This position reports to the Director of Adult Faith and RCIA. The main responsibilities are as follows:
Compile bulletin info each week to submit by Monday noon
Compile and submit email blast info each week
Submit info for Parish Website
Communication (email and phone) to facilitators and leaders
Respond to parishioners on questions
Thank you notes to donors and volunteers
Complete & confirm facility requests for classes, meetings & events
Order all books & materials for respective classes, meetings, events, New Parishioner meetings including brochures and Lighthouse materials
Track inventory of books and supplies
List management of adult faith classes, RCIA & New Parishioners
Collate and copy materials needed for classes, meetings & events
Secure volunteers for projects
Assist in setup & unlocking of rooms for scheduled classes
Oversee and order hospitality supplies for adult faith rooms
Provide administrative support for stewardship initiatives that include Mardi Gras Dinner Auction, Annual Appeals and Planned Giving
Other tasks as assigned
Document completed Annual Stewardship Forms & identify receipt of those of school families
Input class registrations and track payments
Input data for publications such as The Ascent, Course Catalogs, Parish Directory and Ministry Guide
Hours: Part-time: avg. 15 hours per week Mon. – Fri. 9 am to noon *occasional evening hours: special events, classes, meetings
Qualifications: organized team orientated calendar focused flexible able to multitask and prioritize friendly able to maintain confidentiality proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint or Publisher ability to learn church database system (ACS People & My Access)
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume
by Monday, July 1 to the Parish Office Attn: Admin Asst. Position or email materials to:
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.
Is NFP Rhythm?NFP is not “Rhythm.” The Rhythm (or Calendar) method was developed in the 1930s. It was based on the theory that the time of next ovulation could be determined by calculating previous menstrual cycles. This method often proved inaccurate because of the unique nature of each woman’s menstrual cycle: some women have very irregular cycles and almost all women have a cycle of unusual length once in a while.
On the other hand, NFP methods are progressive. That is, they are based on progressive, day-to-day observations of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. NFP methods take advantage of the changes associated with ovulation, treating each cycle as unique.
Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. Couples who wish to achieve a pregnancy can also take advantage of the fertile time of the cycle. Because it allows couples to adjust their behavior to the naturally occurring cycles of a woman’s body, NFP is not a contraceptive–i.e., it does nothing to work against conception.
What are the signs of fertility?A woman’s body provides three basic ways to identify the fertile and infertile times of her cycle. Recognizing the pattern of those physical signs forms the basis for all methods of NFP.
A primary sign of fertility is the mucus released from the women’s cervix. A woman learns to identify the normal, healthy, cervical mucus which indicates the days that intercourse is most likely to result in a pregnancy. The second sign is her basal body temperature. Due to hormonal activity, a woman’s waking temperature changes during the menstrual cycle. Lower temperatures indicate that ovulation has not yet occurred. Higher temperatures indicate a rise in progesterone which signals the end of the fertile time. The third sign is a change in the shape or texture of the cervix. Finally, secondary signs, such as minor abdominal pain or pressure at the time of ovulation can also be observed.
How does NFP work?NFP instruction helps a couple identify the most opportune time to achieve as well as avoid a pregnancy. Understanding that intercourse or genital contact during the fertile time can result in pregnancy, couples using the natural methods must be clear regarding their family planning intention–that is, do they wish to achieve or avoid a pregnancy?
If a couple wishes to achieve pregnancy, they have intercourse during the fertile time. If a couple wishes to avoid pregnancy, they abstain from intercourse and any genital contact during the fertile time. No artificial methods are used during the fertile time. These would interfere with a women’s observation of her fertility signs.
What are the benefits of using NFP?In NFP both spouses are taught to understand the nature of fertility and work with it, either to plan a pregnancy or to avoid a pregnancy. Couples who use NFP soon learn that they have a shared responsibility for family planning. Husbands are encouraged to “tune into” their wives’ cycles and both spouses are encouraged to speak openly and frankly about their sexual desires and their ideas on family size.
Other benefits include:
No harmful side effects
Effectiveness for achieving, spacing, or limiting pregnancy
Can be used throughout the reproductive life cycle
Marriage enrichment and mutual understanding
Appreciation for the value of children
Fosters respect for and acceptance of the total person
How effective are the natural family planning methods for avoiding pregnancy?When couples understand the methods and are motivated to follow them, NFP is up to 99% successful in spacing or limiting births.
The effectiveness of NFP depends upon the spouses’ following the rules of the method according to their family planning intention (i.e., achieving or limiting pregnancy). Those who are strongly motivated to avoid pregnancy and follow the method-defined rules are very effective in meeting their goal.