Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, talks with Jeff and Alice Heinzen of Menomonie, Wis., as they leave the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican October 13. The couple are auditors at the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic couples who ignore Church teaching on contraception "don't know what they are missing," said a U.S. couple invited to address the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.
Alice and Jeff Heinzen, family life leaders in the Diocese of La Crosse, spoke at the synod October 7, urging efforts to find new ways to share its teaching about the beauty of family life.
Natural Family Planning
Although the couple has practiced Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 27 years and taught NFP -- Alice is a member of the NFP advisory board for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- they did not speak specifically about family planning in their presentation to the synod.
Last week I was blessed to be in Rome for the ordination for two of our men (Scott Emerson and Gabriel López-Betanzos) to the Order of Deacon in St. Peter's Basilica. It was a wonderful event, and I was so pleased to experience it, with so many faithful from our parishes and some brother priests.
I know you'll all join me in prayer for our two new deacons and the three we saw ordained this spring (Deacons Chahm Gahng, Christopher Gernetzke, and Tafadzwa Kushamba), as they make their way to priestly ordination this coming June 26!
JANESVILLE -- Getting all dressed up for a special event and having something fun to look forward to does wonders for the human spirit.
That’s the idea behind the Rock County Catholic Charities Fashion Show for the disabled held in September each year.
This year's event, the sixth annual show, was held at KANDU Industries in Janesville. Over 20 models and their families, friends, and caretakers took part in the excitement and confidence-building of this unique opportunity.