Archive for 2009

The Risks of Breast Cancer

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Due to the recent guidelines about breast cancer detection, I was shocked when I read in our local newspaper that a woman medical director said that 80% of women with breast cancer have no known risk factors.

Does this mean that 80% of these women never took the birth control pill?  If they did, they gave themselves a known risk factor.   Dr. Chris Kahlenborn’s research was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (October 2006).   He clearly states that women who took the birth control Pill prior to the birth of their first child sustained a 44% average increased risk of developing pre-menopausal breast cancer (compared to women who never took the Pill) and that this risk increased to 52% for women who took the Pill for at least four years prior to the birth of their first child.

Did they not have children?   If they did have children, did they not breastfeed?   If they did not breastfeed, these women failed to take advantage of a known risk-reduction factor.

At our website we provide an excellent booklet, Breast Cancer: Risks and Prevention written by Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Joel Brind, Ph.D.   Everyone should read this booklet.   You may download it.   It is only 22 pages.   Any young teenager or woman concerned about her health should read this booklet.   Any man who is interested in his wife’s health should never encourage her to take the pill and should do all he can to encourage her to breastfeed their children.   All parents should read it so they will not allow their daughter to take the Pill for acne or any other reason.

Sheila Kippley

Jesus is born in Bethlehem

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

The angels announced the birth of the Savior as “good news of great joy.”   In taking on our human nature, God the Son poured himself out for us, and from this we learn that joy comes from the giving of self.
       Another message of the angels is that joy comes from personal acceptance of Jesus as our Savior. The proud can never experience this joy, for they refuse to admit their need for salvation; or they pursue a futile quest for joy in pleasures and possessions.
       We give thanks that the Son of God came to save us.
Our Father
1. [While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for the census,] the time came for her delivery.  Hail Mary
2. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.   Hail Mary
3. She laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.  Hail Mary
4. There were shepherds in the same region, living in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks at night.   Hail Mary
5. And behold, an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of God shone round about them, and they were very much afraid.   Hail Mary
6. The angel said to them:  “Do not be afraid for I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be to all the people.”   Hail Mary
7. “Today in the town of David there has been born to you a Savior who is Christ the Lord;”   Hail Mary
8. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”   Hail Mary
9. Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God,   Hail Mary
10. And saying:  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.”   Hail Mary
Glory be
Reference: Luke 2:1-14

John F. Kippley
Seven Day Bible Rosary

A Priest’s Advent Appeal

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Please read the following letter from Fr. Mark Watkins.  If you want to respond, please send donations to: NFPI, P. O. Box 11216, Cincinnati OH 45211.  Thanks.

Dear Friend of NFPI,

Thank you for reading this letter.

Pope Paul VI was right.  The widespread acceptance of contraception has led to the culture of death.  At the cultural and the personal level, nothing is more important than a rebirth of chastity that will lead to a stop to contraception and abortion and to a culture of life. 

The conversion of hearts, and in particular the hearts of the married and the engaged, on this issue is crucial to personal salvation and the well being of the culture.  To that end, I am asking you to help sustain the work of NFPI with your prayers and a financial gift.

As a pastor, NFPI has been a tremendous help to me in preparing couples for marriage.  When couples initially come to me, so many of them presume, even if unconsciously, that they will contracept until they are ready to have a baby.  But being taught NFP by NFP International begins to change all of that: it moves them. 

NFPI emphasizes Jesus, the gift of the Magisterium, Humanae Vitae and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It teaches couples all of the common signs of fertility.  They are taught the most natural form of NFP – ecological breastfeeding.

So, I am appealing to you for prayers and a financial gift to sustain this very urgent work of NFPI.  Your gift will further the promotion and teaching of NFP.  Your gift will certainly assist expansion into welcoming dioceses, the recruitment and training of teachers, and support a small full-time staff.

Please be as generous as you can.  A major donor wants to match your gifts up to a total of $10,000.  The goal for this appeal is $25,000.

May the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus, bless you and yours abundantly this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

A Blessed Advent and Christmas to you!

Fr. Mark Watkins
Pastor, St. Lawrence Church
Cincinnati, Ohio