NFP Awareness Week Begins July 22nd, 2018
By: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
“Generations of Love, Humanae Vitae (1968-2018), Celebrating God’s Gift of Married Love!” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote the methods of Natural Family Planning.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, NFP methods “respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them and favor the education of an authentic freedom.” (CCC, no. 2370)
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week are: July 22nd – 28th, 2018. These dates highlight the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.
Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese? Visit the NFP section of the USCCB website. Most NFP methods also offer classes online.
The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage.
Please join the diocesan NFP team to spread the word about God’s design for married love and the gift of life as well as the methods of NFP.
Contact Maria Ward to get involved: 307-638-1530 or email@example.com.
Strengthening the bond of marriage and family life has been a priority in the diocese for years. It is our goal to provide programs and resources that will assist couples and families to successfully build loving relationships. Marriage preparation, education, and enrichment programs all play a role in bringing wholeness and holiness to the life of a couple and family. We are dedicated to helping married couples live out their vows. This process begins as we help educate youth and young adults about the sanctity of marriage. It continues as we specifically spend time with newly engaged couples in an extensive marriage preparation plan in which all facets of married life are examined in detail including Natural Family Planning. Marriage enrichment resources are also available as couples and families go through the years. Furthermore, there are resources available for couples who find themselves in difficult relationships. It is our desire for couples to utilize these resources to attempt to bring healing to their relationships. However, if a marriage ends in divorce, we want individuals to be truly aware and understand the teachings of the Church in regard to continued participation in the sacraments. The Church is still here for you. If you choose to pursue an annulment, we want you to have a clear understanding of what an annulment is and what it is not. There are people on staff in our tribunal office that will gladly answer your questions in this regard and describe the process in detail to you. If you need more information, contact Maria Ward firstname.lastname@example.org