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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.

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Planned Giving

It’s Easier Than Ever to Support the Diocese of Baton Rouge

Simply Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

You’ve worked hard, saved diligently and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you’re also looking for a way to give back to the organizations and causes that have been important to you. Consider making a gift from your IRA.

If you’re 70½ or older, you can use the IRA charitable rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This provision allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution. 

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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

No Law to Limit These

ministry july2019We are called to be good, and kind, and faithful. From a favorite story: Years ago, a 10-year old boy climbed onto a stool at his neighborhood soda fountain. “How much is your ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” said the waitress. He reached into his pockets and began to count the change he’d saved. With other customers to wait on, she grew impatient. After a minute or two, he asked, “So, how much is just a plain dish of ice cream?” She rolled her eyes and said, “Thirty-five cents.” He counted out the change, and responded. “I’ll have plain ice cream, please.” He put a quarter and two nickels on the counter.

The waitress took the coins, brought the boy’s ice cream, then walked away. Ten to fifteen minutes later, she returned to find the boy gone and the ice cream dish empty. She picked it up and swallowed hard. There on the counter, next to the watery spot where the dish had been, were two nickels and five pennies. The boy had had enough money for a sundae, but he’d ordered plain ice cream, so that he could leave a tip. A good thing. And kind. “Against such there is no law.”

Why would there be? Who would pass a law to limit the benefits of kindness, gentleness and goodness? Paul suggested no one would, especially as those attributes are gifts from the Spirit of God. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, 25).

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.
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