July 21, 2006

Fall Marriage Supplement

‘In His Presence’ Mass and reception for
NFP Week is July 28 at St. Luke Church

By Mary Ann Wyand

The national observance of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week on July 23-29 will be celebrated in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis with a Mass and reception on July 28 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 7575 Holiday Drive East, in Indianapolis.

The annual NFP Week was established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to promote awareness about the need for married couples to practice the Church’s moral teaching on family planning.

The third annual “In His Presence—A Call to Chastity” observance will begin with Mass at 7 p.m. followed by Benediction at St. Luke Church. The evening will conclude with a reception at the Indianapolis North Deanery parish.

The Mass and reception are open to the public.

Father Daniel Mahan, executive director of the Marian Center for Catholic Stewardship in Indianapolis, will be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass.

In his homily, Father Mahan will discuss Church teachings about the need to practice chastity in one’s state in life and the importance of having greater respect for God’s gift of marital sexuality.

“In His Presence” is sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Family Ministries, the archdiocesan Office for Pro-Life Ministry and the Couple to Couple League of Greater Indianapolis.

In addition to the Mass during NFP Week, several parishes will offer promotions and talks to raise awareness about this pro-life ministry.

(For more information about “In His Presence—A Call to Chastity” or Natural Family Planning classes offered in the archdiocese or the Couple to Couple League of Greater Indianapolis, call the archdiocesan Office of Family Ministries at 317-236-1596 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1596, or St. Luke parishioners Mike and Ann Green of Indianapolis at 317-228-9276.) †

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