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Welcome to your Immaculate Conception Parish Nurse Website Page:


What is Parish Nursing...

  • Parish Nurse is an Integrator of Faith and Health, helping to promote the understanding of the relationship between faith and healing. 
  • Parish Nurse is a Health Educator.  The nurse promotes an atmosphere where, individuals of all ages, through a variety of educational activities, explores the relationships between faith, values, attitudes, lifestyles, and health.  The nurse may educate one-on-one, in small or large groups, or families.  In her teaching, she encourages the understanding to the connection of faith and well-being.   Examples are Natural Family Planning, All in God's Plan, and exercise programs
  • Parish Nurse is a Personal Health Counselor.  The nurse discusses health problems with parishioners, giving clarity and support.  The nurse makes home, hospital and nursing home visits as needed. 
  • Parish Nurse is a Health Advocate.  The parish nurse works with the client, faith community and primary health resources to provide whatever is in the best interest of the client from a whole person perspective, listening and advocating for the client.  
Some services that the Parish Nurse is involved in include:   (See below for more details of each program)

~Natural Family Planning 

~All in God's Plan Program

~Divine Mercy Remembrance Group

~Home Visits

~Coordinate Be-friender program

~Lend a Helping Hand Day

~Mass for those who have lost Loved Ones

~Health Advocate

~Coordinate occasional grief program through Catholic Family Services

~Walking program



NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING 

God designed marriage as an "intimate partnership of life and love" (see Gaudium et spes, no.48).  In God's design, marriage is a unique union of one man with one woman "for the whole of life" (see Canon 1055, The Code of Canon Law).  Marriage is oriented to the good of the spouses and to the creation of nurture of new human life (see Gaudium et spes, no. 48).  Making decisions therefore, about when and how many children to have in marriage is a sacred responsibility that God has entrusted to husband and wife.  This is the foundation of what the Church calls, "Responsible Parenthood" --the call to discern God's will for your marriage while respecting His design for life and love.

The Catholic Church supports the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) because they respect God's design for married love.  In fact, NFP represents the only authentic approach to family planning available to husbands and wives because these methods can be used to both attempt or avoid pregnancy.  When learning about NFP, it is important to know that:

Natural Family Planning 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.  (Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry, p. 23)  Information taken from www.usccb.org


    OTHER SUPPORTING NFP ARTICLES AND INFORMATION: (All articles found at www.usccb.org)






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**The Marquette Method is taught right here at Immaculate Conception Parish. The Marquette Model (MM) system brings 21st century technology to NFP. It is a system that uses an algorithm with other biological signs of fertility (i.e., urine hormones, mucus and/or temperature) to help identify the woman's fertile window. The Clearblue fertility monitor is an at home device that measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of the time of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The information from the monitor can be used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological indicators of fertility. The MM was developed by professional nurses and physicians at Marquette University in the late 1990's. Learning how to monitor fertility through NFP aids a couple in the understanding, appreciation, and holistic integration of this precious gift. Please contact the listed instructor for more information. (Description by Marquette University Institute for Natural Family Planning). 
Contact Bridget with questions or to set up a class time.




DIVINE MERCY REMEMBRANCE GROUP-this group is for those who have lost a spouse.  We invite those who have lost a spouse to share in how the Divine Mercy Prayer can help during the loss of your loved one.  Currently we are doing a short study on Divine Mercy as well as praying the chaplet together for our intentions and our loved ones.  We enjoy coffee, treats, and fellowshipWe meet the last Tuesday of the month at 1:30pm.  If there is a funeral on that day, we cancel the group meeting. 

HOME VISITS/BE-FRIENDER VISITS-Bridget provides home visits to those in need.  She provides information in response to personal health concerns and assists people in connecting with community resources.  The parish nurse is able to accompany parishioners to visits or help understand information received.  The nurse is able to bring Holy Communion or to provide a be-friender to make regular visits. 

LEND A HELPING HAND DAY-This is a day for those looking for needed help with tasks such as raking, washing windows, light duty clean up, etc.  This day is also a day for those looking for an opportunity to serve.  Those wishing to serve could be families, singles, couples, faith formation groups, etc.  This event is held in the fall. 

LoveEd- Raising Kids that are Strong, Smart & Pure - In a society that promotes empty intimacy at ever younger ages, it has never been more important for parents to talk to their children about the true meaning of life, love and relationships, a meaning that far surpasses anything the world offers. LoveEd is a program designed to support parents in how to talk to your children about both the theology and science of human sexuality within the context of God’s plan for love and life. As we prepare for this powerful opportunity we are looking to partner with a core team of parishioners who are passionate about building children up to be all that God created them to be. There are a number of opportunities to help from ideas to behind the scenes promoting. Please contact Bridget by November 15th at nurse@icparishwatertown.org or 886-4049 with any questions. More details about the program can be found in upcoming bulletins. To watch a trailer about LoveEd click here https://www.saintbenedictpress.com/index.php/love-ed/

HEALTH ADVOCATE OR LISTENING EAR- The parish nurse works with the client, faith community and primary health resources to provide whatever is in the best interest of the client from a whole person perspective, listening and advocating for the client

GRIEF PROGRAMS THROUGH CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES-in the past we have held outreach grief retreat days for those who have lost loved ones through suicide or miscarriage.  We also offer Surviving Divorce at least yearly for those who need answers, healing and guidance to issues surrounding divorce and /or separation.  Please contact Bridget if you need help finding any Catholic Family Services programming.

WALKING PROGRAM-this program generally meets over Lent.  We have a time of learning about different faith aspects of Jesus teachings, and also healthy eating and exercise habits.  We have walked together as a group in the past or logged hours on our own.  This is a fun way to be motivated to increase our spiritual and physical health!


For Questions about any of these program or if you would like to be involved in any of these ministries please contact Bridget at 886-4049 or nurse@icparishwatertown.org
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