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Posted on October 05, 2017 09:07

We sang this song as children hoping this would be the natural order of events.  Then, as now, this order involves planning based on important factors such as finances, relationship stability, marital status, and God’s will for us to have children.  Catholic women think that having three to four children is ideal; the national average is two.  If someone told you this ideal was possible by using a method that is natural,  involves no harmful drugs, and encourages intimacy between husband and wife, would you be interested?  Such a method exists and it is called natural family planning. 

The Women, Faith, and Culture project surveyed church-going Catholic women about their opinions related to the Church teaching on topics related to faith and sexuality.  Findings of the survey reflect that 26-33% of the women surveyed hold mistaken beliefs about the Church’s teaching on contraception.  When informed about what the Church actually teaches, women split into three groups, those who accepted the Church’s teaching, those who rejected the Church’s teaching, and those who were open to learning more about the Church’s teachings on contraception and natural family planning.

In particular, these women were interested in hearing testimonies from other couples about the effectiveness of natural family planning (NFP), and about health and relationship benefits of NFP.  Read this from the US bishops for an insight into the benefits .  https://goo.gl/c8xxnf

As you go about planning your family, consider all the many ways you can celebrate the birth of a baby - baby showers, birth announcements, baptisms, baptism parties.  Bring out the pictures and remember how joyful you felt at the advent of your family.  Or if you’re planning a baptism party, check this out. https://goo.gl/QHU3FS

Important Information about Exercise Class:  The exercise class currently in session ended on October 5, 2017.  A new exercise class will begin on Monday October 16 at 11:30 am.  This new class will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Angelus prayed at 12 noon).  The class will end Friday December 15.  Cost: $10.

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