Contraception and a Change of Heart

This Easter, the Catholic Healthcare Guild is asking you to be in the service of your Church. To truly be one body, we must all strive to understand magisterial teachings so that we may work in concert. Certainly, the topic of contraception brings up many questions, especially for health care workers: What about responsible parenthood? What about overpopulation? What about teens who can't control themselves? What about abused women or those in poverty? How can I allow my beliefs to compromise patient autonomy? How can women have a career, especially in medicine, without contraception? How is Natural Family Planning different from contraception? Does Natural Family Planning even work?

All of these are valid questions and we'd invite you to ask them! As we celebrate the rebirth of Easter, contemplate the possibility of a change of heart. You can start by reading Humane Vitae (PDF available here) and experience the prophetic words of a courageous Pope. Then delve further into the topic by reading the Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II. If this 676 page book and the Pope's dense verbiage seem daunting, consider Theology of the Body for Beginners, by Christopher West or listen to Janet Smith's DVD series entitled Sexual Common Sense. Or simply contact us at the Catholic Healthcare Guild to help arrange a presentation on this topic to further educate your parish.

Lastly, we invite you to join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in prayer and in action. Visit their website for a list of opportunities to unite with fellow Catholics at the parish, state and national level, so that our one body may have one strong and powerful voice! Happy Easter!

Called by Name

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work… Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12

As the Catholic Healthcare Guild, we hope to affect a new sense of cooperation between the various specialties that comprise the health care system.

Feed My Sheep: Annie's Way

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Here I am, Lord

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Hope for Infertility through Science

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Carrying Another's Cross, in Lima, Peru

Few will accomplish what Saint Padre Pio accomplished during his lifetime. His legacy continues despite his death and the sufferings of millions will ultimately find relief in his House.

Austin Diocese Medical Mission

Dedicated to providing healthcare to poverty stricken people in Mexico and in Central and South America.

A Miracle Maker: Dr. Victor Li-Pelaez

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Christian Medical Missions, Inc

Providing Medical, Dental & Eye Care to the indigenous people of Central America.

Sacred Heart Community Clinic

Primary care medical clinic, serving children and adults, located at St. William Church, Round Rock.

Living St Luke's Legacy

With St. Luke as an inspiration, the Seton Community Health Clinics invite all specialty physicians of Central Texas to join the St. Luke's Physician Network, an association of specialists who support Seton's efforts to care for the poor and vulnerable in the community.

How to Become a Member

Learn about the Benefits of Joining