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Barbara* approached me for help after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. She now had a dire reason for avoiding pregnancy and wanted to do so without contraceptives, because of their potential negative side effects and her deepened appreciation of the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexuality. Over several months, I helped her to become confident monitoring her irregular cycles, and I affirmed her dignity and efforts at self-awareness and care. It is especially joyful to assist clients with challenging circumstances! Here is Barbara’s story as she shares it: I am a 43 year old mother of 3 and have been married for 26 years. My life changed in an instant the morning of February 27, 2017 when I woke up to my body being numb from my waist down. I was rushed into the ER that morning. After many tests during the months of March and April my neurologist informed me I was now a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient. The first thing that came to mind was what would happen if I became pregnant? Being confronted with the need of steroid infusions and my other medications would be devastating to the proper development of a little one! My family is very
Natural Family Planning Program (NFP) Director, Batrice Adcock, recently trained as an instructor with a new method of fertility awareness called FEMM (Fertility Education and Medical Management).  Pictured here are Adcock and her first group of course attendees from the Catholic Campus Ministry Program at Appalachian State University in Boone. FEMM is a natural method of family planning, but it’s primary purpose is to educate women in health management.  FEMM is a comprehensive women’s health program that:   teaches women to understand their bodies and how to recognize hormonal and other vital signs of health. provides women with support through its free FEMM Health App to track their health and reproductive goals. provides accurate medical testing and treatment based on new research and medical protocols. continues to conduct research to provide women with the latest diagnostic tools and treatments for their health. offers training to individuals so that they can teach FEMM health tracking to women and training to medical professionals in the FEMM methods and protocols.   FEMM has a strong program for teens that teaches and encourages healthy living.  Adcock will be providing workshops around the diocese for teen girls and their mothers, combining this teaching with chastity education.

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Whenever I tell people about our Refugee Youth Program, one of the first questions they always ask is whether the kids speak English, and the second is always how the kids are able to adjust to life and school in the US. These are completely valid questions, and they are both things that we hope to help out with in our program. But my answer is always this: even though our kids have been through more in their short lives than most people who grew up in the US can even imagine, and even though they have to try twice as hard as all the other kids at their school, at the end of the day they are kids! They love being goofy and playing games and running around, and seeing a group of kids who speak all different languages learning and playing together, not allowing their different backgrounds and languages to get in the way, is one of the most beautiful things. That is why I am so thankful for our youth program and why we strive to give every kid the chance to just be the kids that they are, while embracing who they are and where they come

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It is June and that means it’s time for one of the best international holidays: World Refugee Day. This holiday might not get a lot of attention, however it is anoccasion for exciting celebrations. In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 20th World Refugee Day, and since 2001 every year around June 20th cities throughout the world celebrate the accomplishments, traditions, and contributions of refugees. This year Catholic Charities participated in World Refugee Day festivities on Tuesday, June 20th. The World Refugee Day event was hosted by Levine Museum of the New South and Refugee Charlotte. Refugee Charlotte is a group of local individuals working directly with newly resettled families through non-profit organizations and resettlement agencies. Catholic Charities, Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, ourBridge for Kids, Central Piedmont Community College, and Refugee Support Services are some of the agencies that participated in the planning process. During the event, participants were shown the documentary After Spring, which is a film that focuses on the Syrian crisis. Participants were able to see what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest refugee camp for Syrians. The film followed two families and the aid workers who helped them. Around 100 people were
“Make sure that you always remain as joyful disciples of the Lord and joyful witnesses to the Gospel of Life.”   Bishop Peter J. Jugis spoke these encouraging words as he addressed the hundreds of faithful North Carolinians present at the North Carolina Mass for the Unborn on Friday, January 27th, 2017. This year, the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., took place on the last Friday of January. Pro-life advocates from across the country marched together up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol Building to advocate for the unborn in a peaceful demonstration. Attendance at this year’s March for Life is said to be the highest it has ever been. Vice President Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to President Trump, both spoke at the rally preceding the march. Before congregating at the National Mall with fellow Americans, the faithful North Carolinian pilgrims gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the North Carolina Mass for the Unborn celebrated by Bishop J. Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte. Many priests of both the Diocese of Charlotte and the Diocese of Raleigh joined him. Bishop Jugis provided a beautiful homily at this Mass. He reminded
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