling, the Lord’s purpose in coming—to save a tax collector named Zacchaeus, and to redeem each of us as his beloved.

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