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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana February 8, 1991 Natural Family Planning called 'reliable, safe' MAUREEN DUHN By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The ovulation method of Natural Family Planning is a "true method of family plann- ing," said Maureen Duhn. That is important in Catholic Church teaching, she said, although many people come to ap- preciate NI"P because it is "reliable, safe, easy to learn and can be used throughout reproductive life." Duhn is a registered nurse and a certified Natural Family Plaiming Practitioner, who works at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. She reciev- ed her professional training at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebr., and has been teaching NFP to couples for 11 and one- half years. She, her husband Jerry and their three children -- Tom, Michael and Erik -- moved to southwestern Indiana from cen- tral Iowa in 1990. Duhn said the ovulation method she teaches can be useful for couples who want to achieve or avoid pregnancy. That's what makes it a true method of family planning, she said. She claims the method Of those who wish to ,,avoid pregnancy is 98.6 percent effec- tive. Her method is nothing like the old "rhythm method," she said. "Rhythm didn't work because it doesn't take into ac- count the uniqueness of each woman's cycle," she said. She said the method she teaches does not require that a woman's cycle be regular and predictable. Duhn first heard about the method before she and her hus- band were married. As an engaged couple, they had gone to hear a speaker discuss mak- ing mutual decisions in mar- riage. Six months after thier wedding, Duhn began to learn all about NFP at the Creighton University School of Medicine, Allied Health Sciences. Over the years she has discovered that NFP has many advantages, she said. Because the method requires a high level of communication .bet- ween spouses, the decisions that are made are mutual deci- sions, made out of mutual respect, she said. And because the woman practicing NFP keeps a daily chart of her cycle, she is much more likely to notice any incon- sistency and report it im- 1990 Christmas giving programs By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor As about to begin, a report from the 1990 Christmas season is complete: Evansville area people in record numbers discovered the rewards of one- on-one giving during the 1990 Christmas season, according to Bernard V. Kazyak, executive director of the diocesan Catholic Charities Bureau. Seventy families benefited from the Christmas Giving "Adoption" program -- more than doubling the participants of the year before. The program works this way: a needy family is matched with an individual, a family, a church group or a business. The "adopting" person or organiza- tion provides Christmas gifts selected specifically for the members of the "adopted" family. The giver does not know much about the receiver -- only first names, ages of children, "Funeral Pre-Phnning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 clothing sizes and suggestions for toys and other items. Donor groups use the lists as a shopp- ing guide and purchase as much or as little from the list as they desire. "Although they don't always meet face to face, sponsors feel a real kinship with their adopted family," said Kazyak. "Sponsors feel they are making an impact on the lives of a needy family, and they are," he continued. "Mos( of the receiv- ing families are genuinely over- whelmed by the quantity and quality of gifts they receive, and a number write personal 'thank- you' notes to their donors." The Christmas program originated several years ago with a phone call from one family who wanted to help another family. With little more than word-of-mouth publicity, the program grew to 22 groups providing gifts for 70 families in 1990. Catholic Charities also received $725 in donations which provided food and gift i I vouchers for another 19 families. Catholic Charities also operates a Christmas Store for needy iamilies. For Christmas 1990, 299 needy families were served. With donations from area parishes, the Christmas Store provides new items, in- cluding toys, clothing and household goods. Catholic Charities services are available regardless of age, sex, race, nationality, religion or income. : 00/Phase II Joseph Chapel M a u s o 1 e u m - - Crypt selections are now being offered to Catholic families on a pro-construction !,i,;:= basis. mediately to her doctor. Introductory classes are held on the first and third Wednesdays at the Health Mat- ters Center, part of St. Mary's Medical Center After introduc- tory sessions, each couple meets privately with the teacher, and the whole process is highly confidential. "No one at St. Mary's even knows who my clients are," said Duhn. Couples pay a fee, but no one will be denied because of their inability to pay, she said. No new consolidation proposal By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer There is no new proposal for' consolidation of parish schools on Evansville's Eastside, although members of the Eastside Parish School Study Committee met Jan. 29. Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, noted that the "top priority is still quality Catholic Education." Five parishes continue to be involved in the two-year long study; they are Good Shepherd, Nativity, Holy Spirit and Christ the King churches, all in Evansville, and St. John the Baptist Church in Newburgh. St. Benedict and Holy Rosary parishes are no longer actively participating in the study. Committee members will meet March 12 "to reopen the discussion for options," Beshears said. dry, above-ground entombment. ., A beautiful chapel for committal services & private prayer. An atmosphere reflecting traditional Catholic beliefs. 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